Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas

Lil Joe’s Guide Service specializes in family-friendly fishing trips along Aransas, Corpus Christi, and Redfish Bays. Captain Joe Wilson caters each of his trips based on his customers’ desires as well as their level of experience. He’s a former tournament angler, military veteran, family guy, and expert guide.

Capt. Joe invites you and your family to join him on his 22’ Trans Sport flats boat. His vessel is equipped with top-of-the-line navigational technology, fishfinding electronics, and tackle. The boat’s shallow draft provides the perfect experience for fishing flats and other low-water areas. You’ll be able to maneuver and switch locations with ease, based on where the fish are biting. She accommodates up to 4 guests, including children, and everyone can fish comfortably at the same time.

Your main targets for the day are Redfish, Black Drum, and Speckled Trout. The various bays and estuaries surrounding Corpus Christi are brimming with numerous inshore species, so you won’t only be limited to these 3 species. You may also encounter other fish, such as Jack Crevalle and even the occasional Blacktip Shark.

Capt. Joe will make sure you’re taken care of by providing you with state-of-the-art rods and reels, made by Penn and Falcon. Live bait and lures are also included.

All you have to bring with you is a valid Texas Saltwater Fishing License, which you can purchase online, some snacks and drinks, and protection against the sun. Everything else will be taken care of so you can enjoy your trip with the family and catch delicious fish all day long. Get ready for the ultimate Texas fishing adventure and join Lil Joe’s Guide Service down in Port Aransas!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $550
    Get ready to discover Corpus Christi, Redfish, and Aransas Bays with Lil Joe's Guide Service! You'll spend the whole day targeting Redfish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, and more! Tackle is included, so just be sure to pick up your fishing license before your trip, arrive 15 minutes early, and the rest will be taken care of. Feel free to bring your favorite nibbles and drinks for the ride, and be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $450
    Join Lil Joe's Guide Service down in Port Aransas, TX and get ready for an exciting day of fishing! Your main target species include Black Drum, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Jack Crevalle, and more. Your fishing tackle is included in the price, so all you need to do is get your fishing license and meet the captain 15 minutes before the trip. Feel free to pack food, beverages, sunscreen, and any other personal items you may need and get ready to catch some delicious fish with Capt. Joe!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Jul 31
    $450
    Get ready for an exciting adventure on the Corpus Cristi Bay with Lil Joe's Guide Service! You'll spend the afternoon targeting Red and Black Drum, Speckled Trout, and other inshore A-listers. Capt. Joe will supply the rods, reels, and tackle, so just be sure to get your fishing license before the trip and the rest will be taken care of. Bring snacks, drinks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses, and join Capt Joe in Port Aransas, TX for a fun day of fishing!
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About the Captain

Joe "Lil Joe" Wilson
Port Aransas, Texas, United States
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Member since September 2015
Captain Joe Wilson has been fishing since he learned how to walk. One day his dad put a rod and reel in his hand, and the rest is history! He’s been running charters out of Corpus Christi since 2009 and what he loves most about his job is meeting new people, teaching beginners how to fish, and putting smiles on customers’ faces. Before he began running charters, Capt. Joe was a competitive Bass circuit tournament angler. He’s also a military veteran and enjoys taking other former and current service members out on the water for a fun day of fishing. Next time you’re in the Port Aransas–Corpus Christi area, come fishing with Lil Joe’s Guide Service and get ready for the ultimate saltwater adventure!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Trans Sport (Flats boat) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 200HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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 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, 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
American Express
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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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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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on September 30, 2021
We arrived at the pickup spot about 15 minutes early and Capt Joe was already there. Headed out in his 22-ft. Tiburon flats...
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Half AM trip with Captain Joe!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 26, 2021
Absolutely the nicest man around, was super helpful for a boat full of first timers and definitely worked hard to ensure we...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 23, 2021
Been on a few different guided trips freshwater and now salt. And let me tell you Joe has by far been the best guided fishing...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 15, 2021
I can’t say enough good things about our trip with Capt. Joe. It was myself, My wife and our two teenagers. Joe was excellent...
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VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on October 14, 2021
Capitan Joe was able to put us on fish even with less than ideal weather conditions. Had a great time!! Can’t wait till the...
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FAQs about Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas

Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Falcon & Penn )
  • Live Bait
  • Lures

Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas include:
  • Black Drum
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Speckled Trout