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Port Aransas Fishing

Port Aransas Fishing

Port Aransas has been through a few name changes over the centuries, including Sand Point, Ropesville and Tarpon. Spanish explorer Alonzo Álvarez de Pineda discovered the island that this city is on in 1519. Legend has it that Jean La Fitte buried treasure somewhere on the island and marked it with a Spanish dagger that has a silver spike through the hilt. By the 1850s, a regular steamship service traveled between Port Aransas and New Orleans. Port Aransas fishing became popular in the 1800s, and former president Franklin D. Roosevelt himself fished here several times during the 1930s.

Inshore fishing around Port Aransas on the many flats, creeks, and other fishing structures, you may Black Drum, Red Drum, Speckled Trout, and Tarpon. In the surf and off the beaches there are lots of Pompano, Whiting, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and other fish species much of the year. On the many nearshore reefs there is excellent Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Red Snapper, Vermillion, Snapper, and Triggerfish to catch on bottom. There are also many Amberjacks, Barracuda, King Mackerel, and Sharks over the many reefs and rocky areas.

Further offshore there is excellent deep water species of fish to target, including Tilefish and Snowy Grouper. There is also excellent Blackfin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Marlin, and Swordfish to target around the oil rigs, domes, humps, and canyon edges, making some of the best fishing Port Aransas has to offer.



Port Aransas Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Port Aransas, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Sheepshead

  2. Sheepshead

    There is a 26.35% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 2126 Sheepshead counted.

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    Sheepshead

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  3. Sand Seatrout

  4. Sand Seatrout

    There is a 17.55% catch rate for Sand Seatrout, based on 1416 Sand Seatrout counted.

    Port Aransas Sand Seatrout Counts Chart
    Sand

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  5. Spotted Seatrout

  6. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 12.09% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 975 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Port Aransas Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

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  7. Red Drum

  8. Red Drum

    There is a 9.57% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 772 Red Drum counted.

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  9. Black Drum

  10. Black Drum

    There is a 3.79% catch rate for Black Drum, based on 306 Black Drum counted.

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    Black

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  11. Whiting

  12. Whiting

    There is a 3.28% catch rate for Whiting, based on 265 Whiting counted.

    Port Aransas Whiting Counts Chart
    Whiting

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  13. Gafftopsail Catfish

  14. Gafftopsail Catfish

    There is a 2.78% catch rate for Gafftopsail Catfish, based on 224 Gafftopsail Catfish counted.

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  15. Pinfish

  16. Pinfish

    There is a 2.57% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 207 Pinfish counted.

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    Pinfish

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  17. Gulf Menhaden

  18. Gulf Menhaden

    There is a 2.4% catch rate for Gulf Menhaden, based on 194 Gulf Menhaden counted.

    Port Aransas Gulf Menhaden Counts Chart
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  19. Gray Snapper

  20. Gray Snapper

    There is a 2.05% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 165 Gray Snapper counted.

    Port Aransas Gray Snapper Counts Chart
    Gray

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Recommendations above based on 56 species of fish and 8067 fish counted for April around Port Aransas.

To date, there are 123 species of fish and a total of 72121539 fish counted for Port Aransas and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1830 (194 years).

Last Update: 4/19/2024 10:44:05 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Port Aransas are the following:

  1. Kinta S
    The Kinta S is a 155 feet long cargo ship, that was sunk as an artifical reef approximately 11.1 miles from Port Aransas, TX and 10.5 miles from the Packery Channel in Corpu


  2. Lonestar Reef (MU-770L)
    Lonestar Reef (MU-770L) Donor: GOM Shelf L.L.C. Structure: 3 Barges Distance From: Port Aransas 9 nm Water Depth: 72-ft Inside 3 mile line and holds Red Snapper.  &nb


  3. Mustang Island Liberty Ship Reef (MU-802)
    Mustang Island Liberty Ship Reef (MU-802) Donor: Texas Coastal & Marine Council Structure: Liberty Ship-Charles A. Dana:bow Distance From: Port Aransas 18 nm   &q


