Smiley’s Guide Service in Rockport, Texas

Guided by William Smiley

Flats Inshore

About Your Guide

Certified Damn Good Guide
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Captain William has been a veteran small business owner in the outdoor industry for nearly 20 years. He loves to hunt and fish and recently retired from his successful taxidermy business in Boerne, TX to do more fishing. He served for 8 years in the USAF prior to that. He obtained his US Coast Guard Captain's license in 2018 and also has a TPWD fishing guide license.

He has been married to his wife Julie since 1994 and they have two adult sons, Dakota and Tyler. He and Julie moved to Rockport in 2017 a week before Hurricane Harvey, but have been coming down to the area to fish regularly for years. Dakota and Julie also served in the USAF, but now work in the private sector. Tyler also fishes for a living and has his Captain and guide licenses, and he currently works the offshore boats out of Port Aransas.

Smiley’s Guide Service Trips

Damn Good

Captain Will is the real deal! He knows how to get you on the Redfish, Trout, Drum, and Flounder for a spectacular day off the coast of South Texas! Based out of the Rockport area, he primarily fishes the Aransas, Copano, St. Charles, Carlos, Mesquite, Ayres, and San Antonio Bays, but can also take you out of Aransas Pass. Though he is willing to accommodate other pickup locations, he likes to launch out of Goose Island State Park aboard his 2019 22' TransCat. This vessel is equipped with a 250 HP Suzuki motor that provides a comfortable and quick ride out to chase the fish. This boat likes to get "skinny", and is perfect for chasing tailing Reds into shallow water. It also comes with a power pole, trolling motor, t-top, and front fishing deck with plenty of room to fish with four guests. Once out on the water, Captain Will likes to fish with mostly live bait, cut bait, and some artificial. He will provide everything from rods, reels, tackle, bait, to a cooler of ice for the catch and a memorable day on the water! So all you need to bring is a cooler with your favorite snacks/drinks, a camera for bragging rights, and your Texas Fishing license, and let Captain Will take care of the rest! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Rockport

Rockport Bay Fishing Trip

100% (8)
22 ft 1 - 4 People From $213 / person

Recent Reviews of Smiley’s Guide Service

Sherri M.


Couldn’t ask for such a nice day! Captain was excellent and the water was awesome! Had cook some red fish when got to camper and it was delicious!!👍👍

Gary E.


Outstanding experience with Cpt Will Smiley! Highly recommend for an enjoyable time in Rockport TX. We’ll be back!

William M.


Captain Will was great. We had an awesome time on the boat and caught several reds and a few trout worth keeping. I would highly recommend his services.

Dawana C.


My husband & I had a great time and we’re able to catch a good amount of fish. He was knowledgeable, friendly and gave me a few pointers. Everything was taken care of for us to enjoy the experience!


Verified Review Fishing

Was a great trip, will definetly be going again. He put us on the fish and kept us on them. We caught and released close to 50 reds between the four of us. Caught a couple oversize and kept some for dinner. He was awesome and helped us out every step of the way. He fillet the fish for us too. Taught us how to catch the fish also. Great experience.


Verified Review Fishing

Captain Will is a good guide who is very professional and knows the fishery! His boat is very nice and clean and equipment is all ready to go. He is very efficient with the equipment so that you keep lines in the water as much possible time as you can. He did a good job putting us on fish and cleaned the catch when we returned! Highly Recommended!


Verified Review Fishing

Great time with Captain Will. Friendly and very helpful while working hard to get us on fish. Thank you!!!

Chuck Moerke


Fantastic experience, recommend it to everyone!

Steve Leanne Lancaster


Such a great trip and Will made it even better as a way to introduce saltwater fishing to my boy. He put us on the spot during a late season trip. Very professional and enjoyable for all. May be late in the game getting involved but my boy loved it. All worth the time to see him smile pulling in his first redfish.

Jacinto De La Cruz


Capt. Will took my family of 2 young children and my wife out for Father's Day, and let me tell you, it was the best trip we have had on the water. It was the first time for all 4 of us to fish on a boat, and Capt. Will made us not only feel safe, but also kept the action going even though the day was very hot. We fished all day long, and caught 8 keepers. My kids had a blast and told me that fishing with Captain Will was better than Nintendo Switch. If you are a Pro or like we were, inexperienced fishermen on a boat, you should definitely book Captain Will. We are looking forward to booking him again in October when the red fish are running!

Larae Spurlock


Had a great time! Spent my husband’s 40th birthday out on the water with Will. Caught a few but learned lots!


Black Drum, Flounder, Redfish, Speckled Trout


Bottom Fishing, Drift Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Flats, Inshore

Start Location

131 Rob Johnson Circle, Rockport, TX 78382, United States | Bodies of water fished: San Antonio Bay, Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, St. Charles Bay, Mesquite Bay, Ayres Bay

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