South Padre Island Fishing: The Complete Guide for 2024

May 16, 2024 | 9 minute read Comments
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South Padre Island is not your average Texas coast fishing spot. The island is roughly in line with Miami and looks as much like the Keys as the upper coast. South Padre’s fishing is also surprising, with species you can’t catch anywhere else in the state. Throw in nearshore reefs, sprawling shallows, and easy access to deep water, and you get some serious angling potential.

In this article, we break down everything that makes SPI special. Learn about the area’s top species and fishing spots. Pick up tips on the various ways to work these waters. You can also get info on tournaments and regulations. In short, this is your complete guide to South Padre island fishing.

Best Fish to Catch in South Padre Island

There are dozens of fish to catch in this part of Texas. Most of them taste great and pretty much all of them put up a good fight. We’re talking local favorites like Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook, Tarpon, Snappers, and even Sharks, Tuna, and more. So we’ll start off by giving you a rundown of the “must catch” fish while you’re in town.

Redfish and Speckled Trout

Two anglers posing with the fish they caught on a fishing charter – one is holding a Redfish, while the other holds a Speckled Trout

These guys are the dynamic duo of the South Padre Bay fishing scene. The staple catches in the island’s shallows. Redfish and Speckled Trout grow fat and happy in the sheltered seagrasses of the Laguna Madre. Small fish make for a tasty meal. Big ones will give you the fight of your life on medium-light spinning or fly gear.

You can catch Seatrout and Redfish year-round in South Padre. The biggest “Bull Reds” show up in summer and early fall, but young “Puppy Drum” are around in force all year. It’s a similar story with Trout. The large “Gators” hit the shallows in spring, but smaller fish are a constant catch. Throw in the huge Flounder that also live here, and you get a Texas Slam! And once you’ve landed that, why not reward yourself at a restaurant that can cook your catch?!

Snook and Tarpon

A man kneeling in a hat and shades at the front of a boat with a large Snook near the jetties

Wait, you can catch Snook in Texas? If you’re in South Padre, you sure can! Snook spend the whole year here. In the warmer months, they usually hunt on the flats and around jetties. When the weather turns cold, they head to deeper passes and channels. Wherever they are, they’re a real favorite among South Texas anglers.

Snook aren’t the only warm-water fish that show up around SPI. Tarpon spend most of the year here. They roll into Brazos Santiago Pass as early as March, and stick around into October. In late summer and early fall, they also move along the beaches and jetties. This is the best time of year to target them.

Sharks

A closeup of an angler's midrift, as he battles it out with a Shark whose head is just peeping out of the water

Shark fishing is getting more and more popular in South Padre Island, and it’s easy to see why. You can catch a range of big, toothy predators right off the beach or in the bay. Blacktips and Bonnetheads are the entry-level targets, perfect for kids and families. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, you can also take on Bull Sharks and even Hammerheads farther out.

South Padre’s Shark bite is best in summer. This is when the fish are most active and in shallow water. Sharks are nocturnal hunters, so night fishing is the most effective (and exciting) way to target them. To keep the local fisheries healthy, we recommend always releasing Sharks unharmed – especially endangered species like Hammerheads.

Red Snapper

A young boy holding a Red Snapper, while back on the dock after a South Padre Island fishing trip

Fish lovers and foodies need no introduction to Red Snapper. This delicate, flaky meat is some of the best eating in the Gulf. Understandably, Red Snapper regulations are very strict. In federal waters, you can only catch them for a couple of months each year. State waters are similarly limited – except in Texas. Here, you can target Snapper all year long if you can find them.

Enter the Rio Grande Valley Reef, 1650 acres of hard structure sunk off South Padre. Once finished, it will be the largest artificial reef complex in the world. It’s specifically designed to grow and hold reef fish like Red Snapper. A vast Snapper city that you can visit all year long? Sounds like angling heaven to us!

