South Padre Island

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South Padre Island Fishing Charters

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South Padre Island: 89 fishing charters available

Red Vision Fishing Charters

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Drift Water Charters

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trips from $375

AVM Fishing Outfitter

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trips from $350

Captain Hector Lopez Fishing Guide

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Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI

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AW Fishing

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Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters

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Emilio’s Fishing Adventures

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Dunkin Guide Systems

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Drift Away Charters

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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
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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.

South Padre Island Fishing Calendar

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Yes, although we were in fairly shallow water, fish were biting, however not many keepers that morning.
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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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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
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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!
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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.
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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!
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Have fun, catch fishing or just enjoy the experience of the open waters. Use What’s On Fishing!
Jacob  B.
Jacob B. Abilene, TX
Go with Captain Watson and Clay “What’s On” Fishing service! They are friendly and honest and know what they’re doing!
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Go with Captain Watson and Clay “What’s On” Fishing service! They are friendly and honest and know what they’re doing!
Scott  B.
Scott B. Azle, TX
Bring plenty of sunscreen and water and be ready to eat good after you catch your fish!!
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Bring plenty of sunscreen and water and be ready to eat good after you catch your fish!!
Brandi  W.
Brandi W. United States

Captain Blaze Charters
Captain Blaze Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
Very enjoyable and successful morning for my wife and I. Captain Blaze was accommodating and helpful, and knew where to find the fish! We would definitely go again with him on our next trip down to South Padre.
Buck  B.
Buck B. Sulphur Springs, TX
Captain Hector Lopez Fishing Guide
Captain Hector Lopez Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 64 reviews
Highly recommend Captain Hector! He’s ready for any kind of weather and provides a great experience!
Nick  N.
Nick N. Colome, SD
Reel Adventures
Reel Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 22 reviews
I am an avid fly fisher, but mostly fresh water trout. This was my first salt water fly fishing experience, and I was not disappointed! Cpt. Xavier put me on fish and coached me through some adjustments. Caught my limit of reds, and learned everything I was hoping for and more. Unfortunately my back wouldn't allow me to finish the entire day, but I fully intend on returning and booking another trip with Cpt. Xavier. Great equipment, great conversation, great fishing, and a great day!
Lanny  S.
Lanny S. MARVEL CAV PK, MO
Captain Sammy Mock – Bay Fishing
Captain Sammy Mock – Bay Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 12 reviews
Sammy made sure e all had fun and caught enough to take home and feed our crew of 10! He was very pleasant and understanding of our younger fisher as well! We will use him again when we come back! Thanks again Sammy, Jestin Sr, Jestin Jr, Thomas and Jordan
Jestin  K.
Jestin K. Saint Paul, MN
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
Captain Arturo made the day fun for me and my wife. We would fish with him again! I had tried to get redfish on 4 previous trips and while I caught other fish, this was my first redfish on reel (success bow fishing). Thank you Arturo!
Gregg  S.
Gregg S. Keller, Texas
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Emilio was a fantastic guide! He was very knowledgeable about the fish and the local area. He was able to give technique tips if necessary and made suggestions to better our experience. Emilio is very friendly and will make sure you have a good time! We caught several fish, and he kindly filleted them so we could fry them for lunch. Will definitely choose Emilio if we ever return!
Ryan  S.
Ryan S. Bel Air, MD
Red Vision Fishing Charters
Red Vision Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 39 reviews
Brett was fantastic! Had everything we needed. Very knowledgeable and never a dull moment! We had a fish on constantly! Brett was able to give good recommendations on local restaurants and much more. So much fun! Highly recommend.
Katlin  M.
Katlin M. Weatherby Lake, MO
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Absolutely amazing service really cared about getting us on fish, very friendly and focused on you having an the best day on the water possible. Emilio is very knowledgeable and willing to share tips and tricks on the water. The fishing wasn’t the best but we definitely caught more than any other boat around us. Will become at least an annual trip with him. 10/10 recommended
Gracesen  W.
Gracesen W. San Antonio, Texas
Henry's Charters
Henry's Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 45 reviews
We had an amazing time with Captain Henry! He is knowledgeable and passionate at what he does and it shows. He made sure everyone was very comfortable with the gear and had us catching fish everywhere we went. We caught some species we weren’t going for, but ended up with a great haul. He recommended we take it to a local restaurant to have it cooked up. It did not disappoint! I highly recommend booking with Captain Henry. Will book again for sure! Tight Lines!
Thomas  C.
Thomas C. Riverton, UT
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
It was a great first time experience. The captain was super knowledgeable and helpful. Made sure we tried several methods of fishing and never gave up. Great trip
Kyle  C.
Kyle C. HARRIMAN, WY
Captain Hector Lopez Fishing Guide
Captain Hector Lopez Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 64 reviews
Fishing was great!! Caught lots of fish and Captain Hector was a great guide….would have enjoyed the trip with or without catching anything!!
Curt  S.
Curt S. United States
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
ARTURO DID A GREAT JOB WORKING WITH THE KIDS TO GET THEM IN THE GROOVE, THEN MOVING US AROUND TO GET ON THE FISH. CAUGHT REDS, SPECKLED TROUT, AND QUITE A FEW OTHER SPECIES WITH 7 GREAT KEEPERS....
Keith  F.
Keith F. Oklahoma City, OK
Chachi Charters
Chachi Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
Captain (Emilio) and deckhand (Travis) were great! Weather(wind) and closed fishing seasons made fishing difficult.
Richard  A.
Richard A. Abilene, TX
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
Captain Arturo took very good care of us. My wife is a novice fisherman and he was very patient with her. Even though we didn't catch a lot of fish. He worked gard and made sure we took fish home. Very knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge. Would definitely recommend this Captain.
Jackie  B.
Jackie B. Houston, Texas
Big Mother Bay Fishing
Big Mother Bay Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 32 reviews
We had a great day. Caught lots of fish and really enjoyed his story telling. I go back next time I'm in South Padre.
Jesse  A.
Jesse A. Buchanan Dam, TX
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Had a great time, the 5 hours flew by fast because we were enjoying ourselves. Would book with him again if I visit SPI again
Philip  R.
Philip R. Albuquerque, NM
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
Caption Arturo put us on the fish while other boats struggled, his experience showed and made the difference. Definitely booking with him again 👍🏼
David  G.
David G. Victoria, TX
Drift Away Charters
Drift Away Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 3 reviews
My wife and I fished with Captain Brian last week. Very good guide. It was a tough day for catching, as it was the day after a strong cold front blew in, and really dropped the water temperature. We ended up with a few, and was pretty proud of them especially after getting back to the dock and seeing other anglers did not do any better. Would definitely book with him again if we get back down there !
Mike  H.
Mike H. Dermott, TX
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
My wife and I had a blast with Capt Arturo in late October. His boat and all of his equipment is top notch. He knows where to go to get the fish and is very helpful throughout your trip. He’s also a very personable guy and we enjoyed talking with him the whole time. We will definitely fish with him again on our next trip to SPI! Thanks Arturo!
Greg  M.
Greg M. Helotes, TX
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Very enjoyable trip, Had high wind conditions and Captin Emilio worked hard to get us on the fish.
Michael  W.
Michael W. Hickman, KY

FAQs about Fishing Charters in South Padre Island

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in South Padre Island costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $483, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,036. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in South Padre Island is 24 ft and the most common vessel type is a Flats boat.

According to customer reviews, Red Vision Fishing Charters, Drift Water 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.

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

The best way to experience fishing in South Padre Island is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in South Padre Island, Texas.

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

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in South Padre Island.

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