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Fishing in South Padre Island

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SPI "All About Fishing" Trip

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20 ft 1 - 3 People From $475
Fishing in Bayview

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Laguna Madre Sight Casting

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18 ft 1 - 2 People From $550
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Lower Laguna Madre Adventure

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25 ft 1 - 6 People From $450

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Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for Private Snook Fishing Trip in South Padre Island

This is a half day private snook fishing trip. This trip is designed for the more experienced angler or someone who is willing to learn how to cast accurately. Client will fish with artificial baits and asked to cast at specific objects and/ or angles. Live baits may also be used on a limited basis. Snook are aggressive and fast fighting fish that will jump and put on a good fight. The slot limit on snook is restricted to a 4 inch slot. Guide will ask clients to catch and release any snook caught in the slot. Other species of fish will most likely be caught on this adventure. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Private Snook Fishing Trip

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24 ft 1 - 2 People From $575
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for Rod-Bending Action in SPI in South Padre Island

If you've been looking to do some classic Texas fishing and beat the summer heat in Port Isabel, Texas, look no further than this trip with Captain Michael! He's a pro when it comes to fishing the Laguna Madre, and he knows how to put you on the big ones! Whether you're an experienced angler, a greenhorn looking to learn more, or a vacationer looking to spice up your summer travels, you'll have a blast out there. When you're fishing with Captain Michael aboard his 20' Shallow Stalker skiff, you'll be aiming for the "Texas Triple" or the "Texas Slam"—both names for when you catch a Flounder, a Redfish, and a Speckled Trout in one day! You can also expect to hook Black Drum and Sheepshead, both of which share habitat with Redfish. Generally, you'll be fishing shrimp on popping corks, which really attract big surface bites. Be ready, because you never know which bite is going to be your personal record! Captain Michael's shallow-draft skiff is ideal for fishing in these clear waters. She's powered by a brand-new 150-HP Suzuki, so you'll have no problem getting out to where the fish are. Michael 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 Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Rod-Bending Action In SPI

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20 ft 1 - 4 People From $475
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Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for Triple Delight -3 Person Private Bay Fishing Trip in South Padre Island

This is a three person half day private bay fishing trip at South Padre. This trip is typically around 5 hrs long and primarily targets speckled trout, redfish, and black drum. Other species may also be caught on this private bay fishing excursion. Amateur to avid anglers are welcome. Clients can expect to try fishing with artificial soft plastics and or fresh cut bait. Live bait can be added on to the trip for a minimal price. Drift fishing the grass flats, sight fishing, and/or bottom fishing are all techniques used by the guide. Guide has over 20 years experience fishing the Lower Laguna Madre. So, Let’s Go Fishing… Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Triple Delight -3 Person Private Bay Fishing Trip

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24 ft 1 - 3 People From $500
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Hunting in South Padre Island
Hunting in South Padre Island
Hunting in South Padre Island
trip description for Bay Duck Hunting Trip 2 Person in South Padre Island

This is a two person duck hunting trip in the Lower Laguna Madre leaving from South Padre Island, Texas. Species of ducks that winter here are Pintails, Redheads, Teal, Widgeon, Shovelers, Scaup, Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks and Mottled Ducks plus more. Typically hunt over decoy blocks of at least 70 decoys. Guide will provide a retriever. Clients can bring their own dog if approved by guide. Season typically runs from first weekend of November through last weekend in January. Season is split and is out of season from last Sunday after Thanksgiving and Starts again on second Saturday in December. Hunters need approximate license and waterfowl stamps plus HIP enrollment. I recommend booking dates in advance. Read More

Duck Hunting Trip in South Padre Island

Bay Duck Hunting Trip 2 Person

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24 ft 1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for SPI Drift Trip in South Padre Island

Captain Alfonso specializes in showing what the waters of South Padre Island are all about. Spend a day on the water catching fish and have fun doing it. It’s as simple as that! Captain Alfonso will show you the best techniques to reel in Speckled Trout, Redfish, Snook and Black Drum on light tackle as you explore the Lower Laguna Madre. For these trips, Captain Alfonso uses a 24’ Shallow Master flats boat that can fish up to 6 anglers. This boat has an extremely shallow draft and can stalk up into super skinny water where the fish like to hang out! He welcomes children, beginners, pros, group outings, and everyone in between! Captain Alfonso will provide all rods, reels, and tackle. With Captain Alfonso, you’ll certainly have a great time! Captain Alfonso is based out of Rio Hondo so can also accommodate pickups anywhere from Rio Hondo to SPI. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

SPI Drift Trip

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $550
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Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for Fun Family Fishing at SPI in South Padre Island

