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trip description for Port Mansfield Bay (Drifting or Wading) in Port Mansfield

Hit the water for a day full of fun and adventure. You can choose how long we go, for the experienced angler there is a full day option, and for the novice angler there is a half day option. This trip can be either wading or drifting based on your preference. All of the bait and gear is provided. Fishing cleaning is included as well. I have water and some snacks on board. There is room in the cooler for you to add your snacks and drinks as well. So come on for some fun in the sun, catching some reds that you can take back to the beach house for dinner. Look forward to seeing you and tight lines. Read More

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Hit the water with Captain Jay and experience an amazing day of inshore fishing! Captain Jay will help you target Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and many more species of fish on your 4-hour (half-day) or 7-hour (full day) adventure through Rockport’s various bays and flats. He encourages his anglers to use various fishing techniques to catch the attention of those big fish. These techniques include, but are not limited to, trolling, jigging, and even popping. Captain Jay will provide everything you need for a productive day on the water, except a fishing license, which you’ll need to bring with you. Bring snacks as well. Captain Jay is passionate about introducing young people to outdoor life at every opportunity. Bring your kids aboard and, who knows, maybe one day they’ll repay the favor and bring you back to Captain Jay! Read More

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Half day private bay fishing charter (5hrs) at South Padre Island, Texas. Targeting primarily redfish and speckled trout with various fishing techniques from artificial baits, fresh cut ,and/or live baits. Sometimes target snook, black drum, sheep’s head, and triple tail if conditions and seasonality are present. Currently running a 24 ft Shallow Stalker boat equipped with a Suzuki 175 and a Minn Kota trolling motor. Over 20 years local fishing experience here a South Padre. Family friendly and kid tested. Amateur to avid anglers are welcome. So let’s go fishing! Read More

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Come and experience the Lower Laguna Made (LLM) like never before. The LLM is a bay system that has an average depth of 1 foot of crystal clear water. It offers great fishing for Speckled trout, Redfish, Flounder, Snook, and Black drum. Whether it's artificial, bait, or sight casting for Reds or Trout, you will want to come back for more. Make sure to bring a valid Texas Fishing License as well as food and drinks of your choice. Other than that, Captain Ruben will provide the rest. He will provide all lures, rods, reels, tackle, and fishing knowledge to get you hooked into the fish! Bring your kids or your angling buddies and head out to a fishing adventure to remember with Captain Ruben! Read More

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If you’ve never been fishing in South Padre Island before, then you’re missing out! And if you’re looking for a knowledgeable charter captain to take you out, Captain Arturo is a great choice. Test your angling skills and chase Redfish, Black Drum, Flounder, Sheepshead, and Speckled Trout on your 5 or 8-hour excursion through the Lower Laguna Madre. Captain Arturo will provide you with quality rods, reels, bait and tackle as well as bottled water and Gatorade. But you are more than welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks. Make sure you bring a valid Texas Fishing License with a saltwater stamp as well as some snacks of your choice. Come and explore this fishing paradise and make some everlasting memories! Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Rio Hondo

What are the best fishing charters in Rio Hondo?

Why should I book a fishing charter in Rio Hondo with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 80 trips in Rio Hondo, and the most popular trips in the area are Flounder Gigging Trip guided by Alfonso and Laguna Madre Inshore Trip guided by Andre.

Our guides in Rio Hondo are rated a 4.87 out of 5 based on 3246 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly charters / fishing lessons in Rio Hondo? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Rio Hondo.

What types of fishing charters are common in Rio Hondo?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular type of fishing in Rio Hondo as well as inshore fishing, flats fishing, and jetty fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Rio Hondo are: 1. redfish, 2. speckled trout, 3. flounder, 4. black drum, and 5. snook.

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

How much do Rio Hondo fishing charters cost?

Prices in Rio Hondo can range anywhere from about $500 to $1,200, but the average price for a half day trip in Rio Hondo is $643. The average price for a full day trip in Rio Hondo is $970.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Rio Hondo?

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

Do I need a Rio Hondo fishing license and what are the bag limits in Rio Hondo?

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

What is fishing in Rio Hondo all about?

Fishing in Rio Hondo, Texas offers an unforgettable angling experience amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Lone Star State. Nestled along the Rio Grande Valley, this quaint town boasts access to a diverse range of fishing opportunities, from tranquil freshwater ponds to the winding channels of the Rio Grande itself. Anglers flock to the region year-round, drawn by the promise of reeling in prized catches like largemouth bass, catfish, and various species of sunfish. Whether casting a line from the banks of the river or navigating the intricate network of waterways by boat, the abundance of fish and the serene ambiance make Rio Hondo a favored destination for fishing enthusiasts of all skill levels.

