Coastal Rod Bender

Captain Russ Wheeler of Coastal Rod Bender covers famous fishing grounds such as Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, and Corpus Christi. He prides himself on achieving exceptional results both for beginners and experienced anglers, and families with young children are always welcome.

You will be fishing aboard a comfortable 23’ Haynie Cat center console that offers a stable and dry ride. Powered by a 250 HP Mercury Pro XS engine, the boat runs fast to the fishing spots. The super quiet Minn Kota Trolling Motor will allow you to get up close to the fish and perfect your cast.

Capt. Russ specializes in sight casting, bay, flats, and wade fishing. He uses live and/or fresh dead bait, and/or artificial lures depending on your preference and how the fish are biting on the day. You may do some drift fishing, letting your bait float naturally in the water, or you can practice sight fishing, throwing your bait or lures out towards the fish.

These are abundant waters, so there’s no shortage when it comes to the species you can target. Jack Crevalle, Black Drum, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, and Sheepshead all call these waters their home, and are all potential targets.

Don’t forget to buy a valid Texas saltwater fishing license before your trip. Capt. Russ offers a 10% discount to active military, veterans, and wounded warriors.

Get on board Coastal Rod Bender and experience fishing in some of the most productive waters off the coast of Texas!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (6–7 Hours)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Oct 31
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Get out on the productive fishing grounds off the coast of Texas in the early morning, and spend the day bending the rods. You'll target the iconic inshore species that call these waters their home, including Redfish, Trout, as well as Flounder.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (4–5 Hours)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Oct 31
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    This is a half day trip that will have you out on the water in the morning for that early bite. Explore the prolific waters off the coast of Texas, and have a great fishing adventure. You can expect to be fishing for Redfish, Trout, and maybe also Founder.
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About the Captain

Russ Wheeler
Aransas Pass, Texas, United States
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81 Customer Reviews
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Member since August 2016
Captain Russ Wheeler has 28 years of experience fishing the waters of South Texas. Not only is he a very experienced and family friendly charter boat captain, he is also a certified Bird & Wildlife Guide, and he will be more than happy to share his knowledge of the area's amazing flora and fauna throughout your fishing trip.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Haynie (Center console) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 250HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.93
out of 5 stars from 81 reviews
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Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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John A.
Lumberton, TX
 5.00
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Captian Russ

VERIFIED   September 11, 2020
We had an excellent trip and an excellent day on the water. Our trip had to be rescheduled due to bad weather. We arrived at...
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Clay R.
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Good day in the bay

VERIFIED   August 24, 2020
got started early in the morning. Greeted by Russ and got to go over the day and where we would be fishing. It was a bit tough...
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Barrett P.
Aransas Pass, TX
 5.00
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Great experience

VERIFIED   July 22, 2020
The trip with Captain Wheeler was amazing! He put us on fish almost immediately, we started fishing when the sun came up and...
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Dustin L.
Ingleside, Texas
 5.00
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Knowledgeable and friendly

VERIFIED   July 8, 2020
Cap Russ was excellent, arrived early and had the boat ready with gas and bait. All we had to do was hop in and start fishing....
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Martin P.
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1/2 day w/ capt. Russ.

VERIFIED   NEW  September 25, 2020
Worked hard to put os on fish on a tough day.  All the way around good.  Good for experienced and beginners. ...
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