Amberjack Season and Blackfin Tuna

Posted on May 19th, 2019 by Captain

2019 Amberjack Season opens August 1st and ends October 31st. This year, Gulf anglers will have 92 days to fish for Amberjack in Federal waters.

If you are interested in a late summer fishing vacation, August through October is a great time to fish the waters off Port Aransas.
With Summer crowds winding down the fishing is still on fire with a variety of species to target that will fill your freezer.

Our usual Summer catches include Red Snapper, Mahi, Wahoo, Marlin and Sailfish, as well as other species like Ling, Kingfish and Shark.
Starting in August we get to add a couple more to our list. Amberjack and Tuna.

Amberjack are hard fighting fish, sometimes referred to as “Reef Donkeys” because of their pulling power. If a big fish is on your bucket list, the Amberjack will put you to the test. The bag limit is 1 per person with a 34 in minimum fork length.

Shrimp boats  dragging their nets in 200-300 ft of water become floating buffet tables for Bonita and Blackfin Tuna. This hands-on style of fishing is fast and action packed! There are no size or bag limits with Blackfin so we can catch them until your arms fall off!

If you’re looking for a meat haul, late summer is a good time to make that happen. We have plenty of openings for August through October. Give us a call to set up the trip of a lifetime!

Spring Fishing Report

Posted on April 30th, 2019 by Captain

As the wind continues to blow we have only been able to make it offshore a few days in the last two weeks. Fortunately when we did go, the fish were still hungry!
Inshore and at the rocks the water was mixed between clear and dirty green. There has been plenty of visible bait along with Jack Crevalle and Kingfish from the Port Aransas jetties to the rigs in 50-80 feet. The Kingfish bite was slow at the rocks with only a handful being caught. I think we will continue to see the Kingfish moving in a little closer as it warms up. 
We have also been seeing shrimp boats working in 30-70 feet with some nice Blacktip and Spinner sharks following close behind. For bait we generally use Ribbonfish or cut bait like Bonita or Jackfish. They usually aren’t too picky and will try a bite of anything in you put out! There have also been a handful of Ling(Cobia) making an appearance and we expect to start seeing more soon.
Water temperatures offshore 30-50 miles are still hovering right around 71 degrees with clean, green water at the surface and some blue water trying to mix in. On the calmer days we have seen a few weedlines and rips forming in 120 to 180 feet of water holding some decent schools of chicken dolphin.
Further offshore at the rigs 40-50 miles offshore the Wahoo bite has been on fire! I like to pull a combination of baits for Wahoo that cover depths from 30 feet up to the surface. If you have ballyhoo they work great with an islander. Marauders and deep diving plugs are also great baits. 
On a side note, we received some news from NOAA who recently announced that we will not have a split Amberjack season this year. Unlike last year there will be no Amberjack season in the month of May. August 1 through October 31, 2018 we will be able to harvest these fish. With no pressure on them this summer the later season should be great!
We have also been informed that Federal for hire charter boats will have a little longer Red Snapper season this year running from June 1 through August 1.
As of now, the forecast is for the wind to continue and more fronts coming our way this week. We will be doing our routine boat maintenance while we wait for a calm day to get back out. We’ll let you know what we see! 


Posted on April 26th, 2019 by Captain

Great news!! We’re getting a few extra days to harvest Red Snapper this year… Book your Private Offshore Fishing Charter aboard Badfish and let’s go catching!!


Posted on January 19th, 2019 by Captain

What a great year we had, especially for a few of our anglers who set new state and world records!!!

Reece Rockett:  IGFA Junior World Record Greater Amberjack and two World Records for Red Snapper (pending)

Mitchell Moczygemba:  Horse-eye Jack – Junior State Water Body Record and Junior Official State Record

Garrison Moczygemba:  Cubera Snapper – State Water Body Record, Junior State Water Body Record and the Junior Official State Record

Congratulations again on your significant accomplishments!

Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 23rd, 2018 by Captain

Summertime In Port Aransas – Fishing Report

Posted on August 16th, 2018 by Captain

Most anglers know that current, water temperature, light level and moon phase can affect the bite, but there’s another factor that often goes overlooked. Although barometric pressure can’t be predicted as easily as the other factors, it has a major influence on how the fish behave. And so it was with tropical storm Cindy.  It’s rare when we go to one of our hot spots and have trouble getting Red Snapper in the boat, but T.S. Cindy definitely affected the snapper bite for several days after it passed through.  Fortunately for the fish – and fishermen – low pressure doesn’t usually last long. We still caught limits, but we had to work for them. Rough sea conditions also made it difficult to reach blue water until last week.

Kingfish are out there in numbers. We’re finding them anywhere from the jetties to the rocks offshore. Once you locate them, limits are easily caught. We’re still catching big kings trolling artificials, ribbon fish and blue runners. 

Ling (Cobia) swing in close to shore during the summer months. May through September we have good numbers of Ling. We’re catching most of them around any type of structure from the rocks offshore to floating debris and anchored ships. The past two weeks, we haven’t seen big numbers of Ling, but were able to bring in some solid fish up to 60 lbs.

In the world of offshore fishing, trolling ranks as one of the most preparation intensive methods anglers can tackle. From choosing components such as lures, leader and hooks, to rigging ballyhoo and catching live bait, we drill down to the essential details that offer the greatest opportunity for success that day. Wahoo, sailfish, dorado, marlin and tuna are all species we troll for.

