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Old 06-18-2017, 06:21 PM   #1
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South Padre Surf fishing advice

My wife and our couple friends are headed to SPI this August. I'm sure the beach will be full of people and surf fishing will be difficult. I have fished everywhere, but the surf and normally fish matagorda bay. I have read hours worth of info on surf fishing, watched every surf fishing SPI video on YouTube, and have an okay idea of where to start. But, I would like to hear what the experienced have to say.

I hear the beach access 6 has some pretty good fish. This is the most appealing to me,because I like some solitude while fishing. I know I can go to the jetties and have a good chance at having a good day. I have some 6000 spinning reels on a 12' MH, and a few 7'7" MH, plus my artificial throwing rods.I would like to catch some redfish, but am game for some Jack Crevalle. I am experienced wading, but would like to try surf fishing as well.

My wife and I love to fish, but the group we are with are not.We are staying on Ling St. and I'm sure our friends would just want to get to the beach there and do the beach thing. I could get out there around 5am with two SUVs and set up 3 10x10 canopies to "reserve" a small section of the beach so I can fish.



Will I do alright at beach access 6, are the jetties worth going to, and is it true that access 6 has a lot of nude people out there ( I would want to avoid that)?

Thanks in advance for your time!



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Old 06-18-2017, 06:51 PM   #2
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Fishing the beach during tourist season if not far north will be challenging. The number of people on the beach will cause major problems for you. I always went north on the beach towards the boat cut until the crowds thinned out a lot. It will be very crowded if you try to fish anywhere south of the last beach access.

Now for the surf, it is very different from the surf near the upper coast. I don't know where you have surf fished before, but on SPI it gets very deep very quick in between the sand bars depending on wave activity. Sometimes the drop off on the first sandbar is super quick and deep. Many a times I stepped off one step and was in chest deep water. Just watch out when going over the sandbars.

As far as bait, they sell sea lice down there and the redfish cannot get enough of them. Buy some sea lice and rubber bands. Rubber band the sea lice to your hook and just wait. They are mean little suckers though. They have appendages that have super sharp needled like ends that they punch out and will stick the **** out of you!

You can also cast net finger mullet and catch trout with. Dead shrimp is always and option also.

As far as the scenery, yes, if you keep going north after the crowds thin out, there will be some folks in the buff. None of which you want to see naked, trust me.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:46 AM   #3
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Ditto to everything Houston Kid said. For solitude you'll need to drive (your 4WD) north to escape the crowds close to the beach access roads. The further the better. Yes you'll probably run by a few nudies on the way.

Look for signs of feeding birds and bait in the water and post up where you find it. If it's too rough to see bait from your vehicle, look for shell washed up on the beach. Also look for eddies, tidal pools and other anomalies. I find that the reds and trout (and everything else) run the beach following the bait and have never found them to hang out in one stretch of beach for a long time. If you catch some and they quit biting, be patient and some more may come by later.

I always take a cast net and a floating bait bucket. While my baited lines are soaking on the bottom, I use artificials in the same manner as in the bay.

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Would you say it's impossible to take a 2WD out there without getting stuck? I assumed if there was a rain recently I could get in and out without getting stuck. Rain or no rain I would be out there with partially deflated tires.


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What they ^^^ have said about fishing. I drove from access 6 to east cut (26 miles) 2 weeks ago. I made it most of the way in 2 wd but there were s couple times 2wd would have gotten stuck. On the way out it was a cluster at the entrance with a line of stuck vehicles. Good Luck
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So would you say within it was packed within 500 yards of the entrance?


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So would you say within it was packed within 500 yards of the entrance?


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If it is a busy beach day, the entrance gets chopped up pretty good by vehicle traffic. The sand will get very loose and soft.

If you were referring to how far to go to get away from the crowds, a mile or 2 north of the last access generally gets you away from the crowds. I always made the trip in a 4x4 but was very surprised to see some 2wd all the way at the boat cut. I guess they just drove right at the waters edge in the bad/soft sand areas.

On a side note, if there is a tropical system in the Gulf, even if hundreds of miles away but headed toward S. Texas, the surf can get up quick and very high. I made the trip to the boat cut one Saturday during hurricane season and all was good. There was a tropical system in the Gulf but no warnings had been issued as it was way way out in the lower Gulf. Fished all day and planned on getting back to pavement by dark.

When I left, due the storm way out in the Gulf, the surf was up. For the last several miles before pavement, I was riding with one set of wheels on the dunes and the driver's side in the water more times than not. I had a few waves latterly break at my driver's side tires splashing water up on the hood and windshield. I was very concerned I was going to end up with a washed out Durango but kept hammering it. Zero indications it was going to get that bad or even anywhere close to that when I headed out that morning. I guess the swell came up quick and the forecast did not predict it.

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