Backside Island Action

Behind South Padre Island there are shallow and deep sand/grass flats that afford protection from strong spring winds, and attracts trophy speckled trout.

Story and photography Danno Wise

Deep South Texas is known for its wind. Rarely is the wind any stronger than it is in April. In fact, the fourth month of the year generally attracts more windsurfers and kite boarders than anglers to the Lower Laguna Madre. However, the fishermen who do make their way onto the flats between South Padre Island and Port Isabel will more often than not find plenty of willing fish.

April sees water warming at an increasingly quick clip. As this happens, the fish become more and more active. While the west side of the Lower Laguna Madre can still provide solid action during April, it is the area located directly behind South Padre Island that really turns on during late spring.

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