What would you recommend to anglers fishing in South Padre Island, Texas for the first time?

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Donald Eric Nordlund
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Went fishing with Drift Water Charters on May 26, 2024
Very different than a traditional charter fishing trip, gulf is very shallow so you cast the entire time. You have to get a good captain that can teach novice fishermen how to cast and reel. Don’t cheap out or you’ll have a tough 5 hours

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Huan Bui
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Went fishing with Drift Water Charters on April 19, 2024
Fishing in April is better for Spotted Sea trout, but we were looking to catch Redfish. Fishing for Redfish in April is slower but our captain was able to get us on red and black drum. Fishing for Redfish gets better as it warms in May and June.

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Jacob Sabin
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Went fishing with Drift Water Charters on February 22, 2024
If you are going in February, don't expect to limit out due to the nature of the fish! They are less active this time of year. The captains will put you on fish though, and it is always an amazing experience to fish the Texas bays!

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Benjamin Ensor
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Went fishing with Laguna Madre Madness on December 24, 2023
Capt. Jerry Bradford is top notch Capt. He is a must book for a fun time of fishing and will put you on the fish. Had a great time and found a chater for life when we vist. If you want a no presure great time fishing then pick Capt. Jerry you are not just a client you are famly.

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Cindy Redman
United States
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Went fishing with Emilio’s Fishing Adventures on July 27, 2023
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.

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Clayton Hawkins
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Went fishing with SPI Freedom Fishing on August 3, 2023
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.

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David Sager
Oak Glen, CA
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Went fishing with Prime Time Fishing—Family-Friendly on July 12, 2023
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.

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Zack Waggoner
Austin, Texas
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Went fishing with Texas Slam Fishing Charters on July 11, 2023
First time to SPI and could only go by online reviews. I booked last minute with Capitan Manny. Right out the gate you know. Great customer service, flexible, friendly, knowledgeable, good fishing gear.

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Conrad Maier
Houston, TX
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Went fishing with Emilio’s Fishing Adventures on June 25, 2023
Sea grass and crossed wind and currents in addition to it being 90F+ degrees out made for a ridiculously tough day fishing. We caught a bad day out as the grass had just shown up in the tide lines a week prior to us fishing - check the conditions before you go - otherwise, you'd have a better success rate fishing from shore. We'll absolutely be going out to try again in the fall.

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Israel Oros
Fort Belvoir, VA
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Went fishing with What's On Fishing on July 5, 2020
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.

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Russell Karing
League City, TX
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Went fishing with What's On Fishing on June 3, 2020
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

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Travis Weitzel
Port Isabel, Texas
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Went fishing with South Padre Island Fishing Charters on July 31, 2019
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.

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John Hattrup
Wichita, KS
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Went fishing with What's On Fishing on July 9, 2019
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

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Bill Tate
Burlington, KS
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Went fishing with What's On Fishing on June 10, 2019
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.

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Bryan Pyle
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Went fishing with Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI on March 29, 2024
Wind was strong making it challenging, but that is just the nature of it. They can’t all be perfect days

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Nicholas Green
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Went fishing with Emilio’s Fishing Adventures on October 5, 2023
Take a private charter if you want a more personal experience, otherwise go out into the gulf on a bigger boat.

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Rod Potts
FAIR OAKS, TX
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Went fishing with Capt.Hector Lopez Fishing Charters on September 4, 2023
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.

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David Keeton
San Antonio, TX
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Went fishing with Drift Water Charters on August 18, 2023
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.

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David DeBerry
McAllen, TX
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Went fishing with Todds Sportfishing on August 16, 2023
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.

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Chad Myers
Frisco, TX
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Went fishing with Drift Water Charters on July 23, 2023
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.

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Raul Rangel
Port Isabel, Texas
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Went fishing with Drift Water Charters on July 13, 2023
Try Isla Blanca Park and use popping cork with live shrimp. Make sure you don’t overdo the drag. Or, book a charter with Driftwater Charter and Captain Joaquin.

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Courtney Dodge
Salado, TX
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Went fishing with Drift Water Charters on July 7, 2023
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.

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Conrad Bonner
Ardmore, AL
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Went fishing with Snook On A Hook on July 7, 2023
I believe SPI is better for experienced fishermen but then again, you can begin fishing anywhere...so YES!

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Brian Orozco
Round Rock, TX
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Went fishing with Today We Fish Charter – South Padre Island on June 29, 2023
Either fish in the morning, or wear long sleaves if you're fishing in the afternoon. The sun can be brutal if you're on a boat with not shade for several hours in the afternoon.

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La Ce Turley
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Went fishing with Emilio’s Fishing Adventures on June 28, 2023
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.

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Kathryn Goodman
Rifle, CO
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Went fishing with SPI Freedom Fishing on June 25, 2023
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.

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Tracy Harper
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Went fishing with SPI Freedom Fishing on June 16, 2023
Watch the wind reports. We only had 10-12 mph winds and it caused some of our folks to be sea sick.

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Bryan Kobold
Glendale, AZ
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Went fishing with Texas Slam Fishing Charters on June 9, 2023
Plan your trips for weekdays. Starting Friday afternoon through Sunday evening the Island gets very busy. Holidays are even worse.

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Michael Chaney
Austin, TX
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Went fishing with Drift Water Charters on April 5, 2023
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.

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JEFF BURLESON
Fort Collins, CO
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Went fishing with AW Fishing on March 13, 2023
Early March is still cool, and the fish are less accessible from shore than when it gets a bit warmer. Charter is the way to go to access the better spots.