One of the distinct charms of fishing in Rio Hondo lies in its rich ecosystem, which supports a vibrant array of aquatic life. The river's meandering course through the Texas landscape creates a haven for fish species, while the surrounding wetlands and marshes provide vital habitats for diverse flora and fauna. Beyond the thrill of landing a prized catch, anglers can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Rio Grande Valley, catching glimpses of native wildlife such as egrets, herons, and even the occasional alligator basking in the sun along the riverbanks. Whether seeking solitude in the tranquil backwaters or engaging in friendly competition at popular fishing spots, Rio Hondo offers an idyllic setting for outdoor adventure and appreciation of the natural world.

For many anglers, fishing in Rio Hondo is more than just a recreational pastime; it's a cherished tradition passed down through generations. Families gather along the riverbanks, sharing stories and tips as they cast their lines into the water. Fishing tournaments and events further foster a sense of camaraderie within the community, drawing participants from near and far to compete for bragging rights and prizes. Beyond the thrill of the catch, these gatherings serve as opportunities to celebrate a shared love of angling and the unique charm of Rio Hondo, where every cast holds the promise of an unforgettable fishing experience.

What are the most popular months to fish in Rio Hondo?

In Rio Hondo, Texas, fishing seasons bring about a dynamic change in the angling landscape, offering a variety of opportunities for fishing enthusiasts throughout the year. Spring signals the start of prime fishing season in Rio Hondo, as warmer temperatures awaken aquatic life and trigger increased activity among fish species in the region's lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. Anglers can target a diverse array of species, including largemouth bass, catfish, and crappie, as they become more active in the shallow waters. Whether casting from the banks of the Rio Grande or navigating the winding channels of the Arroyo Colorado, springtime fishing in Rio Hondo promises exciting encounters and the chance to reel in impressive catches.

As summer arrives in Rio Hondo, fishing enthusiasts gear up for long days spent on the water under the Texas sun. With water temperatures rising and baitfish abundant, predatory species like bass and catfish become increasingly active, providing anglers with ample opportunities to test their skills and land trophy-sized catches. Whether casting from the shores of the Resaca de la Palma State Park or trolling along the edges of the Laguna Madre, summer offers a diverse range of angling experiences in Rio Hondo's waters. From early morning topwater action to nighttime catfishing excursions, anglers can enjoy a variety of fishing techniques and environments throughout the season, creating memorable moments against the backdrop of Rio Hondo's scenic landscapes.

As autumn descends upon Rio Hondo, fishing enthusiasts welcome the cooler temperatures and changing scenery with open arms. Fall fishing in the area offers a unique blend of challenges and rewards as fish transition to their fall feeding patterns in preparation for the winter months. Anglers can explore the region's waterways in pursuit of migrating species like redfish and flounder or target bass amidst the vibrant foliage along the shores of the Arroyo Colorado. Whether casting for bass or soaking bait for catfish, fall fishing in Rio Hondo provides anglers with an opportunity to savor the beauty of the season while enjoying some of the area's finest angling experiences.

What types of fishing are popular in Rio Hondo?

In Rio Hondo, Texas, anglers have a diverse range of fishing options to explore, each offering its own unique challenges and rewards. One popular method is freshwater bank fishing, where anglers set up along the riverbanks or at designated fishing spots along the numerous ponds and lakes in the area. Here, they can target a variety of freshwater species, including bass, catfish, and panfish, using a combination of bait and lures to entice their quarry. With the tranquil waters and abundant wildlife surrounding them, bank fishing in Rio Hondo offers a peaceful retreat into nature, where every cast holds the promise of an exciting catch.

Another favored technique among anglers is kayak fishing, which allows for greater mobility and access to remote fishing spots along the Rio Grande and its tributaries. Kayakers can navigate the winding waterways, exploring hidden coves and channels that are inaccessible by land. This immersive experience brings anglers up close to the natural beauty of Rio Hondo, with opportunities to spot wildlife such as birds, turtles, and even the occasional river otter. Whether casting for bass in shallow waters or drifting along the current in search of catfish, kayak fishing offers a thrilling adventure for those seeking a more active approach to angling.

For those looking to test their skills against the biggest and boldest fish Rio Hondo has to offer, guided fishing charters provide an excellent opportunity to target trophy-sized catches. Experienced local guides lead anglers to prime fishing locations, sharing their knowledge of the area's topography and fish behavior to maximize success. Whether pursuing elusive trophy bass or battling the powerful currents for a chance at a monster catfish, guided fishing charters offer a personalized and exhilarating fishing experience that will leave anglers with memories to last a lifetime.