  4. Mustang Island-828 Reef
    Mustang Island-828 Reef Donor: Ocean Energy Inc. Structure: MU-831 (4-pile jacket) Distance From: Port Aransas 27 nm  


  5. Mustang Island Liberty Ship Reef (MU-802)
    Mustang Island Liberty Ship Reef (MU-802) Donor: Texas Coastal & Marine Council Structure: Liberty Ship-Rachael Jackson Distance From: Port Aransas 18 nm Water Depth: 11


  6. SNDNG


  7. Obstruction
    Attributes RECRD 176 VESSLTERMS UNKNOWN FEATURE_TYPE Wreck - Submerged, dangerous to surface navigation LATDEC 27.609481 LONDEC -97.110264 GP_QUALITY Low DEPTH 0 SOUNDING_TYPE


  8. 775 Reef


  9. 775 Reef


  10. LEEWAY II
    LEEWAY II


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Top Port Aransas Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Fisherman's Wharf
    Fisherman's Wharf is a full service marina and fishing center. We have the Wharf Cat and Scat Cat to head offshore, inshore charters, high speed fuel pump, bait and tackle.

  2. Fin and Feather Bait
    Lighted Fishing pier, free boat ramp, fresh caught live and dead bait, and ICE COLD BEER :) .. and lots more!

  3. Clem's Marina
    Located Under the J.F.K. Causeway Bridge (Padre Island Side)

  4. Island Moorings Marina
    Island Moorings Marina is a private, wind-protected marina in Port Aransas, Texas, offering daily, monthly, quarterly, and yearly slip rentals. Our ship store is stocked with fishing tackle, ice, and more. We are open from 9 am to 5 pm daily.

  5. Port A Outfitters


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Top Port Aransas Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. George Rose Guide Service
    Come join us for GUARANTEED bay fishing on the Texas Coast with Port Aransas Fishing Guide and Rockport Fishing Guide George Rose

  2. Aggie Guide Service
    Guided fishing trips specializing in wade fishing for Speckled Trout and Redfish.

  3. Island Boy Charters
    Redfish, Speckled Trout Black Drum and Flounder are what's on top for your fishing adventure with Capt. Pete. He is a knowledgeable and professionally licensed (USCG) fishing captain - who's only desire it to show you a great time on the wat

  4. Texas FishN
    Private Charter Deep Sea Fishing Boats for you and your own private group to fish offshore in the Gulf of Mexico out of Port Aransas Texas. Fish with Licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captains and Top Texas Fishing Guides. Troll for Marlin, Sailfish, Dolphin

  5. Dolphin Docks
    Dolphin Dock Inc. is located in Port Aransas Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. Our goal is to do our very best to please our customers. If you would like to inquire about a 5 to 24 hour trip, then be sure to check out our winter and summer trip informatio

  6. Saltwater Safaris Guide Service


  7. Pirates of the Bay Charters


  8. Port A Bay Charters


  9. Shallow Water Guide Services


  10. Kingfish Adventures
    Port Aransas Fishing Guides / Corpus Christi Fishing Charters. Premier Bay Fishing, Offshore, Deep Sea Fishing, Experience

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Top Port Aransas Marinas

  1. Fisherman's Wharf
    Fisherman's Wharf is a full service marina and fishing center. We have the Wharf Cat and Scat Cat to head offshore, inshore charters, high speed fuel pump, bait and tackle.

  2. Fin and Feather Bait
    Lighted Fishing pier, free boat ramp, fresh caught live and dead bait, and ICE COLD BEER :) .. and lots more!

  3. Clem's Marina
    Located Under the J.F.K. Causeway Bridge (Padre Island Side)

  4. Island Moorings Marina
    Island Moorings Marina is a private, wind-protected marina in Port Aransas, Texas, offering daily, monthly, quarterly, and yearly slip rentals. Our ship store is stocked with fishing tackle, ice, and more. We are open from 9 am to 5 pm daily.

  5. Redfish Bay Boat House
    Redfish Bay Boat House is a state of the art full service marina offering inside high & dry boat storage for boats up to 42' in length and 20,000 lbs. We are handicap accessible throught the property. Offering the finest valet service, ships

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