Tuna

A middle-aged man in sunglasses on a sportfishing boat holding a Blackfin Tuna

Inshore fish are fun and Snapper sure are tasty, but nothing compares to taking on Tuna. You can catch both Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna in the waters offshore from SPI. You need to head 30 miles to reach them. The best spots are well past that. Make the trip, though, and you’ll be rewarded with a tough fight and enough Tuna steaks to feed an army.

Summer is the best time for Tuna fishing in South Padre Island. The sea’s calm and the fishing grounds are alive with apex predators. Your best bet is to troll around deep sea oil rigs or shrimp boats. The Tuna aren’t alone here. Wahoo, Mahi Mahi (“Dolphin”) – even Blue Marlin and Sailfish show up. You really need to bring your a-game when deep sea fishing.

How to Go Fishing in South Padre Island

As you can tell, South Texas has a lot of variety in what you can catch. You also have plenty of options when it comes to fishing for them. The most popular ways to wet a line are from shore, on a kayak, or on a fishing charter. Here’s a summary of what makes each one special.

Shore Fishing

Two fishing rods set up in rod holders on a beach on South Padre Island on a cloudy day

South Padre is an amazing place to fish from shore. The island is covered in sandy beaches that are perfect for surf fishing. There are jetties and piers for casting into deeper water. If you don’t mind getting wet, you can even wade fish on shallow flats. The whole area seems custom-built for shore anglers.

Your main targets will be Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. You can also find Snook in some spots, as well as Tarpon if you time your trip right. In short, all of South Padre’s inshore stars are reachable from land. You probably won’t catch a monster, but you will find plenty of fun.

Kayak Fishing

A lone, red fishing kayak on a beach with waves crashing in behind and seaweed lying around

Itching for a little more action? Want to reach remote spots where the big fish hide? One simple solution is to jump in a kayak. Launch out from spots around the island for a relaxing few hours away from the busy beaches. If you don’t own a fishing kayak, you can rent them locally for a little over $100 per day.

Kayaks aren’t just good for escaping the crowds. They also give you a lot more options of what you can target. Catch big Redfish, Trout, Flounder, and Snook, as well as species like Spanish Mackerel and Sheepshead. Experienced ‘yakers can even head out in search of Red Snapper, Cobia, and Kingfish.

Charter Fishing

A family smiling towards the camera, while fishing on a small boat near a wooden jetty

This is the ultimate way to fill the boat or find a monster. Fishing on a charter opens up areas and techniques that just aren’t an option otherwise. No fish is out of reach. No spot too far. And that’s just the boat itself. You also get all the benefits of fishing with a local professional.

Charter captains spend their lives working these waters. They know all the best spots for the season or style of angling you’re interested in. They’re also clued up on regulations and limits, so you don’t have to worry about them. If you want a hassle-free day on the water and a ton of fish to show for it, this is the way to go.

South Padre Island Fishing Spots

You know what you want to catch. You know how to get to it. Now you need to figure out where to go. The truth is that you can find fish pretty much everywhere. However, there are some tried and true fishing spots for each species and style of angling we mentioned above.

Shore Fishing Spots

A view along South Padre Island fishing jetty across the inlet to a beach on a clear day
  • Holly Beach. Holly Beach is just north of Laguna Vista on the mainland. It’s one of the best wade fishing spots around, full of shallow seagrasses that hold good-sized Speckled Trout and Redfish. There are also hazards like oyster beds and stingrays, though, so be careful if you’re new to wading.
  • South Padre Island Fishing Jetties. These twin jetties sit on either side of the pass, on the island’s southern tip. They’re go-to spots for fishing deep water. You can catch Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, and more here. The main draw are Tarpon, which move into the pass each summer.
  • Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier. The longest fishing pier in Texas, running next to the Queen Isabella Causeway. It’s a great place to catch a range of inshore species, from Trout and Croaker to Sheepshead, Flounder, Catfish, and more. You can also rent rods and buy supplies here.

