Emilio’s Fishing Adventures

Fish with the captain who has over 30 years of fishing experience! Captain Emilio invites you to join him at Emilio’s Fishing Adventures, at the herat of South Padre Island, and fishing exclusively out of Liam’s Stakehouse and Oyster Bar. He’ll take you on an adventure around the Lower Laguna Madre, where you’ll explore the local flats and inshore waters. With many fish species available throughout the year, the action never stops on this boat.

You’ll be fishing aboard a 23’ Majek Illusion boat, powered by a 2022 Suzuki 200hp engine. This vessel is tournament rigged but also offers a comfortable ride. She features a live bait tank, a cooler, and a wireless trolling motor, and she’s also wheelchair accessible.

Inshore spots are mostly reserved for Tarpon, while the main targets on the flats are Snook and Redfish. These are not the only catch you can get and you can also count on Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Kingfish, and Mangrove Snapper. All of this tasty fish is yours to keep after the trip and Capt. Emilio will clean it for you free of charge.

While your fishing equipment is fully covered, you’ll need to purchase your fishing license. There’s also bottled water on the boat but feel free to bring your drinks and snacks. You can bring your kids along, just get in touch to check if there are life vests in their size on the boat.

Come fishing with Emilio’s Fishing Adventures and spend an amazing day on the water!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Redfish & Trout (AM) Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $475
    Target Redfish, Trout, and Flounder. There's no need for a previous fishing experience and this can be a great introductory trip. The captain will cover your fishing equipment and clean your catch.
  • Private trip
    Redfish & Trout (PM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 9 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US $475
    Target redfish, trout, and flounder. There's no need for previous fishing experience and this can be a great introductory trip. The captain will cover your fishing gear and clean your catch.
  • Private trip
    Snook (AM) Trip-2 person max
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $550
    Target snook in South Bay or up the Brownsville shipping channel using lures and live bait. A 2-person max, please.
  • Private trip
    Redfish & Trout (All Day)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $800
    Start your adventure early in the morning and explore local flats and inshore waters. The captain will cover your fishing equipment, bottled water, and fish cleaning. Target Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, and Trout.
  • Private trip
    Snook trip 8hrs 2 person max
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $800
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Fly Fishing
    Jigging
    Popping
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
  • Private trip
    Tarpon trip 8hrs 2 person max
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Nov 1
    US $800
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Fly Fishing
    Jigging
    Popping
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 127 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Good trip
Very experienced guide.
So much fun!
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Angler rating
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Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Caught fish
86%
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Mike C.
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Experienced Captain / Great Guy

VERIFIED   Redfish & Trout (AM) Trip on April 11, 2024
Emilio grew up in the area and is a true professional guide. His equipment is clean well maintained and ready to work. He knows...
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Conrad M.
Houston, TX
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Tough Half Day Fishing, Easy Trip To Do Again!

VERIFIED   Redfish & Trout (PM) on June 25, 2023
Tough fishing with all the sea grass floating in tide lines every 4 to 10 feet absolutely EVERYWHERE in the bay with crossed...
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Michael F.
San Antonio, TX
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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Seatrout and Redfish Pursuit at South Padre Island, TX

VERIFIED   Redfish & Trout (AM) Trip on September 21, 2023
Had an enjoyable, entertaining, and educational day of fishing with Emilio’s Fishing Adventures.  With over 30 years of...
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Cindy R.
United States
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great AM Half-Day Trip with Captain Emilio

VERIFIED   Redfish & Trout (AM) Trip on July 27, 2023
My sons, nephew and I had a great time fishing with Captain Emilio. The boat was very clean, and he provided all the tackle...
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Jeff F.
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Good trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Redfish & Trout (AM) Trip on June 15, 2024
We will be booking another trip with Emilio. Very knowledgeable guide and had a good trip. He was very informative on...
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FAQs about Emilio’s Fishing Adventures

Emilio’s Fishing Adventures offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $475 per group, additional US $75 per person after 2 guests - Redfish & Trout (AM) Trip (5 hours)
  • US $475 per group, additional US $75 per person after 2 guests - Redfish & Trout (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $550 per group - Snook (AM) Trip-2 person max (5 hours)
  • US $800 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Redfish & Trout (All Day) (8 hours)
  • US $800 per group - Snook trip 8hrs 2 person max (8 hours)
  • US $800 per group - Tarpon trip 8hrs 2 person max (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Emilio’s Fishing Adventures, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Live Bait Well mullet, shrimp or Crocker
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Emilio’s Fishing Adventures include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Bottle Water)

Emilio’s Fishing Adventures offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Tarpon)
  • Flats Fishing (Reds trout snook)

Emilio’s Fishing Adventures offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Emilio’s Fishing Adventures include:
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Emilio Villarreal
South Padre Island, Texas, United States
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127 Customer reviews
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Member since June 2020
Angler's Choice
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Captain Emilio started sport fishing in 1990. and has traveled and tournament fished in many parts of the world. Some of them include the Bisbee’s black and blue 2nd place 2008, Los Cabo’s, The Hemingway Billfish Classic 1996 1st place Keywest FL, The El CID billfish Classic 1st place 2000 Matzalan, and a number of local tournaments out of South Padre Island Texas both in the flats for Redfish, Trout, and Flounder, as well as the local offshore tournaments.

About this listing

Targeted species

Redfish Redfish
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat specs

Majek illusion (Center console) originally built in 2015, and restored in 2022. Powered by a 200HP Susuki 200hp 2022 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Tarpon
Flats Fishing
Reds trout snook

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Live Bait Well
mullet, shrimp or Crocker
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Radar

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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
Disabled Accessible

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
Bank Transfer

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