Have Boat Will Travel Guide Service

If you’re looking to land a big Red off the coast of Port Arthur, Have Boat Will Travel Guide Service will show you how it’s done! Captain Will Watkins has been fishing here for over 6 decades and has been guiding charters for more than 20 years. He’s an expert in light tackle and knows all the right techniques to put you in the right place at the right time.

You’ll be fishing from a 22’ Pathfinder bay boat, equipped with a GPS, fishfinder, wireless trolling motor, live bait tank, and safety gear. The boat’s shallow draft is perfect for fishing shallow ponds, flats, inlets, and inshore waters. The deck is spacious with enough room for 4 guests to fish at the same time and kids are more than welcome aboard.

You’ll be fishing the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the rivers, bays, lakes, and marsh ponds that surround Port Arthur. Here, you’ll be able to target species such as Redfish, Flounder, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Tripletail, and Spanish Mackerel. Capt. Will will provide you with state-of-the-art Shimano, Loose, and 13 Fishing rods and reels so you don’t have to lug around your own tackle.

Your captain is an expert fly fisher so if you have your own fly gear, bring it on board and Capt. Will will take you to the best spots for fly fishing. He caters each trip based on your level of experience as well as your preferences. If you’d like to relax and fish while sightseeing, or if you’d rather have an action-packed experience, both can be accommodated!

All you need is a fishing license, snacks, drinks, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing based on the weather for that day. Please note, you can purchase your fishing license online or at one of the nearby shops in Port Arthur.

Everything else is taken care of so you can get down to what really matters, and that’s catching big fish! Have Boat Will Travel Guide Service will put you on fish in no time and make sure you’re having a blast. Invite the family and get ready for an incredible adventure down in Port Arthur, TX!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    This trip is for up to four anglers.
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About the Captain

William Watkins
Port Arthur, Texas, United States
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
22 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2019
Captain Will Watkins has been fishing for over 60 years and guiding charters out of Port Arthur for more than 2 decades. He began fishing with his father when he was only 8 years old and it’s something he’s always genuinely enjoyed to do. After he retired from AT&T in 1998, he decided to turn his hobby into a full-time gig. Capt. Will is a proud father of 6, grandfather of 12, and great-grandfather of 4, and starting his own charter service has allowed him to spend more time on the water with them. He plans to keep the family tradition alive and instill the same passion and love for fishing to his great-grandchildren. His favorite part of the job is meeting new people and teaching kids how to fish. Capt. Will invites you to join him on an unforgettable adventure and catch some Bull Reds and other monster fish off the Gulf Coast of Port Arthur, TX!

About this listing

Targeted species

Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2007, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha SHO engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 53 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Please bring your own fly gear
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Including kids' sizes

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano, Loose, & 13 Fishing
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Water

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
Ages 8 & up
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

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
Checks

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 22 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (17)
Full day with Captain Mike Watkins
Full day with Captain Mike Watkins
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Troy D.
La Porte, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Solo Trip with Captain Bill Watkins

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on July 30, 2022
Great trip! Captain Bill was knowledgeable and willing to share it. We had great conversations, it was like I was fishing with...
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Michael M.
Baton Rouge, LA
Excellent
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Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Full day with Captain Mike Watkins

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 18, 2021
Took a fishing trip with me, my son under the guidance of Captain Mike Watkins. We caught 3 huge Redfish early on (Limited...
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Travis R.
Manchester, TN
Excellent
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Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with William

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 20, 2022
We started the day with a breath taking sunrise and ended with a water spout. In between we enjoyed some amazing fishing. We...
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Deborah M.
Uvalde, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on August 6, 2022
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Charles M.
Dallas, Texas
Excellent
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Fishing with William

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 16, 2022
Great trip! Lots of fish, great experience!
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FAQs about Have Boat Will Travel Guide Service

Have Boat Will Travel Guide Service offers the following trip to customers:
  • $650 per group - Full Day Trip (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Have Boat Will Travel Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box
  • Life Jackets Including kids' sizes

Trips booked with Have Boat Will Travel Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Loose, & 13 Fishing )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water )

Have Boat Will Travel Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Have Boat Will Travel Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Please bring your own fly gear )
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Have Boat Will Travel Guide Service include:
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tripletail