This Thanksgiving holiday, Port Aransas anglers are giving thanks for black drum.
Sharon Keehlisen of Woody’s Sports Center said she knows of quite a few guides who went out recently and came back with limits of drum caught around the flats and the south jetty. They’ve also been scoring slot redfish and speckled trout, she said.
Folks have been reeling in large gafftop and small flounder at Port Aransas piers, Keehlisen said. Sheepshead are starting to show up more around the south jetty and the wells in Corpus Christi Bay, she said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Wyatt Hickman said bay guides’ customers have been hooking limits of redfish and some black drum. Flounder is starting to show up in the flats, he said.
Port Aransas headboat businesses generally haven’t been sending many boats offshore due to the recent cold, blustery weather, but that’s starting to change, with the weather warming up. Boats were out today, and they’re planning to go out tomorrow, too.
Deep Sea Headquarters did manage to get an eight-hour trip out the other day, and it came back with some kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark, according to Art Purma, who works at the business.
Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving from all of our at the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau. Click here for a link of open restaurants in town. Our visitors center will close Wednesday, November 27 at noon and re-open Friday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m.
David Lindo, The Urban Birder, recently visited Port Aransas from the United Kingdom. David is interested in bringing groups of birders to visit us next year! Here's his blog posts:
The sights and sounds of Christmas will ring throughout the City Harbor area of Port Aransas once again as island residents and visitors board boats and participate in the Annual Carolers Afloat and Boat Lighting Contest and Parade. A unique and fun way to enjoy the spirit of Christmas, whether you qualify as a candidate for the Metropolitan Opera or just enjoy singing in the shower, is to climb aboard, pick up a song book and sing, sing, sing.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Carolers are asked to arrive at Roberts Point Park Pavilion (near the Ferry Landing) by 6 p.m. and the boats will depart promptly at 6:30 p.m. Participants and spectators will be treated to the traditional menus of hot cocoa, tamales and cookies upon their return to shore. And, of course feature attraction of the event will be Santa Claus making his appearance via the U. S. Coast Guard to visit with the children at the Pavilion after the parade.
The ever-popular Boat Lighting Contest and Parade will be a major part of the evening’s festivities. Cash prizes will be awarded courtesy of local businesses to the best-decorated boats in four categories and “most original”. There are several categories to compete in depending on boat size Loan of a boat and captain for non-profit organizations interested in participating is also available For an entry form or further information on the Boat Lighting Contest and Parade and Carolers Afloat, call the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau at 361-749-5919 or toll-free at 800-45-COAST. Come help us celebrate the season ~ Island Style!