A question I always get asked is "Where is a good place to fish?" You can catch fish anywhere on the Texas coast. I know people that fish at all of these Texas beaches and love their beach. I have my favorites too but my favorites may not be what you would like. Here is some quick information (from my limited and biased knowledge):
I have never fished this area but have always wanted to. I have consulted people that have fished this area and was told that the driving conditions can be bad. I have also heard stories of people being harassed on this beach. I've been told that these beaches are best if fished during the day and if I spend the night, I should be with a group. I think I'll find a better place to fish. However, I think this stretch of beach would be great to fish in July and August. 4wd recommended
I like fishing this area. When I have fished this beach, it's not been too crowded and I have always found fish here. The guts seem to be deeper here than most other beaches on the Texas coast. When the Lemon sharks start coming in, they typically are caught first here. Easy driving conditions and 2wd friendly but some sections would be better with 4wd
I try to stay away from this area. There are too many people. I used to fish Jamaica Beach to catch stingray for shark bait for upcoming tournaments. Now I just buy my stingray from bait shops. Easy driving conditions and 2wd friendly
I have fished here a few times but never caught anything good. The sand is deep in some areas and I have seen a lot of people stuck. More people drown at this beach than any other beach on the Texas Coast. There are signs everywhere that tell people not to get into the water but for some reason people still think they can overpower the ocean. Don't try it, you will lose. 4wd recommended
Too many people for me. I have heard people call the stretch of beach from Surfside to Galveston's North Beach "The Dead Zone" and I have now adopted saying that. There have been some pretty big fish on this beach though. This place is for families, tourists, and beachgoers. Easy driving conditions and 2wd friendly
I've fished here once and caught a 1st place tournament winning redfish. Later that night, while my daughter and I were sleeping, someone pulled up into our camping area and stole my coolers. Dirt bags!! Easy driving conditions and 2wd friendly
Just a few hours after catching this fish, my coolers were stolen. I wasn't too mad because I used the 1st place winnings to buy more coolers!!
I used to fish here all the time. This beach is out of the spotlight but has changed considerably over the last few years. Sand erosion has really taken its toll on this beach and the county is taking measures to restore this part of the coastline. Not many tourists here and you may go an entire weekend only seeing a dozen people. Great area for fishing for redfish, black drum and sharks. The beach is approximately 14 miles long from Mitchell's Cut to the San Bernard Cut. Both of these cuts are dredged and the mud debris is deposited on the surf side. Be careful driving in the sand close to these cuts. Speaking from experience, it is expensive to have your vehicle pulled out (if you can even find someone to do it). 4wd recommended
This is approximately 20 miles of drivable beach. The first 3-5 miles is normally lined with beachgoers and people that go fishing (not fishermen, ha-ha). Most beaches from here to Sea Rim Park have brown water. Occasionally, the water does clear up. Great beach for redfish and sharks and also a good place to wade out and throw lures for speckled trout. On the south side of the island is a jetty that I have never fished. If you drive a 2wd car, you should not even attempt to go on this beach. Every single weekend more than one car gets stuck within the first few hundred feet of the entrance. The first mile of this beach is often flattened with heavy equipment so that it looks inviting for 2wd owners. Don't fall for it!! The sand is deep and you will spend hours trying to get unstuck. 4wd required!!!
I have only fished here once. Lots of people. Public beach.
This is the Shark Fishing Mecca. Clear and pretty water. 60+ miles of beach. I have been on this beach and not seen another person for days. This is a State Park so the park rules should be followed. On a good day, it will take you almost 3 hours to get from the beach entrance to the Port Mansfield Jetties. On a bad day, you'll probably give up and run out of gas on your way back. Some of the largest Land Based Sharks have been caught off this beach. Once your tires touch the sand you will lose phone signal. Four miles down the beach there is a sign that warns you 4wd vehicles are required from this point on. However, I think 2wd vehicles can safely make it to the 15mm (mm = Mile Marker). Every 5 miles there is a blue mile marker sign in the dunes telling you how many miles down you are. Make sure you have everything you need before you get there because the closest store is hours away. Great fishing and one of my favorite places to be on this earth. 4wd recommended after the 20mm
I have only fished South Padre once. Beautiful beach but it stays crowded on the South side. If nothing has changed since I've been there you need a 4wd to get through the deep sand.
Mile Marker 30 on PINS
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