Many people are surprised to learn that you can fly fish offshore. Most of us, when we picture fly fishing, envision a lone fisherman in camo waders standing in the middle of a creek or shallow river, surrounded by forests.
That’s definitely the most common way to fly fish. Roughly 80% of fly fishermen can be found in back country shallow water, lakes, streams, and bays. It’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to fly fish in a nearby stream than to hire a boat to take you offshore.
So, why offshore fly fishing?
Because the rewards are absolutely incredible. And, once you’ve done it, we know you’ll be hooked for life.
Let’s talk about four of the many advantages to offshore fly fishing when compared to fly fishing in the bay.
All fly fishing is not created equally. There are some very distinct differences between fly fishing in the bay and heading out on a boat and fly fishing offshore.
Offshore fly fishing has been around since Captain Joel was a young boy in the late 1970s. People started doing it in Florida, and it slowly caught on. Lately it has become more popular, though most people don’t even realize it’s a thing.
Let’s look at three of the biggest differences between fly fishing in the bay and fly fishing in the ocean.
Size matters when it comes to offshore fishing in South Texas, not just because you're trying to haul in the most incredible trophy catch of your life…
… but also because of the catch and release fishing regulations.
On board The Megabite, we’re all about the thrill and the chase of fishing those offshore giants. However, there is one thing we are against: the overharvesting of any species. And -- overharvesting is also against the fishery laws.
Now, whether you’re a hardcore pro angler, a total newbie, or just someone who’s looking to have one of those bucket-list kind of experiences - there are regulations for offshore fishing in South Texas and we want you to be aware of them.
Here’s everything you need to know about how the size of your catch affects your catch and release:
Fishing License 101
Okay, it’s not the sexiest topic… but, the first step to catching the biggest fish of your life starts with a very necessary, slightly boring, little piece of paper.
Yep, we’re talking about a fishing license.
Every state has its own laws and regulations to protect the local fish population and natural resources.
And in the state of Texas, you have to have a fishing license to catch fish, clams, crayfish, mussels, and any other aquatic life.
Here’s every question we've recently been asked about fishing licenses:
Offshore fishing lets you experience the thrill of catching some of the biggest fish you’ve ever seen.
Unlike when you fish on the bay, heading offshore gives you a chance to haul in the biggest beasts of the fishing world.
If you’re not familiar with offshore fishing -- here are 4 tips we give all offshore anglers who board The Megabite:
To all you girls out there who love great adventures…
Whether you're dreaming of being an avid angler yourself, planning a trip with your girls, or looking for something to do with your man -- offshore fishing will satisfy any adventure seeker’s expectations. Think girls’ getaway, birthday party, or bachelorette trip - offshore fishing is the perfect excuse to get your girls together and celebrate!
And just because you can hold your own doesn’t mean you have to rough it. It’s entirely possible to have comfort AND adventure in an offshore fishing experience.
So for all the ladies who want an offshore fishing adventure with a touch of luxury, here’s our ultimate guide to making your charter more comfortable:
The Megabite Sportfishing team strives to offer you a private charter with a unique deep sea fishing experience that you will remember and want to return to year after year. We cater to the discerning angler who appreciates our passion for fishing as well as our commitment to education and conservation. There is a vast difference between us and other companies who offer a head boat fishing experience. While both have their place on the water, it is good to know you get what you pay for.
The beautiful waters off the coast of South Padre Island offer the discerning angler a variety of options when it comes to dropping a line. Some people prefer the Laguna Madre Bay while others choose the Gulf of Mexico. At Megabite Sport Fishing, we care about education. Because of that, we want you to be properly informed about the experience you choose before you arrive. Here are a few key differences between bay fishing and deep sea fishing.
Here in South Padre Island we are blessed with clear water and endless flats teaming with bait and featuring large Trout, Redfish, and Tarpon. You might not be aware, but we are located on Latitude 26 which is the same as Key West. This means our year round temperature is nearly the same as Key West. Our flats fishing can be amazing and great for the avid fly fisherman.
While you might love the thrill of being on the water, with the sun on your face, and wind at your back, we know the reason why you step onto our Rampage 33 is to catch fish—and the bigger the better. Lucky for you, after 25 plus years of experience we know exactly how to give you the best possible chance of hauling in the catch of a lifetime.
MEGABITE SPORT FISHING
300 S Garcia St
Port Isabel, Texas
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Weekends :: Gone Fishing!
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