So I'm thinking about loading my boys up next month and taking them on a serious "fish hard, sleep a little, eat, do nothing else" trip next month. They're 14 & 16 and both are good anglers (and after our Key West trip earlier this month aren't ready to resign themselves to the bass and catfish of East Texas). I was considering making the haul to Port Aransas and fishing the jetties and pier there one day, moving down to Packery the next day, and maybe, if I'm feeling adventurous, taking the plunge and driving all the way down to South Padre to finish it off. Ideally, I want a shot (multiple shots) at tarpon, but we're all perfectly happy with reds, jacks, sharks, smacks, ladyfish, snappers and whatever else wants to pull. Probably leave here on a Wednesday, and fish Thu/Fri/Sat...early morning Sun, then take the long haul home.
Plan is to bring Penn Mariner MH rod w/Clash 8000 (400 yards of 50lb power pro) for bigger fish and for fishing bottom, and a Medium action rod and with 20lb line for tossing lures. I haven't been south of Port A in probably 25 years though, so it's kind of crapshoot for me. I'm looking for any suggestions on other spots (no 4WD and no boat sadly) we might want to hit, bait shop recommendations, tips, tricks, and maybe the name of a good, clean, cheap hotel in the Aransas area.
I appreciate any info you guys are kind enough to share. Looking forward to some time with my boys and some time in the salt.