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Port Aransas fishing charters face a difficult question each day: In, or out? Turn one way for the sprawling shallows of the Corpus Christi and Redfish Bays. Turn the other for nearshore reefs and the deep bluewaters of the Gulf of Mexico. Decisions, decisions.
 
Inshore trips are perfect for kids and beginners. They usually last four hours, fishing the bay for Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. Catch them with live bait or try lures for an extra challenge. The inshore bite is slower in winter, but you can catch tasty fish all year round.
 
If good eating is your priority, try bottom fishing for Red Snapper around the reefs. You can catch them year-round in local waters. However, the bite is best during the federal Snapper season in June and July. Nearshore charters are ideal for older kids and anyone who likes delicious fish.
 
Think you’ve got what it takes to fight the fiercest fish in the sea? Head offshore in search of Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, and even Marlin. Offshore charters last anywhere from eight hours to several days. They’re best in summer, but you can find fish all year if you go far enough.
 
Port Aransas holds several fishing tournaments each year. The most important one is the Deep Sea Roundup, held each July. Running since 1932, this is the oldest tournament in the Gulf. Target anything from Redfish and Trout to Sailfish and Tuna in this fun-focused event.

Rules & Regulations

All anglers aged 17 or over need to buy a license to fish in Texas. You also need a Red Drum tag to keep Redfish over 28 inches. Be aware that Red Snapper have a short open season in federal waters, usually starting in early June. You can catch them all year long in Texas state waters, though.

Port Aransas
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January

January in Port Aransas can be changeable weather-wise, with some warm and sunny days interspersed with cool rainy ones. Redfish and Trout can be sluggish but Sheepshead is always a good option at this time of year.

February

This can be the coolest and rainiest month of the year, but it can still have days in the 60s and 70s. Fish for Trout on the flats, Redfish in the potholes, and Black Drum and Sheepshead around the piers.

March

March is a windy month, but experienced guides can use this to their advantage. Big Trout start to show up in channels and deeper flats, whie Redfish are caught on the flats. Nearshore, Jack Crevalle and Kingfish are in action.

April

Another windy month, April in Port Aransas is the height of spring fishing. Limits of Speckled Trout and Redfish are common. After your fishing trip, take the family to the Texas Sand Fest.

May

Temperatures increase to a steady 80 - 85 degrees by the end of the month and the beaches and waterways get busy. Look out for full bags of Redfish and big Speckled Trout on the flats and in the bay.

June

The federal Red Snapper season opens, making federally-permitted charter boats high in demand. Farther out, things are even better, with Tuna, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi and even Marlin showing up around the oil rigs.

July

July begins with a bang in Port Aransas, as 4th of July celebrations bring the town to life. Don't miss the Deep Sea Roundup if you're feeling competitive. Offshore, Blackfin Tuna is biting around shrimp boats.

August

Limits of Speckled Trout and Redfish are on the cards in the bay, while offshore fishing is on fire. Catches of big Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, King Mackerel, Barracuda, Sharks, and Cobia are common.

September

Bull Redfish start to migrate into the bays, making this one of the best months for inshore fishing. And what with reduced crowds and a hot bite offshore as well, you could say this is one of the best times to fish in Port Aransas.

October

The Bull Redfish bite gets better and better around the jetties. Flounder and Trout are on top form, while offshore there is still a chance of Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, and even Billfish if you travel far enough.

November

Bay fishing is excellent, with large numbers of Redfish, Trout, Black Drum, and Flounder. Flounder can only be caught with hook and line this month. Offshore, people are catching Kingfish, Tuna, and the occasional Wahoo.

December

Poor weather conditions offshore can make bay fishing the most attractive option. Big Black Drum and State water Red Snapper can be caught nearshore. Look for a guide with a shallow boat to catch Redfish on the flats.