What species are popular in Rio Hondo?

In Rio Hondo, Texas, anglers have a diverse range of fishing species to pursue throughout the year, thanks to the area's rich aquatic habitats. One of the most prized catches for fishing enthusiasts in Rio Hondo is the largemouth bass. Found in lakes, rivers, and reservoirs across the region, largemouth bass offer anglers thrilling action and the chance to reel in trophy-sized catches. Whether casting from the shores of the Rio Grande or navigating the winding channels of the Arroyo Colorado, anglers can employ various techniques such as topwater lures or soft plastics to entice these voracious predators.

Catfish are another popular species among anglers in Rio Hondo, providing ample opportunities for a successful day on the water. From the banks of the Rio Grande to the depths of the Resaca de la Palma State Park, catfish can be found in a variety of habitats throughout the area. Whether targeting channel catfish, blue catfish, or flathead catfish, anglers can use a range of techniques, from bottom fishing with bait to drift fishing with prepared stink baits or cut bait. With their hard-fighting nature and savory flesh, catfish offer an enjoyable and satisfying fishing experience for anglers of all ages in Rio Hondo, Texas.

Crappie are also abundant in the waters around Rio Hondo, offering anglers the chance to reel in tasty panfish year-round. These schooling fish can be found in areas with submerged structure and cover, such as brush piles, fallen trees, and docks. Anglers can target crappie using a variety of techniques, including jigging with small lures or fishing with live minnows. Whether fishing from the shoreline of the Resaca de la Palma State Park or navigating the winding channels of the Arroyo Colorado, anglers in Rio Hondo can enjoy hours of excitement and the potential for a rewarding catch when pursuing crappie.

What are the best places to fish in Rio Hondo?

Rio Hondo, Texas, boasts an abundance of prime fishing locations, each offering its own unique charm and opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. One standout spot is the Rio Grande itself, where the slow-moving currents and ample vegetation provide an ideal habitat for a variety of freshwater species. Anglers can cast their lines from the riverbanks or launch a boat to explore deeper waters, targeting prized catches like largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish. With its scenic vistas and tranquil ambiance, the Rio Grande offers a quintessential Texas fishing experience that is both rewarding and rejuvenating.

For those seeking a more secluded fishing experience, the numerous ponds and lakes scattered throughout Rio Hondo provide excellent opportunities to reel in a diverse range of fish. Whether tucked away in a quiet corner of a local park or nestled amidst the lush greenery of the surrounding countryside, these freshwater havens are teeming with bass, crappie, and bluegill waiting to be caught. Anglers can enjoy the convenience of bank fishing or take to the water in a kayak or canoe to explore hidden fishing holes and secret fishing spots that promise big catches and peaceful solitude.

Additionally, anglers looking for a bit of adventure can venture beyond the beaten path to explore the lesser-known fishing spots tucked away in the backwaters and tributaries of Rio Hondo. These secluded channels and marshy wetlands offer a chance to escape the crowds and connect with nature while pursuing a variety of fish species unique to the region. Whether wading through shallow waters or navigating the maze of waterways by boat, anglers can immerse themselves in the untamed beauty of Rio Hondo's wilderness while enjoying the thrill of the catch.

Other things to do in Rio Hondo

While fishing is undoubtedly a popular activity in Rio Hondo, Texas, the area offers a variety of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy beyond the water. Nature enthusiasts can explore the scenic beauty of the region at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, located just a short drive from Rio Hondo. With its expansive wetlands, coastal prairies, and tidal flats, the wildlife refuge provides the perfect setting for birdwatching, hiking, and wildlife photography. Visitors can spot a variety of migratory birds, including waterfowl, raptors, and shorebirds, as well as native wildlife such as alligators, deer, and javelinas.

History buffs will appreciate the opportunity to delve into Rio Hondo's rich cultural heritage at the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Housed in a historic building dating back to the early 20th century, the museum showcases exhibits detailing the area's vibrant music scene, including exhibits on conjunto music, Tejano culture, and the contributions of local musicians. Visitors can explore artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia that offer insight into Rio Hondo's unique musical heritage and its significance to the region. Guided tours and live performances are available, providing an educational and immersive experience for visitors of all ages.

For those seeking outdoor adventure, Rio Hondo offers a variety of recreational activities beyond fishing. The nearby Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge offers miles of hiking trails, birdwatching blinds, and wildlife viewing areas, providing opportunities to experience the natural beauty of the region up close. Visitors can also explore local parks and nature preserves, where they can enjoy picnicking, camping, and wildlife observation. Whether embarking on a scenic hike, birdwatching expedition, or cultural exploration, visitors to Rio Hondo are sure to find plenty of ways to immerse themselves in the area's rich natural and cultural heritage.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

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    We had an amazing trip today! Captain Augustine put us right on the fish. Not only did we catch our limit but he was very patient and helped our two kids land some big snapper. This was definitely a trip of a lifetime thanks to a great Captain and good fishing!

