South Padre Island

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South Padre Island Fishing 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.

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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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Half Day
Veronica F. fished with Henry's Charters on March 9, 2021
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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.
Fish trip with Capt Watson
Israel O. fished with What's On Fishing on July 5, 2020
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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.
4 Hour Trip
Dennis C. fished with Bryan Ray's Fishing Adventures on June 27, 2020
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Epic place for speckled trout and red drum!
Hald day Snapper trip with Captain Mike
Russell K. fished with What's On Fishing on June 3, 2020
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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
Half day trip with captain Lloyd
David D. fished with Captain Lloyd Dunkin on March 10, 2020
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March weather can be a little unpredictable so bring warmer gear just in case.
Morning half day fishing with Captain Bryan Ray
Gay M. fished with Bryan Ray's Fishing Adventures on December 27, 2019
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It takes more time to get out farther due to colder waters, fish are deeper.
Afternoon Half Day
Travis W. fished with South Padre Island Fishing Charters on July 31, 2019
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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.
Half day trip (a.m.) with Captain Riojas.
Steven C. fished with Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI on July 29, 2019
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Have fun fishing but take time to enjoy the surroundings. What a beautiful place and friendly people.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in South Padre Island

According to customer reviews, Red Vision Fishing Charters, Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI, and Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters 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, Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI, and Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters 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 top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in South Padre Island are:

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

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