This is a half day private bay fishing trip for the family at South Padre Island. Target species are primarily speckled trout and redfish, but other species are caught when conditions permit. Other species could be flounder, black drum, sheepshead, snook or even a triple tail. Amateur to avid anglers are welcome. This is a kid tested and family approved private bay fishing charter. Most family trips decide to fish with live baits (a small additional cost) or fresh cut bait. Once trip is over a fish cleaner will fillet and package fish. You and your family can then go to one of a number of local restaurants and enjoy your “ Cook Your Catch”. Please be sure to ask your fishing guide for restaurant recommendations. Let’s go fishing! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Fun Family Fishing At SPI

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $500
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Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for Full Day Grind and Wind in South Padre Island

This is a full day (7hr) private bay fishing trip for two people targeting primarily redfish and speckled trout on the pristine waters of the Lower Laguna Madre. This trip is geared up for anglers that are more experienced or intermediate level fishermen and will keep at it throughout the day. This is an avid fisherman’s trip entailing a lot of lure fishing out along the grass flats and probably will end up a far distance from the dock(South Padre). Mostly artificial and/or fresh cut bait will be used on this day trip. This will be an adventure that will get you hooked on fishing South Padre Island and the Lower Laguna Madre. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Full Day Grind And Wind

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24 ft 1 - 2 People From $750
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Hunting in South Padre Island
Hunting in South Padre Island
Hunting in South Padre Island
trip description for 3 Person Duck Hunt in South Padre Island

This is a three person half day private bay duck hunting trip near South Padre Island, Texas. The Lower Laguna Madre has some of the finest duck hunting in the United States when conditions are right. Hunting along the edges of the fronts is absolutely the most ideal time to plan a trip. Multiple species move through this bay system on their way South. Large concentrations of redheads and pintails winter here. Other species that migrate through the South Padre area are widgeon, teal, shovelers, scaup, and others. Clients can bring their own retriever if discussed beforehand with the guide. Typically, hunt over decoy spreads consisting of at least 75 decoys. Season starts in November and goes out for two weeks after Thanksgiving Sunday. Starts again on Second Saturday in December and typically goes to last Sunday in January. Guides prefer to duck hunt in the afternoon and will provide a seasoned retriever. This is a fun activity and most clients return to go again. These are not easy hunts and do require some labor. We work with a couple of seasoned taxidermists that can also mount the trophy bird if any clients are interested at a reasonable price. Read More

Duck Hunting Trip in South Padre Island

3 Person Duck Hunt

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24 ft 1 - 3 People From $650
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for Primetime Fishing Family-friendly in South Padre Island

We will target red fish, Speckled Trout, black drum, Mangrove Snappers, flounder, sand trout sheephead and whiting. Not all at once but when the possible. Leave the dock at 7:15am and fish till 12:15pm 5 hour trip. Fish on my Shallow Sport 21' bay boat with a 200hp Yamaha. Fish different spots along the bay either anchored or drift fishing. Using fresh dead bait, live bait and live shrimp. While traveling to different fishing spots you will see beautiful scenery and occasionally dolphins 🐬 Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Primetime Fishing Family-friendly

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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $450
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Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for Laguna Madre Hookfest in South Padre Island

Head out on the productive waters of South Texas with Captain Kevin to hook into all kinds of inshore sportfish. South Padre Island is known for its wide variety of fun saltwater species and Captain Kevin knows how to catch them all! So, whether you're looking to catch limits and dinner, or chase down your next trophy Redfish or Snook, Capt. Kevin will help you make the most out of your time out on the water. Captain Kevin also caters to a wide variety of fishing techniques. From throwing artificial lures and live bait on light tackle, to drift fishing the bays and bottom fishing, he is willing to work with your goals for the day, and he will offer his expert recommendations based on the weather and tides to help you make the right choice. Your vessel for the day will be a 22' Shoalwater center console that can take up to 4 people, equipped with a 150 HP Yamaha to get you on the fish quickly and safely. Captain Kevin will supply you with all the rods, reels, tackle, water, and knowledge necessary to ensure a successful day out on the water. So all you need to bring are your favorite snacks and beverages and your Texas fishing license and let Captain Kevin take care of the rest for you! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Laguna Madre Hookfest

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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $500
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Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for Redfish on Laguna Madre in South Padre Island

