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South Padre Island

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Redfish, marlin, tuna, and wahoo. South Padre has every type of fishing you could ask for.

Located at the southern tip of Texas on the border with Mexico, South Padre Island is a barrier island for Texas’s west coast, meaning that there are good options for inshore and deep sea fishing. The small strip of land protects an inlet, which is teeming with redfish, flounder and trout. A few miles offshore, an angler can motor out into the Gulf and hook into marlin, sailfish, and tuna. If the fish aren’t biting in one area, you can simply pull up anchor and cruise to find a new species.

The fishing season in South Padre Island is year round, with the average winter low at around 52 degrees. The sub-tropical climate causes many fish to stick around all year, especially the redfish and seatrout. Bigger billfish like the marlin and sailfish are migratory, but are caught frequently in the waters off South Padre Island.

Basic Info
  • 68° 52° Dec-Feb
  • 80° 67° Mar-May
  • 90° 77° Jun-Aug
  • 84° 69° Sep-Nov
Gulf Of Mexico, Laguna Madre
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in South Padre Island

Black Drum

A saltwater fish similar to the related Red Drum (or Redfish). Typically 5-30 lbs but can't be much larger.


Flounder are a group of flatfish species. They are demersal fish found at the bottom of oceans around the world; some species will also enter estuaries.


With a spear like bill and big rigid dorsal fin, the Marlin is a prized sport fish. Think Old Man and the Sea.


Reddish color along the back and white on the belly, Redfish are known for the distinct eyespot on their tail.


Color dark blue on top, brown-blue laterally and silvery white underbelly. First dorsal fin greatly enlarged in the form of a sail with many black spots.

Sea Trout

Plentiful and good eating in the saltwater marshes of the South. Known for their spots, the sea trout is often called a speckled or spotted trout.


Wahoo are steel blue on their top side and pale blue on their underside. Also known for a series of blackish-blue vertical bars on their sides.

More South Padre Island Outfitters

Fishing with Captain Bryan Robinson in San Benito

Captain Bryan Robinson

San Benito, TX

Fly-fishing and light tackle expeditions from a polling skiff on the Lower Laguna Madre of deep south Texas. Trips consist of sight fishing for redfish and seatrout. Beginners, kids and experts are more than welcome. Date Range All year. Spring time tends to be breezy (March through May). Summers can get warm with less wind (June through September). Fall is mild (October and November). The winter is cooler and more clouds (December through February). Summer and Fall being the best. What is Provided to Customer All tackle (Orvis fly rods and spinning rods) provided. Flies and lures used for the area are also provided. Lunch, water, energy drinks and ice will be loaded on the skiff, prior to trip, for all anglers to use during the day. No alcohol. Also supplied: Polarized sunglasses if needed (non prescription), sunscreen, life preservers and first aid kit. A cell phone will also be on board in case of emergencies. Cell phone coverage may be limited in some areas. In case of an emergency, there are several local hospitals within 45 minutes of each fishing community. Region/Terrain Where You Fish The Lower Laguna Madre is located in deep south Texas. It spans from the land cut, which is north of Port Mansfield to the town of South Padre Island, to the south. The LLM is over 300 square miles and it's gin clear water averages less than three feet deep. The west side of the LLM consists of grassy plains full of wild yucca trees and beautiful sage brush. On the east lies the South Padre National Seashore, which is miles of rolling sand dunes. The LLM is also one of the best places in the country to bird watch. We have hundreds of different species that call the LLM their home. Typical Weather by Season The average temperature in the summer can be in the nineties, but the Gulf breezes keep the heat tolerable. The LLM also tends to receive more rain than dryer parts of the state. Winter temperatures range in the seventies with more cloud cover. For the most part we have sunny weather year round.

Fishing with SPI Fish Killer Charters in South Padre Island

SPI Fish Killer Charters

South Padre Island, TX

My name is Paco Hinojosa, and I am a fishing guide on South Padre Island Tx. My boat is a 25 ft. center console Panga. Powered by a NEW 2014 150 H.P. Mercury Four Stroke outboard. This boat offers plenty of room to spread out and fish safely. The boat offers a safe and smooth ride for up to 6 people when in the bay, and up to 4 people when offshore. The boat has high sides and a non slip surface making it safe for kids of all ages. I offer Professional Bay Fishing rates. The rate for professional half day of bay fishing is $375. This is good for 2 people 5 hours, and $75 for every additional person. If you want a full day, the rate is $700 for 2 people 8 hours, and $75 for every additional person. For professional fishing trips we do a variety of techniques. We can drift, wade, structure, top water, or bottom fish with artificial or bait depending on what the day demands. The fish we target for professional/experienced charters are Red Drum, Trout, Flounder, and Snook. Bay trips have a 6 person maximum capacity. Offshore/near shore fishing rate is $120 per hour with a 5 hour minimum. All offshore trips have a 4 person maximum capacity. The fish we target for offshore/near shore charters are King Mackerel, Cobia/Ling, Dorado/Mahi, Triple Tail, Red Snapper, Amber Jack, and Grouper. All you need to bring on your fishing trip is your fishing license, snacks and any drinks you would like for the day. I have all the tackle needed and I supply the bait and ice. Availability changes from day to day, so it is always best to book your trip early.

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