South Padre Island – Osprey I Boat at Pier 19

South Padre Island while a long way from some parts of Texas is however an optimum location for Texas Pelagics. The fact that the edge of the continental shelf is closer to shore here than anywhere else along the Texas Coast is the reason. The shelf edge is the beginning of pelagic waters and is about 50 miles offshore from South Padre Island. The Osprey I can reach the edge of the continental shelf in about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

The Osprey I boat is based near the southern tip of South Padre Island at Pier 19. It has proved to be excellent boat for Texas Pelagics.  The Osprey I and II are seaworthy boats that have been used for all of the Texas Pelagics from South Padre Island since 2000. The Osprey II is now used only for fishing. In the winter of 2015 the Osprey I was newly renovated and is now a dedicated Nature Cruise Boat. Passenger seating was added to the upper deck expanding the boats passenger capacity and making an excellent platform for a near 360 degree of the water from an elevated vantage point. Link to more pictures of the Osprey I.

Here is a look at the bow of the newly renovated Osprey. The upper deck in front of the bridge with the new bench seating is the best place for observation on the boat.

Here is a look at the bow of the newly renovated Osprey. The upper deck in front of the bridge with the new bench seating is the best place for observation on the boat.

Map to Osprey Boat Docks on South Padre Island

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