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What an excellent day of fishing! This was my first guided fishing trip and Gary and Shellie went out of their way to make the trip fun, productive, and so enjoyable. My son and I will definitely be back for more....I am not sure how to rate a service above Excellent, but Bay Rat Guide Service is Above Excellent....

Michael Pease | Bastrop, TX

Three of us had another day of fast action with Captain Gary Gray. Limits of slot reds with several more released and incredible action on specs up to 26-27". Great size overall, averaging 18-20". The bite is on at POC! Thanks Gary for another great day!

Joe D., Brent T., Curtis H. | Fulshear, TX

Another great trip with Captain Gary! Four of us limited out on nice trout (up to 23"-24") in under two hours. Fast and furious action all morning. We also caught a nice red. Great day at POC/Seadrift with the best guides on the water! Thanks Gary!

Joe Dickerson | Fulshear, TX

Great day fishing with Captain Shellie Gray! My wife and I caught all the trout we could handle plus all the black drum we wanted ranging from 8 to 15 lbs, with a few reds mixed in, it was tons of fun. Capt. Shellie knows where the fish are and how to catch them. Cant wait to do it again!

Joe and Michele Dickerson | Fulshear, TX

Gray was a blast to fish with ! He put us on the trout in the surf and we limited out in the first 20 minutes of fishing! Then we spent a few hours working on our limit of reds but he never gave up and we did get our limit on those also. Found a school of Jack fish and locked up on two of those for a fun fight! Go with Gary and you will not be disappointed! Thanks Gary for the great trip and a 30th birthday my husband will never forget!

Ashley & Joey Morris  

What a fantastic experience! If you want to be put on the fish with a top notch service, go with Bay Rat and the Grays. My wife and I had more fun than we could believe . Shelli went out of her way to find the fish and make sure we had fun doing it. Great attitudes,great equipment and exceptional guiding made for a wonderful trip! Thanks Shelli and Gary! We'll be back!

Donna and Mike Nondorf  

I was never a fan of Salt water fishing until I took a trip with Gary. Those reds can fight man!!! He was very professional and attentive to us. I've been out with him twice now and I will defiantly go book another trip with him. Gary's magic "4 more minutes" chant always makes them bight.

Bradley Jenkins  

Thanks for the great fishing trip. First time wade fishing and had a blast. Trout fishing was great.

Wendall Watkins |  October 29, 2014

My Dad and I joined Gary for Sunday/Monday fishing trip at Seadrift. All I can say is "WOW". The first day the wind was sustained at 20mph and Gary put us on the Reds and Black Drums immediately. I can't recall a 15 min period when we didn't land a fish. Day 2 was met with perfect conditions of 5mph wind and not a cloud in the sky. I would describe our performance that day as "one for the record books". We limited out both days in a few hours and spent the rest of the day improving our stringer. Gary is the most personable guide I have met in years and made the whole experience a blast. Don't bother to bring your fishing gear because Gary has everything you could possibly need and more. I would rate the trip as a 10/10 and can't wait to get back

John Stokes |  May 20, 2014

My husband and I had such a fun time fishing with Capt. Shelly Gray today. Her sparkling personality made our trip shine. I look forward to booking another trip with her soon! - Tracy Wooldridge

Angie Flores |  July 22, 2013

SWOOOOOOOSH....That's music to a duck hunter's ears! It's the sound of 80 redheads in full plumage making a dive on our 45 decoys hunting at Gary Gray's guide service last week. My son John, Brett Garrard and myself experienced Texas water fowling at it's best! Looking forward to a return visit!

V.J. Huffman, Toledo, Ohio |  January 17, 2013

Duck hunted with Gary for 2 days and could not have been happier! He knows the game and put our group on the birds both days. I will be back again next year. If you want a great duck hunt with tons of birds and many different species, book your hunt with Gary now!

Brett Garrard |  January 11,2013

Fished with Capt. Shellie and landed the biggest trout I have ever caught, 26 inches.  It was a great day and had more fun fishing with Shellie than any other guide I have been with.  Perfect service, fun attitude and great fishing.  I highly recommend booking a trip with her.

Tyler Turlington |  June 25,2012

We had such a great time, can't wait for the next trip!

Wade and Lin Hutzenbiler |  June 12,2012

It was amazing!! Thanks to you my friend Gary and Shellie

Alexis Jerez |  April 23, 2012

It really doesn't matter if the moon is full or not - Capt. Shellie put us on the fish again! We will definitely be back for more...Dexter will have to stay back at the RV!Thanks again Shellie!

Shorty and Cinda Haywood |  April 11, 2012

My wife and I had an outstanding trip with Gary in March 2012.  She loves to fish but rarely gets a chance.  She was amazed at how quickly Gary was able to get us on the fish and keep us there.  We ended the day with two limits of reds and black drum.  This is my third trip with Gary and I have always walked away with a great experience and a bag of fillets.

Arnie Montemayor |  March 28,2012

I've been fishing with Gary twice now, coming all the way from Holland, planning my third trip for October this year. I have enjoyed fishing here so much and with Gary as a guide, if you don't catch reds they simpley aren't there. Gary better warn them Reds because we are coming again!

Laurens Stolker, Utrecht, The Netherlands |  January 6, 2012

In my business , I  take clients fishing from time to time. Well as i grow older I find it  much easier and more fun for my clients to be catered to, by a professional fishing guide. I have been fortunate enough to be able to book both Shellie and Gary to take my clients fishing, they have always come back with wide open eyes and grinning from ear to ear, and bags full of fillets!!! Both Shellie and Gary have great abilities to communicate with my clients and also horse around with them to ensure everyone has a great time!!!  Thank you both for making my effort to entertain a bit easier on me!!

Ted |  October 25,2011

Thank you for the memorable and action packed trip. What a great way to spend a day with family and a heck of a fishing guide. You guys run a first class operation. Our expectations were more than met. Thanks again.

Larry and Amy |  July 11,2011

Dear Gary, Thank You So Much... Lee Had A Blast And Could Not Stop Talking About How Humble You Are ~ And Of Your Patience And Knowledge! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Consider: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED !!!We Shall See You Soon !!!

Keith Hampton , Laura Hampton, Dr. Lee Hampton DVM |  May 18,2011

Gary,  Just wanted to say "thanks" for such a great fishing trip on Saturday, April 16th.  My husband and I had an awesome time and could not stop talking about how much fun we had. We sure enjoyed the company, the laughs and the conversation. Thanks for showing us a wonderful time! Great way to spend an anniversary!!

|  April 18,2011

Our search for a great fishing guide is over....Shelly and Gary THANK YOU for a great weekend of fishing (CATCHING as Gary would say)!  When it comes to our experiences with fishing guides you all set the bar high!  All of us truly enjoyed your company and look forward to our next trip to POC. Thanks again! Judy and Family!

Judy Kahn |  October 18,2010

Hands down, if you want to catch some fish and have fun, it's Bay Rat; and if you want to only have some fun, it's Bay Rat.
We won this fishing trip in a raffle; we're from the Galveston area; so Gary knew that the chance of repeat business was virtually nil; however, in spite of that and it being a bad day and the fish weren't biting, Gary was determined-or obsessed-that we were going to catch some fish. So Gary "scooted" us all over the place and burned more oil than what's coming out of the Gulf spill,and guess what, not only did we catch our limit, but we also had a hell of a great time and Gary didn't charge us for the good time - and Gary did all the work,baiting hooks,etc. Thank you, Gary BTW: one of us was a fairly experienced fisherman and two of us were green as green can get, but Gary went above and beyond in all areas and esp. in SINCERELY making us feel like we were trophy winning fishermen.
Gary, I can't thank you enough for one of our best times in life

Randy Daigle, Joe Arceneaux, Lin Arceneaux |  June 20, 2010

Sharon and I went out with Capt. Shellie, and we had a wonderful day. Shellie is a consummate professional, without being a "know it all", and an excellent instructor, again without making you feel like an idiot. She's just an all around truly nice person, and we're already looking forward to our next outing with her.

