Sight-fishing is the most exciting way to fish! Whether it be a redfish in 12 inches of clear water or something big coming out from under a shrimp boat, watching a fish take the bait is an electrifying experience.
In flats fishing, the captain silently poles the skiff along shore lines and flats in the clear waters of the year-round fishery Laguna Madre. You will hunt for redfish and other targets of opportunity including black drum, trout, sheepshead, and lady fish.
Flats fishing is a very quiet and relaxing — but occasionally intense — way of fishing. Clear vision is key, so polarized glasses with amber or bronze tint are a must.
Spinning/conventional and fly gear (7-9 w) work well.
The flats skiff is an 18-foot Beavertail Strike with a 70hp Yamaha four-stroke engine. It is equipped with a Garmin chart plotter and power pole. The Skiff is designed to run and pole silently in less than 12 inches of water. It is the perfect boat for the shallow Laguna Madre.
The flats skiff can accommodate one or two fishermen in addition to the captain.
Near-shore and offshore fishing of the pelagic species — king, ling, dolphin, tuna, tarpon, spanish mackeral, and bonita — starts in March, depending on water temperature, and runs until October.
We fish off the North Padre Island Packery or Port Aransas jetties giving us a wide range of locations. There are shipwrecks, natural and manmade reefs and oil platforms, and we frequently find fish sheltering around shrimp boats, floating debris, and weed lines. Fishing is done Florida style with live bait and chum to coax fish into sight. If you think an 8-pound redfish can make a reel scream, try catching a 40-pound ling!
Our itinerary can be fluid as we target a particular species or simply look for opportunities. Wind and sea conditions will always be closely observed and respected.
The offshore boat is a 30-foot Contender with twin Yamaha 250hp 4-stroke engines and a fuel capacity is 240 gallons. It is equipped with a Garmin chart plotter, sonar and radar, salt and fresh water wash-downs, and a 30-gallon live well. All safety equipment is U.S. Coast Guard approved, and the boat carries an onboard EPIRB.
The Contender was built as a fish-fighting machine. The deck is one level with no steps to trip on when fighting fish. The offshore boat has padded gunwales and can carry six fly rods and eight conventional rods. The boat is very fast, for less running time and more fishing time. Just the way it should be.
The offshore boat can accommodate four fishermen plus the captain.