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Jetties & Jaws: Reel In The Fun

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21 ft 1 - 4 People $
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Ropin' Reds Inshore Adventure

100% (21)
23 ft 1 - 4 People $
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Fishing in Clearwater

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Clearwater Mixed Bag Trip

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27 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Orange Beach Inshore Bliss

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24 ft 1 - 6 People $
Fishing in Galveston

Inshore Fishing Charter in Galveston

Galveston Inshore Trip

100% (12)
26 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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Iguana Hunt/Peacock Bass Combo With Retriever Dog

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22 ft 1 - 6 People $$

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Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for Laguna Madre Drift in South Padre Island

Enjoy a day with Captain Ron as you adventure through Lower Laguna Madre! Your day out with Captain Ron will see you drifting the shallow waters that can be up to 3’ deep. You will be fishing with both artificial and live bait, as well as trying anchored up fishing. Captain Ron will help you target Redfish, Flounder, Seatrout, Black Drum, and Sheepshead throughout your 5-hour (half-day) or 8-hour (full day) adventure. For these trips, Captain Ron uses a 24’ Shallow Sport bay which can accommodate 4 anglers. Captain Ron 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 with Captain Ron! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Laguna Madre Drift

100% (21)
24 ft 1 - 4 People $$
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Fishing in Aransas Pass
Fishing in Aransas Pass
Fishing in Aransas Pass
trip description for Flats and Backwaters on Artificials in Aransas Pass

Captain Larry knows how to get you on the Trout and Redfish in Copano and Mesquite bay! He likes to fish the grassy flats and back lakes using topwater baits, wakebaits, and Downsouth lures to find fish. He's also experienced at wading and drifting these flats and backwater lakes, so whatever suits your fancy, Captain Larry can make it happen. Casting and retrieving these artificials is a lot of fun and makes each strike that much more exciting! This area holds trophy Trout in the 30-inch range and big-time Redfish, and these big fish can't resist the temptation to whack a shiny, twitchy artificial lure that enters their territory. Bring your waders if you're into stalking these fish on foot, your food and drinks of choice, and get ready for an awesome day of inshore sportfishing with Captain Larry! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Aransas Pass

Flats And Backwaters On Artificials

95% (22)
23 ft 1 - 4 People $
Fishing in Gulf Shores
Fishing in Gulf Shores
Fishing in Gulf Shores
trip description for Gulf Shores Classic in Gulf Shores

Gout there and explore the rich inshore waters of Gulf Shores, AL with Captain Todd, a lifelong angler and local gamefishing expert! On this trip, you'll hunt down Alabama's classic inshore sport species: Redfish, Flounder, and Spotted Seatrout. You'll put a few different techniques to work, including jigging, bottomfishing, and sightcasting as you go after these exciting fish. Whether you're going for an all-time best or a first-time catch, Captain Todd knows how to put you right on the fish. Once you get off the dock aboard his beautiful 27' Shearwater bay boat, he'll introduce you to the best spots and hidden holes—then it's your chance to fight some fish! Captain Todd is an excellent teacher, and he's happy to provide some expert tips and tricks when the fish is on the line. His boat is also perfect for fishing these waters, with a 350 HP Yamama engine and some extra creature comforts to make your trip as comfortable as it is productive. Captain Todd will bring everything you need for a great day, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle; just remember proper clothing, a hat, and sunscreen and you'll be good to go! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores Classic

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27 ft 1 - 4 People $
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Fishing in Galveston
Fishing in Galveston
Fishing in Galveston
trip description for Half Day Bay - 24’ Kenner in Galveston

Head out of Galveston for a phenomenal day out on the water with Captain Reggie! On this trip, you'll drift-fish over shelves, underwater structure, and secret "honey holes" that Captain Reggie has identified over his many years fishing the Galveston area. Depending on your goals for the day, you can target Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder and Sheepshead—to name just a few. This trip is also a great chance to go for a "Texas Grand Slam" or a "Texas Triple" by catching a Redfish, a Trout, and a Flounder in one day! No matter which species you choose to pursue, Captain Reggie is a pleasure to share a boat with. He's happy to work with box experts and beginners alike, and loves showing "greenhorns" the wonders of saltwater fishing. His knowledge of the Galveston waterways makes him a great captain and an even better teacher, for beginners to experienced anglers! Captain Reggie provides all the rods, reels, tackle, and bait you could possibly need for a successful day slaying the fish. All you need to do is meet Captain Reggie at the dock. Please remember your sun protection, your cooler with snacks and drinks, and your Texas Fishing License. Captain Reggie will take it from there and ensure you have a fantastic day on the water! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Galveston

