Texas’ largest estuary contains plenty of summertime deepwater hotspots.
Galveston Bay ranks as the seventh largest estuary in the United States, containing 378,063 acres of open water. This equates to almost 600 square miles. It boasts an additional 108,724 acres of marshes, which is nearly 170 square miles.
The strong freshwater influences, diversity, significant passes, and deepwater structures of the Galveston complex make it an extremely productive estuary. Located in close proximity to the Houston, the fourth largest metropolitan area, the system receives immense fishing pressure. Yet it continues to afford anglers with memorable catches year after year. I am blessed to call the area my home and have been fishing its waters since I was a youngster.
As Texas’ largest estuary, Galveston Bay requires the anglers navigating it to be prepared to encounter rough conditions. This was my number one concern while working with the folks at Ron Hoover Marine in Donna last fall to rig a new boat that would handle this big bay. Knowing choppy, open bay waters could always be a hurdle to contend with, I chose a high performing V-hull style of boat in the form of a 2017 25 foot Majek Xtreme.