South Padre Island Deep Sea Fishing Charters

South Padre Island Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in South Padre Island

Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in South Padre Island

Deep Sea Fishing in South Padre Island

South Padre Island deep sea fishing is both promising and rewarding. If you’re patient enough, you can have a real blast out there in the Gulf. The inshore waters of SPI are tempting, have no doubt about that, but if you want some nice game fish, you need to charter a boat to take you further out. This means heading anywhere between 30 miles or even 100 miles at occasions, if you want to get Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Yellowfin, and Bluefin Tuna. Luckily for you, the game is there almost year round, so your trip can pay off big time.

How does South Padre Island Deep Sea Fishing work?

When you get there, you will be mostly trolling for these big specimens. They are super strong, and you should find a captain and boat who can accommodate to your needs. This means heavy tackle, a big boat, a quality game chair (or a good harness if you’re up for the challenge!) As for the bait, it can either be live or dead bait, but you will want to consult with the crew and try a variety of techniques.

An important thing to have in mind — deep seas are not just about big game fish. They also hide the true gems of the Gulf waters — Snapper and Grouper. Getting your bottom gear ready can prove super lucrative and you will have an exquisite catch on a full day trip. To get a glimpse of SPI deep sea fishing, you can start with a five hour trip. This won’t take you far out, but you can go trolling for some King Mackerel, Tuna, Mahi. An eight hour trip gives you more time to fish, but the true deep sea fishing starts with a 10 hour trip.

Game fish might take a bit longer to get. The safest choice — if there’s such thing in fishing at all — is to go on an extended trip. Usually, these trips run somewhere between 10 and 14 hours, and are meant for hardcore anglers and those who won’t settle for anything less than Billfish. Of course, veteran anglers will enjoy overnight trips as they will go deep into the Gulf and spend a lot of time doing some hot action fishing.

Should I come along if I’ve just started fishing?

There are some things to have in mind, but deep sea fishing can be super exciting even for less experienced anglers. Eight hours at sea can seem to be long, especially if nothing’s biting at first and if you get seasick. But, when all of a sudden you hear that drag scream, boy, it rarely gets better than that.

Of course, ‘catching’ is great. But remember — it’s the ‘fishing’ that counts. And Marlin and Tuna aren’t the only ones worth the trip. Mahi Mahi are awesome to catch as they’re feisty and tasty. Wahoo are fast and elusive, and Snapper are a genuine treasure.

You will need an extra layer of clothes, sunblock, a cap, sunglasses, and water for hydration, along with sea sickness medication. SPI captains who run deep sea fishing charters are skilled in what they do and equipped to make your trip enjoyable.

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Reviews of Fishing in Deep Sea Fishing in South Padre Island

Half Day
Veronica F. fished with Henry's Charters on March 9, 2021
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The first hour we moved to a few locations before we found a good spot. We only caught whiting fish. They were small but we were able to catch enough for a great dinner.
Fish trip with Capt Watson
Israel O. fished with What's On Fishing on July 5, 2020
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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.
4 Hour Trip
Dennis C. fished with Bryan Ray's Fishing Adventures on June 27, 2020
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Epic place for speckled trout and red drum!
Hald day Snapper trip with Captain Mike
Russell K. fished with What's On Fishing on June 3, 2020
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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
Half day trip with captain Lloyd
David D. fished with Captain Lloyd Dunkin on March 10, 2020
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March weather can be a little unpredictable so bring warmer gear just in case.
Morning half day fishing with Captain Bryan Ray
Gay M. fished with Bryan Ray's Fishing Adventures on December 27, 2019
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It takes more time to get out farther due to colder waters, fish are deeper.
Afternoon Half Day
Travis W. fished with South Padre Island Fishing Charters on July 31, 2019
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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.
Half day trip (a.m.) with Captain Riojas.
Steven C. fished with Rio Fishing Guide Service - SPI on July 29, 2019
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Have fun fishing but take time to enjoy the surroundings. What a beautiful place and friendly people.

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in South Padre Island