Western Charters specializes in drift fishing and wade fishing the flats in the bay for Redfish, Flounder, and Speckled Trout. When the weather conditions are favorable, you can venture nearshore, bottom fishing for Red Snapper. If you prefer trolling, go for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, and the occasional False Albacore Tuna.

If you’re an angler who enjoys to catch, photograph, and release - by all means, you are welcome to come on board. Just as well for those who want to keep there catch.

You’ll be fishing on a 24’ El Pescador boat that accommodates up to 5 guests. This bay boat is powered by a 130 HP Honda engine, features navigational electronics, a live bait tank, and a cooler. Captain Abel is a licensed USCG Captain and has all the necessary safety equipment on board, so you can feel safe and enjoy your fishing trip.

You’ll fish with lures, both hard and soft plastics. Cut bait for bottom fishing is the best choice if you’re targeting big Redfish. You can also use live bait such as pinfish, shrimp, and croaker. Don’t miss out on the chance to fish with a popping cork, the way true Texans do.

All your fishing equipment, catch cleaning, and soft drinks are covered by the captain. You’ll need to bring your fishing license and pack some snacks for the day.

No matter what type of trip you choose with Western Charters, it’s a sight to be seen. And yes, the monsters do come out and play.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Night Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 28
    $760
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    $760
    Beat the Texas heat and start your adventure at night. This trip is available in the summer months when you can enjoy the cool breeze. You'd be surprised how active the fish can be this time of the day!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    You'll leave the dock and fish till you can't anymore or everyone is limited out on the boat. You can bring your own lunch or the crew can take a break, park the boat at one of the restaurants on the bay, and take an hour for lunch (that does not take away from your fishing time). All gear will be provided as well as cold bottled water, fish cleaning, and bagging.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    You'll leave the dock at 7:00 a.m. and come back in at 12:00 p.m. You'll fish in a way that will be the most productive for the season, which could be with artificial lures to live shrimp under a popping cork or even live or cut bait on the bottom.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    $380
    price breakdown
    $380
    Fish for the evening bite and enjoy the sunset and the fireworks show during the summertime, depending on the day. All gear is provided as well as cold bottled water, fish cleaning, and bagging. Your targets depend on the season.
  • Shared trip
    4 Hour Scouting Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    $290
    price breakdown
    $290
    This trip is for someone who wants to go fishing but has no one else to go with. You need to bring your own fishing tackle and bait and clean your fish. You'lll be looking for new fishing spots as well as checking older ones. The crew covers cold bottled water.
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About the Captain

Abel ESPARZA
South Padre Island, Texas, United States
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4 Customer Reviews
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Member since September 2020
Captain Abel Esparza has been fishing as long as he can remember. He has always wanted to become a fishing guide as well. He's worked hard to reach this goal, and now he wants to share his fishing knowledge and passion with you.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

EL PESCADOR (Bay boat) originally built in 2001. Powered by a 130HP Honda engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Flounder Gigging

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

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Benny Y.
McAllen, Texas
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Great Trip, Great Guy, Great Boat

5 Hour Trip (AM) on September 19, 2020
Right off the back I was impressed with the boat!! It made the trip back to the boat ramp on a windy day at Port Mansfield...
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5 Hour Trip (AM) on October 3, 2020
My family and I had an awesome time.  Abel is very personable and friendly.  He knew many great fishing spots and what lures...
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Jake A.
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5 Hour Trip (AM) on October 4, 2020
This was by far the best trip I’ve ever paid for. I will recommend all my fellow fisherman to book a trip any time, family...
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Scouting Trip on October 11, 2020
Had a great time! Captain Abel was very helpful and entertaining. Definitely recommend 10/10
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