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2017 Texas SandFest in Port Aransas is April 21st - 23rd

Texas Sand Fest

Its that time of year again for sand, sandcastles, food and fun! Texas Sandfest is back!

Texas SandFest is the largest sand sculpting event in the USA. It is the official Texas Sand Sculpture Festival. This event is run completely by volunteers, the popular invitational event draws visitors from around the globe to participate and to watch the fun. Join Texas Sandfest for food, vendors, sun, sand and world class sculptures!

The event is the weekend of April 21 - April 23rd on the beautiful Port Aransas, Texas beach. 

Visit Texas Sandfest or visit the Sandfest Facebook Page!

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2017 Whooping Crane Festival is Feb 23th- 26th

Whooping Crane Festival

Its that time of year again get your binoculars and checklists ready! You may not know but the Coastal Bend is the only spot in the United States where the endangered whooping crane can be seen at close range, and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce is celebrating this astonishing natural wonder with an annual festival honoring these grand beautiful birds. Whooping Cranes are not the only birds you will see. An awesome array of wintering migratory birds flock into our wetlands and onto the beautiful Texas shorelines of Mustang Island in Port Aransas and birding tours by land and sea are highlights during the Whooping Crane Festival. Dont Wait, 

Want to know more about the schedule and the events click this link http://www.whoopingcranefestival.org/events/2017-02-23/

Nature is the theme of the free trade show featuring a number of unique vendors. A wide selection of optics, photography, paintings, and one of a kind gift items for the nature lover in all of us will be featured. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the many festivities during the celebration.

The Festival include presentations from world-renowned speakers at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, photography workshops for nature and birding and a variety of field trips.

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Pardon the Dust - Maintenance at Sandcastle in Fall and Winter

Sandcastle is making exterior improvements to enhance this premier property for your future enjoyment. Throughout the Fall and Winter of 2016 Sandcastle Condos will have contractor crews performing exterior renovations throughout the property including the pool and hot tub in January 2017. This work will be limited to Monday through Saturday. Sandcastle Condos Management will make every effort to limit the inconveniences this will cause our guests. Sandcastle Condos does appreciate your patience throughout this process and we know you will enjoy and love the finished product.

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Port Aransas Fishing Report 05-31-2016

Port Aransas Fishing Report 05-31-2016

New Ball Game this week!! Red Snapper Season opens June 1, 2016!! So make sure you have your reservations made.

 

8 hour trips caught King Mackeral, Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks, Vermillion Snapper, and Ling.

5 Hour trips caught King Fish, Ling, and Shark. Plus we caught a bice 47# Ling on the 5 hour trip on Sunday! 

The Bay trip had nice catches of Gafftop, Whiting, Shark, Jack Cravelle and Sand Trout.

Private Bay Guides brought in nice catches of Trout and Redfish.

Stay tuned next week to see what new catches there may be!  

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Port Aransas Fishing Report 05-09-2016

Port Aransas Fishing Report 05-09-2016

This week’s fishing report from the docks of Deep Sea Headquarters, Port Aransas:

Our 8 hour trip this week caught Kingfish, Ling, Vermillion Snapper and a Black Tip Shark.

12 Hr Trip had a nice catch of Amberjack, Ling, Kingfish, Dog Snapper, Silk Snapper, Dog Snapper, Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper and a Black Tip Shark.

5-8-16 24 Hr Trip aboard the Gulf Eagle with Capt Kevin Hollar and Capt Jeff Wilson hauled in some nice Amber Jacks, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Kingfish and Atlatnic Bonita. 

Warren Roberson and Friends from San Antonio, Texas were aboard the Gulf Eagle on the 24 hr Trip.

Pictured are:  Frank Sutton, Ed Roberson, Seth Smith, Jane Robles, Keith Menges, Warren Roberson, Mike Rodriguez, William Rodriguez, Christian Harris and James Johnson.

The Love for Fishing - BROTHERS Warren Roberson hauled in a nice 41# Amberjack and Ed Roberson had the 31# Amberjack.

The Bay trips had nice catches of Gafftop, Whiting and Sand Trout.

Private Bay Guides have been bringing in limits of Red Drum with a few Black Drum.

Stay tuned next week to see what new catches there may be!

 

 Report By Marsha Walker - DSH  

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Port Aransas Fishing Report 04-11-2016

Port Aransas Fishing Report 04-11-2016

This week’s fishing report from the docks of Deep Sea Headquarters, Port Aransas:

Our 8 hour trip this week caught North Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, Vermillion Snapper and Dog Snapper

12 hr Trip had Vermillion Snapper, Amber Jack and a 56 # Warsaw Grouper.