Half Day Bay - 24’ Kenner

92% (24)
24 ft 1 - 4 People $
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Fishing in Galveston
Fishing in Galveston
Fishing in Galveston
trip description for Epic Jetty Trip - 26' Angler in Galveston

Climb aboard with Captain Meghan and explore the Jetties of Galveston Bay on her 26’ Angler! These charters on the 26' Angler are specifically designed for groups of 5-6 Anglers. If you have 4 people in your party, Meghan will take you out aboard their 21' Mako. These trips are great for any level of fisherman, and especially for families with children. However, you must be at least five years old to ride this ride! You will travel 5-6 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, fishing the North and South Jetties. The South Jetty is located at the East point of Galveston. The North Jetty is located on Bolivar Peninsula. These 4-hour (half-day) and 6-hour (full-day) trips cater to groups of 5-6 people. You must bring a valid Texas Saltwater Fishing License. You may also bring food and drinks of your choice (no glass, no seeds), as well as an ice chest for the day’s catch. Her business will provide the equipment and bait. You can purchase live bait for an additional fee. Captain Meghan and her crew will also clean and fillet your fish for you. Get ready for an eventful day on the water with Captain Meghan! Read More

Inshore, Jetty Fishing Charter in Galveston

Epic Jetty Trip - 26' Angler

100% (10)
26 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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Fishing in Destin
Fishing in Destin
Fishing in Destin
trip description for Offshore Blitz: Half-Day Dash in Destin

Are you looking for an amazing fishing experience in Destin Florida? Join Captain Jake on an outrageous offshore slam! Get casting off on his 27' Sea Hunt center console equipped with twin 400HP Yamaha engines that launch the boat at up to 45 knots. Although this boat is great for families, all passengers must be above five years old. All anglers will have the opportunity to hook into lunker Redfish, Kingfish, Snapper, and Grouper. Captain Jake can host up to 6 fishermen at a time aboard his vessel. If weather conditions are right he can take you a little further out to fight monster Amberjack and Cobia. Whatever you catch, be prepared to take home and cook! Captain Jake will clean and fillet your fish free of charge. To bring home a delicious dinner, you will be using live bait to bottom fish the depths of the Gulf. The live bait well stores a variety of different baitfish, so you can experiment with trying several techniques. You will also be trolling using the wireless trolling motor, so just sit back, enjoy the sunshine, and wait for the scream of the reels. Captain Jake will provide all rods, bait, and gear necessary for an amazing day on the water. Just bring food, drinks, or even snorkeling equipment for underwater sightseeing. Don't worry - there is a bathroom on board so the half day journey is as comfortable as possible. No matter your fishing level or knowledge, this trip will be a truly unforgettable experience. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Destin

Offshore Blitz: Half-Day Dash

100% (3)
27 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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Everything to Know About Booking a light tackle fishing charter

What are the best light tackle fishing charters?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 1987 light tackle fishing trips, and the most popular trips are Jetties & Jaws: Reel in the Fun guided by Meghan, Ropin' Reds Inshore Adventure guided by Jim, and Clearwater Mixed Bag Trip guided by Gage.

Our guides are rated a 4.88 out of 5 based on 2525 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly light tackle fishing guides / fishing lessons? Check out our beginner and family friendly light tackle fishing guides.

What types of light tackle fishing charters are common?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for light tackle fishing as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species for light tackle fishing are: 1. redfish, 2. speckled trout, 3. flounder, and 4. black drum.

How much do light tackle fishing charters cost?

light tackle fishing prices can range anywhere from an affordable $150 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip light tackle fishing is $748. The average price for a full day trip light tackle fishing is $1,610.

What month is best for going on a light tackle fishing charter?

The most popular season to go on a light tackle fishing charter is spring, and most anglers book their trips 28 days in advance.

Do I need a fishing license and what are the bag limits?

See here for more information on fishing licenses, bag limits, and fishing season regulations. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    We had the absolute best time! Caught a ton of sturgeon! Can’t wait to come back!

    Randi C. with Wade G. of Portland, Oregon

  • ★★★★★
    It was great, we limited to quick thank you

    Tomas C. with Toby S. of Rockport, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Jim took me and my husband out and we had a blast he knew the area very well and was knowledgeable of where the bites would be. Would definitely book again

    Shannon P. with Jim G. of Rockport, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    we had a great time who was great captain was even better than took us to all the fish were made at home made us feel comfortable. Really appreciate the trip.

