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Texas Saltwater Fishing Destinations

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From the Mexican border to the south to the Lousiana border to the north and east, Texas has hundreds of miles of coastline. Along that coastline lies numerous saltwater fishing destinations. These towns are ideal vacation spots for anglers looking to fish one of the dozens of inshore bays found in Texas or the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The characteristics of these Texas saltwater fishing destinations range from sleepy little villages to modern cities full of high rise condos. But, the one thing they all have in common is great saltwater fishing.

1. South Padre Island

Located on the southern tip of Texas, South Padre Island offers anglers access to the shallow flats of the Lower Laguna Madre as well as the beachfront waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the open offshore waters beyond. Additionally, South Padre Island is one of the top family vacation spots in the Lone Star State, offering fishermen and their families a wide variety of entertainment options and activities when they are not fishing.

2. Port Isabel

One of the oldest towns in Texas, Port Isabel has grown from a sleepy fishing village to popular vacation destination. Along the way, Port Isabel has been witness to many historic moments. Today, Port Isabel boasts a population of just over 5,000. However, together with sister city South Padre Island, the area is one of the largest tourist draws in Texas, with droves of summer visitors, as well as seasonal winter residents known as 'Winter Texans.' In addition to great fishing and access to the beaches of South Padre Island, Port Isabel features a number of good attractions such as the Museums of Port Isabel, as well as several great restaurants, tour boats and more.

3. Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield boasts a nice harbor facility surrounded by a handful of bait stands/marinas and boat ramps. Also fronting the harbor area are a number of private homes, as well as rental condominiums and the renown Get-A-Way Adventures Fishing Lodge. There are a number of house and condo rentals available off the water as well. Port Mansfield also has an adequate number of cafes and is a short 20 minute drive to Raymondville. The city of Harlingen is a mere 45 minutes away for those looking to do a bit of shopping or eat at one of that city's many good restaurants. Whatever Port Mansfield lacks in amenities, it more than makes up for in great saltwater fishing opportunities on the waters of the Lower Laguna Madre.

4. Corpus Christi

Saltwater fishing is a popular summer pasttime up and down the Texas coast. Corpus Christi has a variety of angling options and venues. Bay and beach fishing is available to both fishermen with or without boats. There are also a number of piers and jetties for non-boaters and several access points and ramps for kayak fishermen and boating anglers. The Lighthouse Lakes kayak trail is nearby, as is the Packery Channel, complete with jetties, Padre Island National Seashore, Bob Hall Pier, and several other great access points for fishermen.

5. Rockport

Rockport is known more for its "charm" than any other town along the Texas coast. Nestled in the heart of the Texas Coastal Bend region, Rockport has become a mecca for artists. This burgeoning art scene has spawned a unique tourist stream. Many of these same visitors also partake in Rockport's natural attractions and outdoor activities such as boating, birding and fishing. Anglers basing their fishing vacation in Rockport have easy access to a half dozen different bays.

6. Aransas Pass

Featuring the Lighthouse Lakes Kayak Trail, dozens of world-class birding locations, and access to excellent saltwater fishing, Aransas Pass is a nature lover's dream. Unlike many other coastal communities across the United States, Aransas Pass has resisted the modernization of its coastline. So, rather than seeing high-rise condominiums, visitors to Aransas Pass are treated to spectacular bay views.

7. Port Aransas

The ferry ride over sets the mood for a relaxing visit to Port Aransas. Birding, nature watching, fishing, shopping, and surfing are just a few of the activities located on this enchanting middle coast island. Anglers have the option of fishing the bays behind the island or fishing the beachfront waters on the Gulf side of the island.

8. Port O'Connor

Claiming to be the "Best Kept Secret on the Texas Coast," Port O'Connor offers excellent access to West Matagorda Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and Matagorda Island State Park, making it an excellent destination for birders, fishermen, kayakers, and outdoor enthusiasts.

9. Matagorda

The sleepy mid-coast town of Matagorda is rich in history and offers plenty of outdoor activities for birders, fishermen, hunters and nature lovers. Anglers can fish both East and West Matagorda bays, the Colorado River as well as the beachfront waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

10. Galveston

Galveston has a variety of angling options and venues. Bay and beach fishing is available to both fishermen with or without boats. There are also a number of piers and jetties for non-boaters and several access points and ramps for kayak fishermen and boating anglers.

11. Orange

Located on the Texas/Louisiana border, Orange offers visitors a unique blend of Texan and Cajun cultures. Orange also offers anglers an ideal jumping off point for fishing Sabine Lake, an inshore bay shared by Texas and Louisiana.
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