24 Hr Tuna Trip 4-10-16 aboard the Gulf Eagle with Capt Kevin Haller and Capt Jeff Wilson had a nice catch of Black Fin Tuna, Vermillion Snapper, Amber Jack and a Mako Shark.

Ralph Dixon from Rockport, Tx hauled in a 55 # Amber Jack and another nice Mako brought to the Dock weighing in at 245 #.

The Bay trip had a nice catches of Gafftop and Whiting.

Private Bay Guides have beeen bringing in limits of Black and Red Drum a few trout.

Stay tuned next week to see what new catches there may be! 

 

-Report by Marsha Walker - DSH

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What's Biting? 2016 Port Aransas Fishing Competitions

What's Biting? 2016 Port Aransas Fishing Competitions

IFA Redfish Tournament April 1st-3rd

The IFA Redfish Tour is an exciting “inshore angler” fishing competition that tours the country and this town is one of their stops! The IFA Redfish Tour will be in Port Aransas April 1st-3rd of 2016. This event is put on by Cabelas and considered the “Strongest Grass Roots Inshore Tournament Series”.

“Not only is there a renewed excitement of inshore angling, but the Redfish Tour is also a great tournament that naturally educates people on the importance of maintaining our precious fishing resources. “Since the banning of netting, our inshore fisheries have flourished much quicker than anyone could have imagined. From this, the Inshore Fishing Association was formed and continues to thrive. In accordance to Inshore Fishing Association’s mission statement; we will keep our goals of competition, recognition, and education as the center of our focus.”

All events locations will be held at the City Marina.

Friday: 5-7pm Registration and Captain’s Meetings

Saturday: All day fishing with weigh in at 3pm at City Marina. 301 JC Barr Blvd, Port Aransas, Texas 78373.

Sunday: IFA Kayak tournament.

 

HT-3 Tournament May 18-21st

This is a televised professional tournament that will be hosted in Port Aransas! You can watch the tournament live and get more information on this Professional tour at The Redfish Series website.

Wednesday: Captain’s Meeting at 5:30. Event located at Port Aransas Community Center. 408 North Allister. Port Aransas, Texas 78373.

Thursday, Friday and Sunday: Fishing begins at safe light with daily weigh in at 3 pm at the City Marina 301 JC Barr. Port Aransas, Texas 78373

 

CCA “Take-A-Kid-Fishing” Tournament 33rd Annual. June 3-4th, 2016.

The Coastal Conservation Association’s 33rd Annual “Take-A-Kid-Fishing” Tournament is designed for kids 16 and under. Everyone fishes for fun and prizes while learning the skills and enjoyment of fishing. Awards are presented at Woody’s Sports Center and all contestants are asked to come to the awards presentation because everyone wins something in this tournament!

To get more information on entering your kiddo in the contest contact Glenn Martin at Woody’s (361) 749-5252 or Charlie Zahn (361) 749-6687.

 

Woody’s Sport Center Ladies Powder Puff Tournament. June 17-18th, 2016.

This is a popular women’s only fishing tournament put on by our local Woody’s Sports Center is a stunning good time. If you and your gals like to get down and dirty, this is a fun fishing competition for you!

  Friday: Pre-Registration is 5-7pm with a Captain’s Meeting at 7 pm.

  Saturday: Late Registration, 6:30 am at Woody’s. Fishing all day with Weigh in at 3pm at Dennis Dryer Municipal Harbor at Robert’s Point Park Pavilion.

 

23rd Annual Fishing Break. June 24-25th, 2016.

This Annual Fishing Break Tournament benefits the Austin Firefighters’ Relief and Outreach Fund. You can register online and get more information on the Annual Fishing Break contest website.

Friday: Check-In 4-9pm at the Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor at Robert’s Point Park Pavilion. (city marina)

Saturday: Fishing beings at sunrise with weigh-ins from 1-6 pm.

You can reach Todd Purcell for more information on the Annual Fishing Break Tournament at (512)750-0700.

 

81st Annual Deep Sea Round Up, July 10-14th, 2016.

