The Laguna Madre is simply the place to go for inshore fishing in Texas. Eat Sleep Fish Repeat Charters invites you to explore these productive waters and more with an experienced, qualified guide. Captain John Barrera has fished these waters since the age of 2, thanks to his father who has been a guide for more than 30 years. A prominent tournament angler, he’s just the man to show you the best techniques, and prepare you for a competition.

You need a versatile boat to take you inshore along the flats and out to the offshore rigs. The 2018 25’ Majek Illusion performance fishing boat is just that. Up to 6 anglers are welcome aboard, and you’ll be whizzed off before you know it thanks to the 250 HP Suzuki SS engine. A modern vessel, she boasts all the necessary safety and navigational equipment, along with a livewell and ice box to keep your bait and catch fresh.

Offering inshore, nearshore, and offshore trips, there’s no end to what you can catch. The region is home to over 20 fishing tournaments every year, so the special 2 Day Trip will help you prepare for a competition. Depending on the weather and the bite, use a range of bait and lures, and try a whole range of methods to land your catch. From bottom fishing to trolling, jigging to popping, try whatever to land the bite of anything from a Redfish to a Red Snapper, Flounder to Trout, Sheepshead, Pompano, and more.

You’ll even find equipment on board for one person to bowfish. On half day trips, you’re encouraged to bring your own fly fishing or bowfishing gear, if you’d prefer that. There really is nothing that you can’t do with Eat Sleep Fish Repeat Charters. All that’s left for you to do is get booking and bring your own drinks and snacks aboard and get ready for an incredible day of fishing in South Texas. Capt. John is calling you aboard today!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $500
    Get out early for that morning bite of exceptional inshore species. Depending on the weather, you'll use live, dead or artificial bait to lure the bite of Redfish, Flounder, Pompano, Snappers, Sheepshead, and many more delicious and exciting species. All conventional fishing gear, as well as a bowfishing bow and arrow, will be provided, but fly fishermen and keen bowfishermen are welcome to bring their own equipment. Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $500
    Spend 5 hours honing your fishing skills. All bait and tackle will be provided, along with gear – but you may bring your own rods and reels, especially if you want to catch something on the fly. Bottled water and ice will be provided on the boat, but you can bring any snacks and drinks you want; except bananas! Depending on the weather conditions and how the fish are biting; live, dead and artificial bait will be provided as you try to catch some delicious Flounder, Redfish, Pompano, Snappers, and more.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $800
    Eight-hour trips give the diehard fisherman some extra time to catch that full limit or search for that trophy wall-hanger they've always wanted. This trip runs from 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with the intent of filling the box with fish. In the event of a trophy-sized or personal best fish being caught, CPR (capture, picture, release) is greatly encouraged. If you want to keep it for home, then a taxidermist can be recommended and a deposit will need to be paid.
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,000
    These trips offer the chance to head out twice in the same day, stopping for lunch or a nap back on shore. You'll go from 6:00–11:00 a.m., before departing again from 2:00–7:00 p.m. These trips usually consist of Trout fishing in the mornings and fishing for Redfish in the afternoon. It's the perfect trip for those who want to mix it up a bit, and not wear themselves out too much. Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
  • Private trip
    2 Day Trip – Tournament Guide
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Day Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    $2,000
    Tournament fishing consists of a multi-day trip, including a practice day and tournament day. Practice days are done one to two days before the actual start with the intent of locating the species needed for the tournament. You'll take part in the weigh-in and practice the type of tackle and gear to use on the day of the tournament. Tournaments usually consist of Trout, Redfish, and Flounder as the target species. You'll be put up in a hotel with breakfast included.
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About the Captain

John Barrera
Port Isabel, Texas, United States
3 Fishing Reports
15 Customer reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since January 2019
Fishing has been a passion and a family owned business for me. My father continues to guide for over 35 years; growing up and following in his footsteps has always been a dream and successfully running and operating my very own charter business has been a goal of mine. I wish to grow in business and hopefully earn an honest living doing so. My passion is to pass on my love and respect of the great outdoors and wildlife to many others for years to come!

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Majek Illusion (Performance fishing) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 250HP Suzuki SS engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Up to 15 miles
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing
Flounder Gigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Life Jackets

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn, Shimano, Diawa
Live Bait
Live Croakers are charged extra
Lures

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

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Excellent
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Stan K.
Yantis, TX
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Wife kicks my butt !

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 18, 2021
Yes had a good time with Captain John and his girlfriend Lyndsey. My wife caught 5 of the 6 Redfish today with Lyndsey catching...
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Dustin F.
Gardendale, TX
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Day trip with capt. john

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 14, 2022
Best fishing experience me and my family have ever had. Captain John is a master in his craft and can get you what you need....
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Frank R.
Atascocita, TX
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Full day trip w John and his significant other.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 17, 2022
Despite the wind which was “kick ass” we caught quite a few reds and specs. Will definitely recommend John to family and...
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Geoffrey B.
Abilene, TX
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Redfish and Flounder with Captain John

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 24, 2022
John works hard and is very personable!
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Jami D.
Portage, MI
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Full day trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 7, 2021
What an AMAZING day! It was not only a ton of fun we learned a lot too. Capt. John is very knowledgeable of the waters and...
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FAQs about Eat Sleep Fish Repeat Charters

Eat Sleep Fish Repeat Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Extended Full Day Trip (10 hours)
  • $2,000 per day per group, additional $500 per person after 2 guests - 2 Day Trip – Tournament Guide (2 days)

When you book a trip with Eat Sleep Fish Repeat Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box
  • Life Jackets

Trips booked with Eat Sleep Fish Repeat Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn, Shimano, Diawa)
  • Live Bait (Live Croakers are charged extra)
  • Lures

Eat Sleep Fish Repeat Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 15 miles)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Eat Sleep Fish Repeat Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Bowfishing
  • Flounder Gigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Eat Sleep Fish Repeat Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout