Port Aransas Offshore Fishing Charters

Port Aransas Offshore Fishing Charters

Best Offshore Fishing Charters in Port Aransas

Port Aransas: 43 fishing charters available
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5.0 / 5
(109 reviews)
Port Aransas
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trips from $2,750
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4.9 / 5
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trips from $1,600
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4.8 / 5
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trips from $1,650
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4.8 / 5
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trips from $885
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4.9 / 5
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Port Aransas
trips from $400
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Port Aransas
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4.7 / 5
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Port Aransas
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Offshore Fishing in Port Aransas

Offshore fishing from Port Aransas is extremely rewarding, thanks to the great diversity of species that live in the Gulf of Mexico. Feeling the wind on your face as the sea spray cools you off under a hot sun is fantastic, even better when you’re hauling a massive Yellowfin Tuna that you’ve just wrestled out of the water. There isn’t much that can compare to a good fight in offshore waters, where the fish don’t pull their punches. Luckily, the captains down at Port Aransas know all the tricks you might need to reel in a keeper!

 

Where to fish

As you leave the port, you can go after offshore fish practically on your doorstep, roughly 10 miles off the coast. Amberjacks, Groupers, and Snappers frequent reefs and wrecks that dot the coastline, with the bigger specimens residing in deeper water. These fish offer a proper fight (the Amberjack isn’t known as the “donkey of the sea” for no reason!) and a tasty treat as well. Bottom fishing and drift fishing are the way to go for these species.

As you head further offshore, you’ll keep your rod in the rod holder more often than not – trolling is prevalent in deeper waters. You can start trolling for King Mackerel first, roughly after crossing 5-10 miles. As you head further into the sea, the fish get bigger - after some 15 miles you’ll likely start to see Mahi Mahi – tasty and gorgeous fish. After about 50 miles you can start dragging the trolling lines while targeting Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna.

For the biggest fish and the hardest battles, you’ll have to go out further than 100 miles off the coast. The sea floor gets progressively deeper (around 2,000 feet), with the continental shelf edge being around 170 miles from Port Aransas. Over here you’ll be going after monster Marlin, huge Tuna, voracious Sharks, and a Sailfish or two. You can still get your fill of Snappers, Groupers, and bait fish this far out, the oil rigs that are spread across the sea offer great fishing grounds for them.

 

How to fish

Trolling is one of the most effective methods for catching pelagic predators: Wahoo, Tuna, and Marlin love to chase their prey. A wide range of plugs, lures, and bait are available – each captain has his own preference and no species goes for “just one” solution.

Bottom fishing works great for Amberjacks, Red Snappers, or Groupers. There’s a number of wrecks strewn across the waters you can hit up on your way to the “big boys” fishing grounds. The coastal bottom-feeding fish can be found at depths between 50 and 100 feet. You can do deep-sea bottom fishing without electric reels, since the oil rigs provide great waters for bottom-feeders to thrive in.

 

What to bring

Don’t forget tough lines! An 80-100 lb test line is required to reel in  big Marlin or Amberjack – known to give you a proper fight. Blue Runners are a favorite food of Amberjacks, so remember to keep a few around if you’re going after the “reef donkey”.

Wire leaders and braided lines are a must for offshore fishing. Wreck-dwelling species are partial to dragging your line under sharp edges, while speedy pelagics have an impressive set of chompers on them. Losing a fish to equipment failure is not enjoyable at all and investing some time in preparing ahead of time is better than heartache.

Live bait is very popular with quite a few species that live offshore. For Wahoo trolling, bring deep diving plugs or rig some Ballyhoo or live Blue Runners and start trolling. Blue Runners and Bonito are great for attracting Yellowfin Tuna and Marlin.


When to go

Offshore fishing south of Port Aransas really picks up around spring and lasts through summer. As temperatures drop the fish migrate away, with the peak season lasting until November. Certain local regulations apply, as particular species in federal waters can’t be kept throughout the year – a notable example is the Red Snapper (not kept January 1st through May 31st). Check local regulations before booking a trip.
 

