The first people to discover Aransas Pass were the Karankawa Indians. They used dugout canoes and fished with bows and arrows, but by 1830 there were very few Karankawas left. Around 1850, white settlers started moving in and Aransas Pass became a sleepy little town. Even in later years, it was still a laid-back city.
Just as our neighbor, Corpus Christi, took its name from Spanish Catholic Missionary influence during Spanish explorations of the New World, certainly our modified ‘Aransas’ also came from visits to the Texas coastal plains by the Spanish and the naming of the natural Aransas Pass from the Gulf of Mexico to inland Laguna Madre and Redfish Bay.
The City of Aransas Pass was founded in 1909 by a promotion of a great land lottery. It developed as a fishing village and the first shipment of shrimp to San Antonio was in 1912. At this time it was the home port for about 300 large shrimp trawlers, which annually net millions of pounds of shrimp. (source)
Fishing opportunities abound in Aransas Pass. With the total land area being 51.8 square miles, a whopping 79% of the area is actually water! This means that anywhere you turn in Aransas Pass, there’s going to be somewhere to drop a line in the water.
Conn Brown Harbor is the place to start when you’re thinking about fishing in Aransas Pass. Thousands of Redfish inhabit the flats in Aransas Pass, and catching redfish that can exceed eight pounds is not uncommon. Sight fishing, fly fishing, live bait, and lure fishing can be done with great success for the beginning anglers to the most advanced. Wade fishing and fishing from a kayak have become extremely popular.
A variety of fish are abundant in our bays:
Numerous fishing guides use Conn Brown as a starting point for flats and bay fishing. Local restaurants will even cook your catch so you can enjoy the beautiful vistas after a long day on the water.
You can launch your boat from the public boat ramp at Conn Brown’s Harbor Point Park and within minutes, you’ll be in some of the best flats fishing areas the Texas coast has to offer! There are piers and miles of shoreline to fish from. Spend the day and utilize our low-cost transient docks and boat pump-out.
The Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail was the very first Texas Paddling Trail and is actually a series of four loops ranging in length from 1.25 miles to 6.8 miles. The trails meander through an extensive black mangrove estuary, into sloughs and back lakes near the historic 1857 Lydia Ann Lighthouse on North Harbor Island. Paddlers can glide through mangroves and seagrass flats that provide outstanding bird watching and fishing for red drum, spotted seatrout, and flounder in the maze of tidal channels and flats.
The Largest Shrimp Festival in Texas – The Second weekend in June organized by The Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce. The Aransas Pass Annual Shrimporee is an event steeped in tradition and hosts 45,000 visitors in a single weekend. This festival includes a Parade, Carnival, Shrimp Eating Contest, Great Outhouse Race, Men’s & Women’s Sexy Legs Contest, Live Culinary Tent, Over 100 Arts & Crafts Booths, and 2 Stages for Live Entertainment! June 10-12, 2022 will be the 74th annual date of the event.
Looking for fun for the whole family? Have an active good time at Sk8land Aransas Pass, one of two locations in serving the South Texas area for over 40 years. Both Sk8land locations offer a snack bar and Sk8 shop, as well as options for party rentals, and a soon-to-come Sk8 school!
Another fun time for the whole family, CM Lanes is excited to be bringing bowling back to Aransas Pass and the surrounding areas. Same location and footprint as what existed before, but reimagined. 16 Lanes with Brunswick Bowling’s premier equipment and technology. Full-Service Bar and Restaurant. In-house Pro Shop for merchandise and drilling services. Televisions Galore! Outdoor Patio for occasional cookouts, live music, and more
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