If you want to try out a range of successful fishing techniques in productive waters, look no further than Good Times Adventures. Based out of south Texas, you’ll explore pristine bays and shallow water rivers, giving you the chance to bottom fish, troll, and even bowfish for a range of delicious creatures.

Captain Joseph Fonseca is a true fishing enthusiast. A native to the area, he’s been fishing these waters since he was a teenager, competing in and winning plenty of local tournaments. With unrivaled knowledge and a clear passion for these waters, rest assured that you’re in for a fun-filled trip, as he promises to do everything he can to put a smile on your face.

Step aboard your captain’s 21’ Shallow Sport bay boat and start living! Built to peruse these waters, she boasts a shallow hull, enabling you to reach the skinniest waters with no fuss. You’ll whizz across the bays to the sweetest fishing grounds, before the wireless trolling motor kicks in and guides you quietly without disturbing the fish.

Whatever you want out of your trip, Capt. Joseph can provide it. A bowfishing expert, he’ll take you to clear waters in search of some delicious fish, or can take you to the open bays. If freshwater fish are more your thing, the brackish rivers offer up Carp, Alligator Gar, Flounder and Sheepshead. Target anything from Gar to Snook, Trout to Spadefish, Snappers, and fill the boat with delicious fish.

Everyone is welcome aboard, and even pets can come. With space for up to 5 guests, bring the whole family for a fun-filled day out. Capt. Joseph promises to tailor the trip to your needs, so get in touch and let him know what you want to catch!

You can depart from Rio Honda, Arroyo City, or Brownsville, so just let your captain know what suits you best. Other than that, all you need to do is grab your Texas fishing license, bring some drinks and snacks, and step aboard Good Times Adventures for a thrilling day out. Why wait?



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour – Saltwater Bowfishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $300
    Head out first thing in the morning and take advantage of the glistening sunshine illuminating these waters. With a gun in your hand, you'll aim into the water to catch a range of delicious shallow-dwelling creatures, such as Flounder, Redfish, Trout, Drum, Sheepshead, and more. You'll start the day by trolling to make sure you land something tasty to take home for lunch, before practicing your accuracy skills with the bow.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour – Saltwater Bowfishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $300
    Catch the last sunlight of the day as you peruse the shallow water bays in search of some delicious and exciting fish with a bow in your hand. Your captain will set you up with everything you need, and will even let you troll a little to make sure you go home with something delicious. Then, when you hit the prime fishing spots, you'll creep up gently on your prey, aiming into the water before, bang! You've got your catch.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour – Mixed Bowfishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $350
    An early start on the water will give you the chance to take advantage of the glorious fishing conditions as the sun beams down on the shallow waters, giving you the chance to spot your target fish and fire away. The beauty of fishing these waters, is that you can go after freshwater and saltwater species. Alligator Gar and Carp rub shoulders with Sheepshead and Flounder, giving you the chance to fill the boat with plenty of delicious fish.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour – Mixed Bowfishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $350
    As the freshwater flows from Harlingen, you'll get to target a range of freshwater and saltwater beauties on this 6-hour trip. Exciting Alligator Gar and delicious Carp mix with Sheepshead and Flounder, giving you the chance to target a range of prized species to take home for dinner. Your captain will prepare everything for you, so just bring some enthusiasm and get ready for a pulse-racing experience as you test your accuracy to the limit.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Bay Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $350
    The rich bays and lagunas of south Texas are overflowing with a range of prized and delicious fish. Spending 6 hours in the morning will give you the best chance of filling the boat with these tasty beasts, as you test your skills to the limit in prime fishing conditions. Speed across the open bays and settle in the sweet spots, keeping quiet so as not to spook the fish. Cast away to bottom fish or try your hand at bowfishing to land Snappers, Drum, Mackerel, Spadefish, Trout, and many more.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Bay Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $350
    Discover the bays and lagunas of south Texas over the course of 6 hours and test your angling skills against some of the country's most prized inshore fish as you try to fill the boat. Troll the open waters and bottom fish the shallows, going after delicious Redfish, Snappers, Flounder, Mackerel, Sheepshead, and many more prized fish. Your captain is a passionate bowfisherman and he'll be more than happy to show you the ropes during the trip.
  • Private trip
    South Texas Bowfishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:15 AM
    $400
    Bowfishing in the Arroyo Colorado. This area is brackish water, this gives the opportunity to shoot both salt water and fresh water species. I recommend a good pair of polarized sunglasses. As this will make it easier to cut the glare of the water as we stalk fish to shoot. I provide all necessary archery equipment.
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About the Captain

