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Deep Sea Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

South Padre Island Deep Sea

92% (13)
35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Hot Reels In South Padre

100% (1)
35 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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Inshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Rod-bending Action In SPI

100% (6)
20 ft 1 - 4 People $
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Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

South Padre Offshore Fishing

67% (3)
30 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

South Texas Offshore Adventure

100% (1)
35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Laguna Madre Magic

100% (3)
22 ft 1 - 3 People $

Most Popular Types of Kingfish Trips in South Padre Island

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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!!!

100% (1)
25 ft 1 - 5 People $$

Join Captain Juan in exploring inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing spots, as well as visiting reefs and flats along the way. Captain Juan’s comfy 21’ Shallow Stalker saltwater fishing boat can take up to 6 people and is powered by a 200 HP E-TEC engine. It’s got GPS and fishfinder systems which add to trip safety and will take you to the fish fast. The boat’s equipped with a livewell, and it features a multimedia system and ice-box. Some of the numerous species you’ll encounter on your trip include Jack Crevalle, Black Drum, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, and Pompano. Using light or heavy tackle, you’ll be bottom fishing, deep sea fishing, trolling, popping, and drift fishing. Captain Juan welcomes all kids on his boat, so take your whole family and have a great time on the sea. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Port Isabel

Half-day - 21’ Shallow Stalker

100% (1)
21 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

100% (3)
25 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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Head out to explore the Lower Laguna Madre aboard Captain J's 22' center console Lake and Bay with a Mercury 300 outboard motor. It fishes 2-3 people very comfortably. I supply all of the fishing equipment and bait, all the customer needs is a valid Texas saltwater fishing license and their choice of food and drinks. We fish for Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and Flounder in the Laguna Madre Bay and troll for King Mackerel near the jetties and near shore. Read More

Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Laguna Madre Magic

100% (3)
22 ft 1 - 3 People $

Captain JW runs his charters out of beautiful South Padre Island, Texas offering a variety of different options and experiences. JW and his crew are a tenured bunch that equally love running tips for first-timers and families as they do they're most experienced clientele. JW is flat-out an experienced fisherman and avid outdoorsman, he's you're man if you're looking to venture out past the state water (9 mile) threshold to explore the open ocean! This 8-hour trip allows you to fish toll the deep-water for delicious and hard fighting fish like Wahoo, King Mackerel, Cobia, Red Snapper and much more! Being out in deeper water allows you to bottom fish for amberjack and several types of grouper as well. But an 8-hour trip rarely allows time to do both trolling and deep water bottom fishing for long. If you're looking to do both in one day, Captain JW would recommend his 10-hour trip at least. Everything is provided by Captain JW and his Crew From rods and tackle to expert guidance and tips. All the deckhands and responsible crew members tirelessly work around the clock to ensure that you as guests are accompanied by professionalism and are comfortable on the boat while catching your favorite fish. All deckhands will help you with rigging your lines, baiting your hook, teaching those with less experience proper fishing techniques, offering those who may get sick small comforts, cleaning your fish, and so much more. Your gratuity is how they get paid, so please show them, love, if you are happy or satisfied with the service they provided you! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

South Texas Offshore Adventure

100% (1)
35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Come have some serious fun and explore some of the most prolific waters in the area with Captain Henry! Captain Henry hotspots in SPI have been hitting, so make sure to listen closely to his tips and tricks. On these 6 or 8-hour state water offshore trips, you can expect to target Kings, Blackfin, Bonito and Red Snapper (when in season), and many more species! When Red Snapper is in season, Captain Henry has some special spots way up the coast that hold some big boy Red Snapper within the State Water line! You will be fishing aboard Captain Henry’s 30-foot center console powered by twin 300 HP Mercury Verado engines. It can accommodate up to 6 anglers, has a private toilet, spearfishing and snorkeling equipment, and a livewell. A first mate will also be on board to help you when you need it. Don’t forget to bring a valid Texas Fishing License (which you can purchase online), a hat, sunscreen, some food and drinks for the day, and an ice box to take home your day’s catch. Henry will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and lures. For an additional fee, he will clean and fillet your day’s catch. Get ready for an action-packed day on the water with Captain Henry! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

