In the News

Gulfscapes Magazine (Spring 2010)
See Black Dragon / Pirates Landing / Port Isabel starting on page 62.

Snook Foundation hopes to increase fish in Texas waters
March 20, 2010
by David Sikes
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Outdoors Saltwater at ESPN Outdoor News . com
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by Doug Pike

Jan. 2010

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Houston Chronicle (August 5, 2009)
If you\’re craving a Pirate Life head to Port Isabel

Port Isabel Named Top 5 Family Fishing Destinations in the U.S.
(Boat U.S. Angler Magazine-Spring 2009)

Fish & Catch!


LOCATED at the southern end of Texas’ famed Lower Laguna Madre Bay, scant miles above the U.S./Mexico border, Port Isabel has beckoned to generations of saltwater fishermen. Anglers fishing these clear, shallow waters today can easily see why fishermen have flocked here for nearly a century. The diversity of game fish species swimming in the waters surrounding Port Isabel is unlike that found anywhere else along the Texas Gulf Coast. And, with miles of shallow grass flats teeming with fish, anglers have plenty of room to roam and can easily find a secluded spot to fish – a luxury not often afforded on other crowded coastal waters. The combination of moderate year-around weather, dozens of available species and the clearest water on the Texas Gulf Coast make Port Isabel the perfect destination for an angling vacation.

AS IS THE CASE ALONG THE ENTIRE Gulf Coast, redfish are a top draw for anglers in the Lower Laguna Madre. With miles of shallow, clear grass flats, the Lower Laguna is an ideal playground for anyone hoping to tangle with big redfish.

PERHAPS THE MOST OVERLOOKED TARPON fishery in the entire country lies just a few miles from Port Isabel Small Boat Channel. The Brazos Santiago Pass, which connects the Lower Laguna Madre to the Gulf of Mexico is the seasonal home to Silver Kings from April through November. Fish ranging from 20 to 200 pounds can be encountered during the prime tarpon months, which run July through October.

BOASTING THE ONLY fishable snook population in the continental United States outside south Florida, the Lower Laguna Madre is home to lunker linesiders throughout the year. During the summer and fall, snook can consistently be found over the shallow flats of the Lower Laguna. During the winter and spring, they are typically found in the port areas.

THE LOWER LAGUNA MADRE has long been famous for producing high quantities of quality speckled trout. In fact, the current Texas state record and numerous IGFA line class world records have come from these waters.

MORE THAN ANYTHING, anglers can expect a diverse catch when they visit the Lower Laguna Madre. In addition to species such as redfish, speckled trout, snook and tarpon, fishermen routinely encounter flounder, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, mangrove snapper, barracudas, jack crevalle, black drum, sheepshead, shark, ladyfish, lookdowns, grouper and many other types of saltwater fish – many of which aren’t found elsewhere on the Texas coast.
Photos & text credit: Danno Wise.

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Fishing South Padre Island, Lower Laguna Madre, Port Isabel & South Bay



TEXAS is a big state… so we thank you for your interest in the Port Isabel area as your vacation destination, relocation or retirement home. Port Isabel has everything you need to create vacation memories or a new home for your family or business!

As one of the oldest cities in extreme south Texas, Port Isabel has a long and interesting history dating back to 1519 when it was charted by Spanish explorer Alonzo de Pineda. There are tales of pirate treasures still buried on South Padre Island. Port Isabel is home to three world class museums which bring our history to life. The Port Isabel Historic Museum, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, and the 1852 Port Isabel Lighthouse are monuments to our rich past. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, on the grounds of the Port Isabel lighthouse also highlights the maritime history of the Laguna Madre area.

Port Isabel enjoys mild weather year around, world class fishing, events and festivals, lots of great food and friendly faces. Visit our blog, then visit us!

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