Port Aransas Offshore Fishing Charters

Port Aransas Offshore Fishing Charters

Best Offshore Fishing Charters in Port Aransas

Port Aransas: 50 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(31 reviews)
Port Aransas
Trips from US $2,500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Port Aransas
Trips from US $1,750
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(136 reviews)
Port Aransas
Trips from US $2,750
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(146 reviews)
Port Aransas
Trips from US $300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Port Aransas
Trips from US $1,800
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Port Aransas
Trips from US $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(77 reviews)
Port Aransas
Trips from US $2,150
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Port Aransas
Trips from US $2,300

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 29,146 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Offshore Fishing in Port Aransas

Ask more questions about details of the boat. Not having seating for anglers while traveling out and back in was challenging for me
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Ask more questions about details of the boat. Not having seating for anglers while traveling out and back in was challenging for me
Reel Thrillz Coastal Adventures - Offshore
Reel Thrillz Coastal Adventures - Offshore
The guys did a great job. Very personable and fun and got us into the best King fishing I’ve ever had. More than once, we had 3 on at the same time. Great guys, super fun trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The guys did a great job. Very personable and fun and got us into the best King fishing I’ve ever had. More than once, we had 3 on at the same time. Great guys, super fun trip.
Southwest Sportfishing
Southwest Sportfishing
I would recommend that if this is your first-time fishing offshore and your body is not use to the waves, be sure to get the prescription motion sickness patch or some kind of good motion sickness pill.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend that if this is your first-time fishing offshore and your body is not use to the waves, be sure to get the prescription motion sickness patch or some kind of good motion sickness pill.
Jellyfish Offshore Charters
Jellyfish Offshore Charters
Get plenty of rest the day before you go fishing because you will need it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get plenty of rest the day before you go fishing because you will need it.
Reel Thrillz Coastal Adventures - Offshore
Reel Thrillz Coastal Adventures - Offshore
Definitely recommend anglers fishing in Port A! Well worth it and great memories were made.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely recommend anglers fishing in Port A! Well worth it and great memories were made.
Capt. Ryan Aguirre's Guide Service
Capt. Ryan Aguirre's Guide Service
Watch the weather, patterns can be erratic and bite can turn on and off- Capt. Kenny Kramer worked to find em for us and we had a great time with him
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Watch the weather, patterns can be erratic and bite can turn on and off- Capt. Kenny Kramer worked to find em for us and we had a great time with him
Kramer Fishing Charters
Kramer Fishing Charters
Bring lots of sunscreen. These center console boats dove have a whole lot of shade so, for families and ladies recommend a towel to drape over your little ones or your legs. Definitely a rash guard or long sleeve fishing shirt. Especially if your iut a long time. Keep hydrated this time of year and you’ll be great :-)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring lots of sunscreen. These center console boats dove have a whole lot of shade so, for families and ladies recommend a towel to drape over your little ones or your legs. Definitely a rash guard or long sleeve fishing shirt. Especially if your iut a long time. Keep hydrated this time of year and you’ll be great :-)
Reel Thrillz Coastal Adventures – Nearshore
Reel Thrillz Coastal Adventures – Nearshore
I was worried about the water being rough because it was windy and rough on the beach, but the flats were smooth as glass. I was never worried, even with kids. Fishing was good even though a tropical storm had rolled though a few days before.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I was worried about the water being rough because it was windy and rough on the beach, but the flats were smooth as glass. I was never worried, even with kids. Fishing was good even though a tropical storm had rolled though a few days before.
When In Rome Guide Service
When In Rome Guide Service
Bring sun screen and beach games. You have to have patience when fishing for sharks so you’ll want something to do in the down time, but when they bite it’s a battle and worth every second.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sun screen and beach games. You have to have patience when fishing for sharks so you’ll want something to do in the down time, but when they bite it’s a battle and worth every second.
Bowed Up Fishing Charter
Bowed Up Fishing Charter
Even if you think you won't get sick, prepare for it just in case. Also drink lots of water the day before and during the day of, it gets very hot out on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Even if you think you won't get sick, prepare for it just in case. Also drink lots of water the day before and during the day of, it gets very hot out on the water.
Reel Thrillz Coastal Adventures – Nearshore
Reel Thrillz Coastal Adventures – Nearshore
Get yourself a good a good Captain like Roger to have a great fishing experience ??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get yourself a good a good Captain like Roger to have a great fishing experience ??
Southwest Sportfishing
Southwest Sportfishing
The trip was about what you would expect. The sea was a little rough in the morning but it calmed down around midday and then it got pretty warm. Use sunscreen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The trip was about what you would expect. The sea was a little rough in the morning but it calmed down around midday and then it got pretty warm. Use sunscreen.
Lancaster Sportfishing
Lancaster Sportfishing
This was our first trip deep sea fishing. The captain understood that and made it a great experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first trip deep sea fishing. The captain understood that and made it a great experience.
Born To Fish South Texas Charter
Born To Fish South Texas Charter
Decide what type of fish you want to fish for before you select your boat rental. Shallower hulls have the ability to get redfish in shallow water while other boats don’t.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Decide what type of fish you want to fish for before you select your boat rental. Shallower hulls have the ability to get redfish in shallow water while other boats don’t.
Port Aransas Guide Service
Port Aransas Guide Service
I would recommend this trip for first timers as well. The Captian was friendly and explained everything.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend this trip for first timers as well. The Captian was friendly and explained everything.
Hot Spot Fishing Charters
Hot Spot Fishing Charters
I recommend contacting jaw jackers charters. Captain josh is the real deal.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend contacting jaw jackers charters. Captain josh is the real deal.
Jawjackers Charters – 22’
Jawjackers Charters – 22’ United States
I highly recommend booking with Captain Kenny! Made it so fun and enjoyable! The morning was beautiful!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I highly recommend booking with Captain Kenny! Made it so fun and enjoyable! The morning was beautiful!
Kramer Fishing Charters
Kramer Fishing Charters
We fished before the eclipse. So it was a tough day. Would not recommend in the future. Fish before or after.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We fished before the eclipse. So it was a tough day. Would not recommend in the future. Fish before or after.
James Regini Guide Service
James Regini Guide Service
We got caught in a bad week of weather: strong tide, rip current, shoreline flood advisory, and strong wind. BUT, it's spring break so it's not like we picked the date - kids decided to take the chance.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We got caught in a bad week of weather: strong tide, rip current, shoreline flood advisory, and strong wind. BUT, it's spring break so it's not like we picked the date - kids decided to take the chance.
When In Rome Guide Service
When In Rome Guide Service
I highly recommend fishing at Port Aransas. Further I recommend Russell and Sons for the guide. He has never let us down.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I highly recommend fishing at Port Aransas. Further I recommend Russell and Sons for the guide. He has never let us down.
Russell & Sons Outdoors – Saltwater
Russell & Sons Outdoors – Saltwater

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