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5hr Oil Rig Offshore

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28 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,400
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Redfish On The Fly

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Fishing in Kingsville

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Redfish On The Fly

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Fishing in Rockport

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Fishing in Rockport
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trip description for Redfish on the Fly in Rockport

Captain Jeff offers fantastic half day, full day, and multi day trips fly fishing for redfish along the Texas Coastal Bend. All rods, reels, tackle, and flies are provided- all you need is a current Texas fishing license, snacks, and polarized sunglasses. These trips are great for 1-2 anglers of all skill levels. Nothing beats catching a Texas redfish on the fly! Note also, Captain Jeff doesn't pay too much attention to the time on his trips. He's out there to make sure you get your shots not stare at his watch! Read More

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Redfish On The Fly

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18 ft 1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in Kingsville
Fishing in Kingsville
Fishing in Kingsville
trip description for Redfish on the Fly in Kingsville

Captain Jeff offers fantastic half day, full day, and multi day trips fly fishing for redfish along the Texas Coastal Bend. All rods, reels, tackle, and flies are provided- all you need is a current Texas fishing license, snacks, and polarized sunglasses. These trips are great for 1-2 anglers of all skill levels. Nothing beats catching a Texas redfish on the fly! Note also, Captain Jeff doesn't pay too much attention to the time on his trips. He's out there to make sure you get your shots not stare at his watch! Read More

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Redfish On The Fly

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18 ft 1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in Seadrift
Fishing in Seadrift
Fishing in Seadrift
trip description for Redfish on the Fly in Seadrift

Captain Jeff offers fantastic half-day, full-day, and multi-day trips fly-fishing for Redfish along Texas' Coastal Bend. All rods, reels, tackle, and flies are provided—all you need is a current Texas fishing license, snacks, and polarized sunglasses. These trips are great for 1-2 anglers of all skill levels. Nothing beats catching a Texas Redfish on the fly! Note also, Captain Jeff doesn't pay too much attention to the time on his trips. He's out there to make sure you get your shots, not stare at his watch! Read More

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Redfish On The Fly

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18 ft 1 - 2 People From $500
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Fishing in Corpus Christi
Fishing in Corpus Christi
Fishing in Corpus Christi
trip description for 5hr Oil Rig Offshore in Corpus Christi

Excited to catch some fish in Corpus Christi? Captain Andrew is here to make it happen! Having logged many hours on these tides, Captain Andrew knows them forwards and back. Families making a day of it will be glad to know that kids are welcome aboard! Be sure to ask if child-sized life vests are available, otherwise, you should bring your own. And, you can’t go wrong with snacks so that nobody gets grumpy on an empty belly! Your excursion begins aboard a 25’ Sea Hunt center console with space for 6 passengers. It has all the essentials. Your captain will provide rods and reels, as well as lures. Live bait is available, but be sure to ask about it so you know if you’ll be catching it yourself. The oil rigs that you can see from the beach are structure sources for many different species of fish. The travel time is minimal and allows for much more fishing time! The rig trip is a great trip for a beginner who wants to fish on the ocean but, just isn't quite ready to fight waves and spend a bunch of time traveling. For some, it also provides a sense of relief being so close to the shore where you can clearly see land. It is also always fun to see some of the massive Loggerhead Turtles and Dolphins. Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Port Aransas

5hr Oil Rig Offshore

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28 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,400
Fishing in Port O'Connor
Fishing in Port O'Connor
Fishing in Port O'Connor
trip description for Redfish on the Fly in Port O'Connor

Captain Jeff offers fantastic half day, full day, and multi day trips fly fishing for redfish along the Texas Coastal Bend. All rods, reels, tackle, and flies are provided- all you need is a current Texas fishing license, snacks, and polarized sunglasses. These trips are great for 1-2 anglers of all skill levels. Nothing beats catching a Texas redfish on the fly! Note also, Captain Jeff doesn't pay too much attention to the time on his trips. He's out there to make sure you get your shots not stare at his watch! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter near Port Aransas

Redfish On The Fly

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18 ft 1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in Port Aransas
Fishing in Port Aransas
Fishing in Port Aransas
trip description for Redfish on the Fly in Port Aransas

Captain Jeff offers fantastic half-day, full-day, and multi-day trips fly-fishing for Redfish along Texas' Coastal Bend. All rods, reels, tackle, and flies are provided—all you need is a current Texas fishing license, snacks, and polarized sunglasses. These trips are great for 1-2 anglers of all skill levels. Nothing beats catching a Texas Redfish on the fly! Note also, Captain Jeff doesn't pay too much attention to the time on his trips. He's out there to make sure you get your shots, not stare at his watch! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Port Aransas

