If there ever was an iconic Texan fishery, Port Aransas has got to be it. The town has been famous for its sportfishing for decades, and with good reason. Ask us, and we'll say that this is in no small part down to its impressive big game potential. While the inshore fishing is plentiful, the deep sea fishing Port Aransas has access to is also some of the best in the state. If everything’s bigger in Texas, then just you wait to see the fish you can catch.

What's On Offer

Offshore fishing out of Port Aransas starts just a few miles from the coastline. Fish anywhere from the beaches to about 20 miles offshore, and you could be catching King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia (Ling), and a variety of bottom fish. The further out you go, the less fishing pressure there is. You’ll also find some interesting reefs from about 20 miles from the coast, where the water gets deeper than 150 ft. Anything up to an 8 hour trip will get you fishing these waters. 
But it’s once you go beyond the 40 mile mark that deep sea fishing out of Port Aransas picks up for real. It’s here that the continental shelf starts to drop and species such as Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna make their way onto charter boats. This all gets better once you're out beyond 55 miles from the coast. Here, the sea floor drops to about 600 ft, reaching 1000 ft before too long. 
Port Aransas deep sea fishing charters that last at least 12 - 14 hours will show you just how good the action can get in these deeper waters. This is offshore oil rig territory, a sportfishing paradise where Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, and Wahoo hunt for prey around these hulking Fish Aggregating Devices. 
Most local guides suggest that if you want to get the most out of fishing these rigs, you should take an overnight charter. For fishing fanatics only, these trips offer non-stop action as you chunk for Yellowfin Tuna at night and troll for Billfish during the day. Port Aransas Tuna trips will almost always take this format. While this is undoubtedly the best deep sea fishing experience you can have out of Port Aransas, it comes at the cost of several thousand dollars and very little sleep. Sounds worth it? You bet.


When To Go

Most of the private deep sea fishing charters Port Aransas offers up operate most of the year round. But if you want to make the most of the fishery, it’s a good idea to consider charters running from April onwards. Summer through early fall is peak season for Billfish, with Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna also appreciating the warmer waters. Come between June and September, and you may even be able to take part in the Annual Deep Sea Roundup Torunament, too!
Deep dropping species such as Big Groupers, Tilefish, and even Swordfish can be caught all year round. Just remember that adverse conditions affect deep sea fishing charters much more severely than inshore ones, meaning trips are more likely to be rescheduled in case of bad weather.

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Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Port Aransas

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Snapper (Red)



What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in Port Aransas

"Awesome Trip"

Cory Petree fished with Coastal Charters on July 28, 2018

We took an 8hr trip and it was amazing. Was my first deep sea fishing trip and we caught a boatload of fish. We caught a variety of everything. The captain and deckhand were excellent!!! Highly recommended

"July fishing trip"

Heather Ferlo fished with Hot Spot Fishing Charters Inc on July 20, 2017

We had a great time! Thank you for a great experience! You did a great job finding fish and showing us the ropes of deep sea fishing. See you next time Captain!

"Great Day on the Water"

Richard Rhodes fished with Jawjackers Charters - 27 ft on July 28, 2017

This was a great trip. Captain and crew worked hard to put us on and keep us on the fish. We caught 2 limits of Red Snapper and king fish. This was my daughters first experience deep sea fishing and she loved it. Lots of action. We will definitely go out again with Jawjackers.

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