South Padre Island Deep Sea Fishing Charters

South Padre Island Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in South Padre Island

South Padre Island: 18 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(32 reviews)
Port Isabel
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trips from $595
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
South Padre Island
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trips from $1,000
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Port Isabel
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(43 reviews)
South Padre Island
trips from $1,050
South Padre Island
trips from $1,100
Port Isabel
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trips from $475
Port Isabel
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,200
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(16 reviews)
South Padre Island
trips from $1,000

Deep Sea Fishing in South Padre Island

While South Padre Island is famous for its beauty and fantastic inshore angling, there’s even more to discover offshore. The distant waters feature all kinds of fish, ranging from delicious bottom species to ferocious pelagics. To get in on the action, all you need to do is hop aboard one of the many South Padre Island deep sea fishing charters.

For anglers itching to catch their share of Red Snapper or other reef dwellers, the adventure begins only 13 miles offshore at the RGV Reef. If you’d like to go for some Amberjack or Grouper instead, there are oil rigs just 5 miles further. These offer fantastic fishing for anglers of all skill levels.

But what if you’re in the mood for some pelagics? In that case, you’ll need to get ready for a longer journey. While you can catch King Mackerel and Mahi Mahi in the 30-mile range, the fishing gets really good once you hit the dropoff around 50 miles east of South Padre Island. There, you’ll find Sailfish, Blue and White Marlin, Wahoo, and more.

Of course, Tuna also like to prowl through this part of the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll see Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna racing along the offshore rips, edges, and shelves, along with other pelagic fish. However, your best shot at catching Tuna is to visit one of the oil rigs that can be found as far as 100 miles offshore.

Along South Padre Island, there are two main hotspots where you can find deep sea fishing charters. These are Port Mansfield and Port Isabel. The captains usually start their trips either from the local marinas or boat ramps. Just make sure you're ready for a journey. You'll need 8 or more hours on the water to get a proper taste of the deep seas. Also, don't forget your fishing license.

South Padre Island
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 26,587 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in South Padre Island

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
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Michael  C.
Michael C. Austin, TX
Book a guided trip. Talk to bait shops for advice and check out the jetties.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a guided trip. Talk to bait shops for advice and check out the jetties.
Travis  L.
Travis L. Mosinee, WI
Just remember you win some and you lose some each time on the water is different. Have a great time either way it goes. Be kind and God bless.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Just remember you win some and you lose some each time on the water is different. Have a great time either way it goes. Be kind and God bless.
Sergio  G.
Sergio G. San Antonio, Texas
The Laguna Madre is a beautiful bay system with plenty of potential to catch limits. Remember, it's fishing, not catching so take in the whole experience in God's beauty!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The Laguna Madre is a beautiful bay system with plenty of potential to catch limits. Remember, it's fishing, not catching so take in the whole experience in God's beauty!
Hal  H.
Hal H. Lexington, TX
Don't give up when you least expect it the fish will bite once you catch one red in particular you are sure to catch more be patient ?
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Don't give up when you least expect it the fish will bite once you catch one red in particular you are sure to catch more be patient ?
Julie  G.
Julie G. Vergas, MN
December is a slower time of year for fishing but we caught what we were hoping to!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
December is a slower time of year for fishing but we caught what we were hoping to!
Sandra  P.
Sandra P. Rock Valley, IA
It was my first time fishing out of this port, and it was easy, friendly, and not hard to find anything at all. Recommended.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was my first time fishing out of this port, and it was easy, friendly, and not hard to find anything at all. Recommended.
Mark  E.
Mark E. Boerne, TX
Fishing was great, just check to see what Saturday the fishing tournament in May is going to be on. Would have fished Saturday also, but did not want all the chaos from 400 boats fishing in the bay.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing was great, just check to see what Saturday the fishing tournament in May is going to be on. Would have fished Saturday also, but did not want all the chaos from 400 boats fishing in the bay.
Kalee  F.
Kalee F. Athens, Texas
Waves were larger than any other charter I’ve been on. Take Dramamine the night before and morning of so you aren’t the main source of chum.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Waves were larger than any other charter I’ve been on. Take Dramamine the night before and morning of so you aren’t the main source of chum.
Scott  C.
Scott C. Almena, WI
Yes, although we were in fairly shallow water, fish were biting, however not many keepers that morning.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, although we were in fairly shallow water, fish were biting, however not many keepers that morning.
Edward  S.
Edward S. Lake Hamilton, AR
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Veronica  F.
Veronica F. Houston, Texas
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Israel  O.
Israel O. Fort Belvoir, VA
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Russell  K.
Russell K. League City, TX
March weather can be a little unpredictable so bring warmer gear just in case.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
March weather can be a little unpredictable so bring warmer gear just in case.
David  D.
David D. Houston, TX
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Travis  W.
Travis W. Port Isabel, Texas
Have fun fishing but take time to enjoy the surroundings. What a beautiful place and friendly people.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun fishing but take time to enjoy the surroundings. What a beautiful place and friendly people.
Steven  C.
Steven C. Burnet, TX
Be flexible with what you want to catch. Wind and tides may rewrite your plan for the day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be flexible with what you want to catch. Wind and tides may rewrite your plan for the day.
Mark  O.
Mark O. Spicewood, TX
If you are new make sure you get a guide who knows where to go such as Captain Elliott.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are new make sure you get a guide who knows where to go such as Captain Elliott.
Jonathan  N.
Jonathan N. San Antonio, Texas
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
John  H.
John H. Wichita, KS

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