A tournament that started in 1932 as the Tarpon Round Up has evolved into the largest family fishing tournament in Texas! This is a contest for fisherman of all ages and skill levels; this contest usually draws over 800 contestants annually. Including off shore, bay surf, fly fishing and a junior division as well as the Piggy Perch Contest for the little ones. The kids contest is free and so fun for the kiddos. You will definitely want to check out the weigh in’s for this years Deep Sea Round up in Port Aransas, Texas! Click here to take you to the Deep Sea Round Home page for registration and more info.

Thursday: Registration begins at 2 pm, dinner served at 6.

Friday: Late registration 6 am at Woody’s Sports Center and contest start.

6 am-Bay Surf Division begins.

7 am Offshore Division begins.

9 am Piggy Perch Contest for Kids

2 pm Cease Bay Surf Fishing

4 pm Cease Offshore Fishing

6 pm Bar Open @ Civic Center

7 pm Dinner @ Civic Center

Saturday:

6 amBay Surf Division begins.

7 am Offshore Division begins.

 9 am Piggy Perch Contest for Kids

2 pm Cease Bay Surf Fishing

4 pm Cease Offshore Fishing

6 pm Bar Open @ Civic Center

7 pm Dinner @ Civic Center

Sunday:

Noon the Bill & Bo Horn Memorial Fish Fry begins

1:15 pm Awards Ceremony followed by Raffle Drawing

 

Hope Devlin Kids Tournament, July 8-9th, 2016.

This kid friendly contest is open to anglers 16 and under. All benefits go to the Port Aransas Kiwanis Club Scholarship Program. For more info contact (361) 816-5282.

 

Outboard Fishing Tournament, July 15-17th, 2016.

This motor specific tournament has been an annual event for 42 years in Port Aransas. It is designed only for boats that have this outboard motor and benefits the local Port Aransas Volunteer Firefighters.

Thursday: Early registrations ends (July 14)

Friday: On-site registration 6-10 pm at the Port Aransas Civic Center.

Saturday: Late Registration is at 6-7 am at the City Harbor Office.

Saturday and Sunday:  Fishing starts at 7 am lasting until 3:30 pm. Weigh in is at 5 pm at the Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor at Robert’s Point Park Pavilion.

 

Majek Boat Owner Tournament, July 5-6th 2016.

An annual fishing contest of Port Aransas, the Majek Boat Owners Tournament, is a family friendly contest and a fun one at that! The interesting thing about this fishing tournament is that the anglers have to catch 3 fish, a redfish, a trout and one other. Should be an interesting weekend!

 

Texas Legends Billfish Tournament, August 10-14th, 2016.

A big Billfish deal in Port A! The Legends Billfish tournament is a large billfish tournament, in which boats may start out at any Texas harbor however the weigh in is in Good ‘Ol Port A. The weigh station will be set up at Virginia’s Dock in Port Aransas. This contest is focused on catch and release caught on videotape. Visit their website to learn more about this contest! This contest has big prize money at stake!

 

Texas Women’s Anglers Tournament, August 26-28th, 2016.

This is a popular off shore contest for women only! If you enjoyed the Powder Puff contest earlier this year, kick it up a notch with some deep sea fishing. This contest is also a qualifier for a larger Women’s Deep Sea Tournament. Early registration is through August 1st.

Friday: On-Site Registration at 5:30 pm with captain’s meeting at 8 pm at the Port Aransas Civic Center.

Saturday: Fishing begins at 6:30 am with lines out of water by 4:30 pm. Weigh in at 5 pm, closing at 8 pm.

Sunday: Awards brunch at 11 am at the Civic Center.

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Spring Time in Port Aransas/3 Things to know about Vacationing in Port A in the Spring.

Spring Time in Port Aransas/3 Things to know about Vacationing in Port A in the Spring.

Time to take a Spring Break!

Port Aransas is a beautiful place to be in the Spring at the beach in Texas!

Although most avoid the party side of Spring Break in March, there are those who enjoy the beautiful beaches of Port Aransas after the party ends. Port Aransas vacations tend to lean towards enjoyment, relaxing and taking a break from it all…but sometimes in the summer you don’t receive a very personal and intimate time due to the high volume of travelers. If you haven’t tried visiting Port Aransas in the Springtime, try it just once! And if you are here, these 3 things to know about visiting our beautiful Port A will benefit the time you spend here with us.

 Vacation Tip #1

If you know spring then you know that the weather is sometimes hit or miss due to the season but we think our beach is pretty all the time! Be sure to pack a light jacket and a pair of pants. When the sun goes down it can be chilly sometimes. Just to be on the safe side... You just never know what you’re going to get during the Spring time in Port Aransas, Texas. When you’re away from home it is better to be safe than sorry so it never hurts to bring a bottle of mosquito spray anywhere you go when you’re traveling in Texas.

