Fishing the Texas Coastal Bend offers some of the greatest inshore and offshore excitement in the world.
The Coastal Bend of Texas is generally considered to be about a 150 mile stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast starting at the southern end of Matagorda Island and stretching to the Mansfield Cut in Kenedy County at the southern edge of the Padre Island National Seashore. It includes Refugio, San Patricio, Aransas, Nueces, Kleberg and Kenedy Counties.
It has an extensive estuary bay system created by several rivers that wind their way through Texas to the Gulf Coast and are protected by the St. Joseph, Mustang and Padre Islands in the barrier island system along the Texas coastline.
In the Gulf of Mexico, the continental shelf bends in closer to the shoreline along the Coastal Bend. This provides excellent offshore opportunities closer to shore than any other Gulf access point in Texas and has created a thriving offshore fishing community in Port Aransas and North Padre Island.
The beaches along Mustang and Padre Island are almost all accessible by vehicle which gives another 100 miles of excellent and often secluded surf fishing. The beaches of St Joseph's Island is only accessible by boat and is serviced on the southern end by ferry from Port Aransas.