Kayak Fishing Spots

A van with kayaks on its roof driving along a beachside road on South Padre Island
  • Brazos Santiago Pass. Fishing from the jetties is one thing, but exploring the pass itself is a whole other story. These waters are a magnet for Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon. You can also find King Mackerel in the deeper reaches. The pass gets a lot of traffic, though, so be alert when fishing here.
  • South Bay. Looking for a remote, relaxing bay to explore? This is the place for you. South Bay is just across the pass from SPI. It’s ideal for kayak fishing, with plenty of Redfish, Trout, and Snook to keep you busy. There’s even a paddling trail which takes you to the bay’s top honey holes.
  • Rio Grande Valley Reef. This is more a general area than a specific fishing spot. Drive up the island until you run out of road then paddle out until you start to find structure. The RGV Reef holds Red Snapper, Spadefish, Mackerel, and more. However, it’s an 8-mile paddle and not for beginners.

Boat Fishing Spots

A charter boat in South Padre Island heads out through Brazos Santiago Pass on its way offshore, with anglers sitting on the deck
  • Brownsville Ship Channel. This is the absolute best place to catch Snook in the fall and winter. Big fish pile up in the depths, making them almost too easy to find. You can also set your sights on Tarpon, Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, and more.
  • Port Isabel Reef. An artificial reef around 10 miles southeast of the pass, almost in Mexican waters. It holds anything from Cobia and Kingfish to Red Snapper and Spadefish. The reef doesn’t get too crowded, as South Padre anglers are about the only people who can reach it.
  • Texas Clipper. A 473′ clipper sitting roughly 17 miles off South Padre Island. This is an amazing place to land Red Snapper, Triggerfish, Sheepshead, Spadefish, and Grunt, as well as hard-fighters like Barracuda and Kingfish. If you’re after variety, things don’t get much better.
  • Oil Rigs. The heart and soul of Texas’s deep sea fishing scene, home to Amberjack, Dorado, Tuna, and even Marlin. Oil rigs cover the Gulf from 10 miles up to 140 miles out. The farther you go, the bigger the fish get. SPI is special because it’s the closest point to deep-water rigs like Perdido.

South Padre Fishing Tournaments

A group of anglers posing on the dock with the fish they caught at the 80th annual South Padre International Fishing Tournament

As if the fishing wasn’t exciting enough, South Padre hosts a variety of tournaments each year. There’s something for everyone, from family-style events to serious sportfishing competitions. The most famous one by far is the South Padre International Fishing Tournament. It’s been going for 80 years and now draws over 500 boats each July.

In August, female anglers can test their skills in the Ladies’ Kingfish Tournament. This long-running competition gives you three chances to win. A Bay Division targets Redfish, Trout, and Flounder. An Offshore Division focuses on Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna, and Dorado. Lastly, the angler who catches the biggest Mackerel will be crowned “Queen of the Kings.”

Looking for something more casual? Have fun for a good cause at the annual Fishing for Hope Tournament. This family-friendly inshore event raises money for the Hope Family Health Center, a local non-profit medical clinic. And these are just a few of many tournaments held around the island.

South Padre Island Fishing Regulations

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Anglers aged 17 and over need a license to fish in Texas, whether it’s on a charter, a kayak, or on foot. There are a few exceptions to this, which we’ve dedicated an entire article to already. If you need to buy a fishing license in South Padre Island, you can head to the aptly-named Blue Marlin Supermarket. You can also get them at Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier.

Texas has no seasonal closures for catching fish. However, you should brush up on closed seasons before heading into federal waters, especially for Red Snapper. You should also check size and bag limits for any fish you intend to keep. If you’re fishing on a charter, your captain will take care of all this for you.

South Padre Island: A South Texas Fish Magnet

A view of South Padre Island at sunset, taken from the jetty at the south of the island, with a crowded beach in the distance

South Padre is surrounded by so many fish that it almost seems deliberately built to hold them. Actually, it kind of is. From ship channels to reefs to oil rigs, the waters around SPI have been shaped and decorated to attract as many fish as possible. And that’s without even mentioning the natural wonder of the Laguna Madre.

