Port Aransas Charters & Excursions
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Charters & Excursions

Beacon Charter Services

There are a seemingly endless number of reasons that travelers pack their bags and head to scenic Port Aransas, Texas in the name of vacation fun each year. While some come to make the most of their time on the shoreline soaking up the sun, others come to enjoy outdoor recreation at its best. Port Aransas is a prime place to enjoy everything from shopping and dining to boating, swimming, sunbathing, and exploring! It’s also an amazing place for anglers to embrace the hobby and sport they love while reeling in exciting catches year-round. Whether you’re an experienced angler looking for insight on the best places to cast a line, or you’re new to fishing and could use some expert guidance, booking an on-the-water excursion through Beacon Charter Services while you’re in town is always a good idea!

Fish with the Best in Port Aransas

Those who book with Beacon Charter Services will find they can easily customize their angling excursion to meet their personalized needs and wants. They’ll also love the opportunity to fish with the very best at their side! Beacon Charter Services is operated by Captain Charles Bujan who is licensed through the United States Coast Guard as well as the State of Texas. This Port Aransas native has family roots in the area dating back to the late 1800s when Mustang Island was first being established by settlers. Time on the water has long been a family trade as well with Bujan’s father, grandfather, and uncles taking to the water as boatmen and fishermen alike. As a result, Captain Bujan has both a deep respect and knowledge of the waters that surround Port Aransas ranging from the bay to the flats. He’s well-versed in the many fish species that call these waters home and is passionate about helping others get out on the water and enjoy the experience of fishing in this area as well.

What You Might Reel In

Whether you book a half-day charter or a full day of fun—year-round, those who partner with Beacon Charter Services are likely to reel in something exciting! Winter visitors will be just in time to cast a line in pursuit of trout, black drum, or redfish alike. Sheepshead are also prominent in the waters this time of year. Adventurers who are heading this way in the summer will find the waters teeming with the likes of king fish—particularly near the jetties.

Charter Service Contact Information:

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  • City: Port Aransas
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78373

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Book Your Port Aransas Adventure Today!

There’s never been a better time to enjoy a journey to Port Aransas. Reach out to Sandcastle Resort Condominiums today to learn more about booking a stay through us the next time you’re in town.
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Bill Buster Sportfishing

With a nickname like “Fishing Capital of Texas,” Port Aransas has many locations, from piers to jetties and out into the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, where you can cast a line in search of your next big catch. Bill Buster’s Sportfishing, located in the Port Aransas City Marina at Dock #8, has just what you need to sail the high seas on a Port A deep sea fishing excursion of a lifetime. The marina is located at 301 J C Barr Blvd in Port A, and you can visit the website or call 361-749-5223 to start planning your Port Aransas sportfishing excursion. Don’t forget to secure a Texas saltwater fishing license before departure!

Types of Fish

Being one of Port A’s go-to charter companies for deep sea excursions, 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.

Boats & Excursions

You’ll depart on one of the three USCG-documented vessels. Climb aboard the 31’ “Reel Fisher,” the 35’ “Alyse Allyn,” or the 38’ “Bill Busters V,” to set sail for an exciting time. Each vessel is available for 6, 8, 10, or 12-hour excursions. The single flat rate for each excursion covers a group of 1-6 anglers.

What’s Included

Your reservation includes all the bait, tackle, and ice for your catches. Boats are fully equipped for your adventure, including safety gear like life vests. They can also arrange for fish cleaning and prep back at the dock.

What to Bring for Sport fishing in Port Aransas, Texas

First, you’ll want to secure your Texas saltwater fishing license. Next, you’ll pack whatever you need for a fun time on the water. Fill a cooler with drinks and snacks (no glass, please), dress for the weather, and make sure to include sun protection like hats, sunglasses, and sun lotion. Don’t forget your smartphone or camera to capture all the memories – including proof of your big catches!

Visit the Fishing Capital of Texas

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port A provided by Sandcastle Condos, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf, as well as many area attractions, shopping, dining, and activities like deep sea fishing 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 a Port Aransas sportfishing experience with all your fishing buddies. Prepare the catch of the day, or any other meal you please, in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, 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 and make sport fishing in Port Aransas, Texas memories to last a lifetime!

