Rockport is one of the best saltwater fishing areas. Every person has their favorite place for fishing around the state. But Aransas Bay and the waters coastline offer you spectacular inshore fishing for spotted trout and redfish. Here you will get diverse opportunities to enjoy. Fish the surf, cast from a kayak, or hop on a little draft boat to run near the flooded grass flats in less than a water foot. Additionally, you can also enjoy a ride on a giant offshore vessel to chase Dorado, marlin, and big game.
Aransas Bay is a place full of big redfish and trout running around. Anglers keep both the species favorably with conventional tackle and fly-fishing gear. Boating will help you to navigate the backwaters and channels around here.
Aransas Bay is known for its tremendous and productive fishery. However, many smaller bays provide excellent fishing. Redfish is the second-largest bay compared to Aransas Bay; it is a large outfall with great spotted trout and redfish. Besides that, you can work the waters of Copano, Mesquite, Carlos and St. Charles bays without leaving Rockport.
Shore Fishing San Jose Island
This island is between the three different bays, and it has some excellent fishing for shore anglers. Aransas, Matagorda, and Carlos Bays are all available through land here. At the same time, most of the islands are private land. You can walk on the beaches, staying under the high-water mark to legally fish off any shoreline. The shoreline’s good portion is shallow water with excellent redfish territory. Spotted trout serve to hang on the outside and are accessible with a long cast or a kayak or paddleboard to reach the flats’ sides.
Sheepshead and giant black drum are also present on the flats. If you want to, you will see a tarpon group, or crevalle jack will go through the path and put up a serious fight.
The Mustang Island Jetty
This is near San Jose Island; here, you can enjoy a drive from Rockport or ferry to San Jose Island and arrive at Mustang Island. On both sides of the island, two jetties exist. They are filled with sand and only flow slowly throughout a storm, but the houses still offer excellent access and fishing.
The jetties are a perfect place for shore fishing because it offers you access to deeper waters. You can find a black drum and flounder right off the shore. Redfish and some of the larger spotted trout also use the jetty habitat. Mustang Island State Park has a way to reach the southern Jetty, but you also have to pay a small fee to enter the park. You can bypass the park on side roads, but you can lose access to the park facilities, and the drive may become more difficult.
Deepwater calls for weighted lures that can reach the fish that live down there. To reach the deeper waters, you need a boat, but fishing from a jetty means shore anglers can work the deep areas and catch fish off the rocks.
South Padre Island
The Padre Island seashore is another place to visit for fishers. This place is an excellent mix of surf fishing, boat access, and commercial operators for offshore and inshore trips. Shore fisherman with a quality four-wheel-drive vehicle you can drive to more remote beaches. Bring a shovel and sand tracks with you because sometimes the sand can trap even the best cars around.
The north part of the jetties is an artificial reef under construction. This place will attract you towards its variety of species, and you might catch red snapper, flounder, and drum in and surround the beach. South Padre is famous as the giant sea trout and redfish hunting for food in the grass flats.
Lots of commercial guides operate in this region, and offshore fishing can be sensational here. Tarpon migrates around the island; sailfish are present in the open ocean environment. Here is where you can see blue marlin.
As your preference, you can take an offshore charter right out of Rockport or off Padre Island. Both of these areas have great charter captains running far out into bluewater environments. The boats are incredibly comfortable, and traveling to bluewater is an experience you will never forget.