 Vacation Tip #2

Bring a Camera! Spring is the prettiest season of Port Aransas. Everything is in bloom from the dunes to the landscaping. You are sure to catch beautiful hibiscus and so many native wild flowers during the spring season. You will appreciate the memories and so will your friends. This is also a great time of year to take family shots with all of the natural beauty that will be gleaming around you.

 Vacation Tip #3

Watch the calendar!-- You can see all of the “things to do” and events that Port Aransas has going on, on each Monthly segment of our  blog post entitled the, “Island Matters.”

There are so many things to enjoy during the Spring in Port Aransas. For one, Texas Sandfest is the largest sand sculpting competition in the world and it is hosted right here in Port A! Competitors travel from all over the world to sculpt in this “invitation only” event. Three days with master creations of sand, entertainment, family fun and beach. The Texas Sandfest is a great festival for families as well as the adult age. This year’s dates for the Texas Sandfest in Port Aransas are April 29-May 1st, this is a Friday-Sunday event and with a $5 purchase of a wristband, you are able to roam about the grounds and return each day with out paying-as long as you have your wristband. Children 12 and under get in for free!

Besides Sandfest, there are a couple of fishing competitions during April and May. Such as the IFA Redfish Tour that is presented by Cabelas (April  1st-3rd 2016) and the televised HT-3 professional fishing competition (May 18-21st, 2016).

Every First Friday of the month there is an art reception that is open to the public at the Port Aransas Art Center starting at 5:30 pm. You can enjoy great local artists and refreshments as you experience the Port Aransas community and celebrate this art festival with them. 

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Port Aransas Fishing Report 03-28-2016

Port Aransas Fishing Report 03-28-2016

This week’s fishing report from the docks of Deep Sea Headquarters, Port Aransas:

 

Our 8 hour trips this week caught Vermillion Snapper, Scamp Grouper, Amber Jacks, Dog Snapper and North Atlantic Sharpnose Shark. 

Our 12 Hr trip hauled in Amber Jacks, Vermillions Snapper and Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks.

18 year old Alex Schar from Boyse City, Texas caught a nice 47# Amber Jack on the 12 hr 3-26-16 Aboard the Pelican with Capt James Wheeler.

Bay Fishing have been catcing alot of Gafftops and a few Whiting.

3-25-16 8 year old Balin and 11 year old Zach from San Antonio, Texas had their hands full with Gafftops and Whiting aboard the Kingfisher with Capt Marvin Horner.

Private Bay Guides have been limiting out on Red Fish.

 

Stay tuned next week to see what new catches there may be!

Report by Marsha Walker - DSH  

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Texas Sandfest 2016

Texas Sandfest 2016

TEXAS SANDFEST: GIANT SAND SCULPTURES AND AMAZING BEACH ACTIVITIES

Originally a beach-play date, “The Texas Sandfest” is now the largest sand sculpting contest in the world. What started as something to keep the kids distracted as 2 young mothers relaxed in chairs while helping the kiddos create “sand works” of art is now something regarded as a very popular event that Port Aransas hosts.  And when we say popular, we mean popular!  This event will bring 1000’s of viewers/travelers! 

This event is judged on each artist’s skilled detail work, creativity and most importantly originality.  This year there will be two more competitors than last year, with 19 individuals all from different places and only a few that are local sculptors,. The Texas Sandfest contest is an invitational only event and this year is sure to show 2016 skill, style and personality! 

Sandfest Dolphins

Texas Sandfest is a non-profit organization that focuses on giving back to the community and raising funds for local charities as well as scholarships for the Port Aransas High School students. The event staff are all local Port Aransas volunteers that dedicate their time to this growing and world renown event. The event staff strive to make Texas Sandfest a huge success and continue to please not only families, but also adults that are out looking for something new to see! 

This year’s Texas Sandfest dates are April 29-May 1st, a Friday-Sunday event. Surrounding the “art area” will be vendors and the entertainment stage. This stage will host live music all day-all weekend for groovy good vibes. Friday the contest begins at Noon and ends at 6 pm. Saturday and Sunday are considered “all-day” events starting at 9 am and lasting until 6 pm. The judging will take place on Sunday! 