South Padre Offshore Fishing

67% (3)
30 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Everything to Know About Booking a South Padre Island kingfish fishing charter

What are the best kingfish fishing charters in South Padre Island?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 9 kingfish trips in South Padre Island, and the most popular trips in the area are South Padre Island Deep Sea guided by Emilio, Hot Reels in South Padre guided by JW, and Rod-bending Action in SPI guided by Michael.

Our guides in South Padre Island are rated a 4.72 out of 5 based on 2511 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

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Another popular city nearby for booking a Kingfish charter is Port Isabel.

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What types of kingfish fishing charters are common in South Padre Island?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for kingfish in South Padre Island as well as nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and jetty fishing.

The most common fishing techniques in South Padre Island are trolling, artificial lure fishing, and live bait fishing but bottom fishing and heavy tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much do South Padre Island kingfish fishing charters cost?

for kingfish in South Padre Island prices can range anywhere from an affordable $250 to $2,453, but the average price for a half day trip for kingfish in South Padre Island is $704. The average price for a full day trip for kingfish in South Padre Island is $1,235.

What month is best for kingfish fishing in South Padre Island?

The most popular season for kingfish fishing in South Padre Island is summer, and most anglers book their trips 21 days in advance.

Do I need a South Padre Island fishing license for kingfish and what are the bag limits for kingfish in South Padre Island?

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

What is kingfish fishing in South Padre Island all about?

In South Padre Island, Texas, kingfish, also known as king mackerel, are a highly sought-after species among anglers due to their impressive size and thrilling fights. These powerful predators inhabit the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where they can be found patrolling offshore reefs, wrecks, and ledges. South Padre Island's proximity to deep-water channels and productive fishing grounds makes it an ideal destination for anglers looking to target kingfish.

Anglers in South Padre Island employ a variety of techniques to catch kingfish, depending on the time of year and prevailing conditions. Trolling is a popular method for targeting kingfish, with anglers pulling rigged baits or lures behind their boats at varying depths to entice strikes. Live bait such as cigar minnows, mullet, or ribbonfish are commonly used to tempt kingfish into biting, while artificial lures such as spoons, plugs, and skirted trolling lures can also be effective.

During the spring and fall months, kingfish migrate along the Texas coast, passing through South Padre Island in significant numbers. This seasonal movement provides anglers with prime opportunities to hook into trophy-sized kingfish. Many fishing charters in South Padre Island specialize in targeting kingfish, offering expert guidance and top-of-the-line equipment to help anglers maximize their chances of success. Whether fishing from a private boat or joining a guided charter, anglers visiting South Padre Island can look forward to exhilarating battles with these formidable game fish.

What are the most popular months to fish for kingfish in South Padre Island?

In South Padre Island, Texas, the seasons play a significant role in the availability and activity of kingfish, also known as king mackerel, offering anglers distinct opportunities throughout the year. Spring marks the beginning of the prime kingfish season in South Padre Island, as these migratory fish begin their northward journey along the Texas coast. During this time, kingfish can be found in abundance offshore, patrolling nearshore reefs, oil rigs, and underwater structures in search of baitfish. Anglers targeting kingfish in the spring often enjoy consistent action and the chance to hook into trophy-sized specimens.

Summer brings continued opportunities for kingfish fishing in South Padre Island, with these powerful predators remaining active in the warm Gulf waters. While kingfish may move to deeper offshore areas as temperatures rise, they can still be found patrolling nearshore waters, particularly around productive fishing spots such as artificial reefs and wrecks. Anglers can expect thrilling battles and exciting catches as they target kingfish using a variety of techniques, including trolling, live bait fishing, and drifting.