ADDRESS

  • Street: 136 W Cotter Ave
  • City: Port Aransas
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78373

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Coastal Charters

When you book a deep-sea fishing charter with Coastal Charters, you’ll instantly feel like one of us. We’ll share our decades of expertise and insider tips. Captain Danny Dorman has been fishing his whole life--so we know how to make your trip exactly what you want it to be. Choose from four boats, ranging in size from 31 to 46 feet long, each one fully equipped for a great day out on the water. Our captains and crews fish for a living and there’s no better life than that!

ADDRESS

  • Street: 900 Tarpon Street
  • City: Port Aransas
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78373

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Dolphin Dock

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!

ADDRESS

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

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El Gato Charters

If you want to explore the “Fishing Capital of Texas” on your own terms, there are plenty of places where anglers can drop a line. Piers, jetties, bays, and many other places offer great fishing, but there’s nothing like venturing out into the deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico in search of a great fish story. El Gato Charters in Port Aransas can help get you to where you need to be to reel in what you’re looking for.

Types of Fish

Fish the deep sea and you can anticipate snagging tarpon, kingfish, tuna, marlin, sailfish, kingfish, mahi mahi, amberjack, wahoo, and many others. For a bay excursion, expect to hook redfish, speckled trout, drum, flounder, and even sheepshead.

Excursions with El Gato Charters in Port Aransas

Head out into the deep waters of the Gulf on an eight-hour or longer Port Aransas charters or explore the bay on a five-hour or eight-hour trip. Have a different experience with their special “Black-N-Cast,” which includes a duck hunt. Each excursion is priced for 1-2 people, with additional per-person rates for up to six people.

What’s Included

Your Port Aransas charters reservation includes bait, tackle, and ice for your catches. The boat is fully equipped for your adventure, including safety gear like life vests. We can also arrange for fish cleaning and prep back at the dock.

What to Bring

Make sure the first thing on your list is a Texas saltwater fishing license. You’ll also want to pack things like your hat, sunglasses, and sun lotion for a safe time on the water. When making your reservation, be sure to ask about guidelines for any refreshments you may want to bring with you.

Cast a Line in Port A

Staying in a vacation rental in Port A provided by Sandcastle Condos means you’ll have easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf, many area attractions, shopping, dining, and activities like deep sea or bay fishing the area has to offer. Choose from efficiency-style units for your solo fishing excursion, all the way up to four-bedroom units to share a Port A fishing experience with all your fishing buddies. Prepare the catch of the day, or any other meal, in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax. Enjoy the view from your unit’s 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 with fishing memories to keep you coming back again and again!

ADDRESS

  • Street: 1111 Whispering Sands
  • City: Port Aransas
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78373

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Fennessey Ranch

The Fennessey Ranch is part of a legendary 750,000 acre Texas land empire that has remained in the same family for 171 years.  The ranch consists of 4,000 acres of abundant wetlands, meadows, natural lakes, riparian woods and brush land and bordered on three sides by the Mission River. The Fennessey is located in the heart of the Central Flyway along a region of the Texas coastline known as the “Coastal Bend.”  The Fennessey has opened its gates for a wide array of unique recreational opportunities.

ADDRESS

  • City: Bayside
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78340

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Fisherman’s Wharf in Port Aransas

Port A is the perfect place for your next island and beach vacation full of rest and relaxation. Well-known as a fishing town – we’re the Fishing Capital of Texas after all – Fisherman's Wharf in Port Aransas has what you need to make the best of your water adventures with everything you need, from bait and tackle to apparel and accessories to shield you from the beat of the Texas sun while enjoying a day on the water.

Fishing

Experience Port A fishing at its best when you charter a fishing excursion. Offshore fishing excursions take you out into the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. Charter a trip for just six hours on the water all the way up to two full days – including overnight – on the water. All anglers 17 and older must have a valid Texas saltwater fishing license before departure from the dock.

