fishingNorth Padre is well known for its excellent fishing and for the wide variety of species that inhabit its tropical coastal waters. The island offers several types of fishing for every skill level of angler. Whether you are a beginner or a long time pro, there is something for everyone, regardless of experience.

The island has piers and jetties for anglers to go after their favorite variety of fish. On North Padre there are the Packery Channel jetties and Bob Hall Pier, as well as miles of open beach for surf fishing. There is a small fee to fish on Bob Hall pier and no fee to fish the Packery channel, although a beach parking sticker is required to park your vehicle on the beach near the jetties. Some of the most popular fish to try for at these areas are redfish, speckled trout, black drum, Spanish mackerel and flounder, as well as many others.

You can also go offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or bay fishing in the Laguna Madre. To access the offshore waters by boat, you must use one of two jetties located on North Padre and Mustang Island. The Packery jetties are located on North Padre and the Port Aransas jetties are located on the northern end of Mustang Island. If you do not have access to a boat, there are private fishing charters available, as well as party boats that leave out of the larger jetties in Port Aransas. The party boats usually take twenty to Eighty people for a half-day or day long trips while a private, guided charter usually handles four to six people. Some of the most common fish offshore in the summer include king mackerel, Dorado, ling, wahoo, and red snapper, among others.

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