Crystal Flats Guide Service in South Padre Island, Texas

Guided by Cliff Fleming

Flats Inshore Jetty Nearshore River

About Your Guide

Certified Damn Good Guide
50 Years of Experience
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My name is Captain Cliff Fleming 1974 was the year I began fishing the Lower Laguna Madre as a 7th grader I learned to fish in East Texas before that freshwater. One of my best teachers was Wade Dunkin from Harlingen Texas. My first hunting and fishing job was from Harlingen National Bank Dial Dunkin and Associates where we fished and deep south Texas Northern Mexico . Those guys were pros and they just brought me along I got lucky but I love to teach other people to fish I love kids and people that's kind of how I got my start . Along with a many years of seismic data processing technology i handle my own webmaster ads. I love cooking and catching fish which work hand in hand to get more customers fishing is in my blood I do most of my webmaster work myself and I love to teach others how to fish. Whether you're a seasoned angler, a vacationer looking to experience prime South Texas fishing, or a beginner, fishing the bountiful Texan waters with Captain Cliff is an adventure you'll never forget. The captain is a six-pack charter captain with a US Coast Guard license and decades of angling experience. His targeted species are Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Mangrove Snapper, Black Drum, Tarpon, Snook, Ladyfish, Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, Cobia, Croaker, Whiting, Shark, and Mullet. Other specialties from the Brownsville Ship Channel such as Lookdown Fish, Filefish, and other unique species are in the cards too.

Crystal Flats Guide Service Trips

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Enjoy an epic day in South Texas with Captain Cliff exploring the Lower Laguna Madre and surrounding bay systems! You can expect to drift the local shallow waters (usually no deeper than 3ft!) fishing both artificial and live bait, as well as trying to anchor up above some of Captain Cliffs secret honey hole pockets on the Laguna Madre. Captain Cliff will help you target Redfish, Flounder, Speckled trout, Black Drum, mangrove snapper, and Sheepshead throughout these 4 to 8 hour trips. For these trips, Captain Cliff uses a 24’ Shallow Stalker 240 Cat Pro which can accommodate up to 6 anglers, while still providing you a safe, comfortable and sturdy ride. Captain Cliff will provide all rods, reels, and tackle. All you need to bring is a valid Texas Fishing License and some good company! Come on down and make some memories in beautiful South Texas with Captain Cliff! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Port Isabel

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Flats, Jetty, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in Port Isabel

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $142 / person

Recent Reviews of Crystal Flats Guide Service


Verified Review Fishing

Cliff did a great job on finding fish to get our limit. He is very well experienced and professional.


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If you are in the area, Cpt.Cliff is an outstanding charter. I would recommend his boat to anyone who wants to catch fish.


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Our day with Cliff was great. Our group was two dads with 2 seven year olds. The kids had the best time. They each caught a few fish and he was incredibly patient and kind with them as they learned. We will be back.

Tim S.


Every family trip to South Padre includes an outing with Cliff! We had another great time this year as Ciff put us on the fish. All four of us had a great time, especially when a family of dolphins decided to hang around and watch us fish. One word of advice: if you are at SPI for multiple days, fish with Cliff near the beginning of your trip so you can take your catch to the local restaurants for an outstanding meal. Thanks, Cliff, and see you next year!

Jim S.


He familiarized us with the equipment and was super patient with my kiddo! We all enjoyed it very much! We will be back!😁🪡

Don R.


A lot of fun. Captain Cliff’s experience and expertise was great. Caught our limit.

Isamar T.


My first boat fishing trip and I absolutely loved it! Captain Cliff is very and I mean very knowledgeable. We caught plenty of fish. He is very friendly and patient. I went in with not much hope of catching much since i didn’t know how to fish. I came out with fish and can’t wait to go back! All my future trips will definitely be with him!


Black Drum, Florida Pompano, Kingfish, Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Sheepshead, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Tripletail, Whiting


Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Cut Bait Fishing, Deep Dropping, Drift Fishing, Fly Fishing, Jigging, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Sight Casting

Types of Fishing

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore, River

Start Location

White Sands Restaurant & Bar Motel & Marina, 418 TX-100, Port Isabel, TX, USA | Bodies of water fished: Laguna Madre, Brownsville Ship Channel, Port Mansfield Channel

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