Launch onto the beautiful Laguna Madre for an epic shallow water adventure with a Captain who absolutely lives on the water. The main species you’re going to be targeting include Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. Occasionally, you’ll get a chance to land some Black Drum, and maybe a Snook or two. Captain Brett loves to fish with professionals and new fishermen alike and will teach even the most novice of fisherman how to successfully cast, hook, and land a fish. He’s also great with kids and always encourages the young ones to start fishing early. The minimum age for kids is 6 years old. All equipment and artificial bait you need will be provided by the charter. The captain uses all high-quality equipment including exclusively Shimano reels, Old 18 Outfitters rods, FINS Windtamer braided line and DOA lures. Live bait is available upon request, at a market cost. Onboard, you’ll find bottled water, as well as two coolers. You should still bring small coolers to take you catch home after Brett has filleted everything back at the dock (You can leave cooler(s) in your car while you fish). Another thing you need to bring with you is a valid fishing license which can be bought online or at a shop near the boat (ask for directions). Finally, don’t forget to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and any additional food and drinks you’d like. Now if you already have a date in mind, check the captain’s availability, and book your trip today! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

Redfish On Laguna Madre

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $500
Hunting in South Padre Island
Hunting in South Padre Island
Hunting in South Padre Island
trip description for South Texas Duck Hunts in South Padre Island

If you are looking to hunt with one of the best outifts on the Texas coast you've found your group of guys with James and his outfit. Beyond expert guiding the area itself (Around South Padre Island) provide a unique opportunity to target a wide swath of Duck Species including Wigeons, Mottled Ducks, tons of Pintail, Redheads, Teal, Gadwalls, Shovelers, Mergansers, Scaup and Black Bellys! Since the ducks often fly both in the morning and the afternoon, this trip can either start in the morning or the afternoon depending on your preference and what the ducks are doing of course! James and his team provide all the decoys, dogs, and professional calling and expert guidance for your hunt and ask that you bring your own guns, shells, and waders if you'd like to stay dry. He will also provide a cooler with ice and water for you and encourages you to bring your own beverages of choice along as well. Read More

Duck Hunting Trip in South Padre Island

South Texas Duck Hunts

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1 - 4 People From $1,100

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

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

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 3 tarpon trip in South Padre Island: SPI "All About Fishing" Trip guided by Jorge.

Our guides in South Padre Island are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2711 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.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a Tarpon charter include Port Isabel and Bayview.

Looking for kid friendly tarpon guides / fishing lessons in South Padre Island? Check out our beginner and family friendly tarpon guides in South Padre Island.

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

Inshore fishing is the most popular for tarpon in South Padre Island as well as flats fishing, jetty fishing, and nearshore fishing.

The most common fishing techniques in South Padre Island are light tackle fishing, topwater fishing, and fly fishing but sight casting and wading are popular as well.

How much do South Padre Island tarpon fishing charters cost?

for tarpon in South Padre Island prices can range anywhere from about $485 to $910, but the average price for a half day trip for tarpon in South Padre Island is $575. The average price for a full day trip for tarpon in South Padre Island is $825.

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

The most popular season for tarpon fishing in South Padre Island is summer, and most anglers book their trips 13 days in advance.

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

In South Padre Island, tarpon fishing holds a special allure for anglers seeking thrilling encounters with one of the ocean's most iconic game fish. Tarpon, known for their massive size, acrobatic leaps, and brute strength, are revered among anglers for the challenge they present and the excitement they bring to any fishing expedition. These majestic fish can be found in the waters surrounding South Padre Island, particularly in the bays, channels, and nearshore areas where they gather to feed and spawn. During certain times of the year, anglers flock to the island in pursuit of tarpon, drawn by the promise of unforgettable battles and the chance to hook into these powerful adversaries.

Spring and summer mark the peak seasons for tarpon fishing in South Padre Island, as warming waters and increasing baitfish activity attract migrating schools of tarpon to the area. Anglers target tarpon using a variety of techniques, including sight casting, drift fishing, and anchoring near channels or passes where tarpon congregate to feed on passing baitfish. Live bait such as mullet, pinfish, or crabs is often favored, although artificial lures like swimbaits, spoons, or topwater plugs can also be effective, especially when targeting tarpon cruising near the surface.

One of the most thrilling aspects of tarpon fishing in South Padre Island is the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring displays of these magnificent fish as they leap out of the water in spectacular aerial acrobatics. Tarpon are renowned for their breathtaking jumps, often reaching heights of several feet as they attempt to shake free from the angler's line. Anglers must be prepared for blistering runs, powerful head shakes, and sudden changes in direction as they battle these formidable adversaries. Whether experienced from the shore, a boat, or a kayak, the pursuit of tarpon in South Padre Island offers anglers an exhilarating challenge and the chance to forge unforgettable memories on the water.

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

In South Padre Island, the arrival of tarpon heralds an exciting season for anglers, as these majestic silver kings migrate through the waters in search of food and warmer temperatures. Tarpon season typically kicks off in late spring and extends through the summer months, peaking in activity during June, July, and August. As the Gulf waters warm up, tarpon migrate along the coast, following baitfish and favorable currents. During this time, anglers eagerly anticipate the chance to target these iconic game fish, known for their impressive size, acrobatic leaps, and powerful fights.

