South Padre Island Fishing Charters

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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 $537, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,273 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:

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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:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in South Padre Island are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $300
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $388
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $494
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $452
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $694
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $750

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.

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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.
Zachary  E.
Zachary E.
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.
Nicholas  G.
Nicholas G.
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.
Rod  P.
Rod P. 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.
Michael  G.
Michael G. 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.
David  K.
David K. 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.
David  D.
David D. 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.
Clayton  H.
Clayton H.
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.
Cindy  R.
Cindy R. 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.
Chad  M.
Chad M. 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.
David  S.
David S. 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!
Conrad  B.
Conrad B. 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.
Courtney  D.
Courtney D. 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.
La  C.  T.
La C. T.
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.
Kathryn  G.
Kathryn G. 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.
Greg  C.
Greg C. 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.
Jake  M.
Jake M. 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.
Michael  C.
Michael C. Austin, TX
Book a guided trip. Talk to bait shops for advice and check out the jetties.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a guided trip. Talk to bait shops for advice and check out the jetties.
Travis  L.
Travis L. Mosinee, WI
Just remember you win some and you lose some each time on the water is different. Have a great time either way it goes. Be kind and God bless.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Just remember you win some and you lose some each time on the water is different. Have a great time either way it goes. Be kind and God bless.
Sergio  G.
Sergio G. San Antonio, Texas
The Laguna Madre is a beautiful bay system with plenty of potential to catch limits. Remember, it's fishing, not catching so take in the whole experience in God's beauty!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The Laguna Madre is a beautiful bay system with plenty of potential to catch limits. Remember, it's fishing, not catching so take in the whole experience in God's beauty!
Hal  H.
Hal H. Lexington, TX

Today We Fish Charter – South Padre Island
Today We Fish Charter – South Padre Island
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Steve was a great captain and provided an excellent charter experience. He was very knowledgeable and passionate which allowed me and my father to have a great time and catch fish!
Cody  D.
Cody D.
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(111 reviews)
Had a great time catching 3X limits of trout in the morning with a bonus bull red. That was during tough windy, cold, overcast conditions. Highly recommend Emilio, he knows his stuff and he brings the energy
Miguel  M.
Miguel M.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(324 reviews)
Captain did a great job. Even though we had a cold front coming through in the late morning we caught five nice Redfish. One that was 28”. Captain worked hard for the fish we caught and we did pretty well. Thank you.
KEVIN  A.
KEVIN A.
Today We Fish Charter – South Padre Island
Today We Fish Charter – South Padre Island
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Had a great time fishing. Caught 11 fish kept two speckled trout. One about 17/18 inches. Captain Steve was very helpful and friendly.
Rose  B.
Rose B.
TJ BOOM Fishing
TJ BOOM Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Second trip with TJ Boom Fishing and another great excursion. Caught several Trout and my daughter had fun messing with the skipjack that were active. Also saw a pod of dolphins up close and had a front row seat to the SpaceX launch. Great time and would highly recommend.
Austin  S.
Austin S.
TJ BOOM Fishing
TJ BOOM Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
TJ worked hard to get me on quality fish. It was a tough, blue-sky, high-pressure day. We caught a few fish and had a good time. I’ll use him when I come back. He knows fishing.
Jerry  M.
Jerry M.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(324 reviews)
Fishing was tough but Captain worked to get us on fish. Wife caught all the keepers so success achieved!
John  R.
John R.
Henry's Charters
Henry's Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Henry is a great captain and very helpful as a deck hand, guiding us and giving us lots of information while we fished
David  R.
David R.
Todds Sportfishing
Todds Sportfishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
With no doubt one of the best fishing trips i ever did !!!!! Boat , Captain, Crew were the best !!!!! And of course a lots of fish !!!! If you thinking about fishing in SPI , Captain Todd is the way to go !!!!!!
Mauricio  L.
Mauricio L.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(324 reviews)
The captain did an outstanding job. Found the fish, explained very thoroughly the best methods for catching. Best captain we have ever had. We will be using him again in the future.
Kirk  S.
Kirk S.
SPI Freedom Fishing
SPI Freedom Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
We went out with the captain and crew yesterday and they were amazing! They made sure we had they best time. We caught so many fish it was incredible and they know their stuff! Would definitely go back again!
Sarah  L.
Sarah L.
AW Fishing
AW Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Aaron did a good job of trying to put us on fish. We did catch 4 redfish keepers. Nuce boat, he's very helpful and attentive
Jeff  J.
Jeff J.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(324 reviews)
Captain Pena did a great job putting us on fish. We caught fish at every spot we stopped at. Limited out on Redfish and caught half dozen more keepers that we had to put back. Got into a few black drum and I don’t know how many trout we hooked. Nice boat to fish off of and the equipment was all in top shape. This guy is legit and my wife and I would recommend him to anyone. He even sent us to a restaurant to cook up some of our catch and it was maybe the best meal we have had all week here.
Randall  S.
Randall S.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(324 reviews)
My son is leaving to the US Navy bootcamp in 10 days. It was a great experience. Captain ensured each of my sons took home a big Red.
Ruben  G.
Ruben G.
Todds Sportfishing
Todds Sportfishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Everything about this trip from the boat the crew and the experience was amazing!! I could not recommend it enough! It was the best fishing trip I have ever been on!
Chase  B.
Chase B.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(324 reviews)
I won't spend alot of time talking about the trip, it was so awesome we booked another trip! Only problem is that I have to wait 2 more days.
Marc  V.
Marc V.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(324 reviews)
This is our third trip with Captain Peña and we will be back. He will take you to the "meat" and will ensure you have a great time. Thanks, Captain!
Gilberto  C.  J.
Gilberto C. J.
AW Fishing
AW Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Had a great experience with Captain Aaron! Caught fish and a couple of nice reds! Would definitely use him again!
David  B.
David B.
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(324 reviews)
We tried lures and live bait and put some reds and trout in the cooler. Would book again, no question. Great trip.
Patrick  K.
Patrick K.
AW Fishing
AW Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Captain Aaron was the guide that everyone wants to have. His boat and equipment were first-rate. He was congenial, patient, and very accommodating. He was also confident and made every attempt to give us a good time. Excellent!
John  S.
John S.

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