First Cast Guide Service

First Cast Guide Service specializes in fishing the bays and back lakes around Port O’Connor, Texas for Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Black Drum. They offer wade or boat fishing with artificial or live bait, and can accommodate all of your fishing needs, whether it’s spending a day with your family or friends.
   
For the past 38 years, Captain John Ashley has been fishing the shallows of the central Texas Coast. He has been angling with his dad and grandfather since he was 8 and guiding professionally since 1999. Captain John has a reputation for quickly locating the best fish, and he’ll do everything he can for you to go home with filled coolers and unforgettable memories.

His boat is a 25’ Mowdy bay boat that can comfortably take up to 4 anglers fishing at the same time. Fresh out of the water in 2017, it features the latest GPS and safety gear. It also has a 250 HP Evinrude E-TEC Gen 2 engine, a live bait tank, and an ice-box for your catch.

Captain John specializes in using a variety of techniques, including live bait fishing and artificial lure-throwing. You’ll also have the chance to bottom fish, drift fish, use light tackle, and more. Your captain knows knows how to utilize the shell reefs and grass beds of the area in the best possible way, and in addition to Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Black Drum, you might be reeling in Tripletail and Sheepshead!

He uses top-notch baitcasting and spinning reels by brands such as Abu Garcia, Shimano, 13 Fishing Concept, and all the fishing gear and lures are included in the price. Live bait is available for an additional fee and bought before the trip. Catch cleaning is complimentary.

You’re welcome to bring your own cooler on board and any food/drinks you prefer. Be sure to buy a valid fishing license before the trip, wear appropriate clothes, and bring sunscreen.

Kids 5 and older are more than welcome and First Cast Guide Service will make sure their first cast is unforgettable!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $550
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This 8-hour trip will give you maximum chances of landing your dream catch. The captain will do everything he can to put you on Speckled Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and Tripletail.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $450
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Rise and shine and board the ship for 4 hours of fishing fun in the sun. Redfish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, and Tripletail will be on the menu – catch as many as you can!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hour trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $450
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This afternoon trip will see you exploring these bountiful waters for 4 hours. Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and Tripletail will be your main targets.
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About the Captain

John Ashley
Port O'Connor, Texas, United States
1 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since January 2019
I grew up fishing the middle Texas Coast with my father and grandfather. The first encounter with fishing happened when I was only 8. I've been fishing the bays and waterways from Matagorda Bay to Mesquite Bay for over 4 decades. In 1999, I started guiding and have been a full-time professional fishing guide for the past 15 years.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Redfish
Sheepshead
Speckled Trout

Tripletail

Boat Specs

Mowdy (Bay boat) originally built in 2019. Powered by a 250HP Evinrude E-TEC Gen 2 engine.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. 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 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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4.33
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