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Arroyo City, Port Mansfield, and South Padre Island Texas!!!
Specializing in Sight Casting for Redfish and Trout with Fly Rod and Spinning Gear!!!
A Fishing Experience in the Flats of the Lower Laguna Madre!!!

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring?

1. Good sun block is vital. I personally use Bullfrog gel. It’s good and doesn’t leave your hands oily.

2. Polarized sunglasses. A good pair of sunglasses will enhance your ability to see fish that we will be sight casting to. When purchasing you glasses, keep in mind that a copper or amber colored lens will bring out the redfish color and help you spot fish easier. Avoid bringing gray colored lenses. My personal favorite are the Harpoon style glasses made by Costa del Mar.

3. Wading booties or old sneakers. Occasionally, wading some venues will be more productive than fishing on the boat. It’s also very refreshing during the summer months.

4. Camera. While I do take photos of the charter and am willing to email them to you, feel free to bring your own camera to “catch” some of those memorable moments on the water.

5. Lunch. I do provide light snacks, but you can bring some sandwiches to calm your hunger and build up your strength to continue fighting fish. Oh and don’t forget to bring one for me.

6. Texas Fishing License. Recreational anglers must have a Texas fishing license and saltwater endorsement to bring any fish taken in federal waters ashore in Texas. More Information about purchasing a Texas Fishing license

What’s include in the charter price?

All rods, reels, and lures are provided as part of the package. You may bring your favorite rod and reel if you feel more comfortable. Soft drinks/water and light snacks are there for your pleasure. I will fillet and bag all fish for your return trip home.

Any photos taken during the charter can be emailed upon your request.

How far in advance do I need to book a trip?

Every year is a little different so it all depends on the year. As you can imagine, weekends are generally the first to go. So if you need a Saturday date, book it as soon as possible. I recommend coming during the week. Boat traffic is minimal and fish have settled down from the weekend mayhem.

What time of the year is best to fish?

Check out the fishing calendar here in my site.

I’m coming in from out of town and need lodging. What do you recommend?

Since most of my charters are out of arroyo city, there a couple of lodges I work with that can accommodate you based on availability. Let me know what you need and I can try to arrange it. There are also lodges in Port Mansfield and a plethora of hotels in SPI.

Is there anything I can do to prepare before the trip?

If possible, practice in your back yard casting into a bucket at varying distances. A 50 to 60 foot cast will be the normal distance while fishing, but there may be times where a 90 or 100 foot cast will be needed.

Fly rods and reels:

Regardless of the fly rod and reel that you use, there is something that you need to know: You need to work on distant casting before you come. If you cannot cast 50 feet with ease, then get a book or a good video and lengthen your cast before you come down. That way, you’ll have a much better chance at doing well your first trip down here.

What lures/flies are biting?

Redfish tend to get lock jaw on occasion, but that is not the norm. These fish will eat year around. Best flies to use include any shrimp imitation clousers, deceivers, or seaducers. Crab patterns also work well on the East side sand action. Poppers are a must once tides fall. Chartreuse and fuchsia with a little flash to them will work just fine. When redfish are hungry, it really doesn’t matter what you throw, as long as you get it close to them to see it. For spin fishermen, top waters, plastics, and gold spoons will be used in no particular order. As your trip draws near, I will inform you of what’s been hitting lately. You can also check my fishing report to get an idea of what’s going on.

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