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22 Oct 2021
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Known as the fishing capital of Texas, Port Aransas is the perfect destination for anglers of all skill levels. Many people flock to Port Aransas for the fishing opportunities and beautiful Gulf Coast scenery. 

During your vacation, make time to cast a line! Here's our guide to fishing in Port Aransas:

Types of Fishing in Port Aransas


There are a few different types of fishing in Port Aransas. This includes pier fishing, surf fishing, bay fishing, and offshore fishing. 

Pier Fishing

Pier fishing is the simplest to access if you do not have a boat or do not want to charter a boat. There are four  public spots in Port Aransas where you are free to fish at any time of the day, however, you will need to have your own fishing gear for pier fishing. 

Surf Fishing

Surf fishing allows you to enjoy a day at the beach while fishing. With over 18 miles of coastline for you to explore, Mustang Island is the ideal spot for surf anglers. Pick any spot on the beach and be steps away from some of the best surf fishing spots in the country. Make it even easier to get to the beach and reserve one of our boardwalk to beach properties

Bay Fishing

Bay fishing is another popular type of fishing in the area. With access to Baffin Bay, Aransas Bay, and Corpus Christi Bay, you're not too far from another highly preferred fishing spot amongst anglers. You can find many charters that offer bay fishing experiences in Port Aransas. 

Offshore Fishing

Offshore fishing is one of the most popular types of fishing in the Port Aransas area and can yield some of the biggest rewards! You'll need to charter a boat to fish offshore, but it's worth it as you'll be take to some of the best fishing grounds that the Gulf of Mexico has to offer. If you're looking for an exciting activity to do during your Gulf Coast adventure, we highly recommend chartering a boat for an offshore fishing adventure.

Where to Fish in Port Aransas

Depending on the type of fishing experience you're looking for, there are a variety of places for you to fish.

Port Aransas Pier and Bay Fishing

Port Aransas has a quite a few prime pier fishing and inshore fishing spots. Fishing from the pier has slight advantages like being able to fish at any time of the day (piers are well-lit) and is typically more budget-friendly over offshore fishing, where a boat is needed. Horace Caldwell PierRoberts Point ParkPadre Island National Seashore, and Mustang Island State Park are some popular fishing spots in Port Aransas.

Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier is one of the more popular fishing piers amongst anglers. The pier exends 1,240 feet and is open year-round, 24-hours a day. The Horace Caldwell Pier is located in the IB Magee Park and is also notable for its surfing opportunities. There is a per-rod fee to access the pier. There is also a store located at the pier if you need to purchase bait as well as snacks and drinks. 

Port Aransas Offshore Fishing

For offshore fishing, it's best to charter a boat. Port Aransas has an abundance of experienced, professional guides that offer charters in the area. Many Port Aransas fishing charters offers half or full day charters. Whether you're looking for a bay boat or a vessel large enough for the whole family, there's a charter for you.

Some of our personal recommendations include Fisherman's Wharf, Woody Sports Center, Dolphin Docks, Deep Sea Headquarters, and Captain Brent Hopkins - Ace in the Hole Guide Service.

What Kind of Fish Can I Catch in Port Aransas?

Species that are prominent in Port Aransas include redfish, flounder, trout, tuna, red snapper, marlin or shark.

Port Aransas Fishing Rules & Regulations

Most outfitters require you to obtain a fishing license with saltwater stamp. This list of outfitters below can issue you a fishing license or you can order a fishing license online.


Plan Your Port Aransas Fishing Vacation

Port Aransas is an anglers paradise. Pack your bags and get ready for the fishing adventure of a lifetime. Book one of our boardwalk to beach properties and enjoy convienent access to the sun and sand. Our rentals are located near all of Port Aransas's top activities and attractions and offer amenities such as pet-friendly, rentals with beach access, rentals with private pools, and more. Contact us for help on planning your family vacation to Port Aransas.