As fall approaches, kingfish fishing in South Padre Island reaches its peak, with the fish continuing their migration along the coast. During this time, kingfish gather in large numbers offshore, providing anglers with unparalleled opportunities to hook into these prized game fish. Whether fishing from private boats or joining guided charters, anglers in South Padre Island can take advantage of the fall kingfish run to enjoy exhilarating battles and memorable fishing experiences in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

What techniques are popular for catching kingfish in South Padre Island?

In South Padre Island, Texas, anglers employ a variety of effective techniques to target kingfish, also known as king mackerel, in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. One popular method among anglers is trolling, where boats pull rigged baits or lures behind them at varying depths to entice strikes from kingfish. Live bait such as cigar minnows, mullet, or ribbonfish are commonly used for trolling, while artificial lures such as spoons, plugs, and skirted trolling lures can also be effective. Anglers often vary their trolling speed and direction to cover a wide area and locate active kingfish.

Another successful technique for kingfish fishing in South Padre Island is live bait fishing, particularly around offshore structures such as reefs, wrecks, and oil rigs. Anglers deploy live baitfish such as mullet, menhaden, or blue runners either free-lined or on weighted rigs to entice kingfish into biting. The key is to present the bait at the right depth and in the right location where kingfish are likely to be feeding. Anglers may also chum the water to attract kingfish and create a feeding frenzy, increasing the chances of hooking into these powerful predators.

Drifting is also a popular technique for targeting kingfish in South Padre Island, especially when fishing over productive offshore reefs or ledges. Anglers drift with the current while presenting live baits or lures at various depths to cover a wide area and locate active kingfish. This method allows anglers to explore different areas and adjust their presentation based on the behavior of the fish, increasing their chances of success throughout the day. By employing a combination of trolling, live bait fishing, and drifting techniques, anglers in South Padre Island can enjoy thrilling kingfish fishing experiences in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

What other species are popular in South Padre Island?

In addition to targeting kingfish, anglers in South Padre Island, Texas, have a diverse range of other species to pursue, enhancing their fishing adventures in the region's rich waters. One popular catch among anglers is the red snapper, prized for its delicious taste and challenging fights. These colorful fish inhabit the offshore reefs and wrecks of the Gulf of Mexico, where anglers can target them using live bait, cut bait, or artificial lures. Red snapper season in South Padre Island typically runs from June to August, providing anglers with ample opportunities to hook into these prized bottom-dwellers.

Another sought-after species in South Padre Island is the mahi-mahi, also known as dolphin fish or dorado. These vibrant and acrobatic fish are found offshore in the warm Gulf waters, where they are often targeted by anglers trolling with rigged baits or lures. Mahi-mahi are known for their dazzling colors and high-flying antics when hooked, providing anglers with thrilling battles and memorable catches. With their tasty flesh and exciting fights, mahi-mahi add an exciting element to fishing trips in South Padre Island.

South Padre Island also offers opportunities to target a variety of other species, including amberjack, grouper, snapper, wahoo, tuna, and cobia, among others. Whether fishing from a private boat, charter, or from shore, anglers can enjoy a diverse range of fishing experiences in South Padre Island's coastal waters. With its rich biodiversity and abundant fishing opportunities, South Padre Island provides anglers with endless opportunities to pursue their favorite species and create lasting memories on the water.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    I can’t explain how amazing this trip was! Everyone was so sweet and helpful. We got some awesome fish. Our family is so grateful for the amazing experience.

    Alisa J. with Emilio S. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    What an outstanding time that we had with Captain Mike. This was our very first time boat fishing and we had done so at the request of my son for his 17th birthday. Captain Mike was incredibly accommodating, very easy to communicate with and more importantly knowledgeable when it comes to fishing. He was incredibly patient, taught each person in our group of four how to properly cast and really made sure that we had a good time (and also made sure we caught our limit, I have no doubt he would have stayed out there all day to make it happen.) I'm new at this but I am sure this is the type of experience you hope for with this sort of activity. Book this gut y'all. I PROMISE you that you will not be disappointed. Thanks again Captain Mike for a memorable experience!!!!!

