South Padre Island Fishing Charters

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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in South Padre Island

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in South Padre Island, Texas are: Full list of top fishing charters in South Padre Island

The average price for a private 4 hour South Padre Island fishing trip is US $535, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,332 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in South Padre Island that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in South Padre Island are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in South Padre Island are:

The top 3 types of fishing in South Padre Island are:

Many fishing charters in South Padre Island provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in South Padre Island are:

Who are the top awarded captains in South Padre Island?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in South Padre Island are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $363
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $375
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $473
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $719

Fishing in South Padre Island

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 Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in South Padre Island

If you are going in February, don't expect to limit out due to the nature of the fish! They are less active this time of year. The captains will put you on fish though, and it is always an amazing experience to fish the Texas bays!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are going in February, don't expect to limit out due to the nature of the fish! They are less active this time of year. The captains will put you on fish though, and it is always an amazing experience to fish the Texas bays!
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Capt. Jerry Bradford is top notch Capt. He is a must book for a fun time of fishing and will put you on the fish. Had a great time and found a chater for life when we vist. If you want a no presure great time fishing then pick Capt. Jerry you are not just a client you are famly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Capt. Jerry Bradford is top notch Capt. He is a must book for a fun time of fishing and will put you on the fish. Had a great time and found a chater for life when we vist. If you want a no presure great time fishing then pick Capt. Jerry you are not just a client you are famly.
Laguna Madre Madness
Laguna Madre Madness
Top notch charter and captain from booking until he cleaned all of our fish! Amazing day
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Top notch charter and captain from booking until he cleaned all of our fish! Amazing day
Laguna Madre Madness
Laguna Madre Madness
Captain said that the seaweed is worse this time of year which makes it harder with lures.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain said that the seaweed is worse this time of year which makes it harder with lures.
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Take a private charter if you want a more personal experience, otherwise go out into the gulf on a bigger boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a private charter if you want a more personal experience, otherwise go out into the gulf on a bigger boat.
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Hire an expert guide like Captain Hector Lopez and tell him what kind of fish you want to catch. He knows the different locations that hold different species.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire an expert guide like Captain Hector Lopez and tell him what kind of fish you want to catch. He knows the different locations that hold different species.
Capt.Hector Lopez Fishing Charters
Capt.Hector Lopez Fishing Charters FAIR OAKS, TX
Trout were slow because of the Texas heat but overall a great time, even in the dead of summer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trout were slow because of the Texas heat but overall a great time, even in the dead of summer.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters San Antonio, TX
The water was warm, definitely worth fishing on the laguna, I would recommend the morning because I think it would be really hot in the afternoon if there wasn't much of a breeze.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The water was warm, definitely worth fishing on the laguna, I would recommend the morning because I think it would be really hot in the afternoon if there wasn't much of a breeze.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters San Antonio, TX
Book early and on weekdays if possible. Figure at least16 oz of water or Gatorade per hour per person. Your cooler and your ice and drinks. Save the alcoholic drinks for the ride back in.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book early and on weekdays if possible. Figure at least16 oz of water or Gatorade per hour per person. Your cooler and your ice and drinks. Save the alcoholic drinks for the ride back in.
Todds Sportfishing
Todds Sportfishing McAllen, TX
Don’t worry about bringing lunch if you just do the 5 hours trip. You are so busy taking it all in and fishing that a snack is not necessary. Bring a small cooler for beverages and they provide everything else. Bring sunscreen and a positive mind and your will enjoy every second.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t worry about bringing lunch if you just do the 5 hours trip. You are so busy taking it all in and fishing that a snack is not necessary. Bring a small cooler for beverages and they provide everything else. Bring sunscreen and a positive mind and your will enjoy every second.
SPI Freedom Fishing
SPI Freedom Fishing
We have enjoyed deep sea fishing, shore fishing and bay fishing in South Padre. Regardless of which type of trip you choose, you're very likely to catch something. Plan to keep your catch -- many restaurants offer at least a few different ways to cook it for you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We have enjoyed deep sea fishing, shore fishing and bay fishing in South Padre. Regardless of which type of trip you choose, you're very likely to catch something. Plan to keep your catch -- many restaurants offer at least a few different ways to cook it for you.
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures United States
Fishing is a little more concentrated to specific locations given the water temperature, but the fish are definitely there and it's definitely a good time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is a little more concentrated to specific locations given the water temperature, but the fish are definitely there and it's definitely a good time.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters Frisco, TX
Captain Noel and Prime time fishing is the best one to take you out and if you are at South padre Island in a RV stay at the KOA on the island and Captain Noel will be willing to pick you up and drop you off at the camp ground boat ramp.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Noel and Prime time fishing is the best one to take you out and if you are at South padre Island in a RV stay at the KOA on the island and Captain Noel will be willing to pick you up and drop you off at the camp ground boat ramp.
Prime Time Fishing—Family-Friendly
Prime Time Fishing—Family-Friendly Oak Glen, CA
I believe SPI is better for experienced fishermen but then again, you can begin fishing anywhere...so YES!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I believe SPI is better for experienced fishermen but then again, you can begin fishing anywhere...so YES!
Snook On A Hook
Snook On A Hook Ardmore, AL
This isn't like fishing the Upper Laguna Madre. The water is extremely shallow and the fishing more difficult. Find a guide who will work for you even on the slowest of days.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This isn't like fishing the Upper Laguna Madre. The water is extremely shallow and the fishing more difficult. Find a guide who will work for you even on the slowest of days.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters Salado, TX
Drink plenty of water and for heaven's sake, if you go deep sea fishing and are at all susceptible to seasickness, take a Dramamine or equivalent.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Drink plenty of water and for heaven's sake, if you go deep sea fishing and are at all susceptible to seasickness, take a Dramamine or equivalent.
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Just do it! It’s easy to get a fishing license in SPI. It’s so much fun, and heading out at sunrise is beautiful. We also saw dolphins and a sea turtle, which added to the enjoyable experience.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Just do it! It’s easy to get a fishing license in SPI. It’s so much fun, and heading out at sunrise is beautiful. We also saw dolphins and a sea turtle, which added to the enjoyable experience.
SPI Freedom Fishing
SPI Freedom Fishing Rifle, CO
It is very hot out, so be prepared with proper clothing and drink lots of fluids.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It is very hot out, so be prepared with proper clothing and drink lots of fluids.
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures Houston, Texas
Reach out to your Captain and get an idea of what fishing you can expect when booking your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reach out to your Captain and get an idea of what fishing you can expect when booking your trip.
Henry's Charters
Henry's Charters Round Rock, TX
Don't worry if you have little to no experience. I good fishing guide will make you feel like a pro in an hour, and it will be an experience you can't get anywhere else.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't worry if you have little to no experience. I good fishing guide will make you feel like a pro in an hour, and it will be an experience you can't get anywhere else.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters Austin, TX

