“It’s not just birding, It’s an Adventure”

There will be 2 Texas Pelagic trips in 2021.

1._August 14 from South Padre Island aboard the Isabella

  • 12 hours, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Regular Fare = $150.00;
  • Trip was Completed.  

2._September 18 from Port Aransas aboard the Kingfisher.

  • 14 hours, 5:00 am to 7:00 pm, Regular Fare – $190.00;
  • Sign-up deadline August 15, 2021; Late Fare = $240.00
  • Trip was Completed.  

3._October 30th from South Padre Island aboard the Isabella

  • 12 hours, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Regular Fare = $150.00;
  • Trip still needs just 6 participants to sail.

Once you’ve decided to go on a Texas Pelagic just follow the 3 steps below.

1. REGISTRATION, 2. PAYMENT, 3. SURVEY; Click this heading to go to the page where you can complete the Registration, make payment and take the short survey.

The REGULAR FARE, shown in the table above, applies to those who pay at any time up until the ‘Sign-up Deadline’ which is the deadline set by the charter boats to commit to running the trip and deposits become non-refundable. If we haven’t reached the minimum participant threshold required to cover the charter cost by this date then the trip is at risk of being cancelled depending on how close we are to the minimum. Any reservation cancellations beyond the “Sign-up Deadline” will not be refunded unless your seat is resold and the trip is full when we sail. Your fares are transferrable to anyone you choose as long as they are not already a signed up and paid participant. If you can’t make your reservation by the “Sing-up Deadline” and are okay with paying the LATE FARE keep in mind the trip may get cancelled because too many people have waited until it’s too LATE.

MEETING PLACE:  Directions to and descriptions of the boats can be found here.


Pelagic Birding in the Gulf of Mexico and the Seabirds of Texas.

This website is the only source for information about Texas Pelagic Trips. It is the single and most complete record of past Texas Pelagic trip reports beginning in 1991, photo galleries from past Texas Pelagic trips and information and photos of the seabirds of Texas.

By Garett Hodne

Check out these pages below for more information about Texas Pelagics.

Pelagic Seabirds:

This page contains articles on seabird abundance and seasonal distribution in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo galleries of seabirds, marine mammals and fish serve as a useful guide to identification and help prepare the pelagic birder for the challenges of sea birding.

Preparing for a Pelagic Birding Trip:

Pelagic birding is one of the more difficult types of birding. It pays to be well prepared ahead of time. If you’ve never been on a Texas Pelagic trip and are interested in going on one read this article  to find out  how to prepare yourself for an enjoyable day of birding at sea.

Summary Table of Past Trip Report Archives and Photo Galleries:

Assembled here is the most complete record of past trip reports and photo albums for Texas Pelagics that exists anywhere!

Regular Pelagic trips in offshore Texas only really began in 1994. Over the last 19 years many dedicated pelagic birders have made great efforts to continue organizing Pelagic birding trips to the deep waters offshore Texas. There are trip reports for over 50 past pelagic trips listed here.

In addition to the reports, I have collected photos from many other birders in addition to my own photos for trip galleries from over 25 past Texas Pelagics. Reminise about past trips, exciting sightings of birds and other marine life and get a real feeling for the pelagic birding experience by reviewing these photo galleries.

Gulf of Mexico Information:

Find out where to go for detailed marine weather forecasts and wave forecasts, critical information for Pelagic birding success. Also additional information about the physical oceanography of the Gulf of Mexico is presented.

About TexasPelagics.com

The TexasPelagics.com website / blog was created and is maintained by Garett Hodne.


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