    Gerald Y. with Brandon M. of Galveston, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great time with Capt. Justen. He is very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. We caught a good mixed bag of fish and hope to go fishing with him again.

    Austin N. with Justen S. of Hitchcock, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great day fishing with Mike and Marcus. They were very friendly and worked hard to make sure we had a great time! Highly recommend.

    Sarah S. with Mike M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Highly recommend Capt Brody. Good day of fishing and he is great with the kids.

    Steve R. with Brody J. of Rockport, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Bobby was an excellent guide. He put us on fish and he baited out lines and took the fish off. He was a good conversationalist and provided good information about the local area. Will definitely try and book him again when we return.

    Robert T. with Bobby C. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Fishing with Captain Randy was a blast caught plenty of bonefish and some sharks Randy is a cool dude really enjoyed my trip

    Rick B. with Randy S. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain David was a great guide. I had a good time and got to land some really nice fish. Thank you.

    Curtis H. with David L. of Aransas Pass, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great Captain, great First Mate, caught a sailfish, multiple mahi mahi, Bonita, kingfish, and a giant Jack Cravel. Couldn’t have been better

    Christopher M. with Mike M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    I could not have asked for a better outfit to take our family fishing. Captain Keith took us to the best spots and we caught something each time. Pat and Captain Keith were amazing with our diversity of age and skill level. Thank you again.

    Terry H. with Keith N. of Madeira Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Experience of a Lifetime! You know when you book an Air&BnB or an excursion and you have a slight apprehension due to the uncertainty of what the host guarantees? I will tell you this upfront, book with confidence. Let me explain… I’m going to do my best, but to capture the essence of what we experienced, in simple written word, is nearly an impossible task. Our guided fishing trip really started out like any other excursion. We met early morning, dockside at the “Bait House”. The host gave very clear and concise directions to our link up, what to expect and recommendations on what to bring along. The day before our trip, the staff reached out directly to ensure everyone was on the same page. We had (6) in our party. (3) adults and (3) kids. We packed our own lunches, drinks, adult beverages and snacks. This kept the guides fully engaged on fishing and not preoccupied preparing some spoiled kids’ lunch on the water. We also packed along warming layers and rain/wind gear. Our cadre of guides consisted of a captain/primary guide (Luke) and deckhand/assistant guide (Ben). Both were very cordial, professional and entertaining with their banter and dialogue. The boat was a 33’, fiberglass, Suzuki twin-engine, center console workhorse that appeared to be specifically designed for guided fishing. The live-well was fully packed with ice to preserve our harvested fish. (3) large bean bags were provided to lounge on while underway. The boat had been fitted with modern electronics for navigation, communication and fishing. Very nice, reliable, comfortable and safe vessel. Upon boarding we got a quick brief and were given ample storage space for all the gear we brought. This was key as everything must be stowed while underway. Our initial boat ride was 24 miles off the shore of Clearwater, FL. The ride was teeming with wildlife. As the sun came up, the city skyline disappeared into the horizon until you couldn’t see anything but ocean in every direction. It was magnificent. From start to finish, our guides were very organized on the boat. Gear, tackle, cabin, live bait, ect. all well organized and serviceable. As situations changed, they communicated clearly what they needed from us. Personnel management to balance the vessel and alleviate excessive listing, along with keeping the deck open to allow freedom of movement was well executed. The equipment provided was better than adequate. All of the gear was well maintained and prepped for use. From rigging and baiting to removing the fish and cleaning/prep, the guides handled every aspect of the equipment very well. My wife wanted to accomplish (2) things. She wanted to harvest fish for our family dinner that night, and catch the biggest fish. Both were achieved. We caught A LOT of fish. We began fishing for large Amber Jack, however the guide identified that the bite was slow so we shifted gears to catch our daily harvest. We slammed a bunch of amazing fish. Porgy, Hogfish, Red Snapper, Grunt and others. We also caught some fun interesting fish like: Lizard fish, Remora (suction cup fish) and blow fish. Some were even reused as bait for the huge Amber Jack we caught later in the day. After catching plenty of fish for dinner, we moved back to our original location for another run at the large Amber Jack (AJ); an artificial reef of an intentionally sunken ship. Fishing in about 80’ of water, we quickly hooked into our first AJ. After locating the targeted species, the guides quickly switched gears in an epic display of professionalism and mastery of their craft in order to draw out the largest AJs. The communication between the guides and their actions was impeccable. One man on the rod, the other in full support. As the guide asked for a certain type/color of bait fish, the other pulled it from the livewell and began to toss the same baitfish overboard. When that particular bait was unsuccessful, they moved onto another type. This was system repeated several times until they found the right bait. It was really cool to see. Very fast, deliberate and accurate fishing. Once we had the right bait, it was like the AJs were “switched on”. Shortly we were pulling monster AJs in the boat. Huge fish the size of both of a grown man’s legs. After an exciting run of pulling in several huge AJs, we were down to our last baitfish. What I’m about to tell you just can’t really capture how awesome this last cast truly was. Now, earlier in the day we had an AJ get bit by a shark. We got it in the boat and it had some teeth marks and a gushing blood. It was crazy cool. However, this last cast set into motion a series of events that we’ll certainly remember for the rest of our lives. The line was cast and immediately hooked up. My wife was fighting this monster AJ (Yes, the biggest fish of the day) for several minutes. As the AJ was retrieved and became closer to the boat (so close we could see it) two HUGE sharks swam right to it taking a gigantic bite out of the AJ. When I say “bite” I mean a literal shark-head-shaped-bite. A cartoonish bite. Like, imagine what you would see on a Saturday morning cartoon. The bite was so clean and the exact round shape of the jaws of a shark. It was remarkable. As it got up to the boat, guide Ben (in an epic display of reluctant courage mind you) reached down and pulled up this AJ. Even the pictures just don’t do this experience justice. My wife, grabbed this fish holding it right in the bitten area like a savage. She was so excited! We were all excited. As we unhooked the AJ, the guides tossed it back out and a full-on shark feeding frenzy erupted. Multiple sharks attacking this AJ in just the most amazingly violent display. This was straight up, no BS, some National Geographic sh!t. When the AJ was pulled in, nothing remained but a huge sardine head. The Gulf gave us a show we’ll never forget and it was all due to the expertise, fast thinking and relentless efforts of our guides. As if our experience wasn’t enough, our ride back was filled with dolphins, sea turtles and a host of other incredible wildlife. The guides cleaned and prepared all of our harvested fish. They even labeled them by name so we knew what types they were. Our family loves the outdoors, and we have a saying when we venture out, “Don’t expect anything”. The fishing trip that day took everyone by surprise as to how incredible it unfolded. If you are looking for an amazing experience on the water, book with confidence because we had the experience of a lifetime.