Joseph Fonseca
Rio Hondo, Texas, United States
4 Customer reviews
Response time 24 hours
Member since May 2019
Captain Joseph Fonseca is a young, passionate, and devoted angler who's been exploring these waters for over 6 years, and working as a licensed captain since 2018. His main reason for turning his hobby into a career? "Seeing the joy of other people fishing and sharing my passion at the same time." On top of this, he loves seeing newbies and kids hook their first fish, and feels privileged to be part of his guests' fishing journey. In 2016, he won 1st and 2nd place in the Waleys Bow Fishing Tournament and 1st place in the Stick Flingers Tournament. With skills like these, he's the perfect guide to introduce you to these waters! In his own words, he's "an avid fisherman, I spend as much time on the water as I can and I love what I do! I'm also a diverse fisherman. I have a strong passion for bow fishing, although I use other tactics like drift fishing, wade fishing, bait fishing, popping corks, and using lures."

About this listing

Targeted species

Alligator Gar Alligator Gar
Black Drum Black Drum
Carp Carp
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Shallow Sport (Bay boat) originally built in 2005. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Spearfishing Equipment
Available on all trips
Ice Box
For your food and drinks
Radar
Life Jackets
Children's sizes provided

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano and Penn
Lures
Live bait can be bought for $40
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Water

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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
Must be at least 5 years allowed
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2% charge will apply.

Not included in the trip

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Kitchen
Refrigerator

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 4 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Katie R.
Salado, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Bowfishing

VERIFIED   5 Hour – Mixed Bowfishing (AM) on July 9, 2020
Don’t let the age of Captain Joseph stop you! He is full of energy and makes sure you will have the BEST time! I sent my...
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Scott G.
Llano, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fantastic day of fishing!!!!

VERIFIED   South Texas Bowfishing on January 29, 2021
Joseph is an outstanding individual and a hard working guide.  He won’t disappoint you!!!
Scott G. recommends Good Times Adventures
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Matthew L.
Aurora, MN
Very good
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Very good
4.0 / 5
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Very good
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6 hr tour!

VERIFIED   Special 6 hours trip for Matthew Lange on November 15, 2020
My wife and I went for a six hour trip. Very personable. Young guide service but works hard. I am an experienced fisherman...
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Esmeralda M.
Harlingen, Texas
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Joseph

6 Hour Trip – Bay Fishing (AM) on June 2, 2019
Had an amazing time.
Esmeralda M. recommends Good Times Adventures
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FAQs about Good Times Adventures

Good Times Adventures offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour – Saltwater Bowfishing (AM) (5 hours)
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour – Saltwater Bowfishing (PM) (5 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour – Mixed Bowfishing (AM) (5 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour – Mixed Bowfishing (PM) (5 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Bay Fishing (AM) (6 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Bay Fishing (PM) (6 hours)
  • $400 per group - South Texas Bowfishing (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Good Times Adventures, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Spearfishing Equipment Available on all trips
  • Ice Box For your food and drinks
  • Radar
  • Life Jackets Children's sizes provided

Trips booked with Good Times Adventures include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano and Penn)
  • Lures (Live bait can be bought for $40)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)

Good Times Adventures offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Good Times Adventures offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Bowfishing

Top targeted fish species with Good Times Adventures include:
  • Alligator Gar
  • Black Drum
  • Carp
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spadefish
  • Speckled Trout