Located on latitude 26, just like Miami, Florida, South Padre Island, Port Isabel and Port Mansfield, some 20 miles north, rarely experience prolonged cold weather periods, so the fishing remains hot most of the winter. In the surf, redfish, whiting and pompano dominate the action. But in Laguna Madre, speckled seatrout, black drum, and countless redfish own the grass flats, and in winter, when the water turns super clear, they offer some amazing sight-fishing opportunities. Flounder are also abundant in the channels and sand holes, and snook, available in the port areas, are particularly active during the warm spells. Some of the biggest red snapper of the year are caught off South Texas in state waters, while red snapper fishing remains closed in federal waters. The rocks scattered across a 17-mile stretch of beach, north of the Mansfield jetties, are known to yield big numbers of snapper and some grouper.