All wristbands are $5 and last all three days of the event; kids 12 and under get in for free! Don’t forget about the amateur contest and kids events! There will be sand castle building lessons for the kids and an open amateur contest for all ages. 

Be ready for a Texas time on Texas Sand! We are looking forward to this year’s 2016 Texas Sandfest! 

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Port Aransas Fishing Report 03-21-2016

Port Aransas Fishing Report 03-21-2016

This week’s fishing report from the docks of Deep Sea Headquarters, Port Aransas:

5 hrs trips have brought in Scallop Hammerhead Sharks, Sheepheads and Red Drum.

8 hour trips this week aboard the Pelican with Capt James Wheeler caught North Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, Blacktip Sharks and African Pompano. James DeLarosa from San Antonio, Texas had a nice 27# African Pampano.

24 hr trip on the Gulf Eagle with Capt. Kevin Hallor and Capt Jeff Wilson hauled in 81 Blackfin Tuna, large Amber Jacks, Scamp Groups, Vermillion Snapper, Barracuda and Almaco Jacks. Steve Kessler from Dekalb, IL hauled in a nice 69# Amber Jack and Jonathan Brackley from Katy, Texas had a nice 36# Barracuda.

The Bay trip had a nice catches of Gafftop and Whiting.

Stay tuned next week to see what new catches there may be! 

 

Report by Marsha Walker (DSH)

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Port Aransas Fishing Report 03-07-2016

Port Aransas Fishing Report 03-07-2016

This week’s fishing report from the docks of Deep Sea Headquarters, Port Aransas:

24 Hr Tuna Trips have been bringing in nice catches of Amber Jack and Blackfin Tuna.

3-6-16 24 Hr aboard the Gulf Eagle with Capt Kevin Haller had a nice catch of Amber Jacks Blackfin Tuna, Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks and Scamp Grouper.

3-6-16 24 Hr On the Pelican with Capt James Wheeler hauled in Blackfin Tuna, Amber Jacks, King Mackeral and Vermillion Snapper.

3-6-16 8 Hr on the Kingfisher with Capt Marvin Horner brought back Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks and a Flounder

3-5-16 12 Hr aboard the Kingfisher with Capt Marvin Horner had a nice catch of King Mackeral, Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, Vermillion Snapper and a 250 # Mako Shark caught by Javier Villanveva from San Antonio, Texas.

3-4-16 8 Hr aboard the Pelican with Capt James Wheeler caught King Mackeral Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, Lane Snapper and a Wahoo.

3-3-16 8 Hr on the Pelican with Capt James Wheeler Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, Vermillion Snapper Cubera Snapper and King Mackeral. Big King Mackeral caught by Dave Heefner from New Braunfels, Texas.

Bays Trips have had nice catches of Gafftops and Whiting.

Private Bay Guides have been bring in nice black and red drum.

Stay tuned next week to see what new catches there may be! 

 

Report By Marsha Walker - DSH

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Top 5 Port Aransas Spring Break Activities 2016

Top 5 Port Aransas Spring Break Activities 2016

Top 5 things to do on Spring Break in Port Aransas, Texas

Spring vacation is the treat before the season! Usually the weather is fairly warm and mostly sunny, the water warm enough to go for a swim. There are plenty of things to do and go see during Spring Break in Port Aransas. Here’s a list of our top 5 things to do in Port Aransas during spring break, whether you’re with family or chilling with friends! Along with some local tips to enjoy a safe and fun spring break!

 

1. Go to the beach!

Of course this seems like a no brainer and it is definitely a huge part of spring break! You will see tons and rows of cars lined up to reach the sandy beaches, sometimes with wait times over an hour to get on to the beach! The secret here is to wake up early and get set up! Otherwise you will be fighting the crowds as well as traffic, in search of your perfect beach spring break spot. You never know what Texas will offer as far as weather, so it’s best to bring a light jacket just in case it gets a little too chilly!

 

2. Learn how to Surf!

The Spring time is usually the best time in Port Aransas for a great spring surf session! The water is usually green and clear while the waves range from small and crumbly to bigger and strong! The BoardHouse of Port Aransas has many rental boards to choose from as well as anything else you may need to ride some waves. The crew at the BoardHouse are the some of the most helpful individuals and would never steer you in the wrong direction when it comes to surfing! There are plenty of places to get lessons around town also. It never hurts to whip out an old school long board but most beginners should start on a “soft topped” board to eliminate any potential injuries! Remember to swim at your own risk and always let someone know that you’re paddling out!

