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Captain
Richard Weldon
Cell 956-245-0147
Captain
Susie Weldon
Cell 956-778-8974


www.WeldonCharters.com

WELDON CHARTER SERVICE, ARROYO CITY, TEXAS

DRIFT FISHING AND WADE FISHING

Great fun for families, friends, business outings or

just getting away from it all!

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We supply the boat, ice, rods & reels, lures and all the tackle!

Just step onto the boat with your food and drinks and we’ll take care of the rest.
Enjoy drifting over potholes on grass flats or the white sands of the east side.
If you prefer to wade, we’ll stay right with you to make sure anything you need is never far away.
Back at the dock, we’ll clean and bag your catch.


WELDON CHARTER SERVICE, A FISHING GUIDE SERVICE IN ARROYO CITY, TEXAS


Specializing in sight fishing for redfish and speckled trout on the Lower Laguna Madre

Light tackle spinning and fly fishing charters

Guided fishing charters out of Arroyo City, Port Mansfield, and Port Isabel/South Padre Island


SIGHT FISHING THE CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS OF THE LOWER LAGUNA MADRE
FOR REDFISH AND SPECKLED TROUT SINCE 1985



Weldon Charter Service is a south Texas saltwater fishing guide service based in Arroyo City, Texas. Centrally located on the Lower Laguna Madre, our charters may range from Port Mansfield to South Padre Island. WCS offers fly fishing charters as well as lure fishing trips. Targeted species include redfish, speckled trout and flounder.

OUR APPROACH...

    Our usual approach is to sight fish for redfish and speckled trout whenever possible. Sight fishing can be done from the boat, poling, drifting or wading the warm, shallow flats of the Lower Laguna Madre.  Sight fishing requires an angler to spot and identify gamefish and make an accurate cast in varying wind conditions.

We are always ready and willing to work with individual anglers with regard to learning how to spot fish and cast to them.
    Sometimes a charter includes anglers of varying skill levels and even a mix of fly fishers and lure fishers. We'll try to work with each angler throughout the day and combine several different approaches in an effort to maximize everyone's opportunities. Of course, the more people taken on one charter, the harder it is for us to provide the individual attention that we strive for.


From novice to expert, the best opportunities and adventures are enjoyed by all when an extended stay of two or three days is planned. It is impossible to experience all of the different types of fishing the Lower Laguna Madre has to offer in just one day.


Early in the morning, before the sun rises high enough for sight fishing -- and on days where cloud cover prevents us from sight fishing -- we'll turn to other fishing techniques, such as stalking tailing fish, working topwater lures and soft plastics over potholes and or flounder fishing. These alternative techniques are usually done on the west side of the bay system, which has a grassy bottom.



Later in the day we may have time to experience sight fishing at its best, Florida or Bahamas style on the white sands of the east bank. The Lower Laguna Madre offers over sixty miles of pure white sand flats along the backside of the Padre Island National Seashore. The water depth on the white sand seldom exceeds 12" to 14". This strip of heavenly waters varies in width from several hundred yards to about a mile wide. Most of our clients have never experienced anything as beautiful and productive as the white sand flats of Padre Island. It is the only place in Texas where one can experience the combination of gin clear water over a white sandy flat.



Many times while fishing the white sand, we've seen grown men, experienced fishermen, fall completely apart at the sight of an approaching trout in the 25" to 30" range. They always describe it as being similar to buck fever!


Sight fishing can be so exhilarating that we still get just as excited over the last fish caught as we did over the first fish so many years ago. Again, due to changing weather conditions, ever-moving fish, and time constraints, it is always best to book at least two days in a row. Of course, if you can only get away for one day, the possibility of experiencing a perfect day in paradise is always worth it.






OUR FISHING GUIDE POLICY...  
    Once you book a trip with us, we will attempt to contact you two or three days in advance of your scheduled trip. At this time, we can go over the current weather forecast and determine where we will be meeting on the morning of your charter. If the weather forecast is not acceptable, we can re-schedule your trip if you wish. Once you have elected to go out with us, then we are both committed to following through with whatever agreement we have made. We cannot control the weather, the behavior of fish or the fisherman's abilities. Some days turn out to be windy, sometimes the fish are extra spooky and won't hit but, fortunately, many days are absolutely perfect! We feel badly when a client doesn't catch a fish or when the wind and weather unexpectedly turn on us but we cannot afford to give discounts or compensate you for any difficulties you may face. No matter what Mother Nature throws at us, we will always do the best we can to make sure you catch fish and have a good time.
   






GUIDED TRIP RATES


HALF DAY - 5 HOURS DOCK TO DOCK
ONE TO TWO PERSONS.................................$350.00
ADDITIONAL PERSON(S) ADD....................$ 50.00


EXTENDED HALF DAY - 6 1/2 HOURS DOCK TO DOCK

ONE TO TWO PERSONS ...................................$450.00
ADDITIONAL PERSON(S) ADD.......................$ 75.00


MAXIMUM FOUR ANGLERS PER BOAT

DEPOSIT REQUIRED ON ALL CHARTERS........$100.00
A deposit is required to confirm your date!


Please note that we no longer accept credit cards.


Corporate Trips and Larger Groups Welcome!

We often have requests for large groups or corporate outings. Most any place you stay on the Arroyo offers a lighted fishing pier for night fishing and bar-b-que pits for cookouts. Please contact us for lodging information. Also, there are some great golf courses not far away for those who would like to add a round of golf to their itinerary.

We also offer cast and blast trips during dove season. Dove hunting fields are so close to Arroyo City that we can easily fish in the morning and hunt the entire afternoon.

When we need extra guides to help us with larger groups, we have many good guide friends to help us out. With advance notice, we can add as many guides and boats as you need. Please contact us for more information.




Things you should bring with you
  • Current fishing license with saltwater stamp
  • Good polarized sunglasses (I use copper and vermillion colors)
  • A hat or baseball cap,
  • Rods & reels (spinning reels work far better than baitcasters, 8 to 10 lb. test is plenty),
  • If using a fly rod, seven or eight weight is normal,
  • Wading accessories (if you like to wade) may include wading or stingray boots & wading belt with stringer and pliers,
  • Tackle might include a small assortment of your favorites (don't sink the boat with stuff!),
  • Sunscreen,
  • Food & drinks (We'll have an ice chest with ice for your food & drinks and another in case you want to keep some fish),
  • We always have plenty of lures on the boat that we know will work for the type of fishing we'll be doing,
  • We also try to keep an extra wading net on board as well as a few stringers, a pair of wading boots, stingray leggings and sunglasses - just in case someone forgets something,
  • As for loaner rods and reels, we offer our clients the use of 7' spinning rods and spinning reels. We also have fly rods and reels in 6, 7, and 8 weights.

 

 







Weldon Charter Service - Our Boats

The 21-foot Dargel Skout is the original tunneled boat designed and built in the Rio Grande Valley specifically for the Lower Laguna Madre. Powered by the new Suzuki 140 h.p. Four-stroke engine, the Skout 210 is considered the most sought after fishing package in South Texas. It's fast, comfortable, and best of all--it's shallow!

Both of our Skouts are equipped with forward casting platforms, center casting platforms, dual rear casting/poling platforms and lots of deck space. Our boats are rigged for serious sight fishing!





WELDON CHARTER SERVICE
32883 FM 2925
Rio Hondo / Arroyo City, Texas 78583

956-748-0022


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