How did anglers rate fishing charters in South Padre Island?

Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
Captain Joaquin was awesome with myself and my 3 year old fishing partner. We caught fish and learned a ton.
Jordan  H.
Jordan H.
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
Captain Emilio is the real deal. If you’re looking for turn key fish to cooler, he’s the old school experienced angler to get the job done. Great morning chasing Black Drum, limiting out within a few hours. Fast action, great fight and fresh fish on the table for lunch. Highly recommend!
Jay  M.
Jay M.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
Captain was very knowledgeable new all the good fishing spots and put us on lots of fish had a awesome time.
Quinn  B.
Quinn B.
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
Had a real nice trip, weather challenged things a bit, and that's part of the game. We caught some fish and learned a lot. I'll go fishing with Emilio again if I get the chance.
Steve  A.
Steve A.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
Captain Pena was the epitome of hospitality, experience and professionalism! I was born in Texas and February is not the time to catch lots of big fish. On our very first spot he had us on trout! when we moved to red fish, he had my wife hooked into a Bull red on the very first cast! Just a great experience all the way around! And he was so intuitive to our skill levels and needs to have a great trip! Thanks for the awesome memories!
Jacob  S.
Jacob S.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
Joaquín was great. We had bad weather and he helped us have a great experience and still catch fish.
Thomas  L.
Thomas L.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
My son and I had a great day fishing with Captain Peña. We caught lots of fish and had a blast. I’ve fished with many guides and he is the best. We will absolutely fish here with him again. He is an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10.
Dwight  O.
Dwight O.
SPI Freedom Fishing
SPI Freedom Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(108 reviews)
Went out on a 5 hour trip which equates to only about 2 hours of fishing which is unfortunate but the nature of the beast. Overall the crew were amazing and super easy to get along with. Ended up catching 5 or 6 snappers and had a great time
JORDAN  B.
JORDAN B.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
We love Captain Pena! Even under a strong northerly wind we did manage to catch fish. The captain's knowledge of the waters off of SPI is impressive. He helped me with my casting as I'm still a beginner but never talked down to me. He is well equipped and very helpful.
Beverly  W.
Beverly W.
Today We Fish Charter – South Padre Island
Today We Fish Charter – South Padre Island
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
My teenage boys had a blast on this charter! Captain Steve was extremely knowledgeable, patient, interesting, and actively working to get them on fish. They were very happy with the nice sea trout they caught. An unexpected highlight was when he stopped the boat on the cruise back to let some dolphins play all around us! Would highly recommend Today We Fish Charter!
Dianna  B.
Dianna B.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
This is my second time fishing with Captain Joaquin and certainty not the last. We had a great trip and tore up the fish despite having an extremely low tide. He worked hard to get us on fish and made sure we had a good time. We lost count of how many fish we cought very early into the trip. Thank you Joaquin!
Garrett  W.
Garrett W.
Laguna Madre Madness
Laguna Madre Madness
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
He was absolutely amazing and saved the day! We booked with a different charter he did not show up for us and captain jerry met us a little later in the morning and took us out on a charter and was so great!
Britoni  M.
Britoni M.
SPI Freedom Fishing
SPI Freedom Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(108 reviews)
We all had a great time. The captain and crew were very personable and great knowledge of the area. A+
Brett  F.
Brett F.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
Captain Joaquin worked very hard to put us on fish to give us a chance to try and catch something the hardest time of the year. Very impressed with his level of professionalism and accommodating my wife with making her feel comfortable and helping her on her first guided bay fishing trip! Definitely will be booking with Captain Joaquin again if I’m ever in South Padre.
Richard  H.
Richard H.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
Joaquin is a great captain/guide. he taught us a lot about fishing in the area.
Kingdon  O.
Kingdon O.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
Booked a trip for my wife and kids. They caught 2 really nice red fish, had a great time on the boat. The cptn, was very nice and made sure they had a great time.
John  P.
John P.
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
This was an awesome fishing experience captain was awesome very knowledgeable and very helpful would recommend booking with Emilio
Jennifer  T.
Jennifer T.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
We had a great time, the reds were not biting we tried many spots. We did end up with a 27” trout and several smaller ones. The captain was very helpful and knowledgeable. Was a great time and experience for our 9 year old grandson.
Jerome  E.
Jerome E.
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(125 reviews)
Had a great day with Arturo. It was cold out and while other boats were not catching red drum, we were catching sea trout. Will see you again on our next trip Arturo!
Todd  D.
Todd D.
Today We Fish Charter – South Padre Island
Today We Fish Charter – South Padre Island
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Make sure you know where you’re going! It’s wonderful, great fish and learning opportunity.
Savannah  K.
Savannah K.

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