South Padre Island – Hosted Trip

South Padre Island Redfish Trip with Front Range Anglers

Just a short, smooth boat run from the rental house, lies Laguna Madre, where the search for Redfish tails begins.  Redfishing is unique here, far different than many other places around the United States.  Anglers are greeted with clear, sand and turtle grass flats built for sight fishing.  Redfish are the primary target species, but very large Speckled Trout also frequent these flats, as well as the occasional Jack Crevalle.  Looking for a unique saltwater trip with small crowds?  This trip is just for you.

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South Padre Island Destination Details

What to expect fly fishing South Padre Island

The typical daily schedule. Please keep in mind that your daily schedule will vary in accordance with tides and your fishing desires.

  • 6:00AM: Wake
  • 6:30AM: Breakfast
  • 7:00AM: Depart for flats
  • 8:00AM- 4:30PM: Fishing
  • 5:30PM: Back at the rental
  • 7:00PM: Dinner/Drinks

General Information

Fishing days start with the arrival of your flats boat at the dock of your air conditioned rental house. From there it is a short run to Laguna Madre and the fishing begins.  Redfish are the primary target here, but n addition to Redfish, the lagoon has large Speckled Trout and the occasional Jack Crevalle. Most of the fishing is done from the flats boat, but on good days wade fishing on the western edge of SPI is available. Conditions permitting we will fish the east side of SPI (Gulf Side) for Tarpon, Jacks, etc. 8 weight rods with good saltwater reels will be the most used tool. For Tarpon, a 10-11 weight with a good reel is recommended. Consult with FRA about the condition of your current equipment and tackle connections and backing. FRA can assist with any gear needs and also create a custom fly box for your trip. Most flys will be crab or shrimp imitations.  Polarized sunglasses (amber or copper), rain jacket, sun protection (clothing and cream), insect repellant, sunhat, fishing gloves, finger tape, camera. FRA has a complete selection of saltwater fishing accessories. Rental house has washer/dryer. Outside temperature will be hot. In the house and on the water it will be cooler.  For fishing just the 3 days, you should purchase the one day All Water package for $16 (total $48).  If you are planning to fish other days in August, consider the $63 Salt Water Package. Purchase online at: Texas Fishing License Sales

Rental House on the Arroyo Colorado

Pick up and drop off from your flats fishing is done at your personal fishing dock at the rental house.

Lodging Overview & Details

Located on the banks of the Arroyo Colorado, you will find your rental home for the next four days.  Accommodations are very comfortable.  Full kitchen, outdoor grill and patio, air conditioning, comfortable bedrooms, and your own personal boat dock.  One of the coolest things about this rental is that your guides and flats boats pick you up at your rental.  You can also fish from the lighted dock at night!

Food and Beverages

There are restaurants in Harlingen and Arroyo City, but most meals will be at the Rental House; including great mexican food delivered to the house ($15/plate).  We enjoy doing meals this way because it allows the small group to choose what and where they want to eat for each meal.  The rental house has a full kitchen and an outdoor grill.  Bottled water, soda, cold beer, wine, and spirits, will be purchased separately on the way to the rental.

Typical Length of Stay
 5 nights stay, 4 full days fishing

Internet/ Communications
The rental does offer free internet access and there is cell phone service here as well.

Where South Padre Island?

South Padre Island (SPI) is located at the southwest corner of Texas north of the border towns of Brownsville (TX), and Matamoros (Mexico.) Just east of the long skinny island are the sheltered waters of Laguna Madre, which provide unique clear water opportunities for Redfish.

How to Get There

Fly into Harlingen (HRL), TX on August 21st.  From the airport, shuttle service is provided to the rental house.

Documents Required

Drivers license, fishing license.

Travel Arrangements
& Insurance

Front Range Anglers can assist with airline tickets, travel services and trip insurance if you choose to purchase it.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

At time of booking 50% of the trip is due and payable. At 30 days the remainder is due. Cancellation greater than 90 days from date of trip, all monies refunded less $100 fee if a replacement angler is found. if within 90 Days, no refunds are provided unless a qualified replacement angler is provided. No refunds are provided for trip cancellation due to Weather, Acts of God, Airline/Travel issues. Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance is strongly advised & recommended.

Details about fly fishing in South Padre Island

Upcoming South Padre Island Hosted Dates Available:

  • September 5-10th, 2017–Once Space Available

Trip Cost: $2250

Packages Include:

  • 5 nights lodging and 4 days flats fishing, round trip transfers between the airport and the lodge. (1 Day devoted to Tarpon)
  • Meals at the rental house

Packages does not include:

  • Flights to and from Harlingen (HRL), TX
  • Gratuities
  • Fishing license $48 total ($16 per day)
  • Beer, sodas, wine, spirits at the Rental House
  • Travel Insurance and Global Rescue