    Yuliya H. with Brad D. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Nick tried his best but the fish just weren't biting. Nick was very nice and knowledgeable we just wish we caught more fish.

    Andy G. with Nick H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    5 star Captain!! James is one of the best guides we have ever been out with. He put us on fish all day and worked hard to make sure we always had what we needed- he even shared his ball cap with me when he realized I had forgotten mine. I can not say enough good things about him, great fisherman and a great guy!!!

    Charlie B. with James K. of Slidell, Louisiana

  • ★★★★★
    Had a most excellent time. We were scheduled for an offshore trip but wind and waves caused us to cancel this trip. However, we rescheduled for later in the day for a tarpon fishing excursion. This was a blast ! We saw sharks up close and landed several yellow jacks which gave us a good fight before being returned to the water. After trying and trying (never give up) we snagged a good sized tarpon. After a good fight which included multiple boat maneuvers it was brought to the side of the boat before being cut loose to fight another day. We thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with the captain and first mate. Both were very attentive to us, making sure that our hooks were still baited and that we had all the help required for landing and documenting our catches before returning them to the water. A great time was had by all! The boat was immaculate and we had no issues if any sort.

    Lynn E. with Steve S. of Marathon, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Frank maintained contact up to the day of the Charter. Arrived on time and well prepared. He was knowledgeable of the area and was a great experience. We caught tuna, wahoo, barracuda, red hind grouper, yellow jack, and trumpet fish. Definitely recommend Frank.

    Stephen S. with Frank A. of Rincon, Rincón

  • ★★★★★
    Bryan got us hooked onto over a dozen Bass! He was knowledgeable of all the fishing holes and techniques. We had a great time and good laughs! Highly recommend.

    Kim H. with Bryan C. of Austin, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Richard was great! Myself being an experience bass fisherman, He was very informative. He put us on some bass even when the bite wasn't great! We will definitely be back!

    Bill J. with Richard T. of Willis, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great experience!

    Bryan A. with Tony M. of Biloxi, Mississippi

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