Drift Water Charters

Drift Water Charters invites you on lovely fishing trips out of Port Isabel. Bring your whole family and experience fishing on the rich inshore and nearshore waters of this part of Texas. Captain Joaquin Pena is a lifelong angler who’ll help you make a great catch, so come aboard and have lots of fun on the water!

Your journey will start on a 24’ Shallow Master flats boat that can carry up to 6 guests. It’s powered by a 200 HP SMS engine, uses all the top GPS, fishfinder, radio, and radar technology for navigation, also sporting a flybridge, ice-box, and livewell.

Among a big variety of fish you can catch, there are Mangrove Snapper, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Redfish, Snook, and more. Using both light and heavy tackle, you’ll attract your prey by trolling, bottom fishing, spinning, jigging, and popping. The captain likes having kids on board, so feel free to bring them along as well and have a lovely family stay on the water. You can also keep all the fish you catch if you want so.

Before you depart, you should just bring your fishing licenses as Captain Joaquin will take care of everything else, from all the fishing gear to snacks and drinks to catch cleaning.

Come and have a wonderful fishing experience with Drift Water Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM) MAX 5
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $400
    Get in the water early with the captain in search of Redfish, Trout, and Flounder using artificial lures. (Max 5 guests per trip)
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM) MAX 5
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $400
    Not a morning person? That's fine! Fishing for Redfish and Trout with the help of the sun in shallow waters is what you are looking for! (Max 5 guests per trip)
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip (MAX 5)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $800
    A 8-hour trip in search of any fish of your choice you can find in this area! This includes Spotted Seatrout, Speckled Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, Flounder, Snapper, Sheepshead, and Snook! (Max 5 guests per trip)
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FAQs about Drift Water Charters

Drift Water Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $400 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour Trip (AM) MAX 5 (5 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour Trip (PM) MAX 5 (5 hours)
  • US $800 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - 8 Hour Trip (MAX 5) (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Drift Water Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Drift Water Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Drift Water Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Drift Water Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Drift Water Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout

Meet the Captain

Joaquin Pena
South Padre Island, Texas, United States
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353 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2021
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Fishing has peaked Captain Joaquin's interest from an early age. He grew up fishing with family (uncles and cousins) and then he started sharing his knowledge with friends. Fishing became a passion for him and he realized that he even found it stress relieving and entertaining even when he was out in the waters by himself. Not only has fishing become a passion and hobby for him, but it has also taught him to be patient, persistent, and have an analytical mindset. The skills Captain Joaquin has acquired overtime have led him to become a seasoned fisherman and great captain. His hobby and favorite sport is almost an everyday activity for him and he wishes to share his knowledge with both inexperienced and experienced fishers. From personal fishing to group fishing and even family fishing trips, he will take you to the hottest spots in search of Red, Trout, Black Drum, or anything else you might be looking for that can be found near South Padre Island.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Boat specs

Shallow Master (Flats boat) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 200HP SMS 240 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 33 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

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
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

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Customer reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
99%
Caught fish
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VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (PM) MAX 5 on April 4, 2024
Captain Joaquin was amazing! If you want a knowledgeable Captain, he is it! He was so friendly, patient, and passionate about...
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Maria P.
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Captain Joaquin is the BEST!

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) MAX 5 on December 15, 2023
This was my first time fishing in South Padre and after reviewing a lot of the potential charters, I decided to book with Captain...
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William C. C.
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Captain Joaquin was above and beyond!

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (AM) MAX 5 on April 14, 2024
Today was my wife’s birthday. We flew in from New Jersey and could not wait to go fishing. The wind was substantial and made...
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Randall S.
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Fantastic day out on the water!

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip (MAX 5) on November 6, 2023
Captain Pena did a great job putting us on fish. We caught fish at every spot we stopped at. Limited out on Redfish and caught...
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Awesome captain, great experience

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (PM) MAX 5 on April 13, 2024
Captain is knowledgeable, patient and provides a fun atmosphere. He knew what he was doing, and found us fish. He didn’t...
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