Texas inshore angling typically conjures up images of waist-deep wading in stained water, casting plugs for speckled trout and the occasional redfish. However, fishermen believing this is all Texas has to offer have never ventured south of Corpus Christi.
In the shallow, clear waters of the Lower Laguna Madre – which begins scant miles above the US/Mexican border – anglers are able to sight-cast to the aforementioned speckled trout and redfish. However, they also enjoy ample opportunities for snook, tarpon, mangrove snapper, pompano, Spanish mackerel, kingfish and a host of other species.
Commonly referred to as the ‘Texas Tropics,’ Deep South Texas also offers visiting anglers their choice of vacation ‘styles.’ On the southernmost end of the Lower Laguna, Port Isabel and South Padre Island afford visiting fishermen numerous restaurant and hotel choices, as well as plenty of attractions – not to mention a bevy of bay side bars and clubs.
Port Mansfield, positioned on the northern edge of the Lower Laguna, stands in stark contrast to South Padre. With a population in the hundreds – as in about 300 – Port Mansfield is ‘quaint,’ to say the least. However, it is the perfect spot for anglers looking to focus on fishing and enjoy a little solitude. And, since it is surrounded by thousands of acres of ranchland, Port Mansfield affords plenty of opportunities for excellent birding and wildlife viewing. Read Entire Article