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Port Isabel 5-Hour - 25’ Majek

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Laguna Madre Shallows Trip

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Red Snapper Adventure

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Head out onto the world-renowned waters of the South Texas Riviera with Captain Gary! He specializes in hooking into all kinds of inshore sportfish, including Speckled Trout, Red Fish, Flounder, Snook, Black Drum and Mangrove Snapper. Captain Gary is happy to cater your trip to your goals and is willing to fish with many different methods. He can also provide some expert tips and tricks so that you can improve your fishing abilities as well. So, whether it's landing your first bruiser Trout, chasing the "Big Three", or watching your little ones light up with smiles, no one takes your time on the water more seriously than Captain Gary. For your trip, Captain Gary will provide rods, reels, tackle, bait, and ice for your catch. All the necessities for a successful day out on the water are provided; all you have to bring is your favorite snacks and drink, a camera, and your Texas fishing license! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Port Isabel

SPI's Most Popular Trip

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24 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Looking for a light tackle sportfishing specialist in Port Isabel, TX? There's no better choice than Captain Russell! His trips are a blast for both beginners and experienced anglers, and are a great way to enjoy the Texas coast and all the great fishing it offers. On this trip, you'll use variety of tackle and techniques, including both live bait and artificial lures, to chase Speckled Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, and Snook! These classic Texas sportfish are fun fighters, and they're great eating as well. Captain Russell is happy to clean and bag your keepers, so bring along a cooler to take your fish home. You'll step off the dock and onto Captain Russell's 24' Carolina Skiff. She's an ideal boat for motoring around the bay, and has a shallow draft to get you into the inshore waters and flats. Captain Russell will supply everything you need for an awesome trip, including rods, reels, bait and tackle! All you need to bring along is sunscreen, your Texas Fishing License, and proper clothing. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Port Isabel

Redfish, Trout, And Flounder—Oh My!

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24 ft 1 - 6 People $$

If you've been looking to do some classic Texas fishing and find a new personal best, look no further than this trip with Captain Alana! She's an expert angler and knows exactly how to put you on some big fish in the Laguna Madre, one of the best bodies of water here on the Texas coast. The Laguna is a large, shallow saltwater inlet that's protected from the tides and waves, making it a perfect environment for Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder—the three most popular inshore gamefish in the state! Captain Alana also runs trips to the Port of Brownsville where you can chase several different species while seeing Naval ships being decommissioned such as the USS Kitty Hawk. You'll also be able to chase Cobia, Mangrove Snapper, and even the occasional Texas Tarpon! No matter what species you're aiming to catch, Captain Alana will put you on 'em and make sure you have the right tackle and gear to stack fish in the cooler. Generally, you'll be fishing shrimp on popping corks, which really attract big bites. Be ready, because you never know which bite is going to be your personal record! Captain Alana runs these inshore trips from her 25' Moody bay boat, a perfect shallow-draft vessel for this kind of water. She's powered by a brand-new 250-HP Suzuki, so you'll have no problem getting out to where the fish are. She also sports PowerPole for easy maneuvering in shallow water. Alana provides everything you need for a great trip, so just bring some sunscreen, a cooler with some snacks and drinks, and your Texas saltwater fishing license and you'll be good to go! Read More

Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Port Isabel

Lower Laguna Madre Adventure

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25 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Captain Ruben will help you target Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder throughout your 5-hour (half-day) or 8-hour (full day) trip in lower Laguna Madre. The Laguna Madre is an incredible body of water, offering a pristine ecosystem for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and depending on the season, Triple Tail, Snook, Tarpon and much more. He's happy to host anglers of all skill levels and loves teaching beginners and children. Captain Ruben fishes with live bait and cut bait for Redfish and Speckled Trout on light spinning tackle almost year round, and depending on the time of year and your preferences can target some of the other species mentioned above. Captain Ruben fishes from his 21.5' Shallowsport flats boat powered by a 150 HP Yamaha engine. The vessel can host up to 5 anglers but 4 is more comfortable and especially encouraged if your doing a full day. All fishing equipment will be ready for your trip, as well as a range of artificial lures. After the trip, Captain Ruben will clean and fillet your catch so you can take 'em home to the kitchen! Be sure to purchase a Texas saltwater fishing license online for each angler, bring some snacks and drinks, and don’t forget some sun block! Other than that, meet Captain Ruben in Port Isabel ready to fish and to spend a fantastic day on the Laguna Madre! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Port Isabel

Port Isabel Classic

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22 ft 1 - 5 People $$

State offshore snapper trips up to 5 guests all gear provided. During the snapper trip we will take some time to troll for Kings. During the trip we may harvest other types of fish. (Shark, Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, Strawberry Grouper, Gag Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Cobia etc) Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Port Isabel

Snapper Season Baby!!!