    Vanessa P. with Augustin P. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had the most amazing trip of a lifetime! Captain Augustine was great! He put us right on the fish. Not only did we catch some big fish we saw dolphins and had a great time. He was especially patient and kind with my kids and helped them land some big snapper. This was definitely the trip of a lifetime thanks to a great Captain!!!

    Vanessa P. with Augustin P. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Ladies loved the trip and caught big fish. One trout was 24" and was released due to conservation rules. One of our reds needed a tag to keep. Highly recommend Alana as a fun and knowledgeable fishing guide in SPI.

    Rick J. with Alana S. of Port Isabel, Texas

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    Ruben was an awesome guide with lots of knowledge and got us on tons of fish during a tournament weekend! Would definitely book Ruben in the future!

    Brian M. with Ruben R. of South Padre Island, Texas

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    Augustin was excellent! He got us right on the fish immediately. It was a good day and I would highly recommend!! Thank you Augustin!! Can’t wait for the next time.

    Jessica V. with Augustin P. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Do you want to go fishing or catching? That is a question Captain Jeremiah will definitely answer for you with a resounding "We're going Catching!". He and his boat, The Classic, are based out of Port Isabel where Captain Jeremiah grew up and acquired the skill, knowledge and love for fishing. You might think that you are just going fishing, I mean catching; however, with Captain Jeremiah, you get a lesson on the past, present and future of Laguna Madre, Long Island, Brownsville Ship Channel and the surrounding area, as well as, an occasional sea turtle, shark and dolphins sightings. But let's talk about why are here.....Fish! Captain Jeremiah knows just the right areas to hit and will put you right on top of those Big Reds and then it's time to work it hard. The four of us limited out in the slot range in about three hours, but we were having a blast catching and releasing those that didn't meet the slot requirement....sometimes four hooked at the same time. The last hour, before we headed back to port, was spent trolling which produced a nice Spanish Mackerel and a pretty large Ling. Trust me, next time I go out on a Fishing Charter, it will be with Captain Jeremiah on his Catching Charter!

    Russell R. with Jeremiah N. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Emilio & Jesse were great! We caught red snapper and had a blast! Waters were a little rough but still had a blast! definitely recommend!

    Ashley L. with Emilio S. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time! Emilio and Jesse did everything they could to get us some fish despite some difficult circumstances that were out of everyone’s control. We would definitely book this fishing trip again.

    Chris L. with Emilio S. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip! Aaron did an amazing job.

    Andrew M. with Aaron W. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Alana was a joy to fish with. She’s knowledgeable and fun. Highly recommend.

    Kory U. with Alana S. of Port Isabel, Texas

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    It was an excellent fishing trip. Fast pace. Jeremiah was on point. My 7 year-old and 5 year-old loved it and will remember it the rest of their lives. Thank you Jeremiah!

    Jake R. with Jeremiah N. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time both AJ and Captain JW were great. I would definitely recommend

    Rene O. with Jw W. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip we went on an adventure first thing to try something new and caught several fish then finished in the bay and caught a limit of trout Great experience, Mike was very patient and even gave me a ride back to my hotel

    Justin B. with Mike K. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Was a great experience with captain Arnold he was very knowledgeable and was a great captain to be with …definitely would do it again made my son and I experience very pleasurable and a day to remember

    Antonio L. with Arnold L. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great crew very interactive with the guests. JW and AJ were great and put us on the fish

    Aaron S. with Jw W. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Phenomenal trip with a world class charter. Capt Roy and his team put us on fish despite a slow day. We limited out and had a splendid time as well. Highly recommended for a great time and phenomenal fishing

    Derwin M. with Roy S. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip super personable and knowledgeable definitely will book him again.

    Eddie P. with Arnold L. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Had a good time, caught some good fish,would definitely recommend,and do it again.Captain Mike, thanks 👍👍

    Jesus P. with Mike K. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Arnold and his son were fantastic! Their knowledge of fishing was second to none. Me and my son will always remember and treasure our experience with Captain Arnold. Thank you both for the wonderful experience!

    Kenneth T. with Arnold L. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time with Cliff. We requested to catch Trout and he put us on them right away. Very knowledgeable and willing to share information on how to catch the target species.

    John C. with Cliff F. of Port Isabel, Texas

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