Frequently Asked Questions
WHEN IS THE RED SNAPPER SEASON OPEN?
The Federal Red Snapper season is mandated by the Federal Government and varies each year. This seasonal restriction is strictly enforced by Fisherman’s Wharf for preservation of our snapper resources. When the Federal Red Snapper season is not open, we focus on other fish listed under “expected catches” in the offshore fishing section of this website. For updates and text alerts, visit gulfcouncil.org.
WHY DO YOU FOCUS ON FEDERAL WATER RED SNAPPER?
Both the Wharf Cat and Scat Cat hold a Federal Reef Fish Permit which allows each vessel to fish for reef fish (such as various Snapper and Grouper Species) past the state water line of 9 nautical miles. We aim to find the larger and more challenging fish for our customers and they tend to live in these deeper waters.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOUR BOATS HOLD?
The Wharf Cat is permitted to take 78 passengers and the Scat Cat is permitted to take 78 passengers.
WHY DO YOU KEEP SAYING HOW STABLE YOUR BOATS ARE?
We keep repeating this because we know a comfortable day on the water is important, and these are the MOST STABLE party boats in Port Aransas. When on a boat, it is not going into or with the waves that is what is so uncomfortable, but rather when you are fishing, and the boat is sideways to the waves. When a boat is sideways, or what we call “in the trough”, the boat rolls side to side. We have the only boats in Port Aransas that are catamaran hulled boats. This means that we have 2 equal sized hulls that run the length of the boat parallel to each other. This has a massive advantage over a monohulled boat (a traditional boat with only one bottom). When the boat is in the trough, a monohulled boat wants to pitch side to side, whereas, the catamaran hull boat will not rock nearly as bad. The best way to describe this would be like comparing the side to side stability (if it wants to rock side to side) of a motorcycle which is like a monohulled versus a four-wheeler, which is like a catamaran. In the trough, our boats have less rocking, and you have a better day.
HOW BIG ARE YOUR BOATS?
The Wharf Cat is 72 feet in length and the Scat Cat is 77 feet in length.
WHAT DOES THE TICKET PRICE INCLUDE?
The ticket price includes boarding fare, bait and tackle. We have experienced deck hands on board to help you with your catch and to assist you in any way they can along the way. We have large air conditioned and heated cabins with restrooms and a full-service concession bar. Don’t forget the deckhands work for tips!
IS THERE PARKING AT YOUR DOCK?
Yes, there is free parking off of Tarpon Street. If that lot is full, we have an overflow parking lot further south along Tarpon Street.
WHAT KIND OF GEAR DO YOU USE?
You can bring your own as we know you often have your favorites! However, bait and tackle will be included.
DO YOU OFFER GROUP RATES?
Yes, group rates are available. Please call for details to coordinate the best trip and times for your group.
ARE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED? IF SO, HOW DO I MAKE THEM?
Reservations are not required, but they are STRONGLY encouraged. Because of the popularity of our boats, during certain times of year they are completely booked up. We don’t want you to plan on fishing with us and the trip already be full when you arrive. You can make reservations right here on our website or by calling us to set it up. That being said, if you are in town and want to fish, feel free to come see us at the Marina Store to book in-person.
DO I NEED A LICENSE TO GO FISHING?
Yes. For any fishing trip, you will need a State of Texas Fishing License. Please visit Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for fishing licenses and information.
ARE THERE ANY DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR FISHING TRIPS?
We offer discounts on larger parties if you can get with us ahead of time. Please call for details.
ARE YOUR FISHING TRIPS KID FRIENDLY?
Absolutely! We think there is nothing better than having kids on the boat catching fish. We pride ourselves on family friendly trips and do everything that we can to make sure the younger generations on board enjoy their experience too. Because of the size and stability of our fleet, we are often the first choice for those who want the smoothest ride possible for their kids.
WILL YOU GUYS CLEAN THE FISH I CATCH?
Yes! We have fish cleaning services available at the dock when you return.
WHERE DO YOU FISH OFFSHORE?
Depending on the length of the trip, we may just run into Federal Waters (9 nautical miles from the coastline), or we may run to the deep rigs which are over 100 miles offshore. The plan is to always put you on the most fish we can with the least amount of run time in and out. We do this in order to maximize fishing time on each trip, which is made possible by the speed of our boats. The upgrades to the Wharf Cat and Scat Cat in 2019 have increased their speed significantly, making for less time running and more time fishing.