Home Page Article from South Bay Marina & Mary Ann Heiman, Owner

Spring is finally here and the fishing is great!

There’s nothing like spending a day out on the deep blue sea. There is always something exciting going on. 

The fish are waiting for you, the dolphins are putting on a show and the weather at this time of year is fantastic! Take a leisurely walk on the beach, try some bay fishing or kayak fishing and in late spring you can also charter a deep-sea fishing vessel for larger groups!

At South Bay Marina, we have a large pier that you can fish from and there are many types of fish in the channels, the flats and the backbays.  South Bay Marina also has a wide assortment of bait (both live and dead.) for your convenience. You’ll want to get your live croaker that is used for catching the beautiful Speckled Trout that are fun to reel-in and give you a run for your money, as they say.  These are wonderful-tasting fish. no matter how you cook them.  Redfish and Flounder are also favorites for bay fishing enthusiasts!!

Whether your fishing from your own kayak, a rented kayak or just looking for a pleasurable paddle-out with a group, Hector Rios is the local professional.  His instruction is fun and easy to learn – and he caters to all skill levels.  He offers group trips – like to the Lighthouse Lakes Kayaking Trial – one of the most popular in our area for everyone wants to get out on the water!  He knows the area like the back of his hand and he shares his knowledge with all who want to learn. It’s his passion and he makes the trips a lot of fun too!  He owns a kayak rental shop that’s just just a short drive down the road, so give Hector a call @ 361-557-7003 to reserve your kayak(s) and check out the other services on his website:  Kayak rentals are so popular, you’d be smart to reserve yours early – weekends fill-up fast!

You can also rent one of our Carolina Skiffs and “Be Your Own Captain!”  It makes for an entertaining day of exploration and adventure in a place where aquatic life, coastal birds and other creatures co-exist in harmony. All forms of nature abound in the Texas Coastal Bend area. information on the boat rentals, call 361-779-8389 to learn more. Once again, remember that weekend rentals are booked weeks in advance so be sure to call and reserve early!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!  Red Snapper Season Begins June 1st, 2023 and We’re Expecting a Phenomenal Year!

As with any day on the water, plan your day and include plenty of water, sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, lightweight long sleeve shirt and non-slip water shoes.  The spring months can be a little unpredictable, so always good to bring a light jacket as well.  So don’t wait, now is perfect weather for everyone – not too hot and not too cold!  Get ready to breath in all that fresh air, decompress and unwind, enjoy the serene “quietude,” take in a sunrise or sunset which area always great color and splendor visually.  And don’t forget about the fun shopping we offer – such as fine dining experience and/or casual hotspots, and drop in to our quaint and cute local shopping venues to find unique items and gifts for every age!

Give us a call and let us help you plan your fishing day: 361-758-6900. We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  To see lots of photos of the fish we’ve been catching, please visit:

You can also see new pics and learn more on our Facebook page: South Bay Marina | Aransas Pass TX | Facebook 

Have a unforgettable time in Texas’ and have a fun journey exploring our part of the Texas Coastline! Drop in and visit with us!!!

Visit our website for directions or call: 361-758-6900:

Only hire a USCG Licensed/TPWD Certified Fishing/Charter Boat Captain!