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Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for Bay Fishing in South Padre Island

A bay fishing trip in the Lower Laguna Madre, launching from either Port Mansfield or South Padre Island, promises an exhilarating and rewarding experience for any angler. Aboard a sleek 24' Shallow Sport Classic powered by a robust 250 Yamaha outboard engine, the adventure begins as you head out into the pristine waters of this renowned fishing haven. As you depart from the dock, the anticipation builds. The Shallow Sport Classic, designed for superior performance in shallow waters, effortlessly glides over the clear, turquoise flats of the Laguna Madre. The boat's shallow draft allows you to access the prime fishing spots that larger vessels can't reach, ensuring an optimal experience in the quest for redfish, trout, flounder, and black drum. The guide, experienced and knowledgeable about the local waters, navigates to the first fishing spot. Here, the calm, shallow waters are ideal for sight fishing. The guide points out a school of redfish, their coppery bodies glinting just below the surface. You cast your line with precision, and almost immediately, you feel the tug of a redfish on your hook. The fight is intense, but with skill and patience, you reel in a beautiful redfish, its vibrant colors shimmering in the sunlight. Next, the boat heads to slightly deeper waters where speckled trout are known to be abundant. Using live bait or artificial lures, you cast into the deeper channels and soon find yourself battling a large trout. The thrill of the catch and the beauty of these speckled fish make for an unforgettable experience. As the day progresses, the focus shifts to flounder and black drum. The boat drifts quietly over sandy bottoms and grassy flats, perfect habitats for these species. Flounder, with their unique, flat bodies, offer a different kind of challenge, often requiring a slower, more deliberate approach. When you finally hook one, the reward is a delicious, flaky fish that's a favorite among local chefs. The black drum, known for their strength and size, provide yet another exciting challenge. These fish are often found near oyster beds and grassy shorelines. Their distinctive black and white stripes and the drumming sound they make when caught add to the unique experience of fishing in the Laguna Madre. Reeling in a large black drum is a true test of your angling skills, providing a satisfying sense of accomplishment. Throughout the trip, the stunning backdrop of the Lower Laguna Madre enhances the experience. The wide-open skies, the distant outline of the barrier islands, and the occasional sighting of dolphins playing in the waves create a picturesque setting. Whether you're an experienced angler or a novice, the guide offers tips and techniques to improve your chances of landing the big one, ensuring a memorable and productive day on the water. As the sun begins to set, casting a golden glow over the bay, the boat heads back to the dock. The day's catch is a testament to the rich biodiversity and excellent fishing opportunities that the Lower Laguna Madre offers. Whether you choose to take your catch home for a fresh seafood dinner or practice catch and release, the memories of this incredible fishing adventure will stay with you long after you leave the water. Read More

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Fishing in Port Isabel
Fishing in Port Isabel
Fishing in Port Isabel
trip description for Red Snapper Adventure in Port Isabel

Load up your icebox with enough Red Snapper to last a lifetime! Captain Roy will take you on an inshore adventure searching for these (sometimes massive) sea monsters, which also make for a delightful dinner. The powerful fish gather in droves near Port Isabel, TX, waters which Captain Roy has been fishing for decades. So grab up to six of your friends and family, choose between a half or full day on the seas, and start hauling ‘em over the rail! On this voyage, you will be aboard a 33’ WorldCat powered by twin 600hp Suzuki engines. The vessel is equipped with a 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, and beverages. It can get hot out there, so make sure you have sunblock, polarized lenses, and a hat. Also––you want to look cool when you take a trophy picture with your catch! Captain Roy will provide all the rods, reels, tackle, and bait needed for a great trip. Read More

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Red Snapper Adventure

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Fishing in Port Isabel
Fishing in Port Isabel
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trip description for Half-day - 21’ Shallow Stalker in Port Isabel

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

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Half-day - 21’ Shallow Stalker

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Fishing in Port Isabel
Fishing in Port Isabel
Fishing in Port Isabel
trip description for Half Day Offshore Fishing in Port Isabel

