If you have not given bay fishing a chance, you are definitely missing out on a year-round fishing opportunity!

Thunderbird Private Charters

Captain Murphy’s Charters have been fishing the waters of the Gulf of Mexico since 1961.

Our experienced and knowledgeable captains and crew will make sure your group has the experience of a lifetime!

Searching for the best group deep-sea fishing Texas has to offer? Let the Thunderbird crew put you on the BIG FISH! If you want to plan a truly exhilarating angling adventure, book your trip today and head to the south Texas coast!

Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico from South Padre Island is one of the most memorable angling adventures you’ll ever experience. The warm Gulf waters are teeming with the coveted RED SNAPPER, Vermillion Snapper, Lane Snapper, Amberjack, Ling/Cobia, Tuna/Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, Bonita, Wahoo and more!! (Depending on the season.)

Anglers fishing less than 9 nautical miles off the coast of Texas are in state waters and are allowed 4 red Snapper per person. When fishing state waters we may target the

RGV REEF. The RGV REEF is a man made reef located 12 miles north of the South Padre Island jetties and within state territorial waters, it covers 1,650 acres. It is by far the largest Reef off the Texas coast and has the most material.

“Besides the nursery reef, it also contains increasing height patch reefs to carry multiple species through their life cycles. With 23,000 tons (46,000,000 lbs.) of material, primarily recycled concrete, RGV Reef is currently 3/4th completed and has been increasing Juvenile Red Snapper survival by an estimated 240,000 fish annually.”  - rgvreef.org

When fishing federal waters, you will mainly be fishing around shrimp boats, oil rigs, and recs more than 9 nautical miles off the coast of Texas. Federal waters are subject to rules and regulations that may differ from those in state waters. One example is the federal requirement to use non-stainless circle hooks when fishing for reef fish. Anglers are allowed 2 Red Snapper while fishing. Captain Murphy's provides everything you need to fish with; rod, reel, and all the bait and tackle. You may bring your own gear, but we will not be responsible for it. Bring your own food, drinks, and coolers. Alcohol is allowed. Please no glass containers. All persons fishing, ages 17 and older are required to have a valid Texas SaltWater Fishing License. You can easily purchase a fishing license online by clicking the button below.
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The Thunderbird is a federally licensed and USCG endorsed vessel that can accommodate up to 44 passengers and crew. She is outfitted with the LATEST fish-finding and navigational technology. There is a women’s and men’s restroom, an inside cabin area with bench seating, as well as outdoor seating.
Please call 956.761.2764 to make your reservation.