There’s a good reason Port A’s nickname is the “Fishing Capital of Texas.” It has many locations, from piers to jetties and out into the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, where you can do your best to reel in your next big fish story. After an exhilarating day fishing, take a calm ride in search of dolphins and other marine life. Dolphin Dock in Port Aransas offers everything from four-hour day trips to 60-hour fishing safari outings, as well as dolphin spotting tours. Find them at 300 W Cotter Ave in Port A or call 1-800-EYE-FISH to start planning your Gulf of Mexico exploration.

Types of Fish

For the anglers heading out, you can anticipate snagging tarpon, kingfish, tuna, marlin, sailfish, kingfish, mahi mahi, amberjack, wahoo, and many others. Let the captain know what you’re looking for and they can pilot the boat to popular locations for those species. On your dolphin-spotting tour, you’re bound to spot dolphins, as well as several other species of marine life.

Boats & Excursions

Depending on the type of excursion you book, there are four boats to help you explore the water. Board the Captain Paul for dolphin watch trips, as well as the four-hour state/bay trips. The Dolphin is used for five- to 80-hour trips and also offers sleeping quarters and showers. The La Pesca is also used for five- to 80-hour trips, but moves a little more quickly through the water, meaning more fishing time! Board the Dolphin Express – a fast and roomy vessel – for excursions of 5-12 hours offshore or for your private charter.

What’s Included

Don’t worry about any fishing equipment, tackle, or bait. Also, each boat has an ice-cold fish box to keep your catch as fresh as possible before heading back to the docks in Port Aransas. All boats are stocked with water, soda, snacks, crackers, chips, and sandwiches, so please no outside food, drinks, or coolers. For an additional fee, have your catch cleaned, filleted, and bagged, as well as freezing for up to two weeks if necessary.

What to Bring

After you secure your Texas saltwater fishing license. Then secure your smartphone or camera, clothing (for overnights), and sun gear like hats, sunglasses, and lotion.

Exploring the Sea with Dolphin Dock in Port Aransas

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port Aransas provided by Sandcastle Condos, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf – where you’ll venture out in search of fish and other sea life, as well as many area attractions, shopping, dining, and activities the area has to offer. We offer efficiency-style units for your solo fishing excursion, all the way up to four-bedroom units to share the fun with all your friends and family. Prepare a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax, enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio, or spend some time in the pool or on the sundeck.

Contact us today to book your stay in Port A!


  • Street: 300 W Cotter Ave
  • City: Port Aransas
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78373


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