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Fishing charters in Port Isabel, TX

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Whether you are planning an inshore fishing trip or a reef fishing, you’ll easily find a fishing charter in Port Isabel.

Redfish, Southern Flounder, Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and Snook can be your next trophy.

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Inshore fishing charters in Port Isabel

Port Isabel waters give a unique inshore fishing experience all year round. From grassy shallows to numerous bays, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and budgets.

There are a variety of options for your next fishing trip near Port Isabel. These waters are filled with Redfish, Southern Flounder, Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are good for families with kids, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour inshore fishing charter is $436 for 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

$200 is the lowest price for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Port Isabel.

You can find more than 41 fishing charters in Port Isabel and nearby cities. You will have a lot of choices to book your next fishing retreat.

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Best time for inshore fishing

August, July and June will be your next best months for inshore fishing in Port Isabel.

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Offshore fishing charters in Port Isabel

If you're looking for an offshore fishing trip that will take your breath away, Port Isabel fishing is the perfect place for you. You'll never run out of places to fish with miles of open water to explore.

There are a plenty of options for your next fishing trip near Port Isabel. Local waters a playground for King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Cobia, and many more.

Offshore fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Offshore fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour offshore fishing charter is $682 for 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

The most affordable rates start at $350 for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip near Port Isabel.

You can find 29 fishing charters in Port Isabel and nearby cities. You will have a lot of choices to book your next fishing retreat.

Tip: It’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour offshore fishing trip for the best fishing experience. Offshore fishing spots are away from the coast, so you will need some time to get there.

The average tips are 15-20% of the total fishing charter price.

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Best time for offshore fishing

August, July and June are the best months for offshore fishing near Port Isabel.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Port Isabel

Port Isabel family-friendly fishing charters offer a great opportunity to bring your family together and have a fun fishing trip. Local Captains will educate you and your family on how to use the tackle and catch various fish species.

In-shore fishing refers to inland waters like creeks, flats, and small bays. Because of the shallower depths, the calm inland waters are great for family fishing.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

The perfect choice for a family with kids will be an inshore fishing trip. The journey won’t be exhausting, so your kids will learn more about fish species and fishing techniques.

$436 is the average price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip and 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional guest. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

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Shark fishing charters in Port Isabel

One of the world’s most famous game fish, sharks, are plentiful in the waters near Port Isabel. Port Isabel shark fishing charters provide safe and fun adventures for anglers looking to try their hands at shark fishing.

Port Isabel shark fishing charters will put you on Blacktip Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Bull Shark, and many more.

Note: some shark species are considered prohibited in Texas and cannot be kept as a trophy. These sharks have to be released. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Sharks inhabit inshore, nearshore, and offshore waters. Shallows are a playground for juveniles, while deep waters are home to adult sharks.

Live bait is preferred for shark fishing. Live or dead bait may include Mullet, Ladyfish, Bonita, and Blue Runner. The type of bait depends on the shark species you want to catch.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter is $522 for 2 anglers. An extra guest fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

You can find more than 13 fishing companies in Port Isabel and nearby cities. So you'll have plenty of options to find your next fishing break.

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Best time for shark fishing in Port Isabel

You can target sharks all year round. March-October tends to be the best time to catch sharks in Port Isabel.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Port Isabel

Port Isabel attracts ambitious anglers looking to target Tarpon. You can experience Tarpon fishing by hiring one of the local guides. They will show you all the spots, techniques, and provide you with the best bait.

Tarpon live in bays, lagoons, and even rivers. Shrimp, pinfish, mullet, and crabs would be the ideal fishing bait.

Note: Tarpon fishing is catch-and-release-only. By law, Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So be careful with your catch, take a quick photo, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

On average, the base price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter is $580 for 2 anglers. Add $50 for each additional guest.

In Port Isabel and nearby cities, there are around 15 fishing charters specialized in Tarpon fishing.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Port Isabel

Tarpon fishing season in Port Isabel is late spring through summer. The peak months for Tarpon fishing are November, October, and September.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide all the necessary fishing equipment, bait, and cooler with ice. Usually, catch cleaning is free of charge.

The trip price includes a saltwater fishing license. This license covers all the people on the vessel.

A Fishing charter has to have a federal permit if you are planning to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can reserve a trip with a 10-30% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The majority of the fishing charter deposits are refundable if you can cancel before the cancellation deadline. On average, a free cancellation deadline is 2-14 days before the trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Port Isabel?

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