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Fishing on South Padre Island

Fishing on South Padre Island

Guests at Kinpadre beachfront vacation rental on South Padre Island, often ask for information about fishing.

Group charter boats are available for the Laguna Madre bay, as well as deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf can be very rough, so if you get at all queasy, I recommend fishing from the shore, or on the bay.

What about group charters for fishing in South Padre?

Fishing on South Padre Island

Osprey Cruises located at Pier 19 offers day trip bay fishing 8-12 noon, 2-5, 7-11 for $25 fisherman and $15 spectator. If the fish are running, action can be lively with a strikes and fish. But no or few fish is possible anywhere on the island, from surf, jetties, or charters. There are other fishing charter services as well.

What about private charters with a fishing guide?

Private charters can run $450 for 2 people, plus tip.

Will I need a fishing license?

The first answer is yes. Fishing licenses are available from Walmart in Port Isabel, and the Quick Stop bait shop, also in Port Isabel about 1/2 mile from the causeway, on the south side of highway 100. Resident: $40, $17 senior $11 one day.  Non-resident $68, 1 day $16.

Will I have to clean the fish? What do I do with them after I catch them?

After fishing, the charter crew will fillet the fish for a small tip, and Pier 19 and other restaurants offer “you hook it, we cook it” service. If you don’t like fish, or don’t want the bother, the crew or other fishermen will be thrilled to take them from you.

Can I fish on the beach? What kind of bait and rig?

fish finder rig
fish finder rig with sliding pyramid weight

If the water is warm, wade into the surf on the beach with hook and line. Ask other fishermen for technique. They fish for whiting, using shrimp or a product called Fishbites, colored strips that look like chewing gum. The Texas Parks and Wildlife  warns against using frozen shrimp from Mexico, as it can carry a virus deadly to the native Gulf shrimp and ecosystem. So know the source, frozen boxed bait shrimp are monitored by Texas conservation officers.

Fresh, never frozen shimp are more expensive, but also much more effective as bait. Fresh shrimp (live or dead) are usually available at the Quick Stop bait shop in Post Isabel.

Where is a good place for fishing supplies and expert advice?

The Quick Stop (again) has equipment and advice. Walmart also has a good selection of fishing equipment. The associate in the hunting department may also be able to answer some questions.

Here is a video with it all: South Padre Island surf fishing, a group charter, and how to cook it after!

Clayton’s Beach Bar on the Gulf in South Padre Island

Your stay at Kinpadre.

What’s the biggest bar on South Padre Island… and in all of Texas? Clayton’s.

Clayton’s is the largest beach bar on South Padre Island, and they claim largest in all of Texas, a Texas-sized 50 foot bar to watch your favorite game or enjoy the nightly entertainment with the sound of waves crashing in the background, a 300+ car parking lot and over 15,000 sq. ft. of beachfront deck area to host special events.

Location

Clayton’s is located at 6900 Padre Blvd., on the Gulf beach at the north end of South Padre Island’s commercial strip. It’s about 2 miles north of Kinpadre, our South Padre Island beachfront vacation rental. 

They advertise from sunrise to midnight dancing. During winter Texan season you’ll find the senior set in bright, comfy attire rocking to their beat. Spring break brings the youth with their own party agenda and musical tastes. They host special events such as Sand Castle Days

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Sandcastle Days brings you 5 full days in the beginning of October of family-friendly activities and art on the beach. It includes competition of nationally recognized sand sculptors, with patrons able to relax, refresh, view art creation, and take part themselves if they wish.

Clayton’s Spring Break Beach Stage has evolved into the biggest FREE daytime event on SPI during the month of March. CLAYTON’S BEACH STAGE IS THE LARGEST FREE SPRING BREAK MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY. With its Unprecedented Stage Performances, Contests, Celebrity Appearances, Huge Prize Packs.

The Jailbreak Beach Escape has become a South Padre Island tradition! Each May, thousands of runners conquer the 5k course, covering 20 challenging obstacles, on the sun-drenched beaches of South Padre before heading to Clayton’s Beach Bar for a Texas sized beach party!

Live music and fireworks every Friday and Saturday starting in April and going through the summer.