Port Aransas
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 26,609 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Offshore Fishing in Port Aransas

Come ready to have fun and spend quality time with your friends and family. Remember it’s called fishing not catching although we did tons of catching!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come ready to have fun and spend quality time with your friends and family. Remember it’s called fishing not catching although we did tons of catching!
Dan  R.
Dan R. San Antonio, Texas
Sunscreen and plenty of Beer and snacks. Captains got the rest ready for you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen and plenty of Beer and snacks. Captains got the rest ready for you.
Nick  W.
Nick W. Rockport, TX
Some of the fish there are seasonal. Do your homework be prepared for what time of year you are fishing and you will have an amazing time?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Some of the fish there are seasonal. Do your homework be prepared for what time of year you are fishing and you will have an amazing time?
Richard  J.
Richard J. Fort Worth, Texas
Talk to bait and tackle shops for guidance on whats in season, good fishing points, and what equipment is needed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to bait and tackle shops for guidance on whats in season, good fishing points, and what equipment is needed.
Jose  F.
Jose F. San Antonio, Texas
If you don't succeed, try try again. We moved around to find the fish, once we found them the fishing was great!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
If you don't succeed, try try again. We moved around to find the fish, once we found them the fishing was great!
Brandon  A.
Brandon A.
Go when sea is calm enough to fish in the gulf as thats where the most fish are caught.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go when sea is calm enough to fish in the gulf as thats where the most fish are caught.
Mark  J.
Mark J. Blanco, Texas
Go and have a great time fishing. After fishing there are numerous great restaurants to enjoy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go and have a great time fishing. After fishing there are numerous great restaurants to enjoy.
Freddie  T.
Freddie T. Huntsville, TX
Be realistic… not everyone in the trip is going to catch 5 fish each! Go with a great captain and you’ll have a good time regardless of the number of fish you catch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be realistic… not everyone in the trip is going to catch 5 fish each! Go with a great captain and you’ll have a good time regardless of the number of fish you catch!
Krista  A.
Krista A. Austin, TX
Just make sure you take sun protection and sweater or light jacket for your trip as it can be cool in the morning otherwise your Captain will take care of everything else for your fishing adventures.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just make sure you take sun protection and sweater or light jacket for your trip as it can be cool in the morning otherwise your Captain will take care of everything else for your fishing adventures.
Kevin  K.
Kevin K. Long Beach, MN
This trip was very windy, however we had a great time and The Captain put us on the fish and we had had good tackle and the right bait. Captain was experienced and we had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This trip was very windy, however we had a great time and The Captain put us on the fish and we had had good tackle and the right bait. Captain was experienced and we had a great time.
SCOTT  C.
SCOTT C. United States
I would absolutely recommend angler fishing for the first time in Aransas Pass! It was my first time and I’m already planning another trip back in July. I’m from Florida originally and I felt like I was at home. Great place to go angler fishing for the first time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would absolutely recommend angler fishing for the first time in Aransas Pass! It was my first time and I’m already planning another trip back in July. I’m from Florida originally and I felt like I was at home. Great place to go angler fishing for the first time.
Danielle  C.
Danielle C. San Antonio, Texas
March weather can be a bit on the crazy side in Texas be prepared for the conditions and be ready for some action
Excellent
5.0 / 5
March weather can be a bit on the crazy side in Texas be prepared for the conditions and be ready for some action
Mike  Y.
Mike Y. Creedmoor, TX
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!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
You should definitely book with Captain Randy Seidel a very good. Guide you want be disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You should definitely book with Captain Randy Seidel a very good. Guide you want be disappointed.
Jerry  B.
Jerry B. Heber Springs, Arkansas
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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
Yes Captain Keith and deck hand Josh were fantastic. They are pros and pros make it a piece of cake
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Don’t get drunk the night before. Get your room prior to arriving. Plan for the ferry. Get ready to enjoy beach life.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

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