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25 ft 1 - 5 People $$

Get offshore on this quick trip with Captain Roy! If you've been "feeling the bug" and need to get hooked up on some hard-fighting sportfish, this trip is your ticket. There's a huge variety of species to target here in the Western Gulf, including everything from Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, and Tuna to Amberjack and Black Grouper and more. No matter what you choose to chase, you'll have a blast on this offshore adventure. On this trip, you'll mix it up with a combination of trolling and bottomfishing, depending on the season and your fishing preferences. When fast, aggressive fish like Wahoo or Tuna hit that line, you'll feel it! On this voyage, you'll go aboard a 33’ WorldCat powered by twin 600-horsepower Suzuki engines. The vessel is equipped with outriggers and a Live Bait Well, so you can spend hours trolling through the Gulf of Mexico. While you troll, you can bump tunes using the Multimedia system on board. Just sit back, relax, and wait for the sweet sound of a screaming reel! All you need to bring on this trip is sun protection, appropriate clothing, snacks, a pair of polarized lenses, and a cooler with some beverages. Captain Roy will provide all the rods, reels, tackle, and bait needed for a great trip. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Port Isabel

Half Day Offshore Fishing

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33 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Port Isabel

What are the best fishing charters in Port Isabel?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 71 trips in Port Isabel, and the most popular trips in the area are Port Isabel 5-Hour - 25’ Majek guided by Walter, Laguna Madre Shallows Trip guided by Ruben, and Full Day or Half Day Fishing Trip guided by Jaime.

Our guides in Port Isabel are rated a 4.82 out of 5 based on 2511 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

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Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include South Padre Island, Rio Hondo and Bayview.

Looking for kid friendly charters in Port Isabel? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Port Isabel.

What types of fishing charters are common in Port Isabel?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in Port Isabel as well as inshore fishing, flats fishing, and nearshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Port Isabel are: 1. redfish, 2. speckled trout, 3. flounder, and 4. black drum.

The most common fishing techniques in Port Isabel are light tackle fishing, artificial lure fishing, and live bait fishing but drift fishing and bottom fishing are popular as well.

How much do Port Isabel fishing charters cost?

in Port Isabel prices can range anywhere from an affordable $250 to $2,453, but the average price for a half day trip in Port Isabel is $657. The average price for a full day trip in Port Isabel is $957.

What month is best for fishing in Port Isabel?

The most popular season for fishing in Port Isabel is summer, and most anglers book their trips 11 days in advance.

Do I need a Port Isabel fishing license and what are the bag limits in Port Isabel?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Port Isabel, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Port Isabel. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Port Isabel.

Port Isabel Fishing Overview

Embark on a fishing expedition in Port Isabel, a historic town with a rich past of pirate legends and hidden treasures. Today, it is a charming fishing village that offers access to some of the most bountiful waters in Texas. The shallow Laguna Madre provides excellent inshore fishing opportunities, while the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico offer a thrilling experience for the more adventurous angler.

In the Laguna Madre, you will find crystal clear waters teeming with a variety of fish species, including Redfish, Flounder, Trout, Tarpon, Snook, and Sheepshead. A half-day trip is perfect for exploring this fishery and spending quality time with family. For those seeking a more exhilarating experience, the Gulf is just a short boat ride away, where you can target Snapper, Grouper, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna on a full-day or extended full-day trip.

As a fishing town, Port Isabel has no shortage of charters available. Simply head to the docks and take your pick. South Padre Island, located across from the Queen Isabella Causeway, offers even more options.

It is important to note that Texas state law requires all individuals aged 17 and over to possess a fishing license, regardless of whether they are fishing on their own or with a charter.

Inshore fishing Port Isabel

Located right next to South Padre Island on the Intracoastal waterway, Port Isabel has easy access to some of the best inshore flats and bays in the state. With Laguna Madre to the north and South Bay directly to the south, there is no shortage of pristine water to explore. Whether you use traditional tackle or love to throw a fly, there isn’t a better place to chase inshore species.

Redfish and speckled trout fishing in the waters surrounding Port Isabel is exceptional and most commonly you'll drift or wade in the crystal clear grassy flats to target these fish. Fishing for speckled trout is most productive in the spring, while fall months are prime for catching bull redfish. You'll also be able to catch flounder, black drum, and mangrove snapper while fishing in Laguna Madre, and from late summer into fall, snook and tarpon can be found patrolling the flats. With so many species inhabiting these sparkling waters, Port Isabel takes inshore fishing to the next level.

