South Padre Island

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South Padre Island Fishing Charters

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South Padre Island: 94 fishing charters available

Captain Hector Lopez Fishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(83 reviews)
South Padre Island
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trips from $450

Red Vision Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(43 reviews)
South Padre Island
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trips from $450

AVM Fishing Outfitter

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
South Padre Island
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trips from $375

SPI Coastal Fishing Charters, LLC

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
South Padre Island
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trips from $425

AW Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
South Padre Island
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trips from $500

Drift Water Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
South Padre Island
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trips from $400

Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
South Padre Island
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trips from $400

Emilio’s Fishing Adventures

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(50 reviews)
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trips from $450

Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(66 reviews)
South Padre Island
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trips from $450

Drift Away Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
South Padre Island
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FAQs about Fishing Charters in South Padre Island

The average price for a private 4 hour South Padre Island fishing trip is $492, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,087 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Captain Hector Lopez Fishing, Red Vision Fishing Charters, and AVM Fishing Outfitter are some of the most popular fishing charters in South Padre Island, Texas. Full list of top fishing charters in South Padre Island.

Captain Hector Lopez Fishing, Red Vision Fishing Charters, and AVM Fishing Outfitter all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in South Padre Island.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Black Drum, and Flounder. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, drift fishing, and bottom fishing. Inshore fishing, flats fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Reefs, bays, oil rigs, shipwrecks – they all surround this stunning barrier island, and there’s hardly a better way to explore them than by hopping aboard a South Padre Island fishing charter. On one side, explore the shallow waters of Laguna Madre, and on the other, the mighty Gulf of Mexico. It’s no wonder that this is one of the most productive fisheries in the state – there’s just so much water around it!

The sheer abundance of fish here is enough to make you want to visit. The inshore waters are brimming with Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, and Sheepshead, while the reefs hold trophy Snapper and Grouper species. Heading offshore into deep Gulf waters will see you going after Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Sailfish, and many more beasts.

When it comes to choosing a trip in the South Padre Island area, it  depends on your ambitions. If you’re looking for some quality family time, it’s best to book a half day trip. This is a great introduction to fishing in the area, and you’ll get to relax and make some nice memories. If you’re looking for a more action-packed adventure, consider booking a full day to visit the deep offshore waters.

All that’s left to do now is find the perfect charter for you! Head over to the southern tip of the island where you’ll see them dotted along the water. Port Mansfield, Arroyo City, and Port Isabel are some of the other places where you’ll find captains ready to take you out.

Rules & Regulations

When fishing in the waters off South Padre Island, make sure you follow Texas state regulations. This means you’ll need a fishing license if you’re 17 or older, regardless of whether you’re fishing on your own or aboard a fishing charter.

South Padre Island
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Head to Baffin Bay to target Specks. They can get super big and super tasty. Slow down your presentation as Trout save energy in winter. This is a great time to target Snook in deep channels.

February

If you go towards the Upper Laguna Madre, you can hope to catch Black Drum. They will go for dead shrimp and cracked crabs, although cut bait may also work. Trout and Snook are still around, too.

March

Reds are biting well, with Trout and Flounder also kicking in. Farther out, the first few Kingfish start to show up, and you might even see Tarpon roll into Brazos Santiago Pass.

April

You can get Reds out on the grass flats, as well as Specks where shallow waters meet deeper spots. Black Drum is a common sight. Nearshore waters are heating up, with Red Snapper taking baits on the reefs.

May

Things pick up across the board in May. Kingfish, Cobia, and Snapper are biting nearshore. Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Billfish show up around the rigs. And of course, Reds and Specks hunt in the shallows.

June

June is one of the best fishing months in South Padre Island. Federal waters open for Red Snapper. Sailfish, Tuna, and Wahoo are biting offshore. As if that's not enough, Tarpon, Trout, and Snook fishing is on fire.

July

You can reach offshore spots and troll for Wahoo, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. Red Snapper should still be open in federal waters. Inshore, Tarpon and Snook hit their peak. Fly fishing anyone?

August

Offshore, you can get Amberjack, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahis. If you’re here for your summer break, a family trip around the bays should yield Reds, Specks, Flounder, and more.

