Perched on the Gulf of Mexico, Corpus Christi occupies a hugely desirable position for anglers, with a vast number of fishing charters available in the area – often including your fishing license in the price.
Tucked into an idyllic bay with its beaches sheltered by the picturesque Padre and Mustang islands, the Texan city is surrounded by natural beauty every which way you turn. It is also a veritable fishing paradise, thanks to its proximity to the Packery Channel and the deep Intracoastal Canal. If you forgot to bring your boat, fear not, as you can simply book yourself onto one of the many charter fishing trips available, with everything from deep sea fishing to inland fishing on offer. Here are five of the best.
Available in the morning or afternoon, this half-day trip is great for both fishing novices and experienced anglers alike who are looking to get in on some hooking action. On your to-catch list are King Mackerel, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, to name just a few. The tour takes place aboard a 25’ Sundance center console that was freshly restored in 2018 and accommodates up to 6 guests. Quality rods, penn reels, and live bait and lures are all included as part of the tour price. From $475 per group (max 6).
For those with more time on their hands, and a slightly bigger budget, this exciting 8-hour trip is just the ticket. After departing on a 23’ Shoalwater boat, you’ll have your lines wet within just 30 minutes of leaving the dock, with Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and Flounder just some of the species waiting for you to reel them in. Your host will be experienced angler Captain Torrey, who will make sure that whether you’re a beginner, occasional angler, or pro, you’ll have a memorable day out on the water. From $550 per group (max 2 people; $99 for additional guests).
3/4 Day Trip
If a half-day trip is a little short for your liking, but you can’t quite stretch to a whole day out on the water, then this middle option could suit you down to the ground. Starting early morning, the 6-hour trip invites you to fish the Upper Laguna Madre as far as Port Mansfield to the south, targeting Red Drum, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, and Sheepshead. Your host, Captain Byron Noles, is a lifelong passionate angler who’ll do his best to make your time aboard his 22’ Coastal Custom bay boat memorable. From $520 per group (max 2 people; $79 for additional guests).
Full-Day Trip – Wading or not
Explore the shallow waters of Corpus Christi in pursuit of trophy Redfish, Flounder, and many more species on this wading adventure. Accompanied by the experienced Captain Fil, you’ll be left you with memories to last a lifetime as you shuffle along through the water and feel the current while you hunt down your prey. All bait and tackle are provided – as well as snacks – and any fish you catch can be cleaned and filleted for you to have for dinner when you get home. From $748 per group (max 3 people; $99 for additional guests).
Full-Day Tournament Fishing
Fish a tournament of your choosing for Trout, Redfish, Drum, or Flounder in Texas’ bay waters on this full-day trip aboard a 25’ Majek bay boat. Your captain will help coach you on signing up for divisions, weighing in fish, how to keep them lively, how to prevent them from losing weight, and any other essential info required for competition-level fishing. If you’re participating in a lure tournament, you’ll also be supplied with the lures as part of the price. However, if it’s a bait tournament, you’ll be responsible for covering the cost. From $850 (max 4 people; $73 for additional guests).