Offshore Fishing Port Isabel

With just a short trip offshore you can hook up with mahi-mahi, grouper, snapper, wahoo, tuna, and billfish. Some of the best offshore fishing can be had in the summer months when the mahi-mahi and marlin bite heats up along with several species of snapper. Moving into the fall months, yellowfin and blackfin tuna are in a feeding frenzy while the wahoo bite peaks in the winter months making Port Isabel an excellent offshore fishing destination throughout the year.

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Popular Types of Fishing In Port Isabel

Port Isabel fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters in Port Isabel are bay fishing, offshore fishing, and deep-sea fishing.

Bay fishing charters are perfect for beginners and families with young children. These charters take you to the shallow waters of the Laguna Madre Bay, where you can catch redfish, trout, and flounder.

Offshore fishing charters are for more experienced anglers who want to venture out into the Gulf of Mexico. These charters take you to the oil rigs and reefs, where you can catch kingfish, snapper, and grouper.

Deep-sea fishing charters are the ultimate fishing experience for thrill-seekers. These charters take you to the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where you can catch marlin, sailfish, and tuna.

Some of the most common fish to catch in Port Isabel include redfish, trout, flounder, kingfish, snapper, grouper, marlin, sailfish, and tuna.

When booking a Port Isabel fishing charter, be sure to ask about landmarks such as the Queen Isabella Causeway and the historic lighthouse. These are popular spots for fishing charters to visit and offer stunning views of the area.

The Best Places To Fish In Port Isabel

Port Isabel, Texas is a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its abundance of waterways and diverse marine life, there are plenty of great spots to cast a line. Here are some of the best places to fish in Port Isabel, whether you're looking to go on a fishing charter or just fish from the shore:

1. Laguna Madre - This shallow lagoon is a popular spot for fishing charters, as it's home to a variety of fish species including redfish, trout, and flounder.

2. South Padre Island Jetties - These rock formations provide a great habitat for fish, and are a favorite spot for anglers looking to catch snapper, grouper, and other species.

3. Queen Isabella State Fishing Pier - This pier is a great place to fish from the shore, with plenty of space for anglers and a variety of fish species to catch.

4. Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site - This historic site offers a unique fishing experience, with a pier that extends out into the bay and provides great views of the surrounding area.

5. Brazos Santiago Pass - This deepwater channel is a prime spot for fishing charters, as it's home to a variety of game fish including tarpon, kingfish, and snapper.

6. South Bay - This shallow bay is a great place to fish for redfish and trout, and is a popular spot for both fishing charters and shore fishing.

7. Arroyo Colorado - This winding waterway is a great place to fish for bass, catfish, and other freshwater species, and is a favorite spot for local anglers.

8. Port Isabel Park Center - This park offers a variety of fishing opportunities, with a pier, boat ramp, and plenty of shoreline to fish from.

Other Things To Do In Port Isabel

While Port Isabel fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this charming Texas city. Take a trip to the Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site, where you can climb to the top for stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. For a taste of local history, visit the Port Isabel Historical Museum or the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. If you're looking for outdoor adventure, head to South Padre Island for parasailing, jet skiing, or a dolphin watching tour. And don't miss the annual Port Isabel Shrimp Cook-Off, where you can sample some of the best seafood in the area.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    I have fished all over the world and been a guide myself for many years and I would highly recommend the fishing experience Captain Russell provides. If you are wanting to take your family out for a great afternoon of fishing Captain Russell is who you need to book with hands down. He had us on fish early and often despite the windy conditions. My youngest, who is 7, caught his personal best on this trip. We will definitely be back to fish with Captain Russell again!

    Christopher T. with Russell R. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Rueben did a great job!!! He put us on fish. You should try him out.

    Brian P. with Ruben G. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Cliff did a great job on finding fish to get our limit. He is very well experienced and professional.

    Matt S. with Cliff F. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Alana was awesome! Very professional, had the boat clean and gear ready to go as soon as we got to the dock we were off. Boat was good size had plenty of room for everyone to walk around. Even took us close to the launch site to see the Space X Starship. She was constantly on the phone with other guides trying to find the best bite possible. We caught Speckled Trout, large Catfish and saw a bunch of large red drums but even hitting them in the head with the bait they wouldn't bite... Had a weather change and rockets going off in the area so may have had something to do with it. But we were the only boat that day really catching anything. I would highly recommend Captain Alana. Will decently book her for future visits to go Tarpon Fishing!!!

