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Address: 418 State Highway 100, Texas, South Padre Island, TX 78578-2401
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Crystal Flats Guide Service South Padre Island, Texas My name is Captain...

Crystal Flats Guide Service South Padre Island, Texas My name is Captain Cliff Fleming and I specialize in private bay fishing trips. I am a local fishing guide that has been fishing the Lower Laguna Madre since 1974. My passion to fish turned me into a passionate professional guide in 1986 when I got licensed by the USCG. When you fish with me my main goal is to have FUN while catching quality fish. I am a patient teacher and a low key coach for experienced anglers as well as small children. I have several small children of my own and know what Mom and Dad are usually looking for on a days fishing outing with their own precious children. Everything is provided: bait, tackle, ice, and drinking water. Anyone 17 or older will need at least a one day Texas fishing license. I have quality tackle and a flats boat that easily navigates the very shallow waters of the bay and also handles the near shore fishing challenges as well. We catch redfish, speckled trout, flounder, snook, kings, tarpon, mangrove snapper, and spanish mackeral as the seasonal runs provide them to us. If you and your family or buddies want to go on a FUN filled fishing trip, learn some new techniques, and get some local history of the area at the same time, I can provide those services while catching some great fish. Sight fishing, spin fishing, bait fishing, and fly fishing are all in my bag of services. No need to shop around you have just located your new favorite fishing guide and services. Take a look at my web site links for more details, photos, information, and reviews by previous fishing clients on google places. In addition to fishing, I do fireworks tours, dolphin watches, and boat tours for small private groups. Feel free to call or email anytime to hold your reservation for a SUPER FUN day on the water.

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Great Fishing!

This was our second trip with Captain Cliff! We enjoyed our fishing so much when we visited last August and decided to bring along a friend to share our experience. We had a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our second trip with Captain Cliff! We enjoyed our fishing so much when we visited last August and decided to bring along a friend to share our experience. We had a really fun morning, and again caught fish. Can't wait for our next trip!!!! Thank you Cliff.

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Midwest City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This was my third fishing trip with Cliff Fleming and I will not book another guide in the area. I have always had an excellent time with Cliff and he has always put me on fish. He is extremely knowledgeable of the local fishing conditions and the local area. He is a great ambassador for the Valley area and definitely... More 

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Cliff F, Owner/Private Fishing Guide at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this review

Wow Chili, I really appreciate the Professional review. As always your business is greatly appreciated and you company on the boat is unequaled. In addition I appreciate all the details on what is needed to be prepared for a 5 hr trip. Happy and safe travel my friend and I hope to see you next time you make it down... More 

Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Captain Cliff is the best fishing guide we have used. Very knowledgeable and eager to share his experience and offer help. He knows where to catch fish. We will definitely book him on our next visit to South Padre. Sue and Peter Williamson

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Cliff F, Owner at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this review

Thanks Sue and Peter, Such a pleasure to fish with you two world class anglers. Im a bit sorry for my Heavy East Texas accent. It was lovey to hear your British accent for a change of pace. I hope you get back next year or this fall or sooner. Take care and thanks for the great review. Your Friend... More 

Odessa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We had such an amazing time fishing on our half day trip! Cliff was such a great Captain we have two young children 7 and 10 and he worked hard to get them fish! We will definitely do it again! We also had the pleasure of meeting his daughter and I have to say she is the best co-captain around!... More 

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Cliff F, Owner at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the Quality review I will certainly pass it on to my 10 year old daughter, deck hand, and Co-Captain Nicole Fleming. Nicole certainly enjoyed your boys and relished in the chance to participate in take her your child to work day. You have some super sweet boys and all of you are more than welcome... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

We had a great time and caught lots of fish. Knows WHEN & WHERE to fish. We recommend you ask Cliff when the most likely time the fish will be biting & plan your time around Cliff's fishing expertise. We caught Black Drum, Redfish, & Trout. Then we took 2 filets to Blackbeards restaurant where they will Cook your Catch.... More 

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Cliff F, Manager at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this review

Thank you as well for the super review and feed back from Blackbeards' where I seldom get any bad remarks from customers. Please call again next tme you hit the lower coast of Texas. Until then keep a tight line. Capt. Cliff Fleming More 

Twain Harte, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

My son and I spent 3 half days with Capt. Cliff. He went above and beyond to make sure we caught fish everyday. My son is an accomplished fly fisherman but had never fished saltwater before. We had an absolute blast, my son is now hooked on saltwater! Capt. Cliff is down to earth, real personable, and the fishing knowledge... More 

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Cliff F, Owner at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this review

Thanks Danny just know California is a long way to travel and I am very appreciative you are coming back soon with your other son. I can't wait to meet him, for sure a fun trip or two that will make my jab a pleasure trip. See you post haste. Captain Parkwood boys Cliff Fleming More 

The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

Captain Clifford was a great guide! We really enjoyed our trip and caught a lot of yummy fish. He was very good at making sure we went to different spots and used different methods to limit out on trout. He's very personable and has a lot of good stories. We'll definitely be hiring him again the next time we're in... More 

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Cliff F, Owner at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this review

Thank you so MUCH for the fantastic review I can't wait to fish with you again in September for the WEEK, let's hope for great fishing and GOOD weather I look forward to seeing guts you very soon. Captain Cliff Fleming More 

Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015

My husband is a former fishing guide, and he knows that when you are fishing in a new area for the first time, a great guide is essential. Captain Cliff was more than just a great guide; he is a fabulous human being who knows how to make people feel comfortable on his boat. We booked Capt. Cliff for two... More 

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Cliff F, Manager at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review I felt like I was fishing with old friends hope you come back soon. It was good to make some new good friends. More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2015

Cliff had plenty of room for our family group of five and patiently taught us how to fish for speckled trout. Then we brought in 13 keepers out of many more caught. His easy going style was great for the whole family.

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Cliff F, Owner at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this review

I must say our trip was quite eventful never a dull moment. I love the picture of the do Eurasian dove you used for your profile pic. I must briefly tell the story of the dove on the boat. This dove was flying for his life. He was under attack from his apex predator the peregrine falcon. The dove just... More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015

My 12 yo daughter and I booked a morning trip with Captain Cliff and had the best fishing experience EVER. He was very respectful and patient with us. As soon as we got to the first spot of the day, we started catching fish immediately. We hit our limit on sheepshead and also caught other fish including a flounder and... More 

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Cliff F, Owner at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this review

Wow thanks for the review. You have a very special daughter by todays standards. She is quite the determined trooper. Hope to see you when she turns 13. Many she will catch an even bigger speckled trout. Capt. Cliff Fleming More 

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