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Crystal Flats Guide Service

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418 State Highway 100, Texas, South Padre Island, TX 78578-2401
+1 956-346-0140
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A buddy and I booked a trip with Capt. Cliff Fleming for the July 4th weekend. Capt. Cliff is... read more

Reviewed August 8, 2017
jeffmelloy
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Houston, Texas
A little disappointed!!!

When the captain arrived, there was no introduction of himself, and no intro of us to him. No... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2017
psmcdaniel38
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Cripple Creek, Colorado
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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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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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418 State Highway 100, Texas, South Padre Island, TX 78578-2401
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

A buddy and I booked a trip with Capt. Cliff Fleming for the July 4th weekend. Capt. Cliff is intelligent and knows these waters better than anyone else. We enjoyed visiting with him and gained a ton of knowledge about bay fishing. He gave us...More

Thank jeffmelloy
Reviewed June 5, 2017

When the captain arrived, there was no introduction of himself, and no intro of us to him. No commentary about where life jackets might be, if needed, or any other safety details. While we were not novices, we thought those items important. No conversation about...More

Thank psmcdaniel38
browntoes, Owner at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2017

Sir, I dont recall all the details you mentioned that you found offensive but Ill try to address each of them in a kind fashion as to not cause any further disappointment to you. Concerning the introduction of myself I do apologize if I did...More

Reviewed April 23, 2017

We had a great time with Cliff and our 2 boys aged 5 and 8. We are going back again this summer. Nice boat, good chance of catching fish, overall a safe family experience.

Thank Amy M
Reviewed February 24, 2017

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...More

Thank Susan W
Reviewed October 19, 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...More

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Cliff F, Owner/Private Fishing Guide at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2016

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...More

Reviewed August 31, 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 WilliamsonMore

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Cliff F, Owner at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2016

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...More

Reviewed August 20, 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...More

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Cliff F, Owner at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2016

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...More

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Reviewed February 14, 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, &...More

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Cliff F, Manager at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2016

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

Reviewed August 18, 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...More

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Cliff F, Owner at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2016

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...More

Reviewed June 15, 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...More

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Cliff F, Owner at Crystal Flats Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2015

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

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