Texas Red Snapper Fishing Charters

Texas Red Snapper Fishing Charters

Top Texas Red Snapper Fishing Destinations

Best Red Snapper Fishing Charters in Texas

Red Snapper Fishing in Texas

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

(Lutjanus campechanus)

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!

Texas Red Snapper Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Red Snapper 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.
Texas
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 26,563 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Red Snapper Fishing in Texas

Be ready for a good time. Its great for families and friends of any experience level.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a good time. Its great for families and friends of any experience level.
Joseph  C.
Joseph C. San Antonio, TX
Wonderful way to start. Everything is provided and not too strenuous. Great for the entire family.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wonderful way to start. Everything is provided and not too strenuous. Great for the entire family.
Alan  N.
Alan N. Corinth, TX
Weather was perfect, not as humid not salty as expected. We stayed in Surfside at a great rental and ate at Seahorse Bar & Grill. Rental was fabulous and grill was also very good - right on the beach. Great time in Freeport.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was perfect, not as humid not salty as expected. We stayed in Surfside at a great rental and ate at Seahorse Bar & Grill. Rental was fabulous and grill was also very good - right on the beach. Great time in Freeport.
Ken  M.
Ken M. Katy, TX
Here's a revised version for you: "I recently went on a guided fishing trip with Captain John at Lake Buchanan, and it was an amazing experience. We were able to catch a variety of fish including striped bass, white bass, and black bass. Captain John was a knowledgeable and experienced guide who knew exactly where to find the fish. Overall, it was a fantastic trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves fishing and wants to learn from a pro!"
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Here's a revised version for you: "I recently went on a guided fishing trip with Captain John at Lake Buchanan, and it was an amazing experience. We were able to catch a variety of fish including striped bass, white bass, and black bass. Captain John was a knowledgeable and experienced guide who knew exactly where to find the fish. Overall, it was a fantastic trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves fishing and wants to learn from a pro!"
Vince  N.
Vince N. Liberty Hill, TX
Not fish on holidays , to many boats on lake hard to find the fish because of this .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not fish on holidays , to many boats on lake hard to find the fish because of this .
Darryl  G.
Darryl G. Elk City, OK
Book a guided fishing trip to have a good time actually catching fish and lots of fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Book a guided fishing trip to have a good time actually catching fish and lots of fish.
Ty  L.
Ty L. 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
It's called Fishing, not Catching....go out and have fun and if your head is in that space you will have a great trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's called Fishing, not Catching....go out and have fun and if your head is in that space you will have a great trip.
Jesse  R.
Jesse R.
Make sure you talk to your captain before you go. He or she is going to make or break your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you talk to your captain before you go. He or she is going to make or break your trip.
Richard  H.
Richard H. Dallas, Texas
The weather is not too hot yet. Try to avoid the tournaments. Our guide knew where one was and asked us to meet him at a different location to avoid the crowds.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The weather is not too hot yet. Try to avoid the tournaments. Our guide knew where one was and asked us to meet him at a different location to avoid the crowds.
Andrew  D.
Andrew D. Fort Worth, TX
The captain takes care of every part of fishing. We caught a bunch of fish we never see in Kansas. We saw dolphins on the way to our fishing spots.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The captain takes care of every part of fishing. We caught a bunch of fish we never see in Kansas. We saw dolphins on the way to our fishing spots.
Mary  B.
Mary B. Overland Park, KS
The weather is great this time of year, a lot of fish biting which is fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather is great this time of year, a lot of fish biting which is fun.
Bob  H.
Bob H.
Sunscreen and plenty of Beer and snacks. Captains got the rest ready for you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen and plenty of Beer and snacks. Captains got the rest ready for you.
Nick  W.
Nick W. Rockport, TX
Understand that fishing is mostly about conditions, the angler’s skill, and then luck. The only thing a guide can do is get you onto fish. It’s up to you to hook them and reel them in. Catching fish is never guaranteed so go in with the right expectations and you will have a wonderful day and hopefully catch something to eat for dinner.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand that fishing is mostly about conditions, the angler’s skill, and then luck. The only thing a guide can do is get you onto fish. It’s up to you to hook them and reel them in. Catching fish is never guaranteed so go in with the right expectations and you will have a wonderful day and hopefully catch something to eat for dinner.
William  B.
William B. FAIR OAKS, TX
Some of the fish there are seasonal. Do your homework be prepared for what time of year you are fishing and you will have an amazing time?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Some of the fish there are seasonal. Do your homework be prepared for what time of year you are fishing and you will have an amazing time?
Richard  J.
Richard J. Fort Worth, Texas
Talk to bait and tackle shops for guidance on whats in season, good fishing points, and what equipment is needed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to bait and tackle shops for guidance on whats in season, good fishing points, and what equipment is needed.
Jose  F.
Jose F. San Antonio, Texas
Lake Braunig is a great place for spring fishing, particularly if you're interested in fishing for red drum.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lake Braunig is a great place for spring fishing, particularly if you're interested in fishing for red drum.
Bill  T.
Bill T. Wimberley, Texas
yes, very easy to review ratings and find the best boat at the target destination.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
yes, very easy to review ratings and find the best boat at the target destination.
Robert  C.
Robert C. Humble, TX
If you don't succeed, try try again. We moved around to find the fish, once we found them the fishing was great!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
If you don't succeed, try try again. We moved around to find the fish, once we found them the fishing was great!
Brandon  A.
Brandon A.
Very nice fishing lake, close to San Antonio. Fresh water redfish are a treat to catch and even better to eat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very nice fishing lake, close to San Antonio. Fresh water redfish are a treat to catch and even better to eat
Douglas  G.
Douglas G. Mountain Home, TX

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