Best Snapper (Red) Fishing Charters in Texas

Top Snapper (Red) Fishing Charters in Texas

Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Red)

  • Size 5 to 20lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Snapper (Red) Fishing in Texas

When it comes to the Gulf’s most sought-after species, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better contender for the title than the renowned Red Snapper. Though you might be more likely to associate this fish with Florida, or Alabama, Texas is actually one of the best places to hook this fish, thanks to its multitude of wrecks and structures. In a state where everything is bigger – and, some would argue, better – come discover how this motto definitely holds true for Red Snapper fishing in Texas!

Which charter is right for me?

There’s a reason why Red Snapper fishing is so popular: This species, which loves to hang out around wrecks and reefs, tastes great and provides plenty of hands-on, rod bending action! Because of this, guests of all skill levels can enjoy reeling ‘em in, and you’ll find an abundance of charters offering trips for experts, newbies, and families alike. 
One thing to know before you book your trip is that, thanks to its prestigious nature, this fish is subject to closed and open seasons. Luckily, in Texas, you can explore state waters for Red Snapper year round. However, if you want to go seriously far out and increase your chances of landing the big one, make sure you book a federally-licensed charter during open season, usually in the summer. A word of warning: Federally-licensed charters get “snapped” up fast!

North Texas

One word for you: Galveston. This tourist-friendly island city is home to some of the state’s biggest Red Snapper, and is where the majority of federally-licensed charters can be found – good news, because traveling to federal waters is a must! Generally, it’ll be at least 30 miles before you start encountering this species, but if you’re up for the challenge, you’ll be rewarded in kind.

Central Texas

As you make your way further down the coast, the distance you need to travel to hit Red Snapper fishing grounds starts to get much smaller. Head to the sleepy fishing town of Port O’Connor, and you’ll find a wealth of charters ready to take you out to the local rigs about 8 miles from shore, in state waters. This means year-round Snapper opportunities! It also means less traveling time, so newer anglers will find the trip much more palatable.

South Texas

Winter might sound like a strange time to embark on a fishing trip, but head to Port Mansfield and you’ll be rewarded with some seriously incredible Red Snapper opportunities. You’ll find year-round charters on offer, waiting to take you to some of the state’s most productive Snapper spots, such as the Mansfield jetty and its nearby rocks. Even better? You can find them within state waters, making this the perfect location for newer anglers and families.

What should I bring?

This is Texas, so you’ll find that the majority of charters don’t include a fishing license, meaning you’ll need to purchase one yourself. If you want to fish federal waters, however, make sure you choose a charter that includes a federal license. Your captain will usually make sure you’re decked out with all the fishing gear you need, which means you can focus on what’s really important: hooking your very own Red Snapper!
Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Red)

  • Size 5 to 20lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Texas Snapper (Red) Fishing Seasons

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Snapper (Red) fishing in Texas varies moderately throughout the year. High season is June to August. Low season is January to March and November to December. There is no closed season.

Reviews of Fishing in Snapper (Red) Fishing in Texas

"8 Hour Trip with Captain Jay and Deck Hand John"

Martin Miracle fished with Lancaster Sportfishing on July 24, 2020

Outstanding trip. If you are going to catch fish, this is the trip. Captain Jay will put you on the fish and you can just reel 'em in! Limited on Kings and Red Snapper. Had fresh Snapper that night for dinner...........nothing better!! This was the best charter I have EVER been on. Go and enjoy!!

"July fishing trip"

John Coe fished with Bryan Ray's Fishing Adventures on July 14, 2020

Captain was ready to head out as soon as we got to the office. He explained what we were going to do on the way out to the Snapper spots. We caught fish until our hands were worn out. It was a very personable trip and we will for sure take another trip. FISH ON!!

"Fishing with Jeff"

Adam Scott fished with Playin Hooky Fishing Charters on July 18, 2020

Been on a lot of fishing trips, but this one takes the cake. Went out to catch Red Snapper came back with a great memory. After limiting early on big snapper, we went goofing off looking something else. Came across a Ling and then a Sailfish. We hooked the Sailfish and my son got to bring him. Captain Jeff made it happen. Great trip!!!

"Great time"

Charlie Cook fished with SoTex Charters on July 13, 2020

Captain Michael Shane Brame took us where the fish were. We limit out quick on Snapper and my son even got his butt kicked reeling in a King Fish. The Captain and deckhand were great.

"Red Snapper fishing in Port A"

Tyler Stewart fished with Goin Deep Fishing on July 5, 2020

Awesome experience!! We really couldn’t have had a better time w Captain Bubba and his Deck Hand, Darla! Limited out on Red Snapper and kept fishing for several more hours, talking, laughing and enjoying the gorgeous day on their beautiful boat. We can’t wait to come back! Wahoo Winter, here we come!

"Half Day with JW and Jeremiah"

Gerald Chafin fished with What's On Fishing on June 28, 2020

Fantastic half day trip these two guys and my kids absolutely had a blast landing 12 King Mackerel and some Red Snapper too. Thanks for some awesome memories!

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