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Port Aransas is known as a Gulf Coast fishing capital and whether you just want a fun day on the water with friends, a child-entrancing cruise, or are a serious angler, the place to go is Deep Sea Headquarters. Port A is the perfect place for on the water adventure for people of all ages and interests, and the Gulf waters offer everything from teeny minnows to giant whales in abundance.
Palmilla Beach recommends DSH because it’s owned and operated by Captain Kelly who began as a deckhand and rose to own the business (plus three popular Port Aransas restaurants, and a golf cart rental company). Kelly is a local who believes in customer service.
Hugely popular with families, DSH offer the 2-hour Red Dragon Pirate Ship cruise complete with a 30 minute pirate show, treasure hunt, and sword fighting for your little swashbuckler. For older kids they have the 1.5-hour Scarlet Lady Dolphin Adventure on a 50 person catamaran in protected waters. Their fleet also includes the custom-built Gulf Eagle with air-conditioned cabin and table seating, the King Fisher party boat, and the 70 foot Pelican for private charters.
Book a 3.5 hour bay trip, a 5, 8, 12, 24, a 60 hour trip or even a long-range tuna expedition. DSH offers a full bar and snacks on board too, plus state-of-the-art fishing equipment, bait, and tackle.
Nobody knows the water, the fish, the techniques, and the audience like the professional deckhands, captains and staff at DSH. They have done everything from multiple shark catching expeditions for a nightclub in Austin that used live sharks beneath their dance floor, to hosting all the Disney On Ice staff cast and crew for a private charter.
Their customers have caught 700 lb. sharks and 600 lb. Blue Fin Tunas. But the best thing about DSH is that they ensure everybody has a wonderful time whether or not the fish are biting.
They have a fishing license service on premises, a retail store, and a fish cleaning facility where they can fillet your catch for dinner. Take it next door to Fin’s Grill and Icehouse, and they will cook it for you — ask for a rough fillet and then store your catch. Want to mount your catch? They can help with that too.
Texas state waters are open for fishing year round, but in July you can fish both state and federal waters for red and Vermillion Snapper, Speckled Trout, Kingfish, Black Drum, Tripletail, Sheepshead, Shark Grouper, Ling, Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, and even Wahoo in deeper waters farther from the coast. DSH’s Mac Owens says fall is tuna season and they can take you 200 miles off-shore during dark-moon periods to target some serious Yellow Fin if that’s your interest, but Red Snapper is plentiful in the Summer, and Vermillion in winter so there is fish-a-plenty in all seasons. The professionally trained staff at DSH go above and beyond to make sure your party has a marvellous time in well-maintained boats, in a safe environment, with experienced crews who are detail-oriented and understand both the weather and the tides of the Gulf.
A family-friendly fishing company that prides itself on professionalism while offering trips that will appeal to every age group, DSH is popular with both neophytes and tournament professionals. Port Aransas has a lot to offer and with some of the most beautiful coastline in the country, and the deep waters of the Gulf, it is a major fishing destination. Let DSH be your guide on your next visit to Palmilla Beach and enjoy the beautiful waters of the Texas Gulf Coast in style.
Check out MyFunPortA.com to book your next family ocean adventure with the team at Deep Sea Headquarters.