Redfish On The Fly

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18 ft 1 - 2 People From $500
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Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
trip description for Rockport Bay Blitz in Rockport

Head out with Captain Jerry for an exciting day of bay fishing! Rockport and Corpus Christi are home to several productive inshore bays and canals that are prime spots for catching some tasty Gulf fish without a lock trip from the dock. On this trip, Captain Jerry will take you out on inshore waters such as the Corpus Christi Bay, Aransas Bay and Redfish Bay where you'll be going after exciting bay fish such as Black Drum, Flounder, Redfish, and Speckled Trout. You'll be targeting these fish using light tackle, heavy tackle, or by doing some bottom fishing. Whether you're a newbie or experienced angler, Captain Jerry will accommodate to your skill level and provide plenty of expert guidance to put you on the fish! Live bait is not included in the trip price but can be purchased at the ramp or on the way out into the bays from the local bait me. Captain Jerry will supply all rods, reels and tackle. All you need to bring is a valid Texas Fishing License with a saltwater stamp for those over 16 years of age, sun protection, and any food and drinks you might want on the water. Captain Jerry will take care of the rest! Read More

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Rockport Bay Blitz

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23 ft 1 - 5 People From $600
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
trip description for Rockport Bay Slam in Rockport

Come fish with Captain Tommy, a Full Time USCG licensed Texas fishing guide, as you venture into the waters such as Aransas Bay, Redfish Bay, Copano Bay, and Mesquite Bay just to name a few. You will target redfish and black drum in the flats as well as the marsh of St Joseph Island. Captain Tommy runs a 22' Alweld Bay Boat with a brand new 2022 150 hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard jet drive. This means no propeller. Captain Tommy is sea grass friendly and you will be fishing water so shallow that other boats can't fish. So c'mon enjoy !! With an annual mean temperature of 71.1 degrees, almost everyday is a good day for fishing in Rockport Texas. Rockport also boasts an average of 288 sun-filled and rain-free days, and winter-time temperatures commonly in the 70s and 80s. This mild climate makes for comfortable Texas saltwater fishing all year round. Rockport Texas has some of the finest fishing to offer on the Texas Gulf Coast. Areas such as California Hole, Turtle Pen, Allens Bight, Lydia Ann Channel, Light House Lakes, Mud Island, and Estes Flats make this stretch of the Texas Coast a "must-fish" location for any saltwater angler. Captain Tommy will provide all the necessary gear for your trip.Bring your favorite snacks and drinks, your Texas Saltwater fishing license and some good company! Read More

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Rockport Bay Slam

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22 ft 1 - 5 People From $575
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
trip description for Inshore Slam - 22' Majek in Rockport

Hop on board Captain John's 22' Majek and get ready for an action-packed day of fishing in Rockport! Captain John will help you target Redfish, Black Drum, and Speckled Trout. You have the choice of fishing with live or dead bait but can always fish with artificial lures if you’re up for the challenge. Should you want to wade fish, Captain John is happy to provide the advice and techniques, but you will need to bring your own wading gear. Captain John's Majek is equipped with GPS and fishfinder units along with all the safety gear you’ll need for a safe and productive trip. Expect a smooth, comfortable, and dry ride to the fishing grounds. These trips can host up to 4 people, so make sure you bring some good company! Captain John will provide all rods, reels, and tackle. He even provides live bait. All you need to bring is a valid Texas Fishing License, any drinks and snacks you’d like (preferably no glass), and both waders and wading boots if you choose to wade fish. Read More

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Inshore Slam - 22' Majek

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22 ft 1 - 4 People From $600
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
trip description for Texas Gulf Coast Inshore Action in Rockport

Hit the water with Captain Jay and experience an amazing day of inshore fishing! Captain Jay will help you target Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and many more species of fish on your 4-hour (half-day) or 7-hour (full day) adventure through Rockport’s various bays and flats. He encourages his anglers to use various fishing techniques to catch the attention of those big fish. These techniques include, but are not limited to, trolling, jigging, and even popping. Captain Jay will provide everything you need for a productive day on the water, except a fishing license, which you’ll need to bring with you. Bring snacks as well. Captain Jay is passionate about introducing young people to outdoor life at every opportunity. Bring your kids aboard and, who knows, maybe one day they’ll repay the favor and bring you back to Captain Jay! Read More

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Texas Gulf Coast Inshore Action

