Monday, November 12, 2007

Port Aransas Fishing Trip

I received this email from Mike T. in Austin and thought you might like reading about his office fishing trip. Looks like you all had a great trip, wish I had been there.

If you have an adventure in the Texas Outdoors that you think others might be interested in please pass it and your pictures on and I will publish them as time allows. Wild Ed

Dear Wild Ed,
I hear many of my close friends and sportsman complaining about the high cost of hunting and fishing these days. Yes, there are a lot more people hunting and fishing and the cost for our sport has gone through the roof in many cases. I am an avid fisherman and some of my co-workers had been asking me to put together a fishing trip for them. All of the guys are sports minded men, but most of them had never fished the Texas coast or been out on a charter boat before. We decided to rent a nice condo right on the beach. This time of year you can get a really nice 4 bedroom condo with full kitchen for 2 nights. The cost ran $60 per night, per person. (That is a real deal even during the off season.) I also reserved 4 spots on the Scat Cat just to give the guys a taste of what saltwater fishing is all about. As you can see from the pictures, we caught a variety of sharks, amberjack, kingfish, various snapper, pompano, tuna and a few other species. These types of party boat trips may not be for folks that fish all the time or can afford private charters, but they are a great way to introduce your children, friends or anyone that wants to learn what saltwater fishing is all about. The deck hands went to a lot of trouble to make sure all the kids, ladies and new fisherman got a chance to reel in one of the larger fish, and made it really fun for the people who had never been out on a boat before. There are several different charter companies in Port Aransas and each one caters to a different group of customer. First timers may want to use the Scat Cat as it is a large air conditioned boat and should the seas be rough, the larger boats help keep seasick newcomers to a minimum. You can put together a trip like this for under $250 per person. That is not bad for a real weekend of fun with friends and family.
Mike T.

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