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

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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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Anthony Drewery
South Padre Island, TX
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Went fishing with South Padre Outfitters – Ryan Falls on September 2, 2018
Make sure the Captain has shrimp and if its windy, the fishing is tough, but thats why its called fishing and not called catching. Still had plenty of bit3s and action, even though the wind made things tough.

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Ray Fogarty
Denton, Texas
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Went fishing with SouthTexasAnglerXcursions on June 13, 2018
Talk to your boat captain about your expectations and what you will need to bring for the trip. Put your phone down except for trophy pictures. And remember that you don't have to kill every fish to have fun.

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Keith Brannies
Houston, TX
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Went fishing with Always A Catch Fishing Trips on June 12, 2018
Captain Dave Edwards! Great guide. It was my daughter’s first ever fishing trip. He busted his rear to make sure she had a good time. She caught the majority of the keepers. I recommend Always a catch fishing.

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Douglas Lemon
Harlingen, TX
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Went fishing with Always A Catch Fishing Trips on April 21, 2018
Know what fish you want to catch and find out if the tour will target those fish. Also understand that weekdays are less busy in the bay versus Saturdays or Sundays, so if they want more choices, go on a weekday.

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George Shuster
Brownsville, Texas
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Went fishing with Captain Lee’s SPI Fishing Charters on December 30, 2017
If you have a choice, pick a day with at least a slight breeze to ripple the water. Also, if you want to catch Reds plan a trip in the winter not the summer I've been told by locals. We went out 12/30/17

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Steven Chambers
Burnet, TX
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Went fishing with Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI on July 29, 2019
Have fun fishing but take time to enjoy the surroundings. What a beautiful place and friendly people.

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Sarah Portillo
Kyle, Texas
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Went fishing with Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters on May 25, 2019
Get'm Hook'd Fishing Charters https://fishingbooker.com/charters/view/16218 Patient, safe and cool for novice anglers

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Alexander Perez
San Antonio, TX
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Went fishing with Captain Lloyd Dunkin on May 28, 2019
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!

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Chris Christensen
Keller, Texas
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Went fishing with Bodes Bay Fishing on March 7, 2017
Fish with a good guide who has good equipment and lots of experience fishing the Lower Laguna Madre.

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Mark Olson
Spicewood, TX
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Went fishing with Dunkin Guide Systems on July 23, 2019
Be flexible with what you want to catch. Wind and tides may rewrite your plan for the day.

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Jonathan Neitsch
San Antonio, Texas
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Went fishing with Captain Elliott Charters on July 16, 2019
If you are new make sure you get a guide who knows where to go such as Captain Elliott.

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Cory Garcia
Austin, TX
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Went fishing with Always A Catch Fishing Trips on July 5, 2019
Call Capt Dave and go in the morning. When that first 7lbs Red-hit my line it was incredible.

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James Miller
Hideaway, TX
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Went fishing with Captain Elliott Charters on December 4, 2018
Don't book ahead of time, wait till you arrive to check the weathrer and fishing conditions.

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Jack Quinn
San Antonio, TX
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Went fishing with Captain Elliott Charters on October 19, 2018
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.

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Kevin Boyd
Houston, TX
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Went fishing with South Padre Outfitters – Ryan Falls on October 6, 2018
He a great guy and good guide. A lot of guides are great on land and surly on the boat , not Ryan great guy the history and his help was great.

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Shalene Torres
Harker Heights, TX
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Went fishing with Dunkin Guide Systems on August 25, 2018
Check out the marina! If you don’t catch what you want the foster outting. Definitely plan for more than a day of fishing

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Scott Byrd
Azle, TX
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Went fishing with What's On Fishing on July 31, 2018
Go with Captain Watson and Clay “What’s On” Fishing service! They are friendly and honest and know what they’re doing!

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Rudy Carielo
San Antonio, TX
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Went fishing with Capt Larry J Hensley C'mon Fishing on July 29, 2018
Make sure you ask if the live bait is provide it with the trip at no extra cost. Make sure you ask the captain to move from spot if you are not catching any fish at that spot.

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Augustin Cancino
Buda, TX
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Went fishing with Dos Gringos Fishing Charters on July 20, 2018
Spend a little extra for a smaller guided trip...well worth the personalized treatment when ur on vacation!!!!

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Larry Coleman
United States
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Went fishing with Dream Catcher Outfitters on July 19, 2018
Stay in contact with captain prior to trip. They can keep you advised of weather and expected fishing.

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Alicia Valdez
United States
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Went fishing with Captain Lloyd Dunkin on July 12, 2018
Book in the morning if possible or late evening . Too hot in the afternoon. Think fish bite better then.

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Richard Rojas
San Antonio, Texas
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Went fishing with What's On Fishing on June 23, 2018
Highly Recommend JW and crew, just over an hour and already had a Durado on board. 2 Thumbs up quick trip.

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Jeff Goins
Georgetown, TX
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Went fishing with Tip O'texas Guide Service on June 5, 2018
Its a huge bay talk to the pros and others with experience here . Or you could go home empy handed. Its money well spent for there knowledge of the waters and techniques for the different species.

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Scott Mares
San Antonio, TX
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Went fishing with Big Mother Bay Fishing on May 26, 2018
For first time anglers coming to S Padre, I would definitely recommend booking a charter to take you out & show you the ropes.

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August Pietsch
Pharr, TX
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Went fishing with Captain Lloyd Dunkin on May 12, 2018
Didn't have a great day for catching fish, only caught two specs and 5 flounder which were all under size. Didn't see anyone else catching fish either, so it was just us.

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Wade Conway
Houston, Texas
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Went fishing with SPI Fish Killer Charters on April 20, 2018
Maybe better to experience it later in season but also was unseasonably cold spring and fishing was slower than formal

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Karl Meek
Weslaco, Texas
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Went fishing with Captain Lloyd Dunkin on October 6, 2017
Stay in Port Isabel at the Alta Vista Inn at 702W Polk St.. Ouiet, cozy and very comfortable away from the crowds, traffic and commercialization on the island.

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