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.



Top Port Aransas Fishing Spots

  1. Kinta S
    11/7/2016 8:45:13 PM - 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)
    12/28/2012 12:18:52 AM - 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)
    12/28/2012 12:18:54 AM - 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
    12/28/2012 12:18:54 AM -


  5. Mustang Island Liberty Ship Reef (MU-802)
    12/28/2012 12:18:54 AM - 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. Boatmens Reef (MU-746L)
    12/28/2012 12:18:46 AM - Boatmens Reef (MU-746L) Donor: Gifford Hill Structure: 46 Concrete Culverts Distance From: Port Aransas 5 nm Water Depth: 60-ft  


  7. Matagorda Island-712 Reef
    12/28/2012 12:18:53 AM -


  8. SNDNG
    2/24/2016 2:37:58 PM -


  9. Obstruction
    4/17/2012 10:49:45 AM - 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


  10. A-Aux - REMOVED
    3/14/2015 12:00:42 AM - A-Aux (1522) is a gas/oil platform built by EnVen Energy Ventures, LLC and installed on 12/03/2006. The structure was removed on 08/16/2020 and verified as clear on 10/18/2020



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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. Spotted Seatrout

  2. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 23.93% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 2741 Spotted Seatrout counted.


  3. Red Drum

  4. Red Drum

    There is a 15.67% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1794 Red Drum counted.


  5. Red Snapper

  6. Red Snapper

    There is a 7.91% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 906 Red Snapper counted.


  7. Atlantic Croaker

  8. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 6.95% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 796 Atlantic Croaker counted.


  9. Spanish Mackerel

  10. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 6.77% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 775 Spanish Mackerel counted.


  11. King Mackerel

  12. King Mackerel

    There is a 5.28% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 605 King Mackerel counted.


  13. Gray Snapper

  14. Gray Snapper

    There is a 3.41% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 390 Gray Snapper counted.


  15. Black Drum

  16. Black Drum

    There is a 2.33% catch rate for Black Drum, based on 267 Black Drum counted.


  17. Gafftopsail Catfish

  18. Gafftopsail Catfish

    There is a 2.26% catch rate for Gafftopsail Catfish, based on 259 Gafftopsail Catfish counted.


  19. Mahi-mahi

  20. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 2.21% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 253 Mahi-mahi counted.


Recommedations above based on 61 species of fish and 11452 fish counted for September around Port Aransas.

To date, there are 118 species of fish and a total of 1285104 fish counted for Port Aransas and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1891 (131 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 12:26:02 PM

*** 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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Latest Port Aransas Fishing Reports

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  • 477lb Mako Shark Catch — Fisherman’s Wharf Port Aransas
    2/9/2022 12:47:05 PM - 56-Hour Fishing Charter Mako Catch While on a fishing charter Glen Ratchford made a mako catch worth sharing! With cooler weather in the mid-sixties and rain coming down ligh


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  • Fishing Reports Port Aransas — Fisherman’s Wharf Port Aransas
    11/29/2021 12:26:43 PM - Port Aransas Fishing Reports Fishing reports in Port Aransas are frequent but Fisherman’s Wharf has some of the most mind-blowing catches you can think of. Home to the Scat C


  • Port Aransas Jetty — Port Aransas Fisherman’s Wharf
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Top Port Aransas Bait & Tackle Stores

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

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

  3. 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.

  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. Slowride Guide Services


  8. Port A Bay Charters


  9. Pirates of the Bay Charters


  10. Shallow Water Guide Services


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Top Port Aransas Marinas

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

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

  3. 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.

  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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