Named for the pass between Mustang and St. Joseph Islands; on mainland but connected to Mustang island and Port Aransas by causeway and ferry. Shrimping, commercial and sport fishing are the top area industries. Waterfowl hunting in season. Guide service is available. Visit Conn Brown Harbor, south from Stapp Avenue; at the harbor entrance, see Seamen’s Memorial Tower, dedicated to fisherman lost at sea.
Fishing in Aransas
The area is a mecca for fisherman. Countless bait and tackle shops supply all angling needs, including rental equipment. From shore, wharves, piers, and jetties, anglers my expect to catch redfish, speckled and sand trout, sheepshead, flounder, croaker, skipjack, and drum. Group boats provide bay and deep-sea fishing for half of full days; charter cruisers are available for offshore sport. Species caught from group or charter boats may include tarpon, sailfish, marlin, kingfish, mackerel, ling, pompano, bonita, red snapper, warsaw, and many others.
Every year Aransas Pass hosts the Shrimporee Festival. Its a celebration of the region’s shrimp industry. The festival, one of the largest in Texas, includes live music, shrimp cuisine, and various fun-filled activities for attendees of all ages.
The region is a hotspot for bird enthusiasts. A variety of shorebirds, waterfowl, and other avian species can be spotted throughout the year.
Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail
For kayakers and canoe enthusiasts, this trail provides a unique experience as one of the first marked paddle trails in the Texas Paddling Trails system. It weaves through a series of saltwater lakes and marshes and offers stunning views of the historic Lydia Ann Lighthouse.