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25 ft 1 - 4 People From $650
Hunting in Rockport
Hunting in Rockport
Hunting in Rockport
trip description for Rockport Duck Slam in Rockport

Enjoy an unforgettable experience duck hunting in Rockport TX, an area not only renowned within the state of Texas, but also across the country as one of the best places to hunt due to its wide variety of bird species and the tremendous bird population. By choosing us as your Rockport duck hunting guides, you can fulfill your dream of hunting down the following species without any hassle and without the need for any former experience in hunting: Redhead, Bluebills, Ringneck, Widgeon, Pintail, Greenwing, Bluewing, Northern shoveler, Gadwall, Bufflehead, and Goldeneye. On top of that you can have one of the best chances in the Lower 48 at killing a Cinnamon Teal! Leaf's Texas duck hunting trips are fun and offer several benefits, and provide a mentally stimulating challenge to hunters as well. Duck hunting can range in difficulty but oftentimes can pose quite a challenge. Waterfowlers need to be deceptive with decoys, stay patient, and account for factors such as wind and migration patterns. Duck hunting prevents overpopulation, and in turn, preserves native biodiversity. This makes your contribution to duck hunting in Texas go beyond just the thrill of trophy hunts — you are helping out the planet. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to disconnect from our interconnected world. Many work on computer screens all day and then go home to use TV’s, laptops, phones, tablets, you name it. Technology provides conveniences, but sometimes you need a break from it—not only to feel better, but for the sake of your health, too. Duck hunting serves as a great escape to nature. A mere few hours in nature help you not only escape our digital world—but also let you alleviate stress in a positive way. Getting away from the ordinary provides an important refresher for your body and mind! All the decoys, blinds, and transportation are taken care of on the trips, all you need to bring with you is your shotgun (12 gauge recommended), steel shot shells, and waders. Leaf and his team will take care of the rest! Read More

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Rockport Duck Slam

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21 ft 1 - 7 People From $450
Hunting in Rockport
Hunting in Rockport
Hunting in Rockport
trip description for Rockport Duck Hunt in Rockport

Whether you're an experienced duck hunter or just getting into the sport, this South Texas duck hunt will be a real blast for anyone. Your guide and outfitter, Scott, has years of experience hunting the South Texas coast, and will put you right on the birds. In addition, he has a badass track record as an offshore billfish specialist and as a former professional bull rider! South Texas is smack in the center of the Central Flyway, and is a stopover for dozens of migratory waterfowl specied. The sheltered bays here draw hundreds of thousands of ducks annually, including Green-Winged and Blue-Winged Teals, Cinnamon Teals, Wigeons, Redheads, Pintails, Gadwalls, and Mottled Ducks. You can target all of these species, which are exciting quarries and great eating. Scott provides the boat, blinds, and dogs, so all you need to bring is your camoflauge, your guns, and your shells. You'll get out there before dawn, and hunt until 11 o'clock, so you can even be home for lunch! This trip can accommodate large groups, so invite your buddies! Read More

Duck Hunting Trip near Port Aransas

Rockport Duck Hunt

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $300
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Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
trip description for Ropin' Reds Inshore Adventure in Rockport

Climb aboard with Captain Jim and experience an amazing day of inshore fishing on the Texas Gulf Coast! Captain Jim launches his trips from Seadrift down to Rockport, depending on the weather, the season, where the fish are biting hardest, and most importantly: where you're located. That's right, Captain Jim is willing to travel for you to ensure you have the best fishing experience. On these 4, 6, or 8-hour adventures, you’ll mainly be reelin’ in Redfish, but Captain Jim loves to target Trout as well. On a good day, you can hit a "Texas Grand Slam" and catch a Redfish, a Speckled Trout, and a Flounder in one trip! You’ll need to bring a valid Texas Fishing License with a saltwater stamp as well as some food and drinks. Other than that, Captain Jim will take care of the rest. He’ll provide all rods, reels, tackle, and bait. He will also provide ice and an ice chest for your day’s catch. These trips can accommodate four people, so make sure you bring some good company! Come on down and make some memories with Captain Jim! Read More

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Ropin' Reds Inshore Adventure

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $425
Fishing, Hunting in Rockport
Fishing, Hunting in Rockport
Fishing, Hunting in Rockport
trip description for Rockport Cast and Blast in Rockport

