Crystal Flats Guide Service – 48 Years

Over 48 years of fishing experience in local waters. Team up with Captain Cliff Fleming of Crystal Flats Guide Service for an inshore angling adventure you’ll want to repeat! With a guide that has over 4 decades of experience and knows all the hideouts and tricks of the fish, you’re in for a thrilling day on the water.

Let’s start with your ride for the day – a 24’ Shallow Stalker flats boat that has more than enough room to put up to 6 excited fishermen on the hottest bite. She’s geared with a 250 HP Mercury Pro XS 4-stroke engine that makes her perfectly stable for different types of fishing, including flats, backcountry, nearshore, and inshore angling. You will get all the fishing equipment you’ll use, including rods, reels, tackle, as well as live bait and lures.

You’re free to book either a half-day or a full-day trip with Capt. Cliff, who knows just where to take you to put you on the fish in a matter of minutes. Waters around Port Isabel offer an abundance of different species, and you can look forward to a mixed bag of catch by the end of your expedition.

Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Tripletail, Snook, Speckled Trout, and Flounder are just some of the most popular catches that will give you a proper fight as you’re reeling them in. Superstars like Silver King (Tarpon) could also make an appearance, and then it’s time to bring forth your A-game.

Crystal Flats Guide Service will provide you with everything you need for a successful and fun day of fishing, what you should bring is a valid fishing license and a cooler with snacks, drinks, and lunch for longer trips. This charter is kid-friendly, and Capt. Cliff loves having little ones on board, as long as they’re 5 and older. He will have life vests for everyone, but if you’d prefer to bring a vest for your child, feel free to do so.

Boat: 2022 24’ Shallowstalker Pro Cat, 240 Mercury PRO XS 250, Ultimate Wet Sounds audio system 1600 w, 8" full range and tower speakers, amp, 4 band equalizer, 10’ Powerpole.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 hours family fun
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $375
    Nearby waters for local fish using artificial baits. Live shrimp bait extra $50.00
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
  • Private trip
    Fishing Booker Special
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun)
    US $400
    Lower price.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spadefish
    Spadefish
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
  • Private trip
    Half Day Afternoon starts at 1-2 pm
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    2 Day Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US $400
    Afternoon fishing for those who dont want to wake up too early. Reds trout drum.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Fly Fishing
    Jigging
    Popping
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $450
    Red and trout.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Lower Laguna Madre
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $500
    Redfish, trout, skinny water Flats fishing. Many other species based on availability. Live shrimp plastics Fishbites.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snook
    Snook
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Ladyfish
    Ladyfish
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
  • Private trip
    Flats bay trips
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $800
    Experience counts 49 years speaks for its self. Try it you will see.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $850
    Fishing for redfish and trout.
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 15 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Caught fish
85%
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Nate M.
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Had action

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip (AM) winter special on February 26, 2024
Caught 8 fish 6 keepers.
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Daniel J.
Mustang Ridge, TX
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip (AM) winter special on July 3, 2023
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Jim S.
Eldorado, TX
Excellent
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on August 13, 2022
He familiarized us with the equipment and was super patient with my kiddo! We all enjoyed it very much! We will be back!😁🪡
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on May 6, 2020
My first boat fishing trip and I absolutely loved it! Captain Cliff is very and I mean very knowledgeable. We caught plenty...
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Denver D.
Mansfield, AR
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on April 28, 2021
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FAQs about Crystal Flats Guide Service – 48 Years