The fishing grounds aren’t the only things that make the island special, though. This is one of the most southern points in the country, with species you can’t find anywhere else in Texas. Add in a relaxed vibe and some stunning scenery, and you have an angling destination you could come back to year after year.

And now over to you. Have you ever been fishing on South Padre Island? Got any stories you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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Brent

Mar 20, 2024

Hi There!
I will be at SPI April 25-29 staying near the SPI Birding/Nature center (I will have a car) and would like to do some casual catch and release fishing from the shore. I don’t mind exploring/walking/wading, and am not targeting any specific size or species, I just like the hook up and catching different fish! I have some medium spinning gear I’ve used in places like Florida in this manner with some success. I’m from New Mexico so any change from the 9 inch wild brown trout I catch on the fly rod will be exciting 🙂

Are there any specific lures/baits to use? Is live bait readily available to buy or catch? Any advice is appreciated!
Thanks

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    Rhys

    Mar 21, 2024

    Hi Brent,

    Rhys here from FishingBooker. If you have a car in SPI, then you’ll have access to a wide range of fishing spots – and species! From wading in the flats near the Birding and Nature Center to fishing the jetties in near the Brownsville ship channel, you’re in for plenty of action.

    Because of the range of species you’ll be targeting, you’ll want a tackle box full of lures and bait. Try a mixture of shrimp, crab, pinfish, and mullet, along with lures like spoons, jigs, plastic worms, and imitations of all the aforementioned bait fish, adn you’ll be able to entice everything from Redfish and Seatrout to Snapper and Sharks! You can easily get your hands on plenty at stores such as Island Bait and Tackles (the closest to where you’ll be staying) and Anglers Marine Center. I hope this helps.

    Tight lines,

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Jacob Moore

Jun 26, 2023

Any good rod reel combos that you would recommend for an offshore charter that would also be good for lake or river fishing when I get back home? I was told whatever reel I get needs to be able to handle 50lb test line, but I’m new to this so I’m not quite sure what I’m looking for. We head down Friday for a week and I was planning on buying a pole before I go or even picking one up somewhere on the island.

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    Rhys

    Jun 26, 2023

    Hi Jacob,

    Thanks for your good question. While there are definitely saltwater rods and reels that can be suitable for freshwater fishing (not the other way around), it all depends on what you plan on catching. For offshore fishing, you will, indeed, need a sturdy rod able to handle 50 lb test line but that may be a bit much for your freshwater endeavors, depending on the species you have in mind.

    In any case, a medium-action spinning or baitcasting rod will be your go-to pole if you want to use the same gear for offshore and freshwater fishing. But your reel and line for each trip will depend on what you want to catch. I hope this helps.

    Tight lines,

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Javier Cano

Mar 29, 2023

Hello, I just took up fly fishing back in September, have really enjoyed it. Normally when traveling I visit the Guadalupe River and others in Oklahoma. Are there any spots you would suggest for fly fishing (wade) in SPI or Laguna Vista areas? Thx in advance!

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    Tanya

    Mar 29, 2023

    Hi Javier,
    Thank you for reading our blog and reaching out.
    Lower Laguna Madre is about 3 feet deep and it’s perfect for fly and sight fishing for Reds. While it might not be in the exact area you had in mind, give it a try – you won’t be disappointed.
    Hope this helped.
    Let us know how it went.
    Tight lines!

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David S

Dec 29, 2022

Do you know of a guide who specializes in fishing South Bay? Years ago I used to fish and go oystering in South Bay with a long time friend, Sandy Hall, who was an avid fisherman and lawyer in Port Isabel. He knew the places where we could walk around in knee-thigh deep water feeling for oysters with our feet. When we found one, we would would shuck and eat it right off the platform on the boat. Sandy always had shucking knives, a bottle of Tabasco and some fresh cut limes ready. This is the best way on earth to enjoy fresh oysters. Ummm.
If you can recommend a guide who might be able to help me share a similar experience with my grown sons, I would appreciate it.

