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Fishing charters in Port Aransas, TX

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Port Aransas can be considered the fishing capital of Texas as it's home to a variety of exotic fish and a large fishing charter fleet.

Port Aransas fishing charters will put you on Redfish, Black Drum, Southern Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Port Aransas

Port Aransas is popular with anglers, who come to explore the calm inshore waters. Anglers favorite Port Aransas for its backcountry rivers, bays, and shallow flats.

You can reel_in Redfish, Black Drum, Southern Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are very popular with families, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour inshore fishing charter is $436 for 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

The cheapest rates start at $200 for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip near Port Aransas.

There are more than 41 fishing companies in Port Aransas and nearby cities. So you'll have a variety of options for your next fishing adventure.

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Best time for inshore fishing

June, July and August are the best months for inshore fishing near Port Aransas.

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Offshore fishing charters in Port Aransas

Whether you're a novice angler or an experienced fisherman, offshore fishing in Port Aransas is a must-do activity. With miles of coastline to explore, you're sure to have a great outing.

Port Aransas fishing charters will help you to land Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, and many more.

Offshore fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Offshore fishing trip prices

$682 is the average price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip and 2 people. Add $50 for an each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

The cheapest 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Port Aransas found on our platform costs $350 for 2 anglers.

In Port Aransas and nearby cities, there are more than 29 offshore fishing charters. It’s easy to book your next fishing break in Port Aransas.

Tip: It’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour offshore fishing trip for the best fishing experience. Offshore fishing spots are away from the coast, so you will need some time to get there.

Standard tips are 15-20% of the price you paid for your charter if the crew did a good job.

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Best time for offshore fishing

The best time to go offshore fishing in Port Aransas are considered to be June, July and August.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Port Aransas

Port Aransas family-friendly fishing charters will help you experience a memorable fishing trip with your family. The Captain will show you and your family various fishing techniques and teach you about different fish species.

Inshore fishing could be your next choice if you prefer to be close to land and away from the wild seas. These waters generally remain calm even on windy days.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

Select a 4-hour inshore fishing charter if you are planning a trip to Port Aransas. The kids will learn more about fish species and won’t get bored.

$436 is the average base price for a private 4-hour family-friendly fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra guest fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

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Shark fishing charters in Port Aransas

Port Aransas waters have one of the most productive shark fisheries in the US. Hiring a Port Aransas shark fishing charter is an excellent idea if you want to target famous ocean predators.

There are a lot of options for your next shark fishing trip near Port Aransas. These waters are filled with Blacktip Shark, Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, Bull Shark, Bonnethead Shark, and many more.

Note: some shark species are considered prohibited in Texas and cannot be kept as a trophy. These sharks have to be released. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Sharks inhabit inshore and deep water near reef dropoffs. Juvenile sharks use estuaries and lagoon areas as nursery grounds, while adults could be found in deeper waters.

Fresh bait is used for shark fishing. Preferred live baits for shark fishing could be Blue Runner, Mullet, Bonita, or Ladyfish. The type of bait depends on the shark species you want to catch.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter is $522 for 2 anglers. Add $50 for an extra angler. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

You can find more than 13 fishing companies in Port Aransas and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing getaway in Port Aransas.

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Best time for shark fishing in Port Aransas

Sharks are active all year round. March through October is the best time for shark fishing in Port Aransas.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Port Aransas

Tarpon are known as one of the world’s best fighting fish. You should have a very good chance at catching Tarpon by hiring one of the local guides. They will show you how to use the proper fishing method in the right spot and at the right time.

Tarpon inhabit flats, inshore, and backcountry waters. The go-to bait for Tarpon fishing would be shrimps, pinfish, mullet, and crabs.

Note: Tarpon is a catch-and-release-only fishery. It is illegal to lift Tarpon out of the water if its length is greater than 40 inches. So be delicate with your catch, take a memorable photo, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

$580 is the average base price for a private 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter and 2 anglers. Add $50 for each additional person.

We found 15 fishing companies specialized in Tarpon fishing in Port Aransas.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Port Aransas

Late spring and summer are the best seasons to catch Tarpon in Port Aransas. October, September, and August are the ideal months.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide everything you need for a fishing trip: tackle, rods, reels, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, catch cleaning is free of charge.

A Saltwater fishing license is included in the price. This license covers all the anglers on the vessel.

An offshore fishing charter has to have a federal permit to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can reserve a trip with a 10-30% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The deposit could be refunded if you cancel the trip before the cancellation deadline. It's usually within 2-14 days of your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Port Aransas?

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