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Fishing Info


Light Tackle, Artificial Lures

Water Type

Inshore, Nearshore

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


Black Drum, Flounder, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout / Spotted Seatrout

About Your Trip

Hit the water with Captain Jay Nichols and "Just Add Water" Guide Service and experience an amazing day of inshore fishing!

Captain Jay will help you target Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and many more species of fish on your 4-hour (half-day) or 7-hour (full day) adventure through Rockport’s various bays and flats.

He encourages his anglers to use various fishing techniques to catch the attention of those big fish. These techniques include, but are not limited to, trolling, jigging, and even popping.

Capt. Jay will provide everything you need for a productive day on the water, except a fishing license, which you’ll need to bring with you. Bring snacks as well.

"Just Add Water" Guide Service is passionate about introducing young people to outdoor life at every opportunity. Bring your kids aboard and, who knows, maybe one day they’ll repay the favor and bring you back to Capt. Jay Nichols!

About Your Boat

Boat type: Bay boat

Boat Manufacturer: Haynie

Boat length: 25ft

Engine Manufacturer: Mercury Verado

Engine HP: 350HP

Number of engines: 1

Extras: GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Ice Box

About Your Guide

Captain Jay Nichols of Just Add Water Guide Service offers action-packed Rockport fishing charters year-round.

Born into a family of avid anglers, Captain Jay's fished the inshore Texas water since a very young age. Raised in Galveston before the family moved South when he was 14. Taking after his father, Captain Jay began his fishing career competing in several Bass tournaments, and even guided clients in competition.

With a lifetime's experience under his belt, Captain Jay knows what it takes to provide a fantastic end-to-end fishing experience.

The only thing you'll need to worry about is spotting the first Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Triple Tail, or whatever other inshore species cross your path. Captain Jay will have you ready to cast as he provides quality Waterloo and Shimano rods, reels, tackle, live bait, and artificial lures.

You'll be fishing aboard Captain Jay's 23’ Shoalwater Catamaran, which offers one of the smoothest-rides around. With a shallow base, she’s suitable for all kinds of shallow water and all types of fishing. Powered by a 200 HP Mercury Pro XP motor, you'll be gliding across the bay system at up to 50 knots.

This fishing vessel features everything you need for a safe and productive day on the water, including all necessary safety gear, a fishfinder, GPS, and a live well to keep your bait fresh.

Captain Jay is passionate about spreading the sport of fishing among young anglers, and he invites you to bring the whole family along!

Click "See Dates" to Search It, Book It, Live It with Captain Experiences and Captain Jay Nichols of Just Add Water Guide Service of Rockport, Texas!


Rene O.

March 7, 2020

The low tide, wind, and cold didn’t help our fishing. However, Jay was able to get us on some Sheepshead where we limited out. One of which was a couple inches shy of the state record. Thanks Jay for our amazing trip and sharing your birthday with us. I will be calling him again soon and thereafter

Michael F.

February 26, 2019

I grew up never being a fan of bay fishing due to having some bad experiences with Captains being rude and giving half ass efforts while on the water. Five years ago or so, some friends convinced my wife and I to go fishing with them in Rockport with this Captain they always raved about, Capt. Jay Nichols. It was all over after he put me on my first Red. I have gone out with Jay numerous times over the years and have had a blast every trip. Even when it’s slow, you will not see many Captains work as hard as he does to try to put his clients on the fish. Remember, it’s fishing, not catching, there are THOSE days, but still worth being on the boat who makes you feel like a friend rather than a client. The selfish part of me didn’t want to write a review cause I go last minute fishing quite often and don’t want him to be completely booked, lol, but he deserves it. Book with Capt. Jay, you won’t regret it!

Gene P.

October 6, 2018

Jay is not only an experienced and well-versed captain with a great knowledge of the Texas coast but also a pleasure to be around. Having fished for more than 40 years I still learned things I didn’t know about redfish. My wife and I along with another couple took the trip with Jay and all had a great time and cut some very nice reds. We were very impressed especially when he showed us how to use the throats of the redfish which when grilled wrapped in bacon and jalapeño were excellent. I would recommend Jay to anyone from a novice to the experienced fisherman or woman of any age.


Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for you.


Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.


You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.


You will need your own tackle.

Boat Restroom

No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.

Live Bait

No live bait provided.


No meal provided.

Gear & Packing


Rods, reels, tackle

At an Additional Rate

No added costs.

Recommended Packing

Hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses

Required Items

Texas saltwater fishing license

Things to Keep in Mind

Payment & Tipping

After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Yes, cancel for free up to 7 days before the trip.

Where to Buy a Fishing License

Find a license for your state here.


Start Location

Goose Island State Park, South Palmetto Street, Rockport, TX, USA

Start Time(s)

07:00 AM


4 hours, 7 hours,