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.
- 68° 52° Dec-Feb
- 80° 67° Mar-May
- 90° 77° Jun-Aug
- 84° 69° Sep-Nov
Top fish species to target in South Padre Island
Capt. David Leal's Fishing Guide
No trip to South Padre Island is complete without a fishing trip on the beautiful Laguna Madre Bay. Where else can you fish all day and have your favorite restaurant cook catch? Captain David Leal is the guide you want to show you the best places to fish for redfish, black drum, flounder and trout. David is a lifetime resident of the area and has been fishing the Laguna Madre for 20 years. Experience and the love of fishing makes David one of the most sought after guides in the area.
More South Padre Island Outfitters
Salt Walker Fishing Charters
South Padre Island, TX
Deep Sea & Offshore Fishing Charters from South Padre Island, Catch all the popular and big game fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Including Red Snapper, Tuna, Sailfish and the big bill fish like White and Blue Marlin. What makes a "Salt Walker" deep sea fishing charters different from the rest? We will go far enough out and stay as long as you want to catch all the popular and big game fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Including Tuna, and the big bill fish like White and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and night fishing for Swordfish. From targeting kings near shore to offshore rigs for the more rigorous fisherman. We can customize any charter to target fish for anyone. And aside from our vast experience and success is we have reef permits to catch snapper and Amberjack, which are very good species to target and are some of the most delicious to eat. The South Padre Island area has a big variety of game fish for near shore and deep sea fishing. This includes Wahoo, Amberjack, Bonito, Cobia, Dorado, Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, and Red Snapper, Tarpon, and more. South Padre Island has a mild sub-tropical climate so you can enjoy fishing throughout most the year. The time of year, seasonal fish migrations, and state and federal fishing regulations will determine which species are targeted. Some species like Red Snapper have very limited seasons and bag limits.
Captain Lou Austin Fishing South Padre
South Padre Island, TX
The best bay fishing in south texas period. The most sought after fishing guide in the area. Captain Lou Austin is a highly qualified and experienced Fishing Charter guide who loves teaching kids. Experience and passion for bay fishing has made Lou the most popular fishing guide on the Laguna Madre Bay South Padre Island & Port Isabel Texas. I use light spinning tackle to fish for speckled sea trout, redfish, flounder, black drum, mangrove, snapper, grouper, and snook. The type of fish depends on the time of year. With every trip you will catch a lot of fish and have a lot of fun! What to Expect One thing to always expect is a lot of "FUN" and hopefully a lot of fish. All fish belong to the customer. Fish cleaning and packaging is available. Bring a cooler to take home YOUR fish. Capt Lou Austin's boat is specially designed for Bay Fishing Charters on the Laguna Madre and is always in great condition, replaced with a brand new boat every two years.
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.
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.