 

3. Get a Port A T-shirt!

With plenty of gift shops you might not know which has what and the coolest of that! The coolest thing when you’re a kid is to design your own t-shirt, which Destination and the Shark shop will help you do! Pick from so many different designs, colors and shirts to design the perfect memorabilia of your Spring Break Vacation in Port Aransas.

 

4. Visit the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

This spot is great for the family and cool to go see! There are so many different species of wildlife, birds and fish you will want to stay just to see what comes out! The viewing platform has a look out with a telescope to view the place at long distances as well as see for miles! There are two known resident gators that hang out here-but don’t let that scare you away! The two have been here for years and are very cool to see in person! There are so many different bird species to see. Definitely bring a camera, sunscreen, and binoculars to enjoy this spot to the fullest. And did we mention this is one of the best places in Port Aransas to watch the sunset!?

 

5. Get on Board Matee!

Port Aransas is home to the Red Dragon Pirate ship, which features excellent skits and games for the kids. Take a cruise during the day or at sunset and let the pirates entertain you as you travel into the channel. This ship is prepared for the 21 and over crowd also with plenty of yummy cocktails to choose from! Not only are the Pirates entertaining for the kids, adults will love them also. We guarantee you will crack up with their witty remarks and ship styled humor!

We hope you enjoy your 2016 Spring Break Vacation with us here on our beautiful island and are able to enjoy some of our top 5 things to do in Port Aransas during Spring Break!! Remember to stay safe travelling and drink responsibly!

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“Love is in the Port Aransas air with a Hint of Salt-Sweetheart Special 2016”

“Love is in the Port Aransas air with a Hint of Salt-Sweetheart Special 2016”

2016 really has a ring doesn’t it? With Valentine’s Day approaching quickly and hearts beating wildly, make sure you give her/him what they want this year. An early spring vacation in February has never broken any hearts and if you’re looking for the thing that will really make your other half smile; a trip to the beach will always be money well spent. 

Valentine’s Day is usually filled with romantic evenings and roses so try kicking it up a notch this year! You and your Valentine will never forget the memories made on our relaxing coast and thank each other all year long. Not to mention the weather is predicted to be beautiful and warm. 

There are plenty of beautiful and tasty places to dine as well as kick back and relax. We think everyone needs a little relaxation time and your valentine will appreciate that you gave them a dose of sun and fun this year. Use our website to select your dates of arrival and departure to see what properties and units are available to you for this Sweetheart Holiday. 

Thankfully for you, we have this Valentine’s Day special going on at our participating rental properties. Refer to the PROMO CODE: LOVE16 to receive a 15% discount on a new reservation between now and February 29th. This offer is valid on new reservations only and only with participating properties. All other reservation policies apply and offer cannot be combined with any other offers. 

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Port Aransas Fishing Report 02-08-2016

Port Aransas Fishing Report 02-08-2016

This week’s fishing report from the docks of Deep Sea Headquarters, Port Aransas:

Our 8 hour trip this week caught North Atlantic Sharpnose Shark and Vermillion Snapper.

2-7-16  12 Hr aboard the Kingfisher with Capt Marvin Horner hauled in a nice catch of Vermillion Snapper, Silk Snapper, Lane Snapper, Scamp, Rock Hind, Atlantic Sharpnose Shark and Amber Jacks

The Bay trip had a nice catches of Whiting.

Stay tuned next week to see what new catches there may be! 

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Port Aransas Fishing Report 02-01-2016

Port Aransas Fishing Report 02-01-2016

This week’s fishing report from the docks of Deep Sea Headquarters, Port Aransas:

Our 8 hour trip this week caught North Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, Vermillion Snapper and Ling.

Mike Balendi from Enid Oklahoma with his Ling caught 1-29-16 aboard the Kingfisher with Capt. Marvin Horner.

24 Hr Trip aboard the Gulf Eagle 1-31-16 with Capt. Kevin Haller and Capt. Jeff Wilson brought in Vermillion Snapper, Amber Jacks and King Mackeral.

24 Hr Trip aboard the Pelican 1-31-16 with Capt. James Wheeler and Capt John McIntyre hauled in a MONSTER MAKO weighing in at 427 #'s with Amber Jack and King Mackeral. Robert Parker from Wimberly, Texas caught the Mako

The Bay trip had a nice catches of Whiting.

Private bay guides have been bringing in Black Drum and Red Fish

Stay tuned next week to see what new catches there may be!  

