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Deep Sea Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

South Padre Island Deep Sea

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35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Full Day In South Padre

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35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Luxury Offshore Fishing

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35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

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This 12 hour is for the serious angler! Captain JW will help you chase down some serious sportfish like Tuna, Marlin, and Sailfish on board his luxurious 35' Bertram sportfisher. This vessel is fully decked out with gear and amenities to make sure you have the trip of a lifetime. On this offshore trip, you'll get deep into the Gulf, chasing big-time pelagic species. With Captain JW at the helm and his expert crew on the deck, you'll be in a perfect position to catch that "wallhanger" trophy fish! 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. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Luxury Offshore Fishing

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35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

Get out there and fish the deep waters on this offshore trip with Captain JW! If you've been "feeling the bug" and wanting to hook up some hard-fighting pelagic sportfish, there's no better place to do it. This trip with Captain JW is a perfect opportunity to chase a new trophy Marlin, Mahi, and Wahoo, as well as giant bottomfish including Amberjack and several kinds of Grouper. You'll try different techniques, including trolling, bottomfishing, and jigging in order to hit different species. No matter your experience level, you're in good hands with Captain JW and his dedicated crew. You'll be aboard his 35' Bertram sportfisher, which is a perfect boat for a big offshore trip. She's got an enclosed, climate-controlled cabin and she's powered by twin Caterpillar engines to get you out there fast! Everything is provided by Captain JW and his crew, from rods and tackle to expert guidance and tips. All the deckhands and crew members tirelessly work to ensure that you as guests are comfortable on the boat and busy 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. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Full Day In South Padre

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35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Get excited about the trip of lifetime with Captain Emilio here who invites you on a deep-sea fishing adventure in the productive waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of South Padre Island, Texas. For these 6, 8, 10 and 12-hour adventures, Captain Emilio uses his badass 35’ Bertram offshore sportfishing boat that can handle up to 6 anglers. The vessel has a powerful twin Caterpillar 450 HP engine for a combined 900 HP's of propulsion power and modern navigation technology which guarantees you a safe and quick trip to your destination. Its impossible to say for sure what monsters lurk at each depth at any given time, but on shorter trips you can expect to catch Tripletail, Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, while longer trips give opportunities for bigger pelagics like Mahi Mahi, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and bigger tuna species! Emilio will provide live bait, rods, reels, and tackle. *the fuel price is included in the price of the trip so there are no surprises at the end of your trip!* There will also be a first mate at your disposal all the time. All you need to bring is a valid Texas Fishing License, food and drinks of your choice, and an ice chest for your day’s catch. Come and explore this fishing paradise and make some everlasting memories with Captain Emilio! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

South Padre Island Deep Sea

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35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Everything to Know About Booking a South Padre Island sailfish fishing charter

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

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 3 sailfish trips in South Padre Island, and the most popular trips in the area are South Padre Island Deep Sea guided by Emilio, Full Day in South Padre guided by JW, and Luxury Offshore Fishing guided by JW.

Our guides in South Padre Island are rated a 4.67 out of 5 based on 2513 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.

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

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for sailfish in South Padre Island.

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

How much do South Padre Island sailfish fishing charters cost?

for sailfish in South Padre Island prices can range anywhere from an affordable $1,235 to $2,453, but the average price for a full day trip for sailfish in South Padre Island is $1,939.

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

The most popular season for sailfish fishing in South Padre Island is summer, and most anglers book their trips 22 days in advance.

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

Sailfish are one of the most iconic and sought-after species for anglers visiting South Padre Island, Texas. Known for their incredible speed, acrobatic leaps, and stunning sail-like dorsal fin, sailfish provide an exhilarating challenge for anglers seeking big game fish. These majestic creatures inhabit the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico, particularly around underwater structures such as reefs, ridges, and offshore banks. South Padre Island offers prime sailfish grounds, attracting anglers from around the world eager to test their skills against these powerful billfish.

The prime season for targeting sailfish in South Padre Island typically coincides with the warmer months, from late spring through early fall. As water temperatures rise, sailfish become more active and move closer to the surface in search of prey. Anglers often target sailfish using trolling techniques with artificial lures or rigged baits, as well as live bait such as mullet or ballyhoo. With their impressive speed and agility, sailfish provide thrilling action for anglers, often putting on a spectacular show with their acrobatic leaps and tail-walking behavior when hooked.