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

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Half Day Offshore Fishing

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Fishing in Port Isabel
Fishing in Port Isabel
Fishing in Port Isabel
trip description for Classic half day Offshore Trip in Port Isabel

We will be fishing the Rio Grande Valley Reef in the Gulf of Mexico! Mainly bottom fishing for Red Snapper, Triggerfish, and more There’s a fish with your name on it in South Padre Island, and we will help you catch it! Having logged many hours on these tides, Captain Jeremiah is prepared to put you on fish. These waters are known for Jack Crevalle, Kingfish, Redfish, Sailfish, Red Snapper, Spadefish, and more. On the day of your trip, you’re likely to troll and bottom fish using light tackle. Any fish within the legal limit is yours to keep. Plus, you can have your catch cleaned. Now that’s dinner! Capt. Jeremiah welcomes anglers of all ages, including kids, so the whole family can come and unplug for the day! If you don’t have a child-sized life vest of your own, be sure to ask if there’s one on board. It’s never a bad idea to bring snacks, drinks, sunglasses, and sunscreen (non-spray). Alcohol is allowed in moderation, but you should avoid hard liquor as well as glass bottles. Your vessel for the day is a 26’ Cuddy cabin that holds up to 4 passengers. It has outriggers and all the essentials, plus a toilet on board for your convenience. Your captain will provide rods and reels. You might need to purchase a local fishing license before the trip. This information is usually available online, or you can ask the captain. Read More

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Classic Half Day Offshore Trip

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Fishing in Port Isabel
Fishing in Port Isabel
Fishing in Port Isabel
trip description for Lower Laguna Madre Adventure in Port Isabel

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

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Lower Laguna Madre Adventure

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Everything to Know About Booking a South Padre Island nearshore fishing charter

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

Why should I book a nearshore fishing charter in South Padre Island with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 15 nearshore trips in South Padre Island, and the most popular trips in the area are Hot Reels in South Padre guided by JW, South Padre Offshore Fishing guided by Henry, and Laguna Madre Adventure guided by Heath.

Our guides in South Padre Island are rated a 4.86 out of 5 based on 2922 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 nearshore guides / fishing lessons in South Padre Island? Check out our beginner and family friendly nearshore guides in South Padre Island.

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

The most commonly sought after species for nearshore Fishing are: 1. kingfish, 2. red snapper, 3. flounder, and 4. speckled trout.

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

How much do South Padre Island nearshore fishing charters cost?

for nearshore fishing in South Padre Island prices can range anywhere from about $570 to $1,710, but the average price for a half day trip for nearshore fishing in South Padre Island is $829. The average price for a full day trip for nearshore fishing in South Padre Island is $1,270.

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

The most popular season for nearshore fishing in South Padre Island is summer, and most anglers book their trips 19 days in advance.

Do I need a South Padre Island fishing license and what are the bag limits 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.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

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

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

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    Enjoyed the trip! Booked last minute and Captain Henry was great! Fish we stubborn but he worked his magic and made the trip amazing!

    William S. with Henry R. 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

  • ★★★★★
    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

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

    Scott V. with J D. 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

  • ★★★★★
    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 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

  • ★★★★★
    Great experience and family friendly as well. I would recommend Henry to all.

    Brant A. with Henry R. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome day, Capt Heath and the boat were top notch.

    Jd T. with Heath S. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time. They worked hard to find fish. I have no complaints.

    Vincent L. with Jw W. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Heath was great, especially withe my 12 year nephew. We caught a lot of fish and Heath was well versed in local history . Which all 3of us found interesting. Would definitely book another trip with Heath

    Jeffrey J. with Heath S. of South Padre Island, 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

  • ★★★★★
    Captian Heath put us on fish at every place we stopped. Had a great time and would definently go out with him agian!!

    Robert M. with Heath S. of South Padre Island, 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

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time and Captain Heath had patience and the ability to show our 6 year old how to fish.

    Keith C. with Heath S. of South Padre Island, Texas

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