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    Rhys

    Dec 30, 2022

    Hi David,

    Thanks for reading and sharing your experience with us. I can certainly see why you’d want to do the same again with your sons! Most charter operators in Port Isabel or South Padre Island would be happy to take you to South Bay. I’m sure if you reach out to them before booking, they’ll be able to tailor the trip exactly to your needs. I hope this helps.

    Tight lines,

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    Santos sanchez

    Mar 18, 2023

    Danny Tamayo and jencho both of this guides are long time fisherman of South Bay they are located at jimmys marina at port Isabel they know exactly what you are talking about they even know your attorney friend

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Cheryl Cook

Dec 6, 2022

Can you fish from the canals? A condo we are looking to stay had a canal right next to it. 2 min walk to beach

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    Vuk

    Dec 6, 2022

    Hi Cheryl,

    Thanks for getting in touch. You definitely can fish from the local canals, though it may be hit-and-miss depending on exactly where you decide to start casting.

    Tight lines!

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Jesse

Oct 15, 2022

I just went on my first charter for Bay fishing! I got 3 Speckled trouts and 1 nice 24″ Red fish! I was so excited because that was 1st fishing experience. Capt. Big John was awesome. He explained how to fish. How to hold a fish. What the size requirements were under Texas law. Overall an awesome fun time! Thank you Captain. New life long fisherman now.

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    Andriana

    Oct 19, 2022

    Hi Jesse,

    I’m very glad you enjoyed your first-ever fishing experience, may there be many many more to come. We pride ourselves in our captains who go above and beyond so that the first-timers can have a blast on their fishing trip.

    If you haven’t already, feel free to leave a review on your captain’s listing, it will help new anglers decide to book with him and allow your guide take even more people on an unforgettable trip.

    All the best in your fishing adventures, Jesse.

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Albert

Jul 12, 2022

Planing on going tomorrow don’t know much but I have done much research on them but wanting to do the best to keep them I never have any and would love to have some especially since I did try to buy some but there just to pricey I. Stores

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    Lisa

    Jul 12, 2022

    Hi Albert,

    Good luck and tight lines! Let us know how it went.

    Lisa

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Albert

Jul 12, 2022

To many question
How many species are there of fish
How to keep salt water fishing can you have an aquarium
How to maintain them safe
How small do they have to be
Can you actually keep them
What should I use to keep them in a good state

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    Lisa

    Jul 12, 2022

    Hi Albert,

    Thank you for reaching out. Those are all valid questions. Let’s go through each of them one by one.

    First of all, there are lots of South Padre Island fish species, including exotic species and game fish. As for keeping native fish in aquariums, the best option is to get in touch with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. You can call their office at (512) 389-4800 or (800) 792-1112. Depending on what native fish you end up harvesting, there are various rules, tips, and tricks on how to keep them healthy and in a good state.

    I hope this helps!

    Lisa

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steven welch

Jan 27, 2022

I currently do a vast majority of my surf fishing in creole, LA and I use a bait launcher to get my bait out there. what are you laws for using a bait launcher on SPI or anywhere on the gulf coast of TX?

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    Andrijana Maletic

    Jan 28, 2022

    Hello Steven,

    Good question. It is legal to use a bait launcher in Texas, but there are rules you should be aware of.

    Pneumatic bait launchers are legal to own. None of the states have made pneumatic bait launchers illegal, but combustion launchers are considered firearms and need to be registered as such. For the same reason, it’s not allowed to use a compressed gas-powered bait launcher in the Padre Island National Seashore.

    Bottom line is that if you’ve got a pneumatic bait launcher, you should be free to use it along the coast. If you’ve got a combustion one, make sure it’s registered as firearms before you go out.

    I hope this helps Steven.

    All the best!

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Jon Fuller

Dec 1, 2021

I am spending the month of January on SPI and am interested in a saltwater fly fishing charter. Who do you recommend?