Brian Parsley and Sharon Bodie |  May 19, 2010

Shellie, Thanks for a terrific experience, and all your patience and guidance.  We could not have a better time!!

Jack, and Ken L. |  April 5, 2009

Shellie, Just wanted to say thanks again for the great time you showed us yesterday.  All of us were truly impressed with the trip and it is definitely unanimous that we would like to use you for future trips - the next of which will be in April.
Thanks!

Micah Hatten |  Feb. 3,2008

Gary, Thanks for the great outing yesterday. Wow, what a great fishing day.

Rick Wilkerson |  Feb. 3,2008

Thanks for all the help you provided for a bunch of novice fisherman. I suspect we'll be in the market for a 1/2 fishing trip in a month or two.
Thanks Again!

Unknown |  December 2007

What a marvelous fishing trip.  Shelli you were great.  Not only did we catch fish, we had loads of fun.  We are still excited about it.And the Gulf Coast Magazine Nov 07 Pg 82 Great article.  But of course Steve thought you was a lttle hard on the guys.  Cant wait to get that Double Guided Trip going.  Good Fishing!!

Steve Cookie Zach and Stev'anne |  Oct. 29,2007

Captain Gary introduced myself and Oklahoma buddy Bill Henshaw to shallow water Red fishing. Half the fun was spotting the fish on the boat ride out, the other half was catching them and limiting out. Fantastic trip, great hospitality, definetely will be back.

Larry William |  Sept. 9, 2007

Never before have I had a day of fishing like last Friday Oct 21,! We caught specks and reds for 5 solid hours. Our fingers were raw and ALL trout were over 17" !! We picked up some more reds on the flats and finished out the day with limits of trout and reds on all stringers. Capt Gary put us on tons of fish all day and shot some great action pictures as well. He is a consummate professional and a ton of fun on the boat and I highly recommend spending a day on the water with him !

Paul Tarwater |  27/Oct/05

Thanks Shellie for a fabulous fishing trip! We truly enjoyed the day and as you know we caught the largest reds ever...yes 28 1/4! and first time to limit out! Your the best and we can not wait until next time!

Laura and Robert Mauro |  22/Aug/05

GOOD SHOWING IN THE FLW TOUR, GUYS.

D. WHITE |  09/Aug/05

THANKS SHELLI FOR AN AWESOME FISHING TRIP.I CAUGHT MY LARGEST TROUT MEASURING 25.5 AND WE ALL LIMITED ON TROUT AND REDS.HATS OFF TO CAPTAIN SHELLI.

CORY PARGMANN |  01/Jun/05

JUST WANTED TO THANK CAPTAIN SHELLI (KELLY) FOR A GREAT FISHING TRIP. I HAVE NEVER SEEN "HERDS" OF REDFISH. I AM 29 AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I HAVE EVER LIMITED OUT ON REDS AND TROUT. I HAD A SUPER TIME AND I AM SURE COREY, LARRY, AND I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT YEAR AROUND THE SAME TIME.

JEFF SMITH |  01/Jun/05

Back in 2002 I took my first trip with Gary, we had a very successful trip with catching our limit of Redfish with a few trout, then in 2003 we took another trip and again another limit of Redfish. This year we targeted Trout and we missed our limit by 1 fish, my friends and I caught 39 trout and 1 red fish. Again Gary great trip and look forward to next year

Wes from Dallas |  26/Jul/04

(Trip 6/18 & 6/19) I've never been much of a fisherman, and going into this trip I wasn't expecting much other then to try and enjoy myself. To my surprise the 2 days I spent out with Gary and Shellie was some of the most fun I've had putting bait on a hook. Not only were they both very knowledgeable of the area, they were helpful in teaching us the little nuances to catching fish. Since my experience I've already spoken to some of my friends about going back, and they all seemed pumped about the idea after hearing of my trip. I'd recommend Bay Rat Guide Service to the beginner (such as myself) as well as the seasoned angler. Thanks again Gary and Shellie for a really good time!

