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 $545, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,284 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 $342
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $350
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $492
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $738

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
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Based on 28541 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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

Either do a personal charter with Henry or fish the Jetti at the state park
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Either do a personal charter with Henry or fish the Jetti at the state park
Henry's Charters
Henry's Charters
Wind was strong making it challenging, but that is just the nature of it. They can’t all be perfect days
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wind was strong making it challenging, but that is just the nature of it. They can’t all be perfect days
Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI
Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI
Don’t bring a bunch of snacks, you won’t have time to eat them. Too busy bringing in fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t bring a bunch of snacks, you won’t have time to eat them. Too busy bringing in fish!
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Book a trip with Hector Lopez, he does everything possible to make the experience a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Hector Lopez, he does everything possible to make the experience a great time.
Capt.Hector Lopez Fishing Charters
Capt.Hector Lopez Fishing Charters
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

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
(352 reviews)
Today was my wife's birthday. We flew in from New Jersey and could not wait to go fishing. The wind was substantial and made it difficult to catch fish. Captain Joaquin would not give up. We were relentless to find a bite. Our preserverence and determination paid off. We ended up limiting out on trout. Thank you sir for the experience. Whatever the max is on stars, add 10. Highly recommend.
William  C.  C.
William C. C.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(352 reviews)
Joaquin was a fabulous captain and did a great job getting us on the fish despite the uncooperative wind. The experience overall was great and we would highly recommend to anyone looking to spend time on the bay.
Shannon & Joel Gorski
Shannon & Joel Gorski
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(352 reviews)
Captain is knowledgeable, patient and provides a fun atmosphere. He knew what he was doing, and found us fish. He didn't bat an eye after I broke multiple lines during casts, just handed me a new pole and fixed my mess up. Despite the wind, it was a great time, fish were caught, and 5 hours felt like 30 minute s
Tye  K.
Tye K.
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(131 reviews)
Arturo was super active and helpful throughout our trip. All on the boat caught some nice trout and had a great time. Captain was smooth, enjoyable, and knowledgeable.
Scot  M.
Scot M.
Laguna Madre Madness
Laguna Madre Madness
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
If there is one thing you do while in SPI, book a trip with Captain Jerry. Best captain I have ever booked. Very knowledgeable and he works to find the fish and did we ever find them. He is an all around great person with much knowledge and great stories. We wouldn’t have needed to catch one fish and it still would have been a great time. You can tell he really enjoys what he does. Thanks again Captain Jerry, until next time.
John  H.
John H.
Henry's Charters
Henry's Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Trip was moved to the 11th due to high winds. Had a great time, Henry and JP were awesome
Kevin  F.
Kevin F.
Laguna Madre Madness
Laguna Madre Madness
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Booked this trip to take my father in law out to fish in Laguna Madre. Captain Jerry was amazing. He was friendly, patient, helpful and got us on fish. Boat and equipment are top notch. I highly recommend booking with Captain Jerry!
Josh  C.
Josh C.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(352 reviews)
Second time booking with Joaquin and as always he strives to seek out the best areas to get some good catch. He makes the experience enjoyable and took good care of our group.
Michael  T.
Michael T.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(352 reviews)
Captain Joaquin was amazing! If you want a knowledgeable Captain, he is it! He was so friendly, patient, and passionate about what he does. We have done many fishing charters over the years and this was one of THE BEST. He was great with my 13 yr old daughter. He taught her the best way to cast, reel in the big one, and hold the fish. He made sure not only us adults, but the kids had a great trip. We will definitely be booking again for our next trip down to SPI!
Jennifer  H.
Jennifer H.
Henry's Charters
Henry's Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Had a great time with wife and kids catching fish the entire trip out. Kids had a blast my teenage daughter even had fun catching fish which hasn’t happened in several years! The youngest didn’t get bored because of the amount of fish being caught! Great Time really was perfect!
Michael  S.
Michael S.
Laguna Madre Madness
Laguna Madre Madness
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Captain Jerry put us on the fish! Caught our limit of redfish and speckled trout. Great trip, friendly captain, everything we could have hoped for!
David  P.
David P.
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(131 reviews)
Arturo was great! We all caught several fish and he kept us on the action. Some guides have their predetermined spots but Arturo was great about keep us moving to make sure we were on the fish. We had two kiddos with us and he was great with them. Also told us about some great local hangs for after the fishing trip.
David  K.
David K.
SPI Freedom Fishing
SPI Freedom Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(109 reviews)
The crew was great, it was beautiful day. Unfortunantly no catches, it was definitely a day of fishing. Tried multiple locations, multiple types of bait it was just one of those days. Great convo with the crew and overall good experience.
Jevon  D.
Jevon D.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(352 reviews)
Once again the captain worked hard and put us on the fish. Thank you for your hard work. It was a great experience again.
Kevin  A.
Kevin A.
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(125 reviews)
Emilio was super helpful showing my son and I the techniques to catch fish. We got on a school of Black Drum and were catching fish one after another. Emilio was friendly, knowledgeable and got us on the fish. Great trip, I highly recommend Emilio’s Fishing Adventures.
James  M.
James M.
Chachi Charters
Chachi Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Captain and first mate were great. They were flexible with us and worked around the weather to give us the best experience. Got on fish right away and worked hard moving us around to stay on them!
Clinton  P.
Clinton P.
Laguna Madre Madness
Laguna Madre Madness
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Captain Jerry was not only a great fishing guide and expert, but he is also very nice guy who clearly cares about making sure the experience is a great one! We caught more than enough fish for a delicious dinner. Highly recommend booking with him!
Monique  F.
Monique F.
Laguna Madre Madness
Laguna Madre Madness
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Jerry was AWESOME!!! Super nice guy and very nice boat and equipment. Been on many guided fishing trips and this was the best we've been on. Caught a ton of fish to! Thank you Jerry!!
Matt  S.
Matt S.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(352 reviews)
Fishing was "slow" but we still got some amazing and beautiful fish on the boat. Excellent gear and a wonderful ride on a great boat.
Bobby  P.
Bobby P.
AW Fishing
AW Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(94 reviews)
Cpt Aaron is tops in my book. He is personable, patient, and well experienced. I’ve been fishing with him several times and will continue to contact him for future trips. Thanks for a good day on the water today Captain Aaron. See you again soon. Mauro A Ramirez, US Government, Retired.
Mauro  R.
Mauro R.

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