This trip is perfect for hunters and anglers who want to do it all in South Texas! On this cast-and-blast trip, you'll hunt all morning and fish all afternoon, without breaking the bank. Your guide and outfitter, Scott, has years of experience hunting and fishing the South Texas coast, and will put you right on the birds and the Reds! In addition, he has a badass track record as an offshore billfish specialist and as a former professional bull rider! In terms of wingshooting, South Texas is smack in the center of the Central Flyway, and is a stopover for dozens of migratory waterfowl specied. The sheltered bays here draw hundreds of thousands of ducks annually, including Green-Winged and Blue-Winged Teals, Cinnamon Teals, Wigeons, Redheads, Pintails, Gadwalls, and Mottled Ducks. You can target all of these species, which are exciting quarries and great eating. Scott provides the boat, blinds, and dogs, so all you need to bring is your camoflauge, your guns, and your shells. You'll get out there before dawn, and hunt until 11 o'clock, so you can even be home for lunch! This trip can accommodate large groups, so invite your buddies! For fishing, the bays and inshore waters off Rockport are premier fishing grounds for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and more. You'll get out there aboard his 23' Haynie center console—an ideal boat for inshore and nearshor fishing. Captain Scott will make sure you're hooked up with the best tackle to find your target species, and he'll do everything he can to help you pull a personal best over the rail, fill your cooler, or both. Read More

Duck, Inshore Fishing, Hunting Charter near Port Aransas

Rockport Cast And Blast

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $600
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
trip description for Rockport Bay-Full Day Fishing in Rockport

Head out with Captain Jerry for an exciting day of bay fishing! Rockport and Corpus Christi are home to several productive inshore bays and canals that are prime spots for catching some tasty Gulf fish without a lock trip from the dock. On this trip, Captain Jerry will take you out on inshore waters such as the Corpus Christi Bay, Aransas Bay and Redfish Bay where you'll be going after exciting bay fish such as Black Drum, Flounder, Redfish, and Speckled Trout. You'll be targeting these fish using light tackle, heavy tackle, or by doing some bottom fishing. Whether you're a newbie or experienced angler, Captain Jerry will accommodate to your skill level and provide plenty of expert guidance to put you on the fish! Live bait is not included in the trip price but can be purchased at the ramp or on the way out into the bays from the local bait me. Captain Jerry will supply all rods, reels and tackle. All you need to bring is a valid Texas Fishing License with a saltwater stamp for those over 16 years of age, sun protection, and any food and drinks you might want on the water. Captain Jerry will take care of the rest! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Port Aransas

Rockport Bay-Full Day Fishing

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23 ft 1 - 6 People From $700
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
trip description for Real Deal Rockport in Rockport

Climb aboard with Captain Scott for an action packed adventure and the full experience of Texas charm in Rockport! The Trout are hopping down in Texas Bay, and Captain Scott can help you find them using his 23’ Haynie, which comfortably fits up to 4 people. Expert guidance through the shallows and a mastery of multiple techniques make Captain Scott an artist in the fishing industry, and he can’t wait for you to have the fishing trip of a lifetime. In addition to the delicious and crafty Spotted Seatrout, the bountiful waters of Texas Bay are filled with Black Drum, Flounder, and Redfish, all of which Captain Scott knows how to catch using his arsenal of techniques. Whether it be using artificial lures or live bait, Captain Scott knows what he’s doing. On this trip he can help you develop your technique in drift fishing, sight casting, wading, and fly fishing. Whatever skills you want to work on, he can help. Fishing is not nearly as simple as throwing a hook in the water and waiting—it is a difficult sport that requires tremendous skill. Captain Scott understands this and acts as an instructor, while also learning from his adventurers. If you are looking to hone your fishing skills with a master of the sport, no matter what your level of experience is, this is the trip for you. An amazing benefit of this trip is that Captain Scott provides everything you need on your voyage, including rods, tackle, and bait. All you need to bring is snacks and excitement for an incredible adventure and learning opportunity. Read More

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Real Deal Rockport

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23 ft 1 - 3 People From $400
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
trip description for Reel Thrills in Rockport in Rockport

Hop on board with Captain Tom and get ready for an action-packed day of fishing around Rockport! Captain Tom will help you target Redfish, Black Drum, and Speckled Trout. You have the choice of fishing with live or dead bait but can always fish with artificial lures if you’re up for the challenge. For these trips, Captain Tom uses his 21’ Shoalwater that’s powered by a 250 Evinrude engine. The boat is equipped with a GPS and fishfinder unit along with all the safety gear you’ll need for a safe and productive trip. Expect a smooth, comfortable, and dry ride to the fishing grounds. These trips can host up to 4 people, so make sure you bring some good company! Captain Tom will provide all rods, reels, and tackle. He even provides live bait. All you need to bring is a valid Texas Fishing License, any drinks and snacks you’d like (preferably no glass), and Captain Tom will take care of the rest! Read More