Brian Kalinec |  25/Jun/04

My last trip with Shellie and Gary was 14 April 2004. What a fishing day that was. After a slow start catching fish, the water exploded with schools of black drum in the 3-5 pound range that lasted for about 1 ½ hours. Hands and arms hurt after that and then came the spec’s. Shellie and Gary will not let time go by without fish catching excitement. Great Trip!! Thanks for a great day of fishing!!

Frank Spencer |  22/Apr/04

Thanks for the great trip. In the worst of conditions( 50 degree weather and a north wind of about 30 mph) we caught a slew of reds. You never stop amazing us. This is the most fun you can have with your waders on.

Toby Barlow |  08/Dec/03

First I would like to thank Gary and Shellie for their generosity for supporting the CCA with donated trips. This was the best money I ever spent at a fundraising banquet. The weekend was a blast, plenty of fish, great weather, fantastic company. I smiled and laughed so much I've got white smile wrinkles in my suntan. It was a pleasure getting to know the two of you. Thanks for a memorable weekend.

Capt. Kyle Barnett |  19/Nov/03

Frank and I spent a day on the water with Gary in October. Limits of trout topped off with a 30" redfish! A real great day.

Charlie |  09/Nov/03

What a blast! The dynamic duo does it again! I've never caught so many fish in one day in my life! My wife, daughter and grandson really appreciated the care and kindness Shellie showed them as she taught them the fine art of saltwater fishing while reeling in some nice redfish. At the same time Gary put us guys on the trout big time! What a neat trip. The girls with Shellie and the guys with Gary in the morning, and all of us wade fishing together in the afternoon. October 29th, 2003 will forever be a wonderful memory for our family. There's no questioin about it.....we'll be back!

Tracey Dean, Wimberely, Texas |  09/Nov/03

Captain Shellie Gray put us on the Reds!! My dad came down to visit from Indianapolis and loves to catch redfish and what more can you say when you finish out the day releasing over six reds over 26"-27" after we bagged our limit. Thanks for the great trip.

Jay Soule' |  12/Oct/03

Capt. Gray, Thanks again for making the trip yesterday in extremely "challenging" weather a great experience. The only challenge I have is getting a recipe for the redfish we brought home. I don't think I can measure up to the way Josie's cooked it, but if you or Pete had any suggestions, I would apreciate it! Best regards and we'll be back!

Mark Common |  18/Jun/03

I want to say thanks for the great fishing trip we had on Saturday July 20, 2002. We caught our limit of Redfish ranging from 24 to 28 inches and 3 trout around the 19 inch mark. I will be calling to book another trip next year, thanks agian. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT DAY

W. Seidel |  18/Jun/03

Capt. Gary, Thanks for the great duck hunting trip you set up for my son and I. this trip was my first hunt with my son in twelve years and you made it a great success. We relived some great times out in the blind and brought back a full strap to boot. Thanks again, see ya next time.

Kenneth Reese |  18/Jun/03

Capt. Gary Gray grew up near Seadrift and with his family, has extensive knowledge of the waters around Port O'Connor. Friendly, dependable, honest service which consistently produces a quality experience, whether hunting ducks or fishing for trophy trout, if your destination is the Central Texas Coast, Gary Gray and wife Shellie are the best. I book several trips a year with my sons and recommend you book early as this team is in demand.

Doug Howerton Wimberley, Texas |  18/Jun/03

Gary, Wanted to thank you again for the great experience! Douglas hasn't stopped bragging about how he put it on my dad and me. May take us a while to get over this one, but we both enjoy the ribbing as much as he enjoys dishing it out! You made his first wade fishing trip a memorable experience for all. He's already wanting to know when we are going again. I've got a lifelong fishing partner on my hands! Jerold Sauter Richmond, Texas

Jerold Sauter |  18/Jun/03

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