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Nothing is more relaxing than spending a few hours with a pole in the water, hoping for a few good catches. Factor in a cool ocean breeze and the sound of beautiful blue water gently sloshing back and forth, and you’ve got the perfect outing. 

So many outdoors enthusiasts love deep sea fishing because it’s fun, relaxing, and rewarding, especially when they reel in something impressive. If you’re interested in dipping a toe into deep sea fishing,you’ll need to take the time to learn what to expect out on the water so you can enjoy yourself as much as the seasoned fisherman does. 

What Is Deep Sea Fishing?

Though often used interchangeably with offshore fishing, the two activities are not the same. Deep sea fishing takes place in waters with no visible shoreline at a depth of at least 100 feet. On the other hand, offshore fishing occurs at least nine miles from shore in waters 50 to 100 feet deep.

Deep Sea Fishing 101: What to Know Before You Go

Use these tips to ensure a successful first deep-sea fishing charter trip.

Arrive early and ask questions.

Even if you’re a beginner, those taking you out on the water are seasoned veterans who know the ins and outs of this activity like the backs of their hands. It’s a good idea to show up a few minutes early to ask any questions you may have, or at the very least, to meet the crew; after all, this is an all-day activity, so it’s always nice to establish some friendly rapport before departing.

Keep comfort in mind. 

Remember that you’ll be on the water all day, so be sure you check the weather beforehand and dress accordingly, bring lots of sunscreen, and drink plenty of water. If you’re prone to seasickness, you should also have over-the-counter nausea or motion sickness medication on standby. 

Be patient and enjoy the day.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you’ll catch anything, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time at sea. Friends and family members should share deep-sea fishing charter trips, so while there’s downtime (and there certainly will be), take time to get to know and bond with your fishing buddies.

More Quick Tips

  • Know what the charter service does and does not offer beforehand. 
  • Check Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regulations.
  • Make sure you have a fishing license. 

Set Sail with Fisherman’s Wharf in Port Aransas

Port Aransas, Texas is a popular location for deep-sea fishing expeditions, and Fisherman’s Wharf has all you need for a memorable outing. Whether you only want to spend a few hours fishing or plan to spend a few days on the water, Fisherman’s Wharf has an option that’s right for you. Check out our offshore fishing trips page to find out when you and your group can set out on a deep-sea fishing charter and book your trip today!