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Reel Thrills In Rockport

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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $550
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
Fishing in Rockport
trip description for Reel Fun Bay and Flats Trip in Rockport

Captain Jason will customize your trip to your preferences. On your pre-trip call he will advise what has been working recently, but will fish the way you prefer. Fishing out of the boat with cut or live bait for reds, speckled trout or black drum. Drifting the flat with live shrimp under popping corks or lures and soft plastics. Wading shorelines with lures or live bait. It is your trip and wants you to have fun. He fishes primarily for reds, speckled trout and black drum. If you catch a limit of the targeted species or they are simply not bitting, he will always look for feeding fish to catch. His goal is to keep your fishing rods bent and you having fun for the full 6 hours. Typically he launches from Cove Harbor North next to Paradise Key Restaurant. On the pre-trip call launch locations can be changed, depending on the type of trip or bay to be fished. All launch locations changes will be agreed to by both parties on pre-trip call. For parties larger than 4 people he works either several boats to accommodate big parties. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter near Port Aransas

Reel Fun Bay And Flats Trip

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25 ft 1 - 4 People From $600

Everything to Know About Booking a Port Aransas tarpon fishing charter

What are the best tarpon fishing charters in Port Aransas?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 8 tarpon trip in Port Aransas: Redfish on the Fly guided by Jeff.

Our guides in Port Aransas are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2703 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a Tarpon charter include Rockport and Corpus Christi.

Looking for kid friendly tarpon guides / fishing lessons in Port Aransas? Check out our beginner and family friendly tarpon guides in Port Aransas.

What types of tarpon fishing charters are common in Port Aransas?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for tarpon in Port Aransas as well as inshore fishing, flats fishing, and nearshore fishing.

The most common fishing techniques in Port Aransas are fly fishing, light tackle fishing, and artificial lure fishing but bottom fishing and cut bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do Port Aransas tarpon fishing charters cost?

for tarpon in Port Aransas prices can range anywhere from about $500 to $1,415, but the average price for a half day trip for tarpon in Port Aransas is $965. The average price for a full day trip for tarpon in Port Aransas is $733.

What month is best for tarpon fishing in Port Aransas?

The most popular season for tarpon fishing in Port Aransas is summer, and most anglers book their trips 14 days in advance.

Do I need a Port Aransas fishing license for tarpon and what are the bag limits for tarpon in Port Aransas?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Port Aransas, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Port Aransas. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Port Aransas.

What is tarpon fishing in Port Aransas all about?

Tarpon, often referred to as the "silver king," are a highly sought-after species in Port Aransas, Texas, known for their impressive size, acrobatic jumps, and powerful runs. These iconic fish inhabit the coastal waters and estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico near Port Aransas, particularly during the warmer months. Tarpon are migratory, and their presence in Port Aransas waters varies throughout the year, with peak seasons typically occurring from late spring through early fall. During this time, tarpon migrate along the coast, offering anglers exciting opportunities to target these majestic fish.

One of the most exhilarating methods for targeting tarpon in Port Aransas is sight-fishing. Anglers pole skiffs or flats boats along shallow flats, bays, and channels, scanning the clear waters for the distinctive silhouette of tarpon cruising near the surface. Once spotted, anglers present live bait, such as mullet or pinfish, or artificial lures with precision and accuracy, enticing strikes from these wary fish. Sight-fishing for tarpon requires patience, keen observation, and precise casting skills, but the thrill of hooking into a tarpon and experiencing its explosive jumps and powerful runs makes it a memorable angling experience.

Tarpon fishing in Port Aransas is highly dependent on weather conditions, tides, and water temperatures, which can influence tarpon behavior and movement patterns. Anglers often target tarpon near passes, jetties, channels, and along the Intracoastal Waterway, where tarpon concentrate to feed on baitfish and crustaceans carried by tidal currents. Tarpon are known for their selective feeding habits, so presenting baits or lures in a natural manner and at the right depth is crucial for success. Whether fishing from a boat, kayak, or wading along the shoreline, anglers in Port Aransas can immerse themselves in the excitement of tarpon fishing and the chance to encounter one of the most iconic game fish in the world.

What are the most popular months to fish for tarpon fishing in Port Aransas?

