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Port Aransas 6 pack charter #13629364 07/13/20 09:44 PM
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I'm itching to fish, but I watched the Dolphin Docks boat come in this afternoon and could see it wasn't going to meet my needs for social distancing. It seemed pretty much business as usual with about 42 fishermen on the 8 hour trip with only some wearing masks.

Can some of you recommend a private 6 pack charter out of Port Aransas. I probably would want to catch some state water red snapper and then some kingfish. I could be open to other species if the captain recommended that.

It would probably just be a party of three, so I know it's going to be a lot more than a head boat, but I'd like to keep the price per person down as much as possible.

Thanks

Re: Port Aransas 6 pack charter [Re: sbmcruise] #13630015 07/14/20 12:38 PM
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Well, two things here. If you want state waters snappers you'll have to go with someone that is permitted for them. Most "6-pack" charters are not. With red snapper season closing at 12:00 AM on August 3rd you still have some time for catching them in federal waters on a 6-pack. But for just 3 people that would be $$$$$.

If you do go that route here is who I recommend .... Badfish Sportfishing

Captain Wheeler is a participant here and may even pop in with some advice.

If you do state waters there are several but it may take some research. I will look and see for you.


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Re: Port Aransas 6 pack charter [Re: sbmcruise] #13635361 07/18/20 08:12 PM
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Thank you Bobby....

Yes my name is james wheeler, and I currently operate Badfish a 40' Ocean Yacht's Super Sport. Unfortunately, we have no openings until august 10, well after snapper close. I can get you lined up with people I trust however, if youre still interested . From 27 -43 ft I know someone good boats whose crews would love taking a small group like yourself. PM me if you still need help.

Now for the legalese and other lawyerly discussion:

So the difference between state water and federal water Snapper or obviously the state water Snapper ever caught with in 9.1 miles of the beach and federal waters Snapper are caught further than that threshold, as well as having closed seasons and more stringent rules

.... For each type of fishing that we do in federal waters, while operating For Hire, which is a commercial endeavor, we are required to have a permit. In our area to run a charter boat I have to have three different permits, one is Coastal migratory, one is federal reef fish(both of those are limited entry, and designated charter/headboat , and setting limitations of the amount of people who can fish), Atlantic wahoo/ Dorado for charter/headboat, and finally a HMS (highly migratory species) permit. The letter to are easy to attain and very cheap, but the first two because they're limited entry, are extremely expensive and create an artificial Market that keeps going up. To get our permits squared away it was over $35,000. But having all those different permits allows me to do the type of fishing I like to do....

So what does all that mean, one of the things that means that I'm highly regulated and that there are very strict rules I must follow. Getting caught breaking the rules can toss me that license that I already spent the money on and caused me the ability to go and legally fish the waters that I want to be in. So your state water Snapper boats it's not so much that they have to have a special license what it is is a lack of license. They choose not to fish in federal waters for reef fish by not having a Gulf of Mexico reef fish permit. Is save them a lot of money and if benefits a lot of the smaller boats because they can go in the winter time where there's a lot of calm days if they stay in shallow. However during the busy season I wouldn't personally be able to do it because it just about requires you to completely stay in shore of the Nine Mile Line which to me isn't very exciting most of the year. There are a couple of boats that switch back and forth between having their permits and transferring purring them to another vessel but that's a whole different conversation cuz there's a whole set of rules just to do that. It's not very probable that anyone would be able to do that with their company unless they were very well-established and had a fleet of boats

there are a few of the guys that remain non federally licensed that fo a great job as well, if you are really wanting state water snapper, I'd suggest capt. Butch Findley, one of my idols growing up, who puts on a really good show on the el Gatos loco, if I'm remembering his current boat correctly http://www.texascoastalfishing.com/

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Re: Port Aransas 6 pack charter [Re: sbmcruise] #13635920 07/19/20 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by sbmcruise
Can some of you recommend a private 6 pack charter out of Port Aransas. I probably would want to catch some state water red snapper and then some kingfish. I could be open to other species if the captain recommended that.


I ran across this on facebook this morning. I don't know anything about them. But they do state waters trips and their reviews are good.

Try this if you have facebook.

So Tex Charters


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