What's On Fishing

Based on South Padre Island, Texas, What’s On Fishing specializes in taking their clients out for a great day on the water. Your age and expertise will not lessen your experience – the crew can cater to both complete novices and seasoned veterans. Families are also welcome to join in with this adventure!

Introduce your kids to fishing and enjoy a smile on your child’s face when they reel in their first ever fish. Bring your fishing buddies with you or have a ‘father and son’ day out on the water. Fish with your colleagues and friends and have fun! Truly everyone is welcome!

Just find a trip that suits you best and join the crew aboard the ‘What’s On?’. She is a beautiful 35’ Bertram with plenty of space for up to 6 anglers. The What’s On can cruise at a top speed of 24 knots thanks to her twin 320 Caterpillar engines. Built back in 1982, she was overhauled in 2017.

The What’s On is fully rigged with electronics and advanced technologies to put you on fish. She has a fighting chair, a flybridge, outriggers, and downriggers. As well as that, the What’s On has a restroom onboard.

Your trip will take you fishing for whatever patrols the waters up to 80 miles offshore, including, but not limited to, Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Wahoo, and Cobia, to name a few. If you are after something big and feisty, the crew will show you the hottest spots to battle Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, White Marlin, and Black Marlin.

Purchase a fishing license, grab your food and drinks, and step on board the What’s On. All rods, reels, tackle, bait, and lures will be provided for you on the trip. The crew will clean your keeper fish at the end of the trip so it will be ready to go straight into the frying pan when you get home!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,800
    up to 6 persons
    This full-day trip is exactly what the doctor ordered for those die-hard anglers. You will be fishing for Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and many other species depending on the season and what's biting.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,500
    up to 6 persons
    This trip is for the more serious anglers willing to get their hands on Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Marlin, and more.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,200
    up to 6 persons
    On this eight-hour trip, you will be able to go for Wahoo, King Mackerel, Cobia, Red Snapper, and who knows what else?
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    On this morning trip, you will be fishing for whatever is in season, such as Cobia, Red Snapper, Kingfish, and more.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    Enjoy an afternoon adventure for Snapper, Kingfish, and other species depending on the season.
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About the Captain

J.W. Watson
South Padre Island, Texas, United States
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
69 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2018
I grew up in South Texas, and have always enjoyed fishing out on the water. I enjoy getting to share this love of fishing with others. I believe that you can't catch a fish if your hook isn't in the water. For that reason, I incorporate trolling, bottom fishing, site-casting, and jigging, along with other methods to increase our productivity.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (White) Marlin (White)
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Bertram (Convertible) originally built in 1982, and restored in 2017. Powered by 2 320HP Caterpillar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 24 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.83
out of 5 stars from 69 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Red Snaper. The rest are in the cooler!
Half day trip success
Half day trip success
+54
Angler Rating
60
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
87%
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Douglas L.
MSC, UT
 4.67
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5 hour trip with captain and mate

VERIFIED   November 26, 2019
Excellent trip. Limited out on Snapper.  Captain Watson and AJ are both very helpful as well as friendly.  The trip...
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Brandon F.
Austin, Texas
 5.00
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5 Hour Trip

VERIFIED   September 21, 2019
We had an amazing time. J.W. kept in contact before the trip regarding weather before the trip, the weather was being a little...
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Jay G.
Little Elm, Texas
 5.00
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OUTSTANDING 10hr Offshore with Captain Watson!

VERIFIED   August 22, 2019
WOW, is the best way to describe our 10 hour offshore trip with Captain J.W. Watson and First Mate A.J.  J.W.‘s...
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Bill T.
Burlington, KS
 5.00
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8 hour trip with captain J W Watson and crew hand Clay

VERIFIED   June 10, 2019
We went fishing on June 11, 2019. Everyone of the locals we talked to said the fish were just not biting. The trip was a complete...
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Larry T.
Laguna Vista, TX
 4.33
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1/15/2020 5 hour trip

VERIFIED   January 15, 2020
had a very good fishing trip with JW on the WHATS ON.  Captain and mate were first rate, helpful knowlegeable and friendly. ...
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