South Padre Island is famous for its pristine fishing conditions, leading to record-breaking catches of some of the world’s most highly sought-after species of fish. Below, we’ve put together a brief guide to getting the most out of your fishing experience on South Padre Island. Read on to learn more about fishing on South Padre Island as well as the best vacation rentals to stay in.
Angle Yourself a Catch for the Record Books!
South Padre Island has opportunities for fishing just about every direction you look. From bay fishing in Laguna Madre to deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, there is a diverse array of fish and fishing techniques to be had, as well as rental providers and charter services eager to help you and your guests have an incredible time fishing.
Osprey Cruises is one of the many deep sea fishing charters you can choose on South Padre Island. The company offers fishing year-round in the Gulf of Mexico, at varying depths and locations dependent on the type of fish that are biting, the conditions of the sea, and the season you happen to visit. They are known for drift fishing for dorado, shark, tuna, ling, kingfish, and amberjack during the warmer season of the year and bottom fishing for grouper and red snapper during the colder months. Bait and tackle are provided, and prices range from $35.00 per spectator on the five-hour fishing trip to $98.00 per angler on the eight-hour South Padre Island fishing trip. They also provide three to four-hour bay fishing cruises for $15.00 per spectator and $25.00 per angler.
Captain Murphy’s is another South Padre Island-based charter service that offers bay and deep sea fishing excursions. Reservations are required for deep sea fishing, available by calling (956) 761-2764. Deep sea fishing is offered in the Gulf of Mexico in half-day increments during the summer season and full-day increments year-round for $95.00 per person. Year-round, three to four-hour bay fishing trips are available for a mere $25.00 per person, with your choice of a morning, afternoon, or evening trip. Bay fishing is open to visitors of all ages, while deep sea fishing passengers must be at least six years of age.
Fishing in South Padre Island
Heading out into the deep sea isn’t your only option for fishing in South Padre Island. DIY fishermen can try their hand at shore fishing from one of South Padre Island’s many accessible areas. Head to one of the area’s jetties or piers, or simply fish from the sandy shoreline. Redfish, speckled trout, and flounder are all commonly caught from South Padre Island’s shore! This can be a great option for those who don’t want to dedicate an entire day to a fishing charter, but still want to take part in this favorite pastime. Try the South Padre Island Fishing Jetties for a day of fishing along the shore, or Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier, the longest fishing pier in the state of Texas!
Renting a kayak and heading a short way away from the shore is another viable option for the DIY fisherman. Leaving the shoreline behind provides for a quieter, more serene fishing experience, and enables you to explore deeper waters. Redfish, trout, flounder, snook, and Spanish mackerel can all be found a little way off South Padre Island’s shores, easily accessible by a kayak. Taking your kayak to Brazos Santiago Pass will put you in the midst of all the action, or a trip to South Bay will give you that serene fishing experience you’ve been imagining.
Whether you’re fishing from shore or aboard a rental kayak, you’ll need a Texas fishing license which can easily be obtained from Blue Marlin Supermarket or Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier. If you left your gear at home, local gear shops have all you need for a day by the water. For guests heading out on a fishing charter, the charter company takes care of these details for you.
Franke Rentals – Where All Great South Padre Island Stories Begin
After a day of fishing from one of South Padre Island’s picturesque piers or a day of deep sea adventuring, head back to your South Padre Island vacation home to relax. The full kitchens offered in our vacation rentals are the perfect spot to prepare your fresh catch for a tasty, Texan coastal style dinner. From upscale condos on the coast to luxurious private homes on manicured grounds with private swimming pools and hot tubs, our South Padre Island vacation rentals cater to a variety of travelers. Enjoy convenient access to the island’s beautiful beaches, best fishing sites and charters, and exciting South Padre Island sites and activities when you book a stay in one of the vacation rentals listed through us at Franke Rentals!
Contact our reservation specialists for more specifics on what to know and where to go when it comes to fishing and other fun-filled recreation on South Padre Island when you call or email about reserving your accommodations in one of our stunning vacation rental properties today!