Late spring marks the beginning of the tarpon season in South Padre Island, as increasing water temperatures trigger the arrival of these prized fish. Anglers targeting tarpon often focus their efforts along the beachfront, jetties, channels, and passes where tarpon congregate to feed and spawn. Live bait such as mullet, pilchards, and crabs are popular choices for enticing tarpon, either freelined or presented under floats to keep them in the strike zone. Additionally, artificial lures such as swimbaits, topwater plugs, and flies can also be effective when targeting tarpon in South Padre Island's coastal waters.

As summer progresses, tarpon season reaches its peak, with large numbers of fish congregating in the area's bays, channels, and nearshore waters. Anglers have the opportunity to encounter tarpon of varying sizes, ranging from juveniles to true giants exceeding 100 pounds. Sight fishing becomes a popular technique as tarpon cruise the shallows in search of prey, providing anglers with thrilling opportunities to cast to rolling or tailing fish. Whether targeting tarpon from the shore, a boat, or even a kayak, the summer months offer prime conditions for anglers to experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of tarpon fishing in South Padre Island.

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

Tarpon fishing in South Padre Island demands a blend of patience, skill, and adaptability, as anglers employ various techniques to entice these formidable silver kings. One popular method is live bait fishing, where anglers deploy natural baits such as mullet, pilchards, or crabs rigged on circle hooks. These baits are typically presented either freelined or suspended under floats to keep them in the strike zone where tarpon are actively feeding. This approach allows anglers to cover a wide area, targeting tarpon in channels, passes, or along the beachfront, where these fish often congregate during their seasonal migrations.

Another effective technique for tarpon fishing in South Padre Island is using artificial lures, which can mimic the movement and appearance of the tarpon's natural prey. Topwater plugs, swimbaits, and soft plastic jerkbaits are popular choices among anglers seeking to elicit strikes from tarpon. Anglers may also opt for fly fishing, presenting streamer flies or surface poppers to tarpon cruising the shallows. This method requires precision casting and finesse to effectively present the fly to wary tarpon, making for a challenging yet rewarding angling experience.

Sight fishing is another exciting technique used by anglers targeting tarpon in South Padre Island's clear, shallow waters. From a skiff, kayak, or even while wading, anglers carefully scan the surface for signs of rolling, tailing, or cruising tarpon. Once spotted, anglers quietly approach within casting range and present their bait or lure in a manner that mimics the natural movement of prey. Sight fishing for tarpon requires keen observation, precise casting, and quick reflexes to capitalize on fleeting opportunities, but the thrill of hooking into one of these powerful fish in such close quarters is unmatched.

What other species are popular in South Padre Island?

While tarpon may command much of the spotlight in South Padre Island's angling scene, the area offers a diverse array of other species to target, ensuring anglers have plenty of options for exciting fishing adventures. One popular species to pursue is the redfish, also known as red drum, which inhabits the shallow flats, marshes, and bayous around the island. These hard-fighting fish are known for their bronze backs and distinctive spot patterns, providing anglers with thrilling battles on light tackle. Redfish can be targeted using a variety of techniques, including sight fishing, casting to structure, and drift fishing along channels, offering anglers of all skill levels ample opportunities for success.

Another sought-after species in South Padre Island's waters is the speckled trout, prized for its delicious white flesh and challenging fights. Speckled trout are commonly found in the bay waters, particularly around grass beds, oyster reefs, and shallow flats where they prey on small baitfish and crustaceans. Anglers often target speckled trout using live bait such as shrimp or mullet, as well as artificial lures like soft plastics or topwater plugs. With their beautiful markings and spirited fights, speckled trout provide anglers with memorable experiences and delectable rewards for their efforts.

For anglers seeking bigger thrills, South Padre Island also offers opportunities to target species such as snook, flounder, and kingfish. Snook, known for their aggressive strikes and powerful runs, inhabit the mangrove-lined shorelines and estuaries, where they ambush prey in the cover of the roots and branches. Flounder, with their distinctive flat bodies and tasty white flesh, are commonly found along sandy bottoms and near structure such as docks and jetties, offering anglers the chance to hone their bottom fishing skills. Meanwhile, kingfish patrol the nearshore waters, often feeding voraciously on baitfish schools, providing anglers with fast-paced action and adrenaline-pumping fights. With such a diverse range of species to pursue, South Padre Island ensures anglers of all interests and preferences can enjoy rewarding fishing experiences year-round.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    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

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