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    Vuk

    Dec 1, 2021

    Hi Jon,

    Thanks for getting in touch. We have a variety of charters in the SPI area with different boats and trip options so I’d suggest you take a look at our top charters here and see which ones you like. We’re sure you’ll find something right up your alley!

    Tight lines,

    Vuk

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Tim

Oct 6, 2021

Hello, I will be down there June of 2022 and am trying to plan/purchase ahead of time and will be looking to do some fishing from the pier at Port Isabel and then possible some fishing from the shore of SPI. What weight line should I be looking to purchase? Never fished saltwater before. Thanks for all the advice posted!!!

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    Andriana

    Oct 7, 2021

    Hello Tim,

    You’ll love shore fishing around South Padre Island. The best choice of line for shore fishing here is a 15 lb braided line, for maximum strength and reliability. Let us know how your trip goes, Tim.

    Tight lines!

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Monica

Mar 10, 2021

Hi! Is there any shrimp or lobsters in laguna madre? Port isabel?

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    Albert

    Mar 11, 2021

    Hi Monica,

    You can definitely find Shrimp in Laguna Madre, but the season for them doesn’t start until July.

    As for Lobster, there are some Slipper Lobster out around the rigs. They’re not that common, though, and they’re only really found offshore.

    I hope this helps!

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    Monica M Lerma

    Mar 13, 2021

    Thank you!! We are Planning to move that way, and we wanted to know if we can drop a crab cage where we will have a docking area.

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    Albert

    Mar 15, 2021

    Happy to help! Not much crabbing down in SPI, though, I’m afraid.

    All the best!

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    Janae Williams

    Aug 11, 2021

    Hi There!

    Where would I find a shrimp boat that would be interested in having a TV crew film them for a day? I’m looking in this area but haven’t had much luck. I’d love any suggestion you have!

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    Albert

    Aug 12, 2021

    Hi Janae,

    I’m afraid I don’t know much about the commercial operations in SPI. You could maybe try contacting one of the big commercial ports like Brownsville.

    Does anyone else have any ideas?

    I hope you sort it out!

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Steve

Feb 1, 2021

I am seriously considering moving to the South Padre island area. Can I drive up and down a beach and fish?
Are there places that I can drive on beach that are pretty much empty(Vehicles usually 100 feet apart or more)??? How I s the housing market down there.

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    Albert

    Feb 2, 2021

    Hi Steve,

    Lucky you! Yes, you can drive along the beaches, just make sure to read up on the rules before you do.

    There’s a ton of empty beach further up the island, away from town. No idea what the housing market is like, though, I’m afraid.

    All the best!

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    David Spiker

    Mar 3, 2021

    Down there last winter. AFFORDABLE homes and consider the very close mainland towns and get very affordable homes or condos. Impressive area.

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Dawn

Oct 15, 2020

Hi guys. I’m moving south for the winter to the Padre Bay Island area and i’m looking to do some deep sea fishing for shark or sail fish. Also like to find out if there are any whale sharks down there? Also looking to do some ocean videography. Are the water’s safe yet? I heard about numerous places in texas dealing with amoeba’s as of Sept 2020 and just checking to see if things have been cleared up before i get down there. Look forward to meeting some of you. I have a friend that wants to know if any of you guys have seen any mermaids down there lately?? hahahahhahahahahahaaa.

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    Albert

    Oct 15, 2020

    Hi Dawn,

    I’m pretty sure the amoeba problem was up toward Houston and is now cleared up. No whale sharks that I’m aware of, but there is a mermaid!

    Will you be on North or South Padre Island? For North Padre, the best starting point for a deep sea trip is Aransas Pass while SPI itself is the hub in the south. We work with lots of great captains in both of them.

    I hope this helps. Enjoy the winter sun and be sure to let us know how you get on.

    Tight lines!

