Barnard's Guide Service in Rockport, Texas

Guided by Thomas Barnard

Flats Inshore

About Your Guide

39 Years of Experience
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Capt. Tommy is a Texas saltwater fishing guide in Rockport, Texas, located on the Texas Gulf Coast, about halfway between Houston and the U.S. Mexico border. Capt. Tommy was born and raised in Rockport and has been a Professional Texas Saltwater Fishing Guide for 30 years. Rockport is a popular spot for family vacations and provides endless recreational opportunities, most notably bay flats fishing.

Captain Thomas gives you personalized Texas Fishing Charters and will customize your trip to meet your expectations. He offers stationary, drift, and wade fishing using artificial lures. Families with children are always welcome and corporate trips are also available.

Barnard's Guide Service Trips

Come fish with Captain Tommy, a Full Time USCG licensed Texas fishing guide, as you venture into the waters such as Aransas Bay, Redfish Bay, Copano Bay, and Mesquite Bay just to name a few. You will target redfish and black drum in the flats as well as the marsh of St Joseph Island. Captain Tommy runs a 22' Alweld Bay Boat with a brand new 2022 150 hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard jet drive. This means no propeller. Captain Tommy is sea grass friendly and you will be fishing water so shallow that other boats can't fish. So c'mon enjoy !! With an annual mean temperature of 71.1 degrees, almost everyday is a good day for fishing in Rockport Texas. Rockport also boasts an average of 288 sun-filled and rain-free days, and winter-time temperatures commonly in the 70s and 80s. This mild climate makes for comfortable Texas saltwater fishing all year round. Rockport Texas has some of the finest fishing to offer on the Texas Gulf Coast. Areas such as California Hole, Turtle Pen, Allens Bight, Lydia Ann Channel, Light House Lakes, Mud Island, and Estes Flats make this stretch of the Texas Coast a "must-fish" location for any saltwater angler. Captain Tommy will provide all the necessary gear for your trip.Bring your favorite snacks and drinks, your Texas Saltwater fishing license and some good company! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Rockport

Rockport Bay Slam

100% (16)
22 ft 1 - 5 People From $155 / person

Recent Reviews of Barnard's Guide Service


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Thomas AKA Tommy was amazing! He made sure my 13 year old son and grandson had a good time. He got them catching fish and cut up with us and was respectful. He was extremely knowledgeable. We had a really great time!


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The three of us and Tommy went on a fishing trip on Saturday morning, very early! Throughout the entire trip, Tommy was great! He’s a true fisherman and is probably out on the water everyday. He took us to multiple spots around the bay. During our trip, we were able to catch both red fish and drum fish. Tommy casted for us and we had the joy of reeling the fish in. Tommy had us laughing and had great stories the whole time. After we got back, Tommy cut the fish the way we wanted. This was a great fishing trip and we would recommend this trip to others!! Thanks for the trip Tommy!!


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Great trip! Captain Tommy was wonderful & we had a blast.


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Tommy was excellent! For the July 4th weekend, he worked hard to fill the cooler. Started catching under size and he wasn’t satisfied. Moved and started sight fishing and slayed them. We ended up with a cooler full of keepers plus twice as many landed. Tommy spent a lot of time teaching and showing us how to spot the schools of drum while sight fishing. Great conversation and will definitely book with him again.


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He opened a can of magic bait and the fish just jumped in the boat. He knew where to go and communicated the plan 2 days prior and once more the day before. Great experience! Thank you Tommy!


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Captain Tommy was awesome he is a big kid at heart and he made the trip fun. He loves to joke around but what is life without a little humor in it oh and we got to talk to his wife and she is as sweet as can be. Any who about the fish let me tell you when got to our spot and all lines were in not even 5 minutes and 2 rods were bent. Capt. Tommy put us on some monstern reds and we maxed out. Thank you Captain Tommy for Making our trip a great one we will definitely be back next year.

Robert G.


You were recommended and tried booking you two different times but you were booked. Finally we were able to book a trip with you. We'll worth it and you are truly gifted at your profession. Thanks for taking the time with my son and daughter.

M. Saenz


Tommy you delivered a relaxing trip as requested. Needed some R & R and caught some fish !! You are a pleasure. Glad I found you and we will be calling you again.

James C.


Wow !! Anybody looking for a great guide Tommy is the bomb


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Incredible trip with a fantastic captain!!!


Verified Review Fishing

Captain Tommy was very courteous and respectful to our group. He took time to explain the do’s and don’ts of catching red fish to our grandson and let him interact in catching and netting the fish. His equipment was in very good shape and said he would put us on the fish and he did. He had a special bait that caught fish when the people around us had a very hard time doing so. We had a great time even though the weather was a little cool. Our grandson said he had an awesome time catching the most and the biggest fish. Had a lot of laughs and a GREAT time. Thank you Captain Tommy. Jim S


Verified Review Fishing

Awesome Time! Captain Tommy got us on a lot of Red Fish and enjoyed our time w/ him. Looking forward to a return visit soon. Thanks Tommy!!

David C.


Awesome experience, my daughter laughed all day. Total family fun and great guide.

Rob F.


My crew and I are repeat clients of Tommy Barnard. We continue to use Tommy to guide our annual family trips to Rockport. He is very friendly and likeable and catches fish everytime.

Roger M


Thanks Tommy for a wonderful time.

Bob K.


Tommy really knows fishing like no one else. We had the best fishing day ever.


Black Drum, Redfish


Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Cut Bait Fishing, Drift Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Sight Casting

Types of Fishing

Flats, Inshore

Start Location

151 Port Avenue, Rockport, TX, USA

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