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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 $513, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,150 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:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in South Padre Island are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $575
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $446
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $1,050
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $793
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $750
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $2,100
  • 14-hour fishing trips – $2,500

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
4.4 / 5
Based on 25592 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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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December is a slower time of year for fishing but we caught what we were hoping to!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
December is a slower time of year for fishing but we caught what we were hoping to!
Sandra  P.
Sandra P. Rock Valley, IA
Fishing was great, just check to see what Saturday the fishing tournament in May is going to be on. Would have fished Saturday also, but did not want all the chaos from 400 boats fishing in the bay.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing was great, just check to see what Saturday the fishing tournament in May is going to be on. Would have fished Saturday also, but did not want all the chaos from 400 boats fishing in the bay.
Kalee  F.
Kalee F. Athens, Texas
Waves were larger than any other charter I’ve been on. Take Dramamine the night before and morning of so you aren’t the main source of chum.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Waves were larger than any other charter I’ve been on. Take Dramamine the night before and morning of so you aren’t the main source of chum.
Scott  C.
Scott C. Almena, WI
Yes, although we were in fairly shallow water, fish were biting, however not many keepers that morning.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
March weather can be a little unpredictable so bring warmer gear just in case.
David  D.
David D. Houston, TX
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun, catch fishing or just enjoy the experience of the open waters. Use What’s On Fishing!
Jacob  B.
Jacob B. Abilene, TX

AW Fishing
AW Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(48 reviews)
Nice experience with my grandson as it was his first time ocean fishing. He caught one keeper so that was nice, just wish we caught more. That’s why they call it fishing and not catching!🤣
James  S.
James S. Shannon Hills, AR
AVM Fishing Outfitter
AVM Fishing Outfitter
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Captain Noe was great and understood we were there to relax and have a great time.
Patti  R.
Patti R. Austin, Texas
Dunkin Guide Systems
Dunkin Guide Systems
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(148 reviews)
We had another good day of fishing with Captain Doug. Not as many fish and smaller fish this time but definitely not his fault. We were on fish almost all day, the bigger ones just didn't want to bite!
Paul  B.
Paul B. Marionville, MO
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(200 reviews)
We had a great time, caught lots of fish. One of our team caught a once in lifetime fish. She was thrilled. Captain helped the less experienced and educated the more experienced with local methods with all his knowledge and experience. Super patient, worked hard to put us on fish. Great guy, great trip would use him again, with out question.
Frank  R.
Frank R. Daytona Beach, FL
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(74 reviews)
Captain Emilio was great. It was clear he knew the bay and all the techniques for fishing very well He was a great teacher to my young boys and we caught some fun fish.
Ryan  J.
Ryan J. San Antonio, Texas
AW Fishing
AW Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Cpt Aaron is a professional. And knows how and where to put you on fish. You will come back and fish with him
Brad  S.
Brad S. Austin, Texas
AW Fishing
AW Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Had a beautiful January day. Warm and sunny. A slight breeze made it very refreshing. Fish not hitting like crazy, but they were steady enough to keep us interested. Captain Arturo did a great job.
Jeff  S.
Jeff S. Mankato, MN
What's On Fishing
What's On Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(176 reviews)
This trip was so much fun my son and granddaughters 1st time on a charter and they caught so much fish as soon as they stopped bitting the captain would move us to a place where they were bitting again our biggest catch was a drum weight of 20 pds we definitely will be back again
Julie  G.
Julie G. Vergas, MN
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(74 reviews)
He was a very friendly Captain. Showed up early and was prepared. Got us out early on fish, before the other other boats. Caught trout immediately in the first spot then, then quickly changed location and caught some redfish. Highly recommend!!!
Nick  H.
Nick H. Baldwin, WI
Chachi Charters
Chachi Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(39 reviews)
Put us right on the fish even weather not optimal. Made sure we caught our limit.
Josh  W.
Josh W. Erie, IL
AVM Fishing Outfitter
AVM Fishing Outfitter
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
A windy day on the bay turned into a great memory. How better than to spend time in between Christmas and New Year’s fishing. The trout were biting in the redfish put up a great flight. We could’ve done none of it without the great assistance from captain Noe. If you want the truth feel fishing, spend it with this experience guide.
David  C.
David C. Shenandoah, TX
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(200 reviews)
Our captain was great, respectful & helpful. Kids caught a good amount of fish and overall had a great day.
Wendy  O.
Wendy O. Galveston, IN
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(200 reviews)
We spent a beautiful day on the bay with Captain Victoria. Our 8- and 9-year-olds had a fantastic time and the day after are asking when we can go again. Victoria even cleaned out catch when we returned to the dock. We had fresh fish for dinner that evening. Highly recommend.
Joel  H.
Joel H. Carson City, NV
What's On Fishing
What's On Fishing
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(176 reviews)
The experience was awesome. Capt. JW put us on the fish right away and we caught fish from start to finish. AJ was very helpful kept the hooks loaded the entire trip. My sons and I would recommend Whats On Fishing to anyone who wants to catch fish. #OUTSTANDING#
Charley  C.
Charley C. McCook, NE
Chachi Charters
Chachi Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(39 reviews)
We had a good experience with Chachi Charters, the swells were a little much so most of the group was sea sick a time or two. We caught 14 red snappers and 3 sea trout with a variety of other species that were too small to keep.
Sandra  P.
Sandra P. Rock Valley, IA
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Emilio’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(74 reviews)
This was probably the most fun fishing trip I have been on as far as hiring a guide. He was really a great guy and he put us on the fish right away. I don’t know if was just a really good day to fish or it was right time, right place. Either way he got the job done for us. Highly recommend captain Emilio as a guide.
Noah  K.
Noah K. Webster, WI
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(200 reviews)
Miserable weather, but Capt. Joaquin fought through that and delivered our squad a great time! Without his foresight, we might have had a really bad day. Massive Red caught by my son was highlight of the trip. We'll definitely be back!
Ben  B.
Ben B. Georgetown, TX
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(200 reviews)
Had a great time out fishing with the family. Capt. Joaquin was very hard working and made sure were on fish despite less the ideal weather conditions. I highly recommend him to anyone from experienced anglers to novices. The boat and equipment were top notch and I look forward to going out again the next time we're in South Texas.
George  H.
George H. Lincoln University, PA
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(200 reviews)
We were on the fish all trip, not all keepers but caught over 17 fish. It was fun and captain is amazing. Strongly recommend, we are already booking our next trip!!!
Oscar  G.
Oscar G. Selma, TX
SPI Coastal Fishing Charters, LLC
SPI Coastal Fishing Charters, LLC
Fishing charter in South Padre Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Captain Dave had the boat ready to go plenty of bait we started fishing right away didnt waste any tome having to find the trout/reds He had some great fishing holes. Dave knows his stuff. We are ready to book Dave again on our next fishing trip tto south padre
Daniel  H.
Daniel H. New Braunfels, TX

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