Every year in June recreational anglers head off shore for Red Snapper season.
Snapper fishing is limited in federal waters via an agreement between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the National Marine Fisheries Service. There’s a 2 per person limit and a total quota for all fish caught that helps protect the species. So, the season can end in a couple of weeks.
Off shore fishing is a totally different animal than bay fishing. For one, you need a friend with a big boat, lots of money for gas, and some inner ear medications. Driving out to the deep water takes some time. You can actually see the “blue line” color change that marks the deep water. It is spectacular.
Chartered fishing trips out of Woody’s for Fisherman’s Wharf are also available for groups and there are numerous fishing tournaments throughout the summer for serious sailfish sportsman.
Whether your catch is from the surf, the bays, the jetties or off shore, most Port A restaurants will cook it up for you. Virginia’s on the Bay fried up our snapper and we had a fantastic meal later evening. A big thank you to Britt and his boat crew.
There’s nothing like fishing with live bait, but first you have to get the live bait.
Casting nets and a stroll in the shallows with solid foot wear are required. Best bait fish are mud minnows, pin fish, finger mullet, and piggy perch. Wade fishing in the flats is an awesome way to explore the backside of the island. There are plenty of stingrays, trash fish, crabs and oysters to meander around, so it’s not for everybody.
(We recently decided not to pose with anymore dead fish so it’s only catch and release depicted in the future; The exception being the bait.)
A small but reliable boat can get you to the rigs on a calm day. Below, Paul takes his OG Boston Whaler to fish in the deeper water. Spanish mackerel, king fish, tuna and other game fish cruise these structures where the little ones feed.
The trip to the rigs can be a real adventure and, for me, that’s most of the fun. See this post https://marinedreamporta.com/2011/10/20/to-the-rig-oct-20th/
This is Marinedreams contribution to the Locals Segment shown at the Port Aransas Surf and Soul Cinema Series, May 2016.
Okay, this is not Port A. Filmed by Des and Kai in La Jolla, California.
Edited by Kai Kidd.
Fun in the surf and fog with foam boards.
Swim video filmed December 2015 and Surf footage taken November 2015