Discover the diversity of fishing opportunities in South Texas with “Just Add Water” Guide Service. Based out of Rockport, you’ll explore back lake marshes, shallow flats, and deeper waters during a fantastic inshore fishing trip. Captain Jay Nichols is a true Texan. Raised in Galveston, his family moved south when he was 14. Having fished his whole life, competing in Bass and saltwater tournaments, he promises to share all his secrets with you.

The 25’ Haynie bay boat is one of the smoothest-riding boats around. With a shallow base, she’s suitable for all kinds of water and all types of fishing. Powered by a 350 HP Mercury Verado motor, she’ll reach whopping speeds of up to 50 knots. She features everything you need for a safe, productive day on the water, including all the necessary safety gear, a fishfinder, GPS, and a livewell to keep your bait fresh.

Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and many more delicious fish await you along the bays and flats. Using the latest Waterloo and Shimano rods and reels, along with a range of live and artificial bait, you’ll be in pole position to attract the bite of these monsters. Try trolling, drift fishing, jigging, and even popping, to catch their attention, before you use all your strength to reel ‘em in.

“Just Add Water” Guide Service is passionate about introducing young people to the outdoor life at every opportunity. Bring your kids aboard and, who knows, maybe one day they’ll repay the favor and bring you back to Capt. Jay Nichols. Everything you need for a fun and productive day is waiting for you, and the fish are calling your name. Come and explore this fishing paradise and make some everlasting memories.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Spring/Summer
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 2 - Nov 30
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Make the most of Rockport's famed fishery and spend 7 hours on the water (based on when we catch our limit) going after some exciting, beautiful, and delicious fish. Mix up your styles as you hit the bays, backwaters, and flats, trolling, drift fishing, or popping to attract the bite of some exceptional fish. You can even bring your own gear and go fly fishing, if you so wish. Home to Drums, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and many more tasty species, you'll look to fill up the fridge on this full-day trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Make the most of Rockport's famed fishery and spend 6-8 hours on the water (based on when we catch our limit) going after some exciting, beautiful, and delicious fish. Mix up your styles as you hit the bays, backwaters, and flats, trolling, drift fishing, or popping to attract the bite of some exceptional fish. You can even bring your own gear and go fly fishing, if you so wish. Home to Drums, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and many more tasty species, you'll look to fill up the fridge on this full-day trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 1 - Mar 1
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Make the most of Rockport's famed fishery and spend 4 hours on the water going after some exciting, beautiful, and delicious fish. Mix up your styles as you hit the bays, backwaters, and flats, trolling, drift fishing, or popping to attract the bite of some exceptional fish. You can even bring your own gear and go fly fishing, if you so wish. Home to Drums, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and many more tasty species, you'll look to fill up the fridge on this half-day trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Winter Weekday Special
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 14 - Mar 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    Weekday bay fishing trip special
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About the Captain

Jay Nichols
Rockport, Texas, United States
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Member since February 2019
Born into a family of avid anglers, Captain Jay was on the water from a young age. Raised in Galveston before the family moved south when he was 14, he's also a true Texan. Taking after his father, Capt. Jay has shown his talents in several Bass tournaments and has even guided clients to compete. With a lifetime's experience behind him, he has everything you'll need for a productive day on the water.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Haynie (Bay boat) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 350HP Mercury Verado engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the dates of your booking.

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

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

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

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Customer Reviews

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A great day of fishing with Captain Jay!
A great day of fishing with Captain Jay!
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Andy J.
Austin, Texas
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A great day of fishing with Captain Jay!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on November 27, 2020
We had a lot of fun with Jay. Everything worked perfectly. Jay really cares about his customers. We got the Texas Slam too! Already...
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Lockhart, TX
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VERIFIED   Full Day Spring/Summer on March 7, 2020
The low tide, wind, and cold didn’t help our fishing. However, Jay was able to get us on some Sheepshead where we limited...
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Sealy, TX
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Best day ever.

VERIFIED   Full Day Spring/Summer on July 14, 2020
This Caption was out going on a difficult day to make sure we had fun and most of all came home with fish. Limited out on Drum...
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Cypress, TX
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Full day fishing trip for reds

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on December 28, 2020
Captain Jay made it a great day fishing with my wife. Many thanks.
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VERIFIED   Full Day Winter Weekday Special on January 20, 2021
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