 

Report By Marsha Walker

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Whooping Crane Festival 2016

Are you a South Texas Bird watcher? If so, this is the festival for you! The Whooping Crane Festival is an annual event that celebrates the migration of these magnificent creatures who travel to our Texas coast. This year is the 20th Anniversary of the event put on by the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau and has indeed been a success throughout the years. Port Aransas has become known as the “America’s Birdiest Small Coastal City” thanks to this festival.

If you have never seen a Whooping Crane, believe us, you won’t miss it! These are the tallest birds in North American and by far the most prestige creatures flying around. Their bodies are a beautiful “snow” white with a crimson cap on the head. They have long necks and long legs with an overall slender body that plumps at the tail. They each have a very loud call and a unique courtship dance! With a count of only 20 birds, these Cranes were almost extinct in the 1940’s. As of today due to conservationist efforts the number of birds has risen to 600 today.

The festival is open to the public with a small fee of $20 that goes towards the conservationist efforts of the endangered Whooping Cranes. There are individual tours, trips, and workshops that will be priced separately. This year’s dates are February 25-28th.Come see the official "Snow Birds" of Texas!

This year’s key note speaker this year is Carter Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. There will be special events taking place in celebration of the 20th anniversary including an evening painting and wine pairing class with world renowned photographer, Zhongjie Zheng. And if you’re bringing the family, a special family birding field trip is planned also!

Check out more of this event at the official website of the festival. www.whoopingcranefestival.org

You can register online for the events and festival by using your credit cards. Be sure to check this event out, it is one that you will not want to miss!

 

 

 

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Port Aransas Fishing Report 01-25-2016

Port Aransas Fishing Report 01-25-2016

This week’s fishing report from the docks of Deep Sea Headquarters, Port Aransas:

1-23-16 12 Hr aboard the Pelican with Capt. James Wheeler hauled in nice Amberjacks, Vermillion Snapper, Grouper and a 257 lb Mako Shark.  Matt Barber from Port Aransas brought in a impressive 37 lb Amberjack while Brad Cole from Billings Montanta hauled in a massive 257 lb Mako Shark

1-23-16 24 Hr on the Gulf Eagle with Capt. Kevin Hollar and Capt. Jeff Wilson.  Despite a full moon the angulars were able to bring back Black Fin Tuna, LIMITS of Amberjack, Vermillion Snapper and King Mackeral.

The Bay trip had a nice catches of Whiting.

Stay tuned next week to see what new catches there may be! 

 

Report by: Marsha Walker

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Port Aransas Fishing Report 01-20-2016

Port Aransas Fishing Report 01-20-2016

This week’s fishing report from the docks of Deep Sea Headquarters, Port Aransas:

Our 8 hour trip this week caught Vermillion Snapper Scamps, Stawberry Grouper and 14.8 lb School Master Snapper - Pending World Record aboard the Pelican with Capt James Wheeler, Pictures and details in next weeks report about the World Record.

Our 12 hr trip hauled in nice Amber Jack, Vermillion Snapper and Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks.

Had 2 - 24 Hr Tuna Trips returned on 1-16-16 aboard the Pelican Rod Reuter from Platteville, WI had a nice catch of Amber Jacks weighing in at 65 # & 70#'s with Capt James Wheeler and Capt John McIntyre, they caught 99 Black Fin, 16 Amber Jacks, 2 Grouper and 5 Vermillion Snapper.

1-16-16 aboard the Gulf Eagle with Capt Keven Hollar and Capt Jeff Wilson hauled in 13 Amber Jack, 28 Black Fin Tuna and 37 King Mackeral.

1-17-16  The Gulf Eagle returns off another 24 hr with Capt Kevin Hollar and Capt Jeff Wilson with 9 Amber Jack, 40 Black Fin Tuna, Gag Grouper and Vermillion Snapper

The Bay trip had a nice catches of Whiting.

Stay tuned next week to see what new catches there may be! 

 

 Report by Marsha Walker - DSH

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Top 10 Off-Season Things to do in Port Aransas

If you’re visiting for a weekend or maybe even a month in Port Aransas during the Fall, Winter and Spring season you are guaranteed ultimate relaxation! Most people avoid our beaches in these off season months but some would rather avoid the crowds.  There are many things to do in Port Aransas during these times of year and we know some secrets that keep others coming! Depending on the weather, Port Aransas can be a cold a beach town and seemingly desolate. However, for those who do take the time to travel here during these seasons know how beautiful Port Aransas can be! If you’re looking for something to do during these “off-season” months here are the top 10 things to do while in Port Aransas. Each destination has an attached URL for more information.