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    Scott

    Mar 5, 2021

    Need some advice on charters. I’ve only been ocean fishing once at key west and it was super lame. Trolling and when there was a bite the first mate set the hook and the next person in line got the reel it in. Suuuppper lame.

    Any suggestions on charters? Me and my buddy are going

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    Albert

    Mar 8, 2021

    Hi Scott,

    Sounds like a frustrating trip, but certainly not a normal one!

    If you’re looking for lots of action, you’re best off on a bottom fishing trip. These trips tend to catch a lot of fish, and you all get to reel them in yourselves. As an added bonus, you should get some delicious Snapper for dinner!

    However, trolling charters can also be great fun. The important thing is to talk to the crew before the trip, and make it clear that you want to really get involved. Some people are only in it for the fish, not the experience of catching them, so crews can get a little over helpful sometimes. If you discuss your priorities with the captain, he should be able to set the trip up the way you want it.

    Do you have a specific charter in mind? We work with a ton of great captains in SPI. Check them out here if you’re interested.

    Tight lines!

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    Scotty Bushrow

    Mar 5, 2021

    I’ve been close as swimming with whale sharks I’ve seen them 4 different times one time only 50 foot away. When you get close to them you realize how small your boat is!!! They are quite beautiful with all there spots. I see them out by oil rigs in federal waters usually 20 miles out or more.

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    Albert

    Mar 5, 2021

    Hi Scotty,

    Lucky you! Whale Sharks have got to be one of the coolest creatures on the planet.

    All the best!

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Chuck S

Oct 12, 2020

Hoe is offshore fishing the second half of November?

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    Albert

    Oct 12, 2020

    Hi Chuck,

    The offshore bite Will have cooled off by then. You can still find some Tuna and Wahoo if you’re willing to travel, but I’d recommend staying inshore if you want the best action – think Redfish, Trout, and even Snook!

    Check out our full fishing calendar at the bottom of this page if you want more species-specific info.

    Tight lines!

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KDS

Oct 8, 2020

Will be staying on gulf side of SPI Oct 16-19. will do some surf fishing, need an idea of best setup/rig for surh poles to have success.
ALSO guide recommendation for 3 on Saturday 17th 1/2 day trip morning or evening , please

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    Albert

    Oct 12, 2020

    Hi there,

    In terms of the surf fishing setup, I’d go for a simple three-way rig with 25 lb mono main line and 60-80 lb leader. Use 4–5 oz of lead depending on how calm it is, and a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook baited with dead mullet or shrimp. This should get you on SPI’s famous Bull Reds.

    For the charter trip, we work with 20+ licensed guides in SPI that are free on Saturday. You can check them out here.

    I hope this helps!

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Charles Anderson

Oct 6, 2020

Can you tell me what I can catch in mid February. And wood it be worth buying a out of state fishing license for a ten day stay?

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    Sean

    Oct 6, 2020

    Hi Charles,

    Thanks for reading.

    February is a great time to catch some Speckled Trout or Pompano.

    As far as your license is concerned, I’d say that for a ten day stay, an annual license is definitely worth it. A One-Day license is $16.00, while an annual license is $63.00. Not only will you be able to go out multiple times, but you’ll also be able to fish again should you decide to come back to Texas. You can find out more about licenses here.

    Tight lines!

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    Charles Anderson

    Oct 7, 2020

    Thank you for the information!

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    Sean

    Oct 7, 2020

    You’re more than welcome, Charles.

    Have a good one!

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Diana Orange

Aug 25, 2020

We are heading to up next week with some beginners. Where is the best place to rent pools that’s not too crowded?

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    Albert

    Aug 26, 2020

    Hi Diana,

    I don’t quite understand the question.

    Are you asking about renting fishing poles? If so, Jim’s Pier and Pirate’s Landing Pier both do rentals normally. However, it’s best to call ahead, because that might have changed because of COVID.

    If you’re asking about renting a swimming pool, I have no idea I’m afraid.

    All the best!