Port Aransas Fishing Calendar

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Select a guide to show you around and take you to the good fishing grounds. Lots of memories will be made when you or your loved ones hook up with a bid red. Enjoy!
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Select a guide to show you around and take you to the good fishing grounds. Lots of memories will be made when you or your loved ones hook up with a bid red. Enjoy!
PHILIP  H.
PHILIP H. Waco, TX
Just be patient that the captain being guide enjoy the nature of the beauty the fresh salt water air and the banter amongst your boat in the other fisherman which is very friendly.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Just be patient that the captain being guide enjoy the nature of the beauty the fresh salt water air and the banter amongst your boat in the other fisherman which is very friendly.
Tracie  F.
Tracie F. United States
Take Sunblock, snacks, and Ice Chest, cause you’re going to need them all, especially the ice chest to haul your catch home.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take Sunblock, snacks, and Ice Chest, cause you’re going to need them all, especially the ice chest to haul your catch home.
Daniel  F.
Daniel F. McKinney, Texas
I have fished the entire Texas coast and Port Aransas is a top two. All of the charters here both inshore and off seem to always send you home with quality fish. The boats are not all luxury vessels by any meens, but they get the job done.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I have fished the entire Texas coast and Port Aransas is a top two. All of the charters here both inshore and off seem to always send you home with quality fish. The boats are not all luxury vessels by any meens, but they get the job done.
KEVIN  W.
KEVIN W. Anahuac, TX
Targeting Vermillion Snapper was great this time of year. 4-5 foot swells can be tough to deal with for not regularly seafaring patrons but managing expectations can still bring a Great experience!
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Targeting Vermillion Snapper was great this time of year. 4-5 foot swells can be tough to deal with for not regularly seafaring patrons but managing expectations can still bring a Great experience!
Jeffrey  A.
Jeffrey A. Corpus Christi, TX
Port A, is probably one of the best fishing destinations in Texas. Just make sure you have a boat and the live bait. :)
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Port A, is probably one of the best fishing destinations in Texas. Just make sure you have a boat and the live bait. :)
Max  E.
Max E. San Antonio, TX
Have fun, enjoy your time even if everything isn't prefect. Take Dramamine 1 whole cycle the day before and during your trip
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Have fun, enjoy your time even if everything isn't prefect. Take Dramamine 1 whole cycle the day before and during your trip
Rick  S.
Rick S. Glen Allen, VA
You should definitely book with Captain Randy Seidel a very good. Guide you want be disappointed.
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You should definitely book with Captain Randy Seidel a very good. Guide you want be disappointed.
Jerry  B.
Jerry B. Heber Springs, Arkansas
Yes Captain Keith and deck hand Josh were fantastic. They are pros and pros make it a piece of cake
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Yes Captain Keith and deck hand Josh were fantastic. They are pros and pros make it a piece of cake
Brock  T.
Brock T. Midland, TX
Go with a guide or at least a chartered boat, we have used Dolphin Dock in the past, they were really good and we used Southwest Sportfishing this year as our personal fishing guide this was an even greater experience that is very unique and awesome for building memories with family and/or friends.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go with a guide or at least a chartered boat, we have used Dolphin Dock in the past, they were really good and we used Southwest Sportfishing this year as our personal fishing guide this was an even greater experience that is very unique and awesome for building memories with family and/or friends.
Candon  B.
Candon B. Houston, TX
Don’t get drunk the night before. Get your room prior to arriving. Plan for the ferry. Get ready to enjoy beach life.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don’t get drunk the night before. Get your room prior to arriving. Plan for the ferry. Get ready to enjoy beach life.
Jason  T.
Jason T. Missouri City, Texas
Don't bring bananas on the boat... Lol And hope you get someone as dedicated as Captain Joshua to experience your first time..
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don't bring bananas on the boat... Lol And hope you get someone as dedicated as Captain Joshua to experience your first time..
David  J.
David J. Odessa, TX
Take medicine for motion sickness the night before the trip. Be prepared to pay for cleaning your catch. Remember to tip the deck hand!
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Take medicine for motion sickness the night before the trip. Be prepared to pay for cleaning your catch. Remember to tip the deck hand!
Mark  H.
Mark H. Killeen, TX
Make sure you stay on top of the weather and forecast for the days you schedule your trip.
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Make sure you stay on top of the weather and forecast for the days you schedule your trip.
Oscar  E.
Oscar E. Houston, TX
Reserve early & stay on the island. If you stay at Aransas Pass, the ferry can be a hassle.
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Reserve early & stay on the island. If you stay at Aransas Pass, the ferry can be a hassle.
Gary  D.
Gary D. Dallas, Texas
Bay fishing was quick and easy without the dangers of offshore seasickness.
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Bay fishing was quick and easy without the dangers of offshore seasickness.
Joe  S.
Joe S. Austin, TX
Offshore not great yet, but bay action and mudflats are quite active, for redfish and black drum in particular.
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Offshore not great yet, but bay action and mudflats are quite active, for redfish and black drum in particular.
Arthur  G.
Arthur G. Portland, TX
We have fished here in February the last two years and have had good results.
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We have fished here in February the last two years and have had good results.
Bradley  K.
Bradley K. Round Rock, Texas
Fished many times with Captain Jay in the past looking forward to fishing on the new boat.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Fished many times with Captain Jay in the past looking forward to fishing on the new boat.
Reuben  S.
Reuben S. San Antonio, Texas
If you want the monsters, pay a little more to go farther out. It was worth it.
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If you want the monsters, pay a little more to go farther out. It was worth it.
John  B.
John B. Eagle Pass, TX

