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Top Texas Snapper (Red) Fishing Destinations

Top Snapper (Red) Fishing Charters in Texas

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)

  • 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.

What People Are Saying About Snapper (Red) Fishing in Texas

"Full day trip with Captain Jason"

Amy Hudson fished with Galveston Fishing Charter Company on March 24, 2019

Early in the season, but we had a blast. Caught some snapper and our two red drum. It was a fantastic day on the water and Captain Jason took great care of us.

"Full day"

Benjamin Perez fished with Saltwater Charter on November 25, 2018

From the beginning we could tell we were with an experienced and respectful crew. Captain Eric knew the hot spots and knew how to show us a fun time. November isn’t too hot for fish and he still managed to put us on some big snapper and redfish. I give captain and his first mate (hogan) 5 stars. We will definitely be back again.

"Morning trip with captain Dunkin"

Luis Ruiz fished with Dunkin Guide Systems on November 5, 2018

Very active morning we got some snapper mangroove and some jack crevalle, the captain its a very patient person with a lot of knowledge, he take us very fast to the fish, i highly recommend it and i will be back on may, thank you captain for this amazing fishing trip

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