Sunset Cruise & Dolphin Watch

Wind down at the end of a busy day of fishing or any other Port A adventure you may have in store. The captain and crew pilot the boat to take you in search of the best view of a Port Aransas sunset, while also searching for dolphins and other marine life.

Jetty Boat

The boat runs daily between the wharf and the base of the North Jetty on San Jose Island. It’s the only way to access the North Jetty and the beautiful, uninhabited shores of San Jose Island for fishing, birding, beachcombing, swimming, and other water activities. Keep in mind San Jose Island is a private island, and visitors are not permitted past the beach.

Services

The docks of the wharf offer necessities like bait, tackle, provisions, hats, sunglasses, and more can be purchased before setting sail. Make sure to fuel up at the fuel dock or take advantage of on-site fish cleaning services.

Dining

Refuel and head back out or celebrate a productive day on the water with fresh seafood served right at the wharf restaurant in Port Aransas, TX. Grumbles Seafood Co. is located right at the wharf and serves locally caught seafood. Pull into the docks for a dock-and-dine experience and enjoy your meal while looking out over some of the best waterfront views in Port A.

Everything You Need at the Fisherman's Wharf in Port Aransas

Enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf, plus proximity to shopping, and dining, activities, and Fisherman’s Wharf, where you’ll find all your fishing excursion needs. Choose an efficiency-style unit for a solo trip, all the way up to a four-bedroom to accommodate a larger group. Prepare the catch-of-the-day or another delicious home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then relax in an open living space. Enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio or spend some time near our community pool. Contact us today to start planning your retreat to Port A!

ADDRESS

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

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Handsome Sailor Yacht

Let Capt. Tom take you sailing! What could be better than basking in the sun while sailing on sparkling blue water, listening to reggae music, beach combing for shells, and enjoying a relaxing day on our catamaran? At Handsome Sailor Yacht Charters, we can take you sailing, dolphin-watching, birding, island-hopping, beachcombing, snorkeling...

ADDRESS

  • Street: 6413, 508 Bigelow St.
  • City: Port Aransas
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78336

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Island Moorings Marina

A world-class marina with state-of-the-art concrete floating dock system, ship's store, restaurant, yacht sales office, swimming pool, bath house and  laundromat. Located across the bay from Corpus Christi on Port Aransas Mustang Island, only minutes from deep water fishing. Stock up with fuel, beer, wine, ice, bait, tackle and more at our ship store! After a day on the water, clean off in the available air-conditioned showers and restrooms that are available during store hours. Island Moorings Marina is on the Port Aransas Shuttle route that operates daily, providing transportation.

ADDRESS

  • Street: 3500 Island Moorings Pkwy
  • City: Port Aransas
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78373
The marina is located across Hwy 361 from Palmilla Beach Golf Course.

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STORE HOURS

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

HOLIDAY HOURS

Closed Dec. 24-25 Closed Jan. 1

Marina Amenities for Your Boat

Stock up on everything you need for yourself and your amazing water adventures in the ship’s store. Your vessel still needs care. The marina has self-serve pump-out facilities that are available 24/7. When you need to fuel up before setting sail, the gas station has both diesel and non-ethanol fuel. There is a mean depth of 8’ in the marina basin and out Piper Channel.

Regular Reservations

To reserve a slip for any length of time outside any emergency conditions, you may do so online at the website.

Tropical Storms & Hurricanes

If your boat doesn’t have a home slip in the marina but you’re caught in the storm, the first-come, first-serve slips will offer you and your boat shelter from the storm. If you need to bring your boat in, you MUST come to the marina in person with a driver’s or captain’s license, as well as current declarations page for liability coverage of the boat. Once the paperwork is complete and payment made, you will be assigned a slip. Once a storm is NAMED, the minimum stay is one (1) week. On-shore business may mean marina personnel cannot answer phone calls. Reservations CANNOT be made over the phone for storm accommodations.
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Island Queen

Experience the Beauty of Nature aboard the Mustang a 65 foot USCG Certified Trimaran Port A's Finest Tour Boat.

ADDRESS

  • Street: 136 WEST COTTER STREET
  • City: Port Aransas
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78373

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