In Port Aransas, Texas, tarpon seasons fluctuate throughout the year, influenced by various factors including water temperature, migration patterns, and baitfish abundance. Typically, the tarpon fishing season in Port Aransas sees peak activity during the warmer months, from late spring through early fall. During this time, as water temperatures rise, tarpon migrate along the coast, moving through the Gulf of Mexico and into the bays and estuaries near Port Aransas in search of prey. Anglers can expect increased tarpon sightings and opportunities to target these majestic fish during these peak seasons.

Late spring and summer, particularly from May through September, mark the prime tarpon fishing seasons in Port Aransas. As temperatures soar and daylight hours extend, tarpon become more active and abundant in the coastal waters, offering anglers exciting opportunities for thrilling battles. During these months, tarpon can be found cruising near passes, jetties, channels, and along the Intracoastal Waterway, where they concentrate to feed on baitfish and crustaceans carried by tidal currents. Anglers targeting tarpon during these peak seasons are likely to encounter larger concentrations of fish and have higher chances of hooking into these iconic game fish.

While late spring and summer are considered the peak tarpon fishing seasons in Port Aransas, tarpon can still be found in the area year-round, albeit in smaller numbers during the cooler months. Fall and early winter can also offer favorable conditions for tarpon fishing, with mild temperatures and less crowded waters providing anglers with opportunities to encounter these impressive fish. Overall, while tarpon seasons in Port Aransas may vary, anglers can generally expect the best chances of success during the warmer months when tarpon are most active and abundant in the coastal waters.

What techniques are popular for catching tarpon fishing in Port Aransas?

Fishing for tarpon in Port Aransas, Texas, requires specialized techniques tailored to the behavior and preferences of these formidable game fish. One of the most effective methods for targeting tarpon is live bait fishing. Anglers typically use live mullet, pinfish, or threadfin herring rigged on circle hooks and suspended beneath floats or free-lined in areas where tarpon are known to congregate. Live bait presents a natural and enticing offering to tarpon, increasing the chances of enticing strikes from these powerful fish.

Another popular technique for tarpon fishing in Port Aransas is using artificial lures. Anglers often cast topwater plugs, soft plastic swimbaits, or large flies resembling baitfish or shrimp to mimic the movements of prey species favored by tarpon. This method is particularly effective when tarpon are actively feeding near the surface or in shallow water, as the surface disturbance created by the lures can attract their attention and provoke aggressive strikes. Anglers must vary their retrieval speeds and presentations to mimic natural prey behavior and entice tarpon to strike.

Sight-fishing is also a thrilling technique employed by anglers targeting tarpon in Port Aransas. Anglers pole skiffs or flats boats along shallow flats, bays, and channels, scanning the clear waters for the distinctive silhouette of tarpon cruising near the surface. Once spotted, anglers carefully present live bait or artificial lures with precision and accuracy, aiming to intercept the tarpon's path and elicit a strike. Sight-fishing for tarpon requires patience, keen observation, and precise casting skills, but the adrenaline rush of hooking into a tarpon and experiencing its explosive jumps and powerful runs makes it a rewarding and unforgettable angling experience.

What other species are popular in Port Aransas?

Aside from tarpon, Port Aransas offers anglers a diverse array of species to target, ensuring there's always something exciting to catch. One popular species among anglers is the redfish, also known as red drum, which inhabit the shallow waters, flats, and marshes of the Texas coast. Redfish are known for their aggressive strikes and powerful fights, making them a favorite among both recreational and sport fishermen. Anglers targeting redfish in Port Aransas often use live bait such as shrimp, mullet, or crabs, as well as artificial lures like spoons, soft plastics, and topwater plugs.

Another prized species in Port Aransas is the speckled trout, also known as spotted seatrout. Speckled trout are abundant in the bays, estuaries, and grass flats surrounding Port Aransas, offering anglers exciting opportunities for light tackle fishing. These fish are known for their voracious appetites and willingness to strike a variety of baits and lures, including live shrimp, mullet, and artificial soft plastics. Speckled trout fishing in Port Aransas is particularly productive during the spring and fall months when water temperatures are favorable and baitfish populations are abundant.

In addition to redfish and speckled trout, Port Aransas is home to a variety of other species that provide anglers with diverse fishing opportunities. These include flounder, sheepshead, black drum, mangrove snapper, and a variety of offshore species such as kingfish, snapper, grouper, and shark. Whether fishing inshore, nearshore, or offshore, anglers in Port Aransas can enjoy a wide range of fishing experiences and the chance to reel in a variety of prized catches while exploring the diverse and productive waters of the Texas coast.

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