"Just Add Water" Guide Service

(12) In demand!

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 23’ Shoalwater catamaran 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 200 HP Mercury Pro XP 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 Trip
    In demand!
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    7 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Make the most of Rockport's famed fishery and spend 7 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 full-day trip.
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About the Captain

Jay Nichols
Rockport, Texas, United States
Angler's Choice
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12 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
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.

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Shoalwater (Bay boat) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 200HP Mercury Pro XS engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
23 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
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

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 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:
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Checks

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (50)
5.00
out of 5 stars from 12 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
One slot Red shy of limit.  Two over sized tagged.
Limited out on trout in Cedar Bayou in 30 minutes
I love to be out on the water with my wife.
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Angler Rating
12
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Michael F.
New Braunfels, Texas
 5.00
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On The Bay with Capt. Jay

February 26, 2019
I grew up never being a fan of bay fishing due to having some bad experiences with Captains being rude and giving half ass...
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Gene P.
Canyon Lake, Texas
 5.00
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Full day trip with Captain Jay

October 6, 2018
Jay is not only an experienced and well-versed captain with a great knowledge of the Texas coast but also a pleasure to be...
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Kenneth N.
San Francisco, California
 5.00
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We have been fishing with Capt Jay since 2013 and it has always been a wonderful experience. He is professional,courteous and...
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Erin L. L.
Austin, Texas
 5.00
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Client for Life

July 29, 2018
My family has fished numerous days with Jay over the span of several years.  Never once have we been disappointed. ...
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Patti L.
United States
 5.00
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Fishing with Jay

July 25, 2018
We have fished with Jay many times . His equipment and boat are always clean and ready to go . A clean boat is always the first...
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