Down South Fishing Charters

If you’re looking for an unforgettable angling adventure, cast off with Down South Fishing Charters! Departing out of Port Isabel, you’ll have the chance to experience the inshore fishing that the lower Laguna Madre has become famous for. Even better? You’ll be guided on your trip by Captain Chris Cole, who grew up fishing these waters. He knows a thing or two about what it takes to hook the catch of your dreams.

Capt. Chris has plenty of angling experience, both personally and as a charter captain. With this experience comes the opportunity to share his love of the outdoors with his clients. This is something that he feels privileged to do. He especially loves taking new anglers out and loves watching their reactions if they’ve never been on a boat before. It reminds him to never take his love for these waters for granted!

You’ll be fishing from Capt. Chris’s 21’ Shallow Sport bay boat. She’s built for cruising narrow, shallow waters, making her the perfect vessel for exploring Laguna Madre. Capt. Chris can accommodate up to 6 guests, and warmly welcomes families with little ones on board, too. Your vessel is decked out with top-quality navigational and safety gear, as well as plenty of storage, so you don’t need to worry about bringing your own cooler.

When it comes to fishing, there’s a reason why Laguna Madre is so beloved by anglers! Capt. Chris will have you targeting exciting species such as huge Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Black Drum. You’ll be using light tackle to hook your catch, and your captain will show you how to wield your rod for the best results. Catch and release is encouraged – why not help preserve this excellent fishery for generations to come?

Rods, reels, and tackle are included in your trip, as well as drinking water. Live bait can be purchased at an additional cost, and you’ll need to pick up a fishing license beforehand. Then it’s time to cast off on an incredible angling adventure with Down South Fishing Charters!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    Spend a full day exploring the magic waters of the lower Laguna Madre! If you're a newbie, you can fit in plenty of learning and catching, and experienced anglers can cover lots of ground. You'll be targeting species such as Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Snook, and more. Your captain will provide the fishing gear, and you can purchase live bait at an additional cost. Just bring a fishing license and you're set! Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $425
    price breakdown
    $425
    This morning option is a great introduction to angling for newer anglers, as well as being the perfect way to hook yourself some tasty table fare. Capt. Chris will take you out to the most productive spots in the lower Laguna Madre, where you'll target Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. You'll be provided with top-quality fishing gear, and live bait is available at an additional cost. Just make sure you purchase a fishing license beforehand!
  • Private trip
    Father’s Day Special
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 16 - Jun 21 (Sun)
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Trip for Two starting at 375.00 . Each additional person 40.00 Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    This half day trip is a great introduction to angling for newer anglers, as well as being the perfect way to hook yourself some tasty table fare. Capt. Chris will take you out to the most productive spots in the lower Laguna Madre, where you'll target Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. You'll be provided with top-quality fishing gear, and live bait is available at an additional cost. Just make sure you purchase a fishing license beforehand!
  • Private trip
    Winter Trips
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Mar 1
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    When the weather gets cold the fishing heats up. Book your trip and treat your family for the holidays.?? Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
  • Private trip
    Winter Trips
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Mar 1
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
  • Private trip
    Spring Break Fishing Trips
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Apr 1
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
  • Private trip
    Spring Break Trip Specials
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Apr 1
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
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About the Captain

Christopher Cole
Port Isabel, Texas, United States
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12 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since September 2019
Captain Chris Cole has been fishingThe Lower Laguna Madre since childhood. He loves nothing more than taking customers who have never caught a fish (or have never caught a big fish!) out to explore the bay. He feels privileged that he gets to introduce these fishing grounds to people who have never seen the Lower Laguna Madre or have never been on a boat. Seeing how these customers react to their experience reminds him to never take his love for the bay for granted! As well as running charters, he also participates in all the major tournaments this area provides. He's more than equipped to take you on the adventure of a lifetime, and can't wait to welcome you on board!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Snook Snook

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Shallow Sport (Angler) originally built in 2019. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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
You Keep Catch

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
American Express
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
out of 5 stars from 12 reviews
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Having a great time with Capt. Chris
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Angler Rating
11
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
86%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   June 11, 2020
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Harold R.
Port Isabel, TX
 5.00
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Half day with Capt. Chris

VERIFIED   June 27, 2020
Captain Chris is completely customer oriented, took very good care of my family, was incredibly attentive and made my wife...
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Raul C.
Spicewood, Texas
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Half day of awesome catch with Captain Chris

VERIFIED   July 21, 2020
We enjoyed being out with Captain Chris kept us informed of our fishing trip was very knowledgeable of area helped us with...
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Mike H.
Port Isabel, TX
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Great day

VERIFIED   July 7, 2020
Great day with Capt Chris.  Very accommodating, professional and enjoyable to be with.  Worked hard to put us on...
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Roy B.
Kingsville, Texas
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Having a great time with Capt. Chris

VERIFIED   August 1, 2020
We enjoyed the trip, and are planning another one soon. Capt Chris knows how to treat his customers very well.
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