South Padre Island

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Fishing in South Padre Island

South Padre Island Fishing charters have something for everyone. Bays and reefs surround the island. Oil rigs and shipwrecks dot the Gulf. And of course, big, tasty fish are everywhere. Families, spring-breakers, and hardcore sportfishers can all find the trip of their dreams on SPI. You just need to choose your adventure.

Bay Fishing Charters

South Padre sits on the Laguna Madre, famous for its big Redfish and Speckled Trout. The bays are calm and close to town, so they’re ideal for families and first-timers. Serious anglers can also test their skills against inshore gamefish like Snook and Tarpon. You can’t go wrong!
 
South Padre bay fishing charters usually last five hours. You can also go on full day trips if you want to chase trophies. They cost $60–$80 per hour for two people, and a little more per person after that. Some captains offer even lower rates in winter.

Nearshore Charters

In recent years, over 1,000 acres of reef was created around South Padre, making it one big fish factory. The main target here is Red Snapper. They won’t be big, but you can catch them all year in state waters (up to 9 miles out). You can also find Kingfish, Cobia, and more seasonally.
 
Nearshore charters fish open Gulf waters, but you’ll stay within sight of land. Kids should be fine as long as they aren’t really young – the minimum age varies with the boat, but anyone aged 10 and up should be fine. Complete beginners can also have a blast on these trips. They normally last 5–8 hours, and cost around $150 per hour.

Deep Sea Charters

The depths offshore from South Padre are home to apex predators like Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna. Even Marlin show up in remote spots. You’ll head anywhere from 25 to 60-plus miles offshore, trolling and casting around oil rigs or shrimp boats.
 
South Padre deep sea charters cost $150–$200 per hour. They start at eight hours, but if you want a chance of catching Billfish, you need 12 hours minimum. As you might have guessed, offshore charters are designed for experienced anglers.

Speciality Trips

Speciality trips showcase the area’s top species and techniques. Here, they mostly stay inshore and cost around $100 per hour. The three most common options are Snook fishing, Shark fishing, and Flounder gigging.
 
Snook are intelligent hunters and a favorite of fly fishing enthusiasts everywhere. Shark fishing charters focus on action and adrenaline as you take on the terrors of the sea. Flounder gigging trips take you out at night to spear tasty Flatfish. It’s an iconic Texas tradition.
 
South Padre fishing charters really make the most of their waters. They can put you on fish in a few inches of water or take you 60 miles out in search of sea monsters. Whatever you’re after, your captain will pull out all the stops to make sure you have a great time – whatever that means to you.
 
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South Padre Island Fishing Seasons

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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?

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.

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 thing.

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.

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.

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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Top Fishing Techniques in South Padre Island

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in South Padre Island

Redfish

Redfish

Flounder

Flounder

Snook

Snook

Black Drum

Black Drum

Speckled Trout

Speckled Trout

Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Mangrove)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Jack Crevalle

Jack Crevalle