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Port Aransas trip #13256095 08/22/19 01:28 PM
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Good morning all,

I have the very good fortune to be making a family trip to Port Aransas this Sunday - Wednesday (August 25-28-2019) and will have my adult sons with me. Although I grew up in Flour Blulff (18 miles from Port A), I have never kayak fished the portion of the Laguna Madre near Port A. We are staying in a VRBO in Ocean Village (about a mile or so South of Port A). I could really use a little advice from you folks regarding fishing.

I have a little unusual rig. I will be taking my 14' boat equipped with a 20 HP motor and three fishing kayaks (we kayak fish regularly in Central Texas so we are not new to kayaking). My plan is for the old man (that would be me) to pilot the boat and tow the kayaks to fishing areas. I will stay in the boat along with our supplies and fish from it. The sons will head out in the kayaks and explore the surrounding areas. We have ops tested the towing and it works very well, although I keep the speed at around 5 mph. A little slow but given the possibility of winds it does make getting to where you want to fish much easier. This should be particularly helpful since we do not know exactly where we want to go.

So, I need help with two questions:

1) Does anyone know of a location in or near Port A. that I can launch the boat and the kayaks that is anywhere near decent fishing areas? On Google Earth there appears to be a decent launch site on Wilson's Cut. IF so, this would give us easy access to Shamrock Island and the various islands in that area. By the way, we have kayak fished Lighthouse Lakes but I would like to avoid the ferry and stay on the Port A side if at all possible since one of the wives will be dropping us off and taking my truck and trailer back to the VRBO while we are fishing.
2) Does anyone know if the flats between hwy 361 and Shamrock Island are decent fishing areas?

Any suggestions are welcome and much appreciated.
Thanks
Jim Moore

Re: Port Aransas trip [Re: jfcmoore] #13256113 08/22/19 01:40 PM
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I've fished Wilson's cut twice in the past weeks with my 14-foot skiff. There are two roads. The second(to the South) gets you to a large flat area where I launch, and most kayakers launch. There's always fish there somewhere. I always go all the way out into Shamrock Cove, just because I don't want to run aground. If the tide is high, you could cut across to Glenn Cove and Pink House. I see the shallow boats zooming across there. It won't be as crowded as LHL. Good luck. IslandJim


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Re: Port Aransas trip [Re: jfcmoore] #13256355 08/22/19 05:18 PM
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I fished a couple of kayak tournaments in that area years ago.. trout and redfish. Launched at Palm Harbor Marina. Looks like it got hit hard by hurricane but I'm sure it is back in shape.

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Originally Posted by IslandJim
I've fished Wilson's cut twice in the past weeks with my 14-foot skiff. There are two roads. The second(to the South) gets you to a large flat area where I launch, and most kayakers launch. There's always fish there somewhere. I always go all the way out into Shamrock Cove, just because I don't want to run aground. If the tide is high, you could cut across to Glenn Cove and Pink House. I see the shallow boats zooming across there. It won't be as crowded as LHL. Good luck. IslandJim


Island Jim is this the road (highlighted) you're referring to?

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Originally Posted by Jerry713
Island Jim is this the road (highlighted) you're referring to?
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No, that road is no longer open to the public.

He's referring to these two which I have highlighted.
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10-4 was thinking I saw a gate across the road I highlighted a month or so ago.


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Re: Port Aransas trip [Re: jfcmoore] #13256652 08/22/19 09:42 PM
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Per Neumie's map/pic, I use the green dirt road. If you have big boat, it would be hard to launch there, but a 14-foot skiff should launch O.K. Pull your truck way away from the water, after launch, because a one-foot tide rise will cover a lot of the sand flat. Catch 'em up! IslandJim


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Thank you sir!


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Re: Port Aransas trip [Re: jfcmoore] #13257140 08/23/19 12:46 PM
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Ok, you guys are the best! I know it sounds a little corny but you have all helped ensure my sons and I are going to have an even better time. Great thing about fishing with your kids (although they are grown men they will always be my kids) is that even if you don't catch fish the trip is always a good one.

I'll try to remember to post a follow-up on the trip.

Thanks again,
Jim

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