Steven's Guide Service
Steven's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 190 reviews
Outstanding captain with quality gear, awesome bay boat. Experienced guide who took the time to track down the fish for us. We would not hesitate to call on him again.
PHILIP  H.
PHILIP H. Waco, TX
Steven's Guide Service
Steven's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 190 reviews
Despite a tough weather day Steven put on some big redfish. He clearly knows the local water and how to land the trophy fish (the other boats we saw got small fish or nothing). I was out with my kids and he was great working with them for a successful day. I’ll book with him again.
Vincent  S.
Vincent S. Houston, TX
Chasin' Tail Guide Service
Chasin' Tail Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 21 reviews
I took my 7 yr old on a night fishing trip. The Captain and his crew were great with him. He had a blast! We caught a bunch of fish! I think my son made some new friends. They cleaned the fish and bagged them at the end also . That really made it easy. I would suggest chasin tail to anyone. The prices were outstanding also. I'll see you next month guys
Jerimi  B.
Jerimi B. San Antonio, TX
Goin Deep Fishing – Jr
Goin Deep Fishing – Jr
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 1 reviews
Had a wonderful time with Travis and Andrew they were great and worked very hard to get us some BIG fish. Totally worth every penny.
Herbert  C.
Herbert C. Roswell, NM
The
The "Fish" Guide Service II
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 55 reviews
Capt. Price has a clean, fast boat that got us from spot to spot. He was personal, helpful and informative. Fishing was a bit slow at first but we got into them and went the extra mile to make sure we got our limit of keepers. Highly recommend this experience and if I ever find myself in this neck of the woods again, I will book with Levi Price again.
Eric  R.
Eric R. Wells, ME
Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas
Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
We had a great day! Joe is very knowledgeable & knows all the best fishing spots. He’s friendly & professional, has excellent fishing gear, and nice boat. He was on time and very cleanly. We didn’t go home hungry! We highly recommend Joe; we’re already planning our next trip!
Evan  P.
Evan P. Liberty Hill, TX
Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas
Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Had a great trip out with Capt. Joe on Friday 11/15. As always he put us right on the fish and we just had a great time catching fish, telling stories, and enjoying the beauty out on the water. Joe is an incredible fisherman and outstanding guide, but he is also a fun guy to hang out with for the day. He is always great with my son and treats him like he is one of his own grandkids. Will be back out again soon!
Benjiman  B.
Benjiman B. Austin, TX
Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas
Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Outstanding!!! Lil Joe is a fantastic Captain that gets you to all the right spots to catch your limit of Reds!!! His boat is impeccable and he has everything to make your experience fun and memorable. Strongly recommend!!!
Edgar  F.
Edgar F. United States
Steven's Guide Service
Steven's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 190 reviews
He knows where all the big ones are, little sister caught the biggest one lol. Fish were hittin all day.
John  P.  I.
John P. I. San Antonio, TX
Steven's Guide Service
Steven's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 190 reviews
Captain Steve showed us a great time. We all limited out. Definitely recommend Steve's Fishing Guide.
Kenneth  A.
Kenneth A. Harker Heights, TX
Steven's Guide Service
Steven's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 190 reviews
Family trip, all caught good quality size reds. Good experience with Captain Steve on multiple trips. Highly recommend…
Gerardo  M.
Gerardo M. San Antonio, TX
Port Aransas Offshore Adventures
Port Aransas Offshore Adventures
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Capt put me right on the fish, hooked up right away. As soon as the bites slowed he would put me right back on top.
Jason  D.
Jason D. Copperas Cove, TX
The
The "Fish" Guide Service II
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 55 reviews
We had a great Trip with Levi. He had us on some nice reds first thing in the morning and was limited out within two hours with four people