September

Flounder time! The fish will hide around grass beds and near passes. There are also Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Trout about. If the weather allows it, Snapper in state waters are a big deal.

October

A lot to catch. Reds, Specks, Snook hide around jetties, waiting to crush your bait. Flounder are here to make things even more interesting. Offshore, Blackfin and Yellowfin Tuna await.

November

The water is starting to cool down but the fishing stays hot. Find a bay fishing guide to take you after Redfish and Snook. If you’re heading far out, you may come across Tuna, Wahoo, and even Sailfish.

December

Cold fronts might mess up your plans every now and then, but generally fishing is good. The inshore bite is best, with Red Drum, Trout, Snook, Flounder, and more.

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Fishing was great, just check to see what Saturday the fishing tournament in May is going to be on. Would have fished Saturday also, but did not want all the chaos from 400 boats fishing in the bay.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing was great, just check to see what Saturday the fishing tournament in May is going to be on. Would have fished Saturday also, but did not want all the chaos from 400 boats fishing in the bay.
Kalee  F.
Kalee F. Athens, Texas
Waves were larger than any other charter I’ve been on. Take Dramamine the night before and morning of so you aren’t the main source of chum.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Waves were larger than any other charter I’ve been on. Take Dramamine the night before and morning of so you aren’t the main source of chum.
Scott  C.
Scott C. Almena, WI
Yes, although we were in fairly shallow water, fish were biting, however not many keepers that morning.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, although we were in fairly shallow water, fish were biting, however not many keepers that morning.
Edward  S.
Edward S. Lake Hamilton, AR
The first hour we moved to a few locations before we found a good spot. We only caught whiting fish. They were small but we were able to catch enough for a great dinner.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The first hour we moved to a few locations before we found a good spot. We only caught whiting fish. They were small but we were able to catch enough for a great dinner.
Veronica  F.
Veronica F. Houston, Texas
Highly recommend fishing in SPI if you like deep sea fishing. This place is right for snappers and king fish among many others. The weather in the summer can get very hot so be ready and bring plenty of drinks and sun screen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Highly recommend fishing in SPI if you like deep sea fishing. This place is right for snappers and king fish among many others. The weather in the summer can get very hot so be ready and bring plenty of drinks and sun screen.
Israel  O.
Israel O. Fort Belvoir, VA
Go offshore if possible, if bay fishing is more your style make sure the guide takes you up north. fishing pressure down south has reduced the number of quality fish, plenty of small ones but not a lot of CPR hogs
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go offshore if possible, if bay fishing is more your style make sure the guide takes you up north. fishing pressure down south has reduced the number of quality fish, plenty of small ones but not a lot of CPR hogs
Russell  K.
Russell K. League City, TX
March weather can be a little unpredictable so bring warmer gear just in case.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
March weather can be a little unpredictable so bring warmer gear just in case.
David  D.
David D. Houston, TX
It takes more time to get out farther due to colder waters, fish are deeper.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It takes more time to get out farther due to colder waters, fish are deeper.
Gay  M.
Gay M. Port Isabel, Texas
Temper your expectations and expect to fish not catch. Casting is difficult if you’re not accustomed to bay-fishing, and lots of species are super crafty about surgically removing live shrimp from your hook.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Temper your expectations and expect to fish not catch. Casting is difficult if you’re not accustomed to bay-fishing, and lots of species are super crafty about surgically removing live shrimp from your hook.