In addition to their sporting qualities, sailfish are also prized for their conservation efforts, as catch-and-release practices are encouraged to ensure the sustainability of sailfish populations. Anglers in South Padre Island can enjoy the thrill of hooking into a sailfish while also contributing to the preservation of these magnificent creatures for future generations. Overall, sailfish fishing in South Padre Island offers anglers an unforgettable offshore fishing experience, combining the excitement of big game fishing with the natural beauty of the Gulf of Mexico.

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

In South Padre Island, Texas, the sailfish fishing season typically aligns with the warmer months, from late spring through early fall. As water temperatures rise during this time, sailfish become more active and move closer to the surface, making them more accessible to anglers targeting them offshore. The peak season for sailfish in South Padre Island often coincides with the migration patterns of baitfish and other prey species, drawing these billfish into the area in search of food.

Spring marks the beginning of the sailfish season in South Padre Island, with fish becoming more active as temperatures warm up and prey becomes more abundant. As summer progresses, sailfish fishing reaches its peak, with anglers experiencing excellent action offshore. During this time, anglers typically employ trolling techniques with artificial lures or rigged baits, as well as live bait such as mullet or ballyhoo, to entice strikes from these elusive billfish.

In the fall, as water temperatures begin to cool, sailfish fishing in South Padre Island can still be productive, although fish may start to migrate to warmer waters as winter approaches. However, with the right strategies and techniques, anglers can continue to catch sailfish throughout the fall season. Overall, understanding the seasonal patterns and behaviors of sailfish is essential for maximizing success and enjoying a thrilling offshore fishing experience in South Padre Island's rich and fertile waters.

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

Sailfish fishing in South Padre Island, Texas, requires anglers to employ a combination of skillful techniques and strategic approaches to successfully hook these iconic billfish. One effective method for targeting sailfish is trolling, where anglers deploy a spread of artificial lures or rigged baits behind a moving boat. Anglers often vary the speed and depth of their trolling rigs to mimic the movement of baitfish and entice strikes from sailfish. Trolling allows anglers to cover a large area of offshore waters, increasing their chances of encountering feeding sailfish.

Another popular technique for sailfish fishing in South Padre Island is using live bait to attract these elusive billfish. Anglers may deploy live baits such as mullet, ballyhoo, or small fish on outriggers or downriggers to present them at different depths in the water column. Live baiting requires precise presentation and timing to entice sailfish into striking. Once a sailfish takes the bait, anglers must be prepared to quickly set the hook and engage in a thrilling battle.

Additionally, kite fishing has become a favored technique for targeting sailfish in South Padre Island. Anglers deploy a kite with bait suspended from it, allowing the bait to skip along the surface and mimic the movements of fleeing baitfish. Sailfish are known to be attracted to the commotion caused by the kite and will often strike aggressively. Kite fishing requires specialized equipment and techniques but can be highly effective for targeting sailfish in South Padre Island's offshore waters. Overall, with the right techniques and tactics, anglers can enjoy exciting and memorable sailfish fishing experiences in the waters of South Padre Island.

What other species are popular in South Padre Island?

Aside from sailfish, South Padre Island offers anglers a diverse range of other exciting fish species to target. One popular species is the mahi-mahi, also known as dolphin fish or dorado. These colorful and fast-swimming fish are often found offshore in warm waters, where they congregate around floating debris, weed lines, and offshore structures. Anglers can target mahi-mahi using trolling techniques with lures or rigged baits, as well as casting with live bait or artificial lures. Mahi-mahi provide thrilling action for anglers and are prized for their delicious flesh, making them a favorite catch in South Padre Island.

Another prized catch in South Padre Island is the king mackerel, also known as kingfish. These fast-swimming predators can be found in both nearshore and offshore waters, often around bait schools or structure such as reefs and wrecks. Anglers can target king mackerel using trolling techniques with lures or live bait, as well as casting from piers or shorelines. King mackerel are known for their speed and aggressive strikes, making them a favorite among anglers visiting South Padre Island.

In addition to mahi-mahi and king mackerel, South Padre Island offers opportunities to target a variety of other species, including red snapper, amberjack, tuna, and wahoo, among others. Whether fishing from shore, a pier, or a boat, anglers can enjoy the thrill of targeting a diverse array of fish species in the rich and fertile waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With its abundance of fish species and diverse fishing environments, South Padre Island is a prime destination for anglers looking to experience the excitement of saltwater fishing in Texas.

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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