Greg  M.
Greg M. CORP CHRISTI, TX
Chasin' Tail Guide Service
Chasin' Tail Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 21 reviews
If you want a down to earth captain that actually cares if you catch fish or not, this is your guy! Captain David ran circles around the boat our hole trip making sure we always had bait in the water. He was very easy to talk to and super knowledgeable on the fish in the area. All around great experience, and if we decide to take another fishing trip he will be the first guide we check out!
Kavern  W.
Kavern W. Lampe, MO
Port Aransas Offshore Adventures
Port Aransas Offshore Adventures
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Capt Zach was awesome! Very good trip. Limit of red snapper and a good sized kingfish. Capt Zach hustled the whole trip to keep us on fish. Explained the baits explained the techniques. Kept us busy reeling in fish! Definitely will be contacting for fishing next trip to Port A! AWESOME!!
Perry  T.
Perry T. Tom Bean, TX
Steven's Guide Service
Steven's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 190 reviews
Capt. Steven was great. Never a line without bait and was able to put us on fish quickly. Definitely plan to book another trip with him.
Josh  B.
Josh B. Austin, TX
Goin Deep Fishing – Big B
Goin Deep Fishing – Big B
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 4 reviews
These guys are amazing! Great equipment and boat. But the owners, Bubba and Darla, work so hard to be sure you have a great trip! We will be back. Highly recommend.
Greg  P.
Greg P. Niederwald, TX
Come And Take It Sport Fishing
Come And Take It Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 19 reviews
The boat itself was worth the trip. Captain Blake and his partner Nate were very professional and helpful during the entire trip. We started off with a safety breifing and then off to the fun. Conversations made top knotch to include their experiences, suggestions, and of course some challenging moments along the way. We highly recommend this adventure to any and all.
Jessie  W.
Jessie W. Selma, TX
Fly Fishing – Port Aransas, Texas
Fly Fishing – Port Aransas, Texas
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
Captain Gibson took us straight to the reds and trout where we caught and released and kept a few keepers for my wife’s ceviche and filets to take to seafood and spaghetti works where they do a fabulous job preparing your fish family style. Gibson was great at pushing us through the shallows and teaching these novices fly fishing off the front of the boat. He knows how to spot ‘em. Highly recommend this trip.
Chris  B.
Chris B. San Antonio, TX
Steven's Guide Service
Steven's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port Aransas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 190 reviews
The early morning bite was not on. Captain Steve kept at it and got us on fish. He was great with our beginner fisherman and shared his knowledge with all of us.
Jim  V.  N.
Jim V. N. Round Rock, TX

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Port Aransas

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Port Aransas costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $571, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,473. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Port Aransas is 32 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas, Russell & Sons Outdoors, Saltwater, and Seidel Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in Port Aransas, Texas. Full list of top fishing charters in Port Aransas.

Lil Joe’s Guide Service – Port Aransas, Russell & Sons Outdoors, Saltwater, and Seidel Guide Service all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Port Aransas.

The best way to experience fishing in Port Aransas is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Port Aransas, Texas.

The most popular fish species you can target are King Mackerel (Kingfish), Snapper (Red), and Cobia. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and drift fishing. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Poor weather conditions offshore can make bay fishing the most attractive option. Big Black Drum and State water Red Snapper can be caught nearshore. Look for a guide with a shallow boat to catch Redfish on the flats. Check availability for local fishing charters in Port Aransas.

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