Travis  W.
Travis W. Port Isabel, Texas
Have fun fishing but take time to enjoy the surroundings. What a beautiful place and friendly people.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun fishing but take time to enjoy the surroundings. What a beautiful place and friendly people.
Steven  C.
Steven C. Burnet, TX
Be flexible with what you want to catch. Wind and tides may rewrite your plan for the day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be flexible with what you want to catch. Wind and tides may rewrite your plan for the day.
Mark  O.
Mark O. Spicewood, TX
If you are new make sure you get a guide who knows where to go such as Captain Elliott.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are new make sure you get a guide who knows where to go such as Captain Elliott.
Jonathan  N.
Jonathan N. San Antonio, Texas
If it’s your 1st time or your kids 1st time deel sea fishing is recommend the 5 hr morning trip. The waves weren’t terrible but it did take the boys a minute to get use to it. Also the sun started to wear them down around 11:30
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If it’s your 1st time or your kids 1st time deel sea fishing is recommend the 5 hr morning trip. The waves weren’t terrible but it did take the boys a minute to get use to it. Also the sun started to wear them down around 11:30
John  H.
John H. Wichita, KS
Fishing SPI in July has to be one of the best spots in all of the Texas coast.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Fishing SPI in July has to be one of the best spots in all of the Texas coast.
Guillermo  C.
Guillermo C. Laredo, TX
Go with a good guide. I recommend J W Watson and crew. Take a half day trip for your first time. Try to go in calmer waters your first trip. June was very moderate waves that were good for beginners. Do your homework and know what to expect and what you will catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a good guide. I recommend J W Watson and crew. Take a half day trip for your first time. Try to go in calmer waters your first trip. June was very moderate waves that were good for beginners. Do your homework and know what to expect and what you will catch.
Bill  T.
Bill T. Burlington, KS
Undertow is strong on the surf so be smart while fishing. Night time Fishing on the pier in port isabel is fairly good with artificial shrimp. Good luck!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Undertow is strong on the surf so be smart while fishing. Night time Fishing on the pier in port isabel is fairly good with artificial shrimp. Good luck!
Alexander  P.
Alexander P. San Antonio, TX
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters https://fishingbooker.com/charters/view/16218 Patient, safe and cool for novice anglers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters https://fishingbooker.com/charters/view/16218 Patient, safe and cool for novice anglers
Sarah  P.
Sarah P. Kyle, Texas
Fishing was great in December! Red Snapper was closed but we had a blast just catching and releasing! We caught our limit of King Mackerals and several other species including Lang Snapper, Grunts, and a Strawberry Grouper!l When you are from Wisconsin there is no better way to spend a December day than on the water in South Padre fishing!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Fishing was great in December! Red Snapper was closed but we had a blast just catching and releasing! We caught our limit of King Mackerals and several other species including Lang Snapper, Grunts, and a Strawberry Grouper!l When you are from Wisconsin there is no better way to spend a December day than on the water in South Padre fishing!
Paul  C.
Paul C. Milwaukee, WI
Just trust the guide and have a good time. Let the captain know what you are looking for and trust them to get you there.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just trust the guide and have a good time. Let the captain know what you are looking for and trust them to get you there.
Jack  Q.
Jack Q. San Antonio, TX
Have fun, catch fishing or just enjoy the experience of the open waters. Use What’s On Fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun, catch fishing or just enjoy the experience of the open waters. Use What’s On Fishing!
Jacob  B.
Jacob B. Abilene, TX

Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Slow bite for most of the day but finished with a bang. Captain Joaquin worked hard to put us on fish. We would book again. Thanks.
Corey  S.
Corey S. Iowa Park, TX
Reel Action Charter Services – South Padre Is
Reel Action Charter Services – South Padre Is
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
My son and had a great time. Captain was very friendly and definitely knows what he’s doing!! We will be back.
Tek  F.
Tek F. TIMBERCRK CYN, TX
SPI Coastal Fishing Charters, LLC
SPI Coastal Fishing Charters, LLC
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Capt Dave put us on some fish. My 2 sons and brother had a great time on our a fish trip. We each caught lots fish. Definitely recommend booking a trip with Capt Dave if you’re in South Padre
Adrian  S.
Adrian S. San Antonio, TX
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
We went on a 9 hour fishing trip with Joaquin and it went great! We caught quite a few fish and had a great time. Joaquin was a great guide. Very knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and worked very hard to make sure we had a great time getting on the fish. 9 hours was a quite a while in the south Texas sun, so sunscreen, brimmed hats and sun shirts are a must. Oh, and don't forget a dry bag for valuables in case you knock them overboard.
Justin  C.
Justin C. Austin, Texas
Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI
Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
Captain Ruben had great communication, was very knowledgeable, and very patient with me and my two kids (10 and 13). We caught plenty of fish and got some great pictures. Captain Ruben took care of everything for us (bait, equipment, supplies, etc. ). Under his expert tutelage, we had a very successful afternoon. We'll definitely book another trip with him next time we're in South Padre. Just be sure to load up with plenty of sunscreen and water.
Brian  O.
Brian O. Round Rock, TX
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Captain Joaquin did a great job getting us on fish. He is a fantastic instructor and taught us so much. We can’t wait to book him again!
Allen  W.
Allen W. Converse, TX
Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI
Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
We had a great day fishing with Capt Ruben. Boat was super clean and Ruben is a great guide. We will definitely contact Ruben for our next fishing trip.
Chad  T.
Chad T. Spring, TX
Dunkin Guide Systems
Dunkin Guide Systems
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Had a awesome experience and caught a full limit with great red fish, equipment and a great guide
Toby  C.
Toby C. San Angelo, TX
AVM Fishing Outfitter
AVM Fishing Outfitter
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
We booked a last minute trip with Captain Noe to celebrate Father’s Day - had an amazing time!!! It was my father’s first time out fishing with a rod and reel and he was the first one to reel in a catch 🙂 needless to say, my father is now hooked!!! Captain Noe was very patient, helpful, and knowledgeable. Definitely recommend!! We will book our future trips with Captain Noe. Thank you and Happy Father’s Day!
Edith  H.
Edith H. McAllen, TX
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
It was hot, fish weren’t biting very well, and I got a screaming sunburn to show for it!! We loved it!!! Captain made a great full day for us against all odds, thank you!!!
Misty  H.
Misty H. Wink, TX
AVM Fishing Outfitter
AVM Fishing Outfitter
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Celebrating sons birthday.. Could not have made a better choice then to select Captain Noe. Experianced, Knowledgeable, helpful, experienced.. amazing fun! Then to get our fish cleaned and taken to the restaurant we were at was just an added great gesture. We would have not caught what we did if it weren't for Captain Noe leading and helping us. We will see you again!
Belia  C.
Belia C. McAllen, TX
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(66 reviews)
Captain was great, very friendly and extremely helpful, would most definitely book again!
Gilbert  C.
Gilbert C. Port Isabel, Texas
Angler’s Choice Guide Service
Angler’s Choice Guide Service
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
We had a blast on the bay with Captain Gary today. The Captain was great with those needed help and very informative on technique or any other question we had. Excellent trip. Definitely worth the time and money. Thanks Captain for a great day on the water. The Walker family.
Brian  W.
Brian W. Clayton, IN
Angler’s Choice Guide Service
Angler’s Choice Guide Service
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
We had a great time with Captain Gary. We enjoyed fishing, dolphins, and a beautiful sunset.
Shana  G.
Shana G. Port Neches, TX
Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI
Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
Super hot day and water conditions were less than ideal but but Captain Ruben kept our spirits up and put us on the fish. I will definitely book again and recommend.
Scott  W.
Scott W. Austin, Texas
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(66 reviews)
Arturo was great! Bent poles n smiling faces. Taught us a ton about fishing the bay a true pro. 6 out of 5 stars!! Dave Hotchkiss
Dave  H.
Dave H. Missoula, MT
Angler’s Choice Guide Service
Angler’s Choice Guide Service
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Our trip was awsome. Gary is very knowledgeable. I recommend Capt Gary for your next trip.
Jonathan  K.
Jonathan K. Tomball, TX
Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI
Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
Captain has a lot of knowledge, he was patient and showed us how to cast and other interesting things about Fishing. Great boat and great captain, had other trips before biting this was the best!!
Juan  E.
Juan E. Eagle Pass, TX
Sunset Charters
Sunset Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
We had a wonderful time. Captain Jorge went above and beyond to insure we had a good trip. Very knowledgeable about fishing and extremely nice. We wanted our son to catch some nice fish and Captain Jorge made that happen. Keaton, our son,, caught a 27 1/2 and a 26 inch red. Captain Jorge kept us fishing an extra hour after the normal stopping time with no extra charge. I highly recommend booking a trip with Sunset Charters and Captain Jorge Erosa.
Mike  A.
Mike A. Pasadena, TX
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
The captian was very knowledgeable and fun. The family had a great time and caught several fish.
Lisa  D.
Lisa D. Wichita, KS

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