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Eric Mohaupt

Jul 27, 2020

Justin,

Really good article. Planning a 5 day trip to SPI to fish piers, jetties, and surf, but it’s so vast I’m not sure where to start. Could you possibly recommend locations in a separate email?

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    Albert

    Jul 28, 2020

    Hi Eric,

    Sounds like you’re in for a treat!

    I’ve listed a lot of the go-to spots in this post, which should be enough to get you started. If you want to take your trip to the next level, I’d really recommend hiring a guide. I can suggest a few more spots and give you some tips, but it could never compare to actually hitting the water with a local guide.

    I hope you have a great time. Be sure to let us know how you get on!

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Justin

Jul 17, 2020

Great article! We’ll be down this weekend. I’m hoping to do some surf fishing from the beach. What are some recommendations for lure/bait that might help keep the action up? Thanks!

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    Sean

    Jul 17, 2020

    Hi Justin,

    Thanks for reading.

    Dead shrimp has traditionally been a good choice, but you can also use heavier spoons and expect good results.

    I’d also recommend visiting one of the local bait and tackle shops to inquire what’s been working lately.

    Tight lines!

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Sandi

Jul 7, 2020

Thanks for this article. We have some beginner anglers (age 8 and 10) that want to do some shore or wade fishing. We will be in SPI next week, we have our own poles, and what is a good place to go that won’t be crowded?

Thanks

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    Albert

    Jul 8, 2020

    Hi Sandi,

    The easiest way to escape the crowds is to drive north up Ocean Blvd until the cars thin out. Most people don’t bother going too far up the island, so you should find plenty of space if you head a little farther.

    If you really want to get away from the crowds, you can also book a fishing charter – there will be several miles of water between you and everybody else!

    Tight lines!

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Scott Stankowski

Jun 13, 2020

This is the best article I have read on spi fishing. My parents live in Mission and have given me little to go on besides a bad trip and party boat fishing. Thank you! Heading down this next week for a spell to help my father rehab from knee replacement. If you have the chance and time to email me I’d love some advice on some big fish charter options. I will need a mental health day to get away. Thanks

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    Sean

    Jun 15, 2020

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks, we’re glad to hear that you found the article useful.

    Absolutely, we’d be happy to help. I’ve notified our Customer Service team to get in touch with you, so you can expect an email shortly.

    Tight lines!

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    walter priven

    Aug 19, 2020

    Looking for a private Charter to fish 2 straight days at end of Novemeber early December. Can you please contact me at [email protected] and send me the number to call to areange a trip? we have 4 people. Thanks
    walter

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    Sean

    Aug 19, 2020

    Hi Walter,

    Thanks for reading.

    Absolutely, I’ll let our customer service team know, and they’ll reach out to you to arrange the booking.

    Tight lines!

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Natalie Walsh

Jun 9, 2020

Hello,
I’m coming to SPI next weekend. I really want to catch some red snapper, but the last time I went deep sea fishing I got really sea sick. So, are there any other options to catching red snapper without going deep sea fishing?

Thank you!

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    Albert

    Jun 10, 2020

    Hi Natalie,

    Sorry to hear that you had a bad time on your last trip. Don’t let it put you off forever, though!

    You can’t catch Red Snapper from shore, but the great thing about SPI is that you can find them around local reefs very close to land. This should mean calmer seas and less motion sickness.

    I recommend you check you our article on how to prevent seasickness on a fishing charter. It has lots of tips to help make your day more enjoyable.

    If you do decide to go on a charter, talk through your concerns with the captain. He might know a more sheltered spot or be flexible about when you go out based on the weather.

    I hope this helps. Seasickness is awful, but it does get much better with practice and a little preparation.

    All the best!

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George Peters

Mar 4, 2020

Interested in fishing Padre Islands in March

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    Sean

    Mar 4, 2020

    Hi George,

    Thanks for reading.

    I’ve forwarded your inquiry to our Customer Service team, and they’ll be in touch with you very soon.

    Tight lines!

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