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Port Aransas Fishing Guides - How to Pick the Right One

Updated: Jun 22



Since there are more than 350 Port Aransas fishing guides, you need to know how to choose a guide that has the right set of skills and extensive knowledge about fishing. In other words, not all guides are cut from the same cloth. For example, some fishing guides in Port Aransas are expert level anglers, but lack the ability to effectively transfer their skills and knowledge to less experienced anglers or beginners. So while you are looking for a Port Aransas fishing charter, you can use the tips below to help you find a charter captain or guide that is right for you and your group.

You Need A Licensed Fishing Guide in Port Aransas

Port Aransas fishing guides that are licensed by the United States Coast Guard and by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department can assure you of your safety when you are fishing out on the open ocean. These guides must have a Captain’s license, an All-Water Fishing Guide license, and boat registration. The license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard (six-pack license) allows a guide to carry up to six paying passengers, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife license is for boat registration.

Any fishing guide in Port Aransas needs the All-Water Fishing Guide license to legally operate a saltwater Port Aransas fishing charter. Guides are also legally required to get first aid and CPR training. Don’t shy away from asking your guide to produce all these documents before you embark on your Port Aransas fishing trips.


Ask about the fish

Another thing you need to do after verifying the paperwork is ask about the type of fish you are going to catch in your fishing trips. There are guides that specialize in catching specific types of fish while others can help you catch almost any of the basic fish species. You can expect to catch species such as redfish, speckled trout, black drum, sheepshead, and flounder during your fishing trips.


What About The Boat?

Just because a boat has a fresh coat of paint, does not mean that its captain is the best fishing guide in Port Aransas. Don’t judge the boat, choose the captain. But this does not mean that you should sacrifice comfort or ignore faults such as lack of amenities. A significant number of charter boats are either consoles or sportfishing boats. Consoles are exposed but they are fast on the water and have a basic toilet, but sportfishing boats have plenty of space and proper toilets below deck. Generally, as long as the boat is stable and comfortable, and the captain is experienced, you are good to go.


Kingfish Adventures Offers Full Service

You need to choose a fishing charter that provides full service just like Kingfish Adventures. Kingfish Adventures Port Aransas fishing Charter offers experienced guides and comfortable vessels. Our Port Aransas fishing guides will help you catch fish, and our catering service will prepare that fish in whatever way you want. We will also help find lodging for you and your group at one of the many upscale vacation homes in Port Aransas. Contact us today for more information.

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