Galveston History

Galveston has a rich and varied history. The Karakawa Indians met global explorers in the 16th century and continued to be a forceful presence for about 300 years. In the early 19th century, their population had dwindled and during the Texas War Of Independence they chose to fight with Mexico. Galveston was named the capital of the Republic of Texas and continued to thrive as the Wall Street of the South. Jean Lafitte and other pirates were beaconed by the riches and all sorts of shenanigans that persisted for the remainder of the 19th century. That is, until The Great Storm of 1900 devastated the coastal gem. The tenacious residents along with Federal assistance raised the Seawall, repaired and raised homes and businesses and the citizens returned to their beloved coastal gem. In the early 1920’s Galveston had made a come back – the ports were busy, money was being made, people were happy, tourists were flocking, and then there were other illicit attractions too. The Balinese Room was a main hub for all sorts of entertainment, stars of the time enjoyed playing the delightful venue, which was situated about 600 feet from the Seawall over the Gulf of Mexico. The Texas Rangers eventually shut down all operations  by just hanging out around the club, deterring unlawful visitors from their desire to gamble. The Balinese Room shut their doors in 1957. It was reopened in the 80’s and enjoyed another 30 years of live music before its final day in October of 2008.

The University of Texas Medical University broke ground in 1890 as government officials realized a need for trained doctors across the state. The university, UTMB, is still a huge draw for medical students and is a major contributor to Galveston’s operating revenue.

The island is full of about 50,000 residents who love their little piece of paradise. According to the Houston Chronicle, Galveston’s tourists have been steadily on the rise with about 6.4 million visitors in 2015. Check out our activities sections to learn more about the fun things to do on Galveston.


Galveston Seasons and Weather

Galveston’s coastal climate is responsible for keeping it a little warmer than its inland neighbors in the winter and a little cooler in the summer. We joke that we only have 2 seasons, hot season (4 months between May 27th – Sept 27th) and cold season (3 months between December 3rd – March 2nd), but the reality is that you would have to spend the entire year to see the subtle nuances of our island. A chart will tell you one thing, but only the seasoned know of the joy of waking up one October morning to feel the cool breeze giving respite to the hot muggy days of summer. Or the delight in a mid-spring cool front before the beginning of the much enjoyed summer months.

Galveston Fishing

Whether you are a seasoned angler, or an amateur, we have something for you! You could camp out on one of the fishing piers, at 61st or at Jimmy’s on 91st. You can try your luck in the surf, or head out into the bay from a multitude of locations.

This summary was brought to you by Getbent Galveston Fishing Charters:

January – February: Slot Red Drum, Big Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Pup Black Drum

March: Bull Black Drum, Pup Black Drum, Sheepshead, Slot Red Drum, Bull Red Drum

April: Spring Run of Bull Red Drum, Slot Red Drum, Sand Trout, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Flounder, Small Sharks

May: Blacktip Sharks, Spinner Sharks, Bull Sharks, Sandbar Sharks, Bull Red Drum, Pup Black Drum, Sand Trout, Speckled Trout, Mangrove Snapper

June – August: Big Sharks including Blacktips, Bulls, Sandbars, and Hammerheads, Bull Red Drum, Sting Rays, Sand Trout, Speckled Trout, Mangrove Snapper

September: Biggest run of Bull Red Drum of the year, Black Tip and Spinner Sharks, Mangrove Snapper, Small Flounder, Sand Trout, Speckled Trout

October December: Fall Flounder run (best time of year), Sand Trout, Speckled Trout, Slot Red Drum

Please contact us if you would like any more suggestions of how to get your hook in the water.