Wahoo are still around if you’re willing to put the time in trolling long rips. You have to cover a lot of ground to find those fish and it’s really a game of patience. If you can put your efforts on some key areas and be patient, they are out there. 
Sailfish are also known to follow the same patterns. You never know when one will show up but when they do they put on an amazing fight with their jumps and runs.
It seems the Dorado (Mahi) bite is finally coming back in decent numbers and sizes. Find the rips or floating debris and more than likely you’ll find the fish. The birds overhead are a great way to help find these patches.

Scattered Blackfin Tuna made their appearance last week. We haven’t seen a lot yet, but the ones we have caught are a good sign of things to come with shrimping season opening July 15th.  During shrimping season, jumbo Blackfin are likely to be found schooling behind any working shrimp boats which provide easy feeding for them.  Sometimes shrimpers can be as close in as 15 miles, or as far out as 50 miles or more, but if you can get on a school it’s a blast hauling in those Blackfin and occasional Yellowfin.

Finally, last weekend, the Port Aransas Boatmen Association hosted the 82nd Annual Deep Sea Roundup.  7 Blue Marlin, 5 White Marlin and 45 Sailfish were caught and released along with nice catches of Dorado, Wahoo, Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna in the offshore division. The turnout was great along with the fishing! Summer has arrived with great offshore fishing conditions  and this is prime time to catch a trophy and fill your freezer!

You never know what that next bite is going to be!

Posted on June 7th, 2018 by Captain

Offshore fishing in Port Aransas offers some of the most exciting moments you can imagine. From Red Snapper to Blue Marlin, our waters have something for everyone and the summer months offer the widest variety of species to target. 

The last week of May and 1st week of June this year have been as good as any I can remember and it looks like we should have a great summer ahead of us!  The water temperature has been increasing into low to mid eighties. Sargassum weedlines and rips are forming, bait is plentiful and the fish have been aggressive. 

Leaving out from the Port Aransas jetty, we have been picking up Kingfish and Ling at the inshore rigs in 50-75 feet by drifting ribbonfish and trolling hard plastics.  Red Snapper season opened June 1st and to no one’s surprise they are plentiful. I prefer using live pin perch or big chunks of cut Bonita as a way to avoid the smaller fish. The smaller fish will eat just about any dead bait or jig you drop down if you don’t mind weeding through them.

Further offshore at the rocks and rigs, in 200-300 feet, we have been picking up Wahoo and/or Dorado on a regular basis. The Wahoo have been smaller than what we were seeing in the Spring but we’ll take it. The Dorado have been ranging from 3 lb “chickens” to 40 lb Bulls. When the bite is slow on the troll we have had luck switching back to drifting ribbonfish for kings and catching all we want. Sharks have also been so thick offshore that it can be difficult to get a bait to anything else at times. If sharks are what you’re after then you should have no problems. They will probably find you first! The Spring Amberjack season is now closed as of May 31, but is scheduled to reopen August 1 and will run through October. 

If the first couple of weeks of summer is a sign of things to come, we will be in for a great summer of offshore action… You never know what that next bite is going to be!


Posted on May 31st, 2018 by Captain

Kevin and Heather brought their sons on a last minute charter and ended up having a trip of a lifetime with 7 species and 2 State Records broken!! Mitchell with a 18lb 12oz Horse Eye Jack and Garrison with an 88lb 1oz Cubera Snapper…both Jr. State Records. Plus a Wahoo, Ling, Amberjack, Barracuda and a handful of Kingfish! The fishing Gods were smiling on these young men today!

You never know what you’re gonna catch offshore! Book your Family or Company Fishing trip aboard “Badfish” and find out! 



Posted on May 23rd, 2018 by Captain
I think its finally safe to say that the worst is behind us in terms of the high Spring winds. We have been experiencing more summer like weather the last couple of weeks and have already been noticing some changes in the offshore weather and fishing patterns. 
Leaving out of the Port Aransas jetty, bait has been thick from the end of the jetties to the rigs in 70-80 ft of water. If you are looking for Kingfish or Jack Crevalle, this is where you want to be. Drifting ribbon fish or trolling with deep diving hard baits has been the ticket. The water has been a mixture of clear green to cloudy green depending on the current and the day. The clear is what we’re looking for. In the same depths we have had some great days of catching Kingfish and Ling around the ships in the anchorage. 
Going a little further offshore to the Rocks and rigs in 200+ ft the water remains clear and green. Temperatures have been in the mid 70’s with some scattered sargassum weed. The Amberjack bite has been great this May with fish averaging 40-50 lbs and some days 60-70 lbs. Big bait is the key to the big boys. We typically like using live Blue Runners and fresh Bonitas. We have caught a handful of Kingfish in the same areas but they seem to be hanging closer to shore at the moment. 
At roughly 60 miles out the bluewater meets the green and the pelagic action has been great. Reports of multiple Wahoo and Dorado have been coming in as well as an occasional billfish. 
Summer fishing season is arriving and it should be very productive. With Red Snapper season opening June 1st we’ll have 1 more species to target and help us fill the fish box!


Posted on March 29th, 2018 by Captain

We have some exciting news this morning **AMBERJACK SEASON WILL BE OPEN MAY 1 – 31 and AGAIN in AUGUST 1 – OCTOBER 31**

If you are not familiar with Amberjack, these are HARD Fighting and GREAT Eating fish and they are a lot of fun to catch! Get in on the action and check out some of our previous AJ catches!