Captain Kelly’s Deep Sea Headquarters, Port Aransas

One of the many things to do in Port Aransas is go fishing!  While there are great places to fish around the island, nothing beats a fishing excursion!  We had an incredible time with Captain Kelly’s Deep Sea Headquarters!  We not only caught our limit, but the boat even caught it’s limit, so everyone was catching fish!

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

Fishing trips start early, so arrive with plenty of time to check in, have breakfast, go to the restroom (of course there are restrooms onboard), and have a fishing license and anything else you might need.  I suggest sunscreen, a fishing hat, and comfortable shoes with good, non-slip soles!

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

The boat provides poles and bait, and has drinks and snacks for sale.

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

They offer various fishing trips, including a bay trip, 5-hour, 8-hour and even 3-day tuna fishing trips!  We were doing an 8-hour trip, which is about 4 hours of travel to the fishing locations, and 4 hours of fishing!  Once you get past the beach, it was an easy ride with little waves, although we have been out fishing on windier days when you had to hang on!

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

During the ride to the fish, you can just sit back and enjoy the view!  We saw boats, birds, and plenty of dolphins!  My husband and boys all took a little nap, it was early, and we had spent the night on the beach after arriving in Port Aransas about midnight, and knowing we were getting up at 6am, I didn’t want to spend the money on a room.

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

Fishing lines ready to go in the water.  The captain and crew were amazing!  They bait your lines, take off your fish and help you with anything you need!

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

My husband landed the first fish!  It was a whopper kingfish, mostly what we caught that day!  There were red snappers everywhere, but it was still a few days before the June 1st start of Red Snapper Season!

Catching a fish is so exciting, because you have to MOVE to keep fighting the fish, and everyone makes way for you to come in!  On really big fish, you might have to go around the boat once or twice!  Again, the captain and crew were amazing at helping everyone!

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

I loved how clear the water was.  No touch-ups here, just beautiful clear blue water!  We could see the fish swimming and sometimes even bite the bait!

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

We all loved it but my youngest, 10, most of all!  He had an absolute blast fighting the fish, and after he caught his limit, some of the other passengers would even let him bring in their fish when they got tired!

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

One of the really exciting moments was when a barracuda decided our fish were easy targets and would chase the fish we were trying to bring in!  It even caught one as they were reeling it in, taking a big bite out of the tail!  Of course, the water was so clear that we could all watch the show!

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

My son fighting a big one!

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

My daughter, who loves to fish, caught her limit, too!  She prefers catch and release, something you don’t do on a fishing boat because they spear the fish to bring them in.

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

My son posing with one of his catches!

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

We saw plenty of sharks, too!  My oldest caught this monster, and fought him for about 25 minutes before he got off the line!  He was wore out, and of course a little disappointed!

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

I thought it was really neat to fish near the drilling rigs!  We had an amazing day, and

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

On the way back, we again saw several dolphins, and the captain spotted a sailfish!  He turned the boat around and the crew drug a line for about 3 passes to try to catch it, but it didn’t bite!  How much fun would that have been?!

Deep Sea Headquarters Fishing Port Aransas

Here’s the catch of the day!  My husband was thrilled that the longest was his!  If you look on the front, bottom row, you’ll see 2 fish who were bitten by the barracuda!  We kept 9 fish in total.  Here’s where the real work begins, too!  We didn’t bring an ice chest large enough for the fish!  There is a stand there at the dock with people who will clean and cut the fish for you.  We had one cut restaurant-ready, and we took 3 lbs of it to Fins, the restaurant that is part of Deep Sea Headquarters.  They will cook your catch.  We have eaten here several times before so we already knew it was a terrific restaurant!  We had 1 lb. grilled, 1 lb. blackened and 1 lb. fried.  It also comes with a ton of sides.  We were exhausted but a few drinks and a good meal later, we were very happy!  I should have taken a picture of the fish, and my drink served in a pineapple, but again, I was exhausted!    Next time, because there will definitely be a next time!

One More Thing

The crew really works their tails off on these trips, and for most, tips are the bounty of the trip, so be sure to tip them!  Not sure how much?  A suggested amount is like a server at a restaurant, about 10-20%, depending on how attentive they were to you!  Click HERE to read an article from Orvis for a better breakdown!

Things To Do in Port Aransas

Play

Play on the beach!  You can drive on the beach and park with a $12 Annual Parking Pass!  It’s sold at Convenience Stores and a by a golf cart on the beach.

Take a ride on the Port Aransas Ferry!  It’s FREE and fun!



 Deep Sea Headquarters 

440 W. Cotter Ave., Port Aransas

Click HERE to visit their website.


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