1.       South Texas Birding

There are several places located around town that you can take your binoculars and cameras for a refreshing nature scene. The most popular is the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center and Charlie’s Pasture. These two locations are remote from the town and offer nature at its quietest and best. Besides these two places, the jetty on the Port Aransas beach that faces the Corpus Christi Ship Channel offers views of not only birds but awesome ships! There are some places on HWY 361 that have entrances off to the bayside. Most of these places require a 4WD vehicle but there are some paved or caliche roads that are maintained by the state.

http://www.cityofportaransas.org/leonabelle_turnbull_birding_center.cfm Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center Website, including directions and other information.

http://www.cityofportaransas.org/nature_preserve.cfm Charlie’s Pasture Website, including directions and visitor information.

2.       Fisherman’s Wharf Tours/Fishing Cruises

Enjoy a guided Whooping Crane Cruise or a chartered fishing tour aboard the Fisherman’s Wharf infamous Skat Cat and Wharf Cat vessels.

http://wharfcat.com/winter.htm This is the link for the scheduled events of this year’s 2016 season!

3.       The Red Dragon Pirate Cruises

http://reddragonpiratecruises.com/schedule/

This cruise is not just for kids! Adults will love the Pirate show that is put on and will be entertained by the games the kids do play, plus drinks are served on board. Winter cruises are until January 29. Click the link above to see the schedule or call for more information!

4.       Beach Combing

There’s not a website for this because it’s plain and simple! Port Aransas is known for the many shells that wash up on shore from the Gulf of Mexico. From Port Aransas to the Fish Pass Jetties and further south, shells are scattered all over. You can do this anytime of the day and see very interesting shells and animals! The Padre Island National Seashore is further south but always has starfish washed on shore and large shells. Take the time to walk the beaches even if you are wrapped up in sweaters and scarves!

5.       Port Aransas Art Museum

The Art Museum offers many classes throughout the seasons to all levels of artists. If you’re here for a month check it out! You may find you have skills you didn’t even know about.

http://www.portaransasartcenter.org/classes-events/ Click here to the schedule of classes and the information for each one! Some do require supplies but down at the beach, your inner creativeness seems to awaken and your inspiration for art is thriving!

6.       Port Aransas Community Theatre

The PACT is a group of local individuals with a love for the performing arts. Each play is very well practiced and performed, so well that you WILL enjoy it with your company!

http://www.portaransascommunitytheatre.com/ Click here to find show times and ticket information!

7.       Whooping Crane Festival

The Whooping Crane Festival is put on by conservationists of Port Aransas and the Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau. This event is Feb 25-28 of this year with only a $20 registration fee. If you’re a birder, you definitely want to come out and see our official “Snow Birds.”

http://www.whoopingcranefestival.org/

8.       Texas Sandfest

Each year people from all over the world venture to Port Aransas to see the impressive professional sand sculptures that are created on our beach! There are many contestants and extremely creative sculptures! You won’t believe these artists are only using sand and maybe a little glue to make these beautiful and detailed sand creations.

www.texassandfest.org This year’s dates are April 29-May 1st.

9.       Fire it! Ceramics

Love painting and art? Fire it! Ceramics has pieces already formed where you can select your piece and paint it! You don’t get to work the clay at this place but let your inner creator break free as you design the pot, plate, or cup of your imagination!

http://www.fireitceramics.com/index.html

10.   Golfing

Play a round of golf on a professional Arnold Palmer designed golf course! La Palmilla is just off of HWY 361 with gorgeous greens and fairways. The scenery lets you know that you’re still at the beach while you Tee off!

http://palmillabeach.com/

 

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Port Aransas Vacation Rentals and Port Aransas Beach Rentals

Stay with Sandcastle Condos in Port Aransas! Visit Sandcastle Condominiums today for Port Aransas Beach Rentals! Sandcastle Condos in Port Aransas, Texas is located on Mustang Island beach. This beachfront resort offers spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, miles of beach to explore, and an excellent place just to get away from it all. Sandcastle Beachfront Resort Condominium specializes in Port Aransas Vacation Rentals and has 150 vacation rental units; each with cable TV, complete kitchen, fresh linens and daily towel service. Looking for Things to Do while in Port Aransas? Our Things To Do section has great places to eat in Port Aransas, places to rent golf carts in Port Aransas and much more. 

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