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Top Fishing Charters in Rockport

Fishing in Rockport

Rockport fishing charters have a hard time choosing where to go fishing first. Productive fishing spots are everywhere — the area is enveloped by so many profuse bay systems, grass flats and shallow oyster reefs. It's never really an issue finding a productive fish trap to exploit in Rockport.

An integral part of the notoriously fishable Texas Coastal Bend, Rockport is caressed by the glassy waters of Copano and Aransas Bay, both equally adept at providing an incredible day on the water for visiting flats and fly fishing enthusiasts.

Loaded with shrimp and inshore predators alike, the Bays serve as prime feeding grounds for schooling Reds and hungry Flounder, with no shortage of Sea Trout, Sheepshead, Black Drum, or even an occasional Tarpon and Jack Crevalle. Although the area is often primarily revered as an inshore haven, Rockport offshore fishing charters rarely come back empty-handed. The Gulf waters can yield the likes of Billfish, Wahoo, Dorado, Amberjack, Snapper and Grouper.

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The thing that attracts so many fishermen to come here repeatedly are Rockport fishing spots. They’re scattered along the flats, oyster beds, channels and shallow waters, they are teeming with fish, and offer big stocks of fish year round. Close nearby, there are several major locations which anglers put on their to-fish lists.

Aransas Bay boasts numerous oyster reefs. When you head out towards the waters of Copano Bay, St. Charles, or Carlos Bay, you will find the number of these reefs multiplied. Which means only one thing — more chances of fish. These waters are said to be great grounds for wade fishing, drifting and flats fishing. Most Rockport guides are locals and know where to take you for an optimized fishing experience.

Then, you don’t want to miss Redfish Bay. This cluster of extremely shallow waters, flats, salt marshes and islets is a protected area, so you should pay attention not to inflict damage on the ecosystem. But, the fishing is great. The best way to get around here is to drift, employ a push pole or turn on the trolling motor.

Fishing charters in Rockport readily explore the flats of Estes. These waters hold Reds and Specks in great numbers. Anglers coming here often choose to fish from a kayak and include a bit more of muscle-popping action. Oh, yeah, fishing is nice year round.

If you charter a boat a full day trip, you will have the time to combine several Rockport spots. Another fishery loved by anglers is St. Charles Bay. This is a popular dwelling point for Redfish, especially if you look around the sloughs, long grass, and muddy bottoms. You may be surprised by Flounder.

Enough with the inshore waters, and let’s look further out. When you hire a Rockport offshore fishing guide, get your grip ready as you will be facing some of the strongest fish in the Gulf. Great Barracudas, Cobia, Sailfish, Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, tasty Red Snapper and frenetic Mahi Mahi are there to put up a fight. To make the most out of it, your safest bet are full day trips or longer.

Rules & Regulations

A valid fishing license is required to fish in the public Texan waters, along with a freshwater or saltwater stamp endorsement in case you’re planning to take fish. A One-Day All-Water Fishing License can be purchased, which does not require an additional stamp endorsement. Licenses for consecutive days can be bought as well.

Types of Fishing

When you fish around the bays, light tackle has proven to be a quite successful means. It’s best paired with live bait, though spoons and soft plastics are also popular. Local fishermen also claim that top water plugs are a fine option

Around shallower waters, drift fishing can produce results. If you’re looking for close action, then get your boots and go wade fishing. Specks and Reds will be a fine adversary for your fishing gear, so make sure to have an experience fishing guide by your side.

Rockport, like all other Texas fishing locations, is the place where you can go out year round and catch Red Snapper, as long as you stay in the state waters. Which is great, isn’t it?

If you’re looking to land a Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, and the rest of the big ones, trolling is a safe choice. Far out, some 50 miles offshore, you can hope to fish for Wahoo and Mahi Mahi. To get to Marlin and Tuna, it takes a bit more effort. Already at 60 miles, they start to appear, so you better have your live bait ready and kicking.

Yellowfins like to come closer to the surface during the night, so you’ll have the best chances if you move around floaters and rigs after sunset.

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Rockport Fishing Seasons

Start of the year is already solid. Inshore, you can get Redfish, Specks, Sheepshead, and Black Drum. It can be a hit and miss, so it’s good to have a local guide show you around.

Go to flats and scout for Specks. With enough patience you can Reds to bite even on a windy, cool day. As the fish come up to soak the sun, you should be ready to present the lure properly.

Flounder, Specks, Reds, and Sheepshead continue to swim around. If you head out to nearshore waters, trolling for Kingfish will likely be productive.

Mornings are a promise of catching the limits! Specks and Redfish are the main prize, so do explore flats and shallows.

Fish are not picky at all around here. You can get a solid catch on a half day trip, with Reds and Trout feeding like crazy.

It’s getting warmer and warmer, and the federal Red Snapper season is on. Check out the potholes around Estes flats for Redfish.

Fishing is on par with the thrilling night of fireworks celebrating the 4th July. Inshore is great, and offshore is getting better. Kingfish, Cobia, Mahi Mahi. Hire a boat and head out

The summer is on, and fishing is on fire. Inshore waters are erich with Redfish, Specks, and Black Drum. Out there, Kingfish, Mahis, and some Tuna are on the chew.

Hot. Fishing. Everywhere. Inshore, Redfish make their move towards the bay, while offshore you can get the likes of Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, and some Wahoo.

You should go after Redfish, fatter than ever. There are also Specks, Flounder, and Black Drum. Offshore, you can get Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, and maybe even a Blue Marlin.

Offshore, trolling works great for Kingfish and occasional Wahoo. Meanwhile, bay waters are on fire with Redfish, Trout, and Black Drum.

Flats look promising if targeting Redfish. You can also hope to get Specks, Black Drum, but don’t be surprised if some fish are scared off by the weather.

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What People Are Saying About Rockport

"Best Captain on the Bay"

Jack Johnson fished with Coast Busters on August 25, 2018

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Fred Jennings fished with Capt. Tony Gonzalez Inshore Fishing on July 31, 2018

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Top Fishing Techniques in Rockport

  1. Fly Fishing
  2. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Rockport

Redfish

Black Drum

Flounder

Speckled Trout

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