Crystal Flats Guide Service – 48 Years offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $375 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - 3 hours family fun (3 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Fishing Booker Special (4 hours)
  • US $400 per day per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Afternoon starts at 1-2 pm (2 days)
  • US $450 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Lower Laguna Madre (5 hours)
  • US $800 per group, additional US $150 per person after 2 guests - Flats bay trips (8 hours)
  • US $850 per group, additional US $150 per person after 2 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Crystal Flats Guide Service – 48 Years, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS GARMIN TOUCH SCREEN ENGINE DATA WIFI FUSION FM
  • Fishfinder Garmin livescope GPS Sideview Clearview Traditiona
  • Flybridge RAISED CONSOLE T-TOP
  • Live Bait Well BAIT AND FISH LIVE WELL BUBBLES AND RULE WATER PUM
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor MOTORGUIDE SPOT LOCK REMOTE 10 FT Power pole,
  • Outriggers 10 FT 2022 power pole anchor
  • Ice Box YETI 5 DAYS ICE RETENTION

Trips booked with Crystal Flats Guide Service – 48 Years include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano and Temple Fork Outfitters)
  • Lures (Sponsored by Z-man, DOA,HHlure Cocahoes)

Crystal Flats Guide Service – 48 Years offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Lower Laguna Madre Bay)
  • Nearshore Fishing (South Padre Island Jetties and Boca Chica Jetties)
  • Flats Fishing (Redfish Trout snook Brownsville Ship Chan)
  • Backcountry Fishing (SHALLOW WATER SIGHT FISHING LIGHT TACKLE)

Crystal Flats Guide Service – 48 Years offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Shimano Reels 7 ft rods)
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling (Near shore during prime season King,Reds,Spanish 0)
  • Spinning (SHIMANO CI4 2500)
  • Jigging
  • Popping (Popping Cork with live shrimp)
  • Fly Fishing (TEMPLE FORK OUTFITTERS Bring your flies)
  • Drift Fishing (Mostly drifiting)

Top targeted fish species with Crystal Flats Guide Service – 48 Years include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Mackerel (Atlantic)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon

Meet the Charter Operator

Crystal Flats Guide Service
Port Isabel, Texas, United States
10 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
16 Customer reviews
Response time 6 hours
Member since September 2018
Whether you're a seasoned angler, a vacationer looking to experience prime South Texas fishing, or a beginner, fishing the bountiful Texan waters with Captain Cliff Fleming is an adventure you'll never forget. The captain is a six-pack charter captain with a US Coast Guard license and decades of angling experience. His targeted species are Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Mangrove Snapper, Black Drum, Tarpon, Snook, Ladyfish, Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, Cobia, Croaker, Whiting, Shark, and Mullet. Other specialties from the Brownsville Ship Channel such as Lookdown Fish, Filefish, and other unique species are in the cards too.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Mackerel (Atlantic) Atlantic Mackerel
Redfish Redfish

Boat specs

Shallow Stalker Cat 240 Pro (Center console) originally built in 2022. Powered by a 250HP Mercury Pro XS 250 hp four stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Lower Laguna Madre Bay
Nearshore Fishing
South Padre Island Jetties and Boca Chica Jetties
Flats Fishing
Redfish Trout snook Brownsville Ship Chan
Backcountry Fishing
SHALLOW WATER SIGHT FISHING LIGHT TACKLE

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Shimano Reels 7 ft rods
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Near shore during prime season King,Reds,Spanish 0
Spinning
SHIMANO CI4 2500
Jigging
Popping
Popping Cork with live shrimp
Fly Fishing
TEMPLE FORK OUTFITTERS Bring your flies
Drift Fishing
Mostly drifiting

Amenities

GPS
GARMIN TOUCH SCREEN ENGINE DATA WIFI FUSION FM
Fishfinder
Garmin livescope GPS Sideview Clearview Traditiona
Flybridge
RAISED CONSOLE T-TOP
Live Bait Well
BAIT AND FISH LIVE WELL BUBBLES AND RULE WATER PUM
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
MOTORGUIDE SPOT LOCK REMOTE 10 FT Power pole,

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano and Temple Fork Outfitters
Lures
Sponsored by Z-man, DOA,HHlure Cocahoes

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 60 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 60 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
5 years and up
No Smoking
allowed just roll down your windows
You Keep Catch
Extra $25.00 minimum fish cleaning
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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