Come visit Port O’Connor, Texas and enjoy a lovely day fishing with First Cast Guide Service. You will explore the area’s inshore and nearshore waters along with their reefs, flats, and backcountry waters, and search for various prized fish. You will have the help of Captain John Ashley who will get you to the fish and make sure you have a successful and enjoyable trip. Come aboard and create some wonderful memories on the water!

You’ll fish from a 25’ Mowdy flats boat that can sit 4 guests and is powered by a 250 HP Evinrude engine that can reach a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots. The boat uses modern GSP technology for precise navigation and is equipped with a livewell to supply you with live bait.

You’ll go after Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Tripletail, as well as Redfish. You’ll be bottom fishing, spinning, jigging, popping, and drift fishing, all on light tackle. You can choose whether you’ll keep or release your catch and you’re free to bring along kids on your trip.

Captain John will take care of all the rods, reels, tackle, and lures you’ll need for fishing. In addition, he can clean and fillet your catch at no extra cost. Just bring your fishing licenses and some food and drinks, and you’ll be all set.

Come to Port O’Connor and have a great fishing experience with First Cast Guide Service!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $550
    Spend your full day of fishing at the Jetties or in the bay and back lakes. Fishing the jetties will see you bottom fish for Trout, Redfish, and Black Drum, as well as other species. You never know what you may catch. If you opt for fishing the bay and back lakes, you'll be drifting, wading, or anchoring up chasing the Black Drum, Redfish, and Trout.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $450
    Spend your morning in the bays or at the Jetties. Jetty fishing will consist of bottom fishing for Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, and other species. Bay and back lake fishing will consist of drift, wade, or anchor up fishing for the same species.

About the Captain

John Ashley
Port O'Connor, Texas, United States
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5 Customer Reviews
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Member since January 2019
Captain John grew up fishing the middle Texas Coast with his father and grandfather. The first encounter with fishing happened when he was only 8. He's been fishing the bays and waterways from Matagorda Bay to Mesquite Bay for over 4 decades. In 1999, he started guiding and has been a full-time professional fishing guide for the past 22 years.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Mowdy (Flats boat) originally built in 2019. Powered by a 250HP Evinrude engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Live Bait Well
GPS
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

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 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Nice reds and a couple of keeper trout!
Angler Rating
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
75%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Leonard M.

The captain canceled

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Jeff D.
Tomball, TX
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Half day trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip on June 18, 2021
Plenty of room on the boat and boat was stable. Knowledgeable of the area and finding fish. Very helpful to novice fisherman.
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Wayland H.
Keller, TX
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Day with Captain John

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 17, 2021
Great day on the bay
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Houston, Texas
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Half day with Capt. John Ashley

5 Hour Trip on March 11, 2021
Had a blast with Capt. John. Caught some undersized fish and had to throw them back but the keepers were great. He’s very...
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FAQs about First Cast Guide Service

First Cast Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 5 Hour Trip (5 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with First Cast Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with First Cast Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

First Cast Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

First Cast Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with First Cast Guide Service include:
  • Black Drum
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tripletail