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Fishing charters in Surfside Beach, TX

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Surfside Beach can be considered the fishing capital of Texas as it's home to a variety of exotic fish and a large fishing charter fleet.

Surfside Beach fishing charters will put you on Redfish, Southern Flounder, Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach is famous for its inshore fishing grounds. From backcountry fishing to the night Snook fishing trips, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and all ages.

Surfside Beach fishing charters will put you on 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 $465 for 2 anglers. Add $50 for an each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

The cheapest 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Surfside Beach found on our platform costs $200 for 2 anglers.

There are more than 41 fishing companies in Surfside Beach and nearby cities. So you'll have a variety of options for your next fishing adventure.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best time to go inshore fishing in Surfside Beach are considered to be July, June and August.

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Offshore fishing charters in Surfside Beach

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

Blacktip Shark, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Jack Crevalle, and Blacktip Shark can be your next catch.

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

$770 is the average price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip and 2 people. Add $50 for an each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

$595 is the lowest price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Surfside Beach found on our platform.

You can find more than 29 fishing companies in Surfside Beach and nearby cities. So you'll have a lot of options to book your next fishing trip.

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

July, June and August will be your next best months for offshore fishing in Surfside Beach.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach family-friendly fishing charters provide trips for anglers of all ages. It’s the best way to introduce your children to sport fishing and show various saltwater fish species.

Try inshore fishing because it takes place in waters like bays, harbors, flats, and creeks. Your family can focus on peaceful fishing, thanks to the clear inshore waters.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

A half-day inshore fishing trip is a perfect trip for a family. It won’t be an exhausting trip, so your kids will learn more about fish species and fishing techniques.

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour family-friendly fishing charter is $436 for 2 anglers. An extra guest fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

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Shark fishing charters in Surfside Beach

A steady flow of warm water makes Surfside Beach an attractive destination for shark fishing. Surfside Beach shark fishing charters are an excellent option for anglers looking for an actionable and affordable fishing trip.

These waters will yield anything from Blacktip Shark and Scalloped Hammerhead Shark to Bonnethead Shark.

Note: not all shark species can be caught or landed in Texas. Some species are considered prohibited. These sharks have to be released. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Sharks can be found in offshore and inshore waters. Deep waters are home to adult sharks, while shallows are a playground for juveniles and pups.

The best bait for shark fishing is any fresh bloody fish. Preferred live baits for shark fishing could be Blue Runner, Mullet, Bonita, or Ladyfish. Usually, fishing charter Captains prepare the bait depending on the season and targeted shark species.

Shark fishing trip prices

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

You can find more than 13 fishing companies in Surfside Beach and nearby cities. You will have a lot of choices to book your next fishing retreat.

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Best time for shark fishing in Surfside Beach

Sharks are active all year round in Surfside Beach, though they are more plentiful from March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach is a great destination for Tarpon fishing. Local guides specialize in putting anglers on the best Tarpon spots. They will show you various fishing methods and productive spots.

Tarpon inhabit waters around river mouths, bays, mangroves, and shallows. It loves mullet, crab, and pinfish.

Note: The best practice is never to bring your catch in the boat because Tarpon is a catch-and-release-only fishery. Also, you can’t lift a 40+ inch Tarpon out of the water. So be very delicate with your trophy, take a few photos, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

$580 is the average price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing trip and 2 guests. An extra angler fee is $50.

In Surfside Beach and nearby cities, there are around 15 fishing guides specialized in Tarpon fishing.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Surfside Beach

Tarpon season starts in late spring and lasts until the end of summer. October, September, and August are the ideal months.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide rods, reels, tackle, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean the catch for free.

A fishing license is not included in the price. If you plan to fish in Texas, you must buy one. The easiest way would be to buy it online at TPWD website or in person in their office. Tackle shops or grocery stores across the state works as well.

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 book a trip with a 10-20% deposit.

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

The deposit could be refunded if you cancel the trip before the cancellation deadline. It's usually within 2-14 days of your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Surfside Beach?

There are several boat ramps and marinas near Surfside Beach. Most of the fishing charters launch from:

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