Our Captain & Boat

We are excited to continue the Badfish reputation, and are looking forward to fishing with you this season. Capt. James Wheeler, a Port Aransas native, will be taking the helm this year. With more than 28 years of professional offshore fishing experience, Capt. James is anxious to share his expertise and enthusiasm for offshore fishing with everyone. 

We’ve made a few changes to the trip lineup, and are getting ready for an awesome season. 

We are open for booking, and trips will start May 1 at a discounted rate from the peak season. June 1 we will be up and running 100% at our standard rates

Please be patient as we make this transition, and as we transfer and update our website and contact information. At this time, feel free to message us on Facebook, or call 361-317-2233 with booking questions, so that we may assist you with your fishing needs.

Capt. James Wheeler

Taking the helm this year is Capt. James L Wheeler, Jr., who brings a multitude of experience with him, and aims to please clients. A Port Aransas native, he grew up along the docks, and developed a deep love of fishing. Having fallen in love with the Gulf of Mexico at a young age, when it was time to find work James turned to boats. Since age eleven, he has been employed in the maritime trade in various capacities. James has sixteen years of experience as a USCG 100-ton Captain; twelve of which were spent honing his craft in various fisheries. James’s determination to provide the best service possible for all clientele has been rewarded with many noteworthy catches. He encourages input from clients about trip expectations, and will do everything he can to ensure that you and yours have a memorable trip.

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee, a naturalized Third Coast Texan will be serving as the First Mate and tending to clients needs while on board the vessel. Daniel brings an additional seven years of professional fishing experience to Team Badfish, which has contributed to our team’s success. Capt. James and Daniel joined forces over four years ago and have developed solid professional communication and innovative fishing techniques. Whether sharing stories while underway, or efficiently running the deck on a wide open tuna bite, Daniel aims to please our clientele. Daniel loves to teach others about his passion for offshore fishing, so please feel free to ask any and all questions!


Badfish is a 40’ Ocean Super Sport Yacht with a 14’ beam and tournament-sized cockpit offering a stable fishing platform for several fishermen.  Powered by twin Caterpillar diesels rated at 420 horsepower each and a cruising speed of 24 knots, you are sure to get to the fishing grounds quickly.

If it gets a tad hot, bumpy or a rain shower is encountered, just slip inside to the air conditioned salon where comfortable seating is available for your use. When nature calls or one needs to freshen up, the head is nothing short of a bathroom complete with marine toilet, shower and sink with hot and cold fresh water.  For those who want a view and conversation with the Captain while traveling, check out the flybridge. Seating for several persons is provided In front of the helm as well as port and starboard sides.

Badfish is fully equipped for serious offshore fishing. The latest Furuno electronics include networked GPS, sonar and radar.  The cockpit is fitted with a Pompanette 130 lb fighting chair or a pedestal mounted rocket launcher set to accommodate anglers for the seasonal species sought after. A huge in-deck fish box will keep the catch fresh while refrigerated bait freezer and bait well makes it all happen.

We feature the very best in offshore tackle from light Penn Battle spinning reels to Penn International 30s and 50s to a couple of 130 class bad boys all spooled with top brand mono and/or braid. Rupp triple riggers and center rigger offer the advantage of providing a tremendous display of baits in a spread.