    Joshua C. with Mike K. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Jonathan is an outstanding guide. He went out of his way to ensure we enjoyed the trip and patiently explained things multiple times when the kids didn't understand. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to spend time fishing in the Port Isabel and South Padre area.

    Donald J. with Jonathan G. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Excellent time with Captain Mike, a professional from start to finish, great with kids and inexperienced anglers.

    Carson R. with Mike K. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    I hate reviews that don’t give you all the info you need. Emilio and his crew hand did a great job they brought us to a few spot that put us on 5-10 fish at a time the boat got us where we needed to go 5-10 miles out from the docks the squid bate was decent the rods were all usable there was a restroom on board In all especially for the price I would definitely take this charter again during the summer!!! Timing matters when fishing!

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

  • ★★★★★
    Really enjoyed the day! Ron was friendly right from first contact and professional as they come! We had remnants of a cold front but Ron still got us on some fish and multiple species! Great experience! Also booking the trip was easier than I expected. Thanks again! Tightlines!

    John H. with Ron M. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Mike was an awesome captain had a blast he was very knowledgeable and helpful definitely come back and go with him again 😂😂😂🎣🎣🎣

    Scott D. with Mike K. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    My nephew and I went out with Captain Mike on Jan 27th, 2024. Captain Mike was very approachable and personable with his introduction. He set up some rigs before we left the pier which only took a few minutes. His boat is a very comfortable and nicely setup. When we arrived at the fishing location Captain Mike was very informative on what to do and how to do it. He is very patient and informative. We set up a 5-hour trip but had our limits of Red Drum and Speckled Trout in only 3 hours of fishing time. He knew exactly where to go and what to do. When we arrived back at the pier there was a very kind gentleman waiting to clean our fish for us. He will clean them any you want them. I give Captain Mike a solid 5-star review and I will return to fish with him again in the future. THANK YOU, CAPTAIN MIKE, for a fantastic time.

    David D. with Mike K. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Tough day fishing but very happy with Captain J. He worked hard to try to make things happen for us.

    Gary A. with J D. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time and caught lots of fish. Captain Henry took the time to make sure we were comfortable with the equipment and his mate couldn’t have been more helpful or friendly.

    Dan R. with Henry R. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    During our trip, Captain Mike consistently put us on fish in multiple situations despite what I would consider fairly difficult weather conditions. He did a great job with my 12-year old son, who happily landed his first ever slot red, along with several other nice trout and redfish. We would definitely love to fish with Captain Mike again!

    Jason C. with Mike K. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Trip was great. Captain Henry was awsome and even helped us with changing the date and took us out on turkey day to give us the full SPI experience.

    Zachary J. with Henry R. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Have been on a lot of fishing trips before this one but this one takes the cake! Best service, highly recommended! Great Captain, great experience. Trip of a lifetime!

    Marc S. with Alfonso S. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Really fun...j put us on some fish. Trout and a great snook

    Scott V. with J D. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    So enjoyed our trip with Ron ! Excellent guide ! Had us on fish immediately ! Great personality as well enjoyed visiting with him ! Will definitely use him again and highly recommend him.

    Clay B. with Ron M. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Ron was amazing. He knowledge of the SPI waters is second to none. Had a great time and will definitely be back!

    Eric P. with Ron M. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain J was exceptional! He was on time, he knew the best fishing spots and he cast out for my wife the entire time. He took us on a tour of places to visit on the water. We appreciated every thing about this charter thanks to Captain J. Good Job!

    Ken B. with J D. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Our fishing trip on the Chachi was amazing! Emilio and his deckhand, Logan, were friendly and put us on the fish.

    Kerri F. with Emilio S. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Jonathan sold his boat and cancelled our trip the afternoon before we were supposed to go, but he found a replacement, Capt. AJ, who did a great job. I would fish with Capt. AJ again.

    Russell N. with Jonathan G. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome guide!

    Jennifer M. with Michael B. of South Padre Island, Texas

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