    Bret S. with Alana S. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Amazing Captain! Work to get us on the fish fish. Great equipment and attitude, lots of fun. Best captain I have booked in south padre.

    Wesley W. with Jaime D. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great Captain who knew the area and the fishing holes! We caught a lot of fish!! I would definitely book Augustin again!

    Son N. with Augustin P. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Jaime was an off the chart tour guide...highly recommended. He was determined to find fish and we did! He was patient with my 10 year old daughter and used teachable moments with my 13 year old son. He was knowledge about the area and very kind. Easy conversation and engaged us all on the trip. Clean boat, plenty of bait and water.

    Amanda G. with Jaime D. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome experience with Captain Jaime never a dull moment! He let us to some great fish and we will be back again!

    Miguel S. with Jaime D. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Juan was great and we had a fun day on the boat! It was grandparents, parents and 8 year old twins so great for all ages. Juan was so patient with the kids and very attentive to making sure everyone was always baited and having fun fishing. We are complete beginners and he was super informative on what we were catching and teaching the boys how to fish. There’s no shade or restroom on the boat so plan accordingly with sunscreen and proper clothes and a bathroom break before the trip. We brought snacks and drinks with us which was great to have on hand. We caught a variety of fish even if not all were keepers. All in all it was a perfect day out on the water.

    Tiffany H. with Juan R. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time with Captain Russell. We caught our limit of Redfish and several other species. My wife caught a “quadruple crown” with a Redfish, Trout, Flounder, and Drum. We were even treated to a private bar after our trip where we learned a lot of local history. Captain Russell knows where the fish are. Proven not only by us catching them but every time we’d leave a spot other Captains would move from where they were to Captain Russell’s spot.

    Mathew W. with Russell R. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Our day with Cliff was great. Our group was two dads with 2 seven year olds. The kids had the best time. They each caught a few fish and he was incredibly patient and kind with them as they learned. We will be back.

    James D. with Cliff F. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Alana was most helpful. She took good care of us and put us on a lot of good spots! Unfortunately, there was not much fishy participation. She handled the boat like a pro!

    David P. with Alana S. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great time out on the water! Started catching immediately. Capitan Jaime is the guy you want to go with for a great experience!

    Miguelito G. with Jaime D. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    I can't recommend Capt. Alana enough! Great clean boat. Room enough for 6, perfect for 4 or 2. Her gear is new and well maintained. She took us to the Port of Brownsville. Lots of structure to fish including the decommissioned aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. We caught lots of fish including mangrove snapper, sheepshead, black drum and others. Capt. Alana is from a commercial and sport fishing family and knows where to find fish. I HIGHLY recommend her. I will be booking her again next time I'm in SPI.

    Jason H. with Alana S. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great fun. Captain Walter was great! Fish weren't biting too much, but we did catch some.

    Shawn A. with Walter B. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    CPT Joaquin is a great guide. His warm personality and tremendous knowledge of the local water makes for a great trip. I will certainly fish with CPT Joaquin again as soon as possible.

    Jimmy T. with Joaquin P. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Very nice! The weather was iffy in the morning, but we stuck with it and ended up having a great time!

    Sam G. with Ruben R. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had a Great time fishing with Capt. Walter! You could tell he, Really, enjoys helping fisherman enjoy a good day fishing! My son is 12 and Capt. Walter helped him and my son caught the most fish between the 3 of us in our group.

    Charles F. with Walter B. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Reuben was a very nice guy, but his view of guiding clients needs to change, l guess he fishes only go reds and specks. We only fished shipping channels with croakers on bottom. We caught a few specks, no redfish and spent most of the time cleaning seaweed off line. I mentioned to him I wanted to catch reds and mangrove snapper in the beginning. The only bait we had was croaker and I have been fishing the island many years and several other guides and we always caught a lot of the snapper, specks and redfish. He may be a good fisherman but having clients catch a lot of fish is the most important thing or at least trying, we did not, used only one type of bait, one location just different parts of it spaced out a little. I would have rather traveled 10 more miles and caught no more fish than staying in the same place catching gafftops and few specs mixed in, boring morning and in his defense we would have had a few more keepers maybe 4 or 5 if they had not raised length limit from 15 to 17”. We wound up the day with 3 keeper trout out of group of 4 on boat. Should have paid more attention to other review. Sorry will not.be using this service again

    Bryan B. with Ruben G. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time fishing with you. We didn't catch as many as we would have liked, but my sons had a great time with you. We look forward to our next trip with you.

    Hervis A. with Joaquin P. of Port Isabel, Texas

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