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Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier

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Port Aransas is known for fishing. The town’s maritime roots reach back to the 1800s! Over time, the port grew and became known for tarpon fishing. Today, tourists and locals alike fish for more than just tarpon, and there are many great fishing spots around the island, including Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier.

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The 1,240-foot elevated pier is located on Port Aransas Beach Road, just a short walk from your accommodations. It is open year-round, 24 hours a day, so you can head out whenever you like. There is a per-rod access fee no matter what time you come.

Types of Fish

The area of Port Aransas is well-known for its tarpon fishing. Along with the tarpon you can expect to find red and black drum, a variety of catfish, spotted seatrout, as well as blacktip and bonnethead sharks.


Although you can access the pier any time with your own drinks, snacks, bait and tackle, and other must-haves, come during the day and enjoy access to the pier shop. Just in case you run out of any supplies, you won’t have to leave and re-enter. The shop sells bait, snacks, drinks, and other products that will keep you fishing for as long as you like. For those anglers who like to start before sunrise or sneak down during the night, the pier is lighted so you can easily find your way to favorite spot.


Along with being one of the best fishing spots in Port Aransas, the pier is also a top spot for surfers. Pack up your rods and exchange them for a surfboard. Optimum surfing conditions are during the winter, particularly December, and the best wind direction is from the northwest.

Horace Caldwell Pier Fishing

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port Aransas provided by The Dunes, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf and the nearby Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier. We’re also close to many other area attractions, shopping, dining, and activities the area has to offer. Choose from one-bedroom units all the way up to three bedrooms to fit your needs. Prepare your catch-of-the-day or another delicious home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax. Enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio or spend some time near the community pool. For a premium experience, choose a unit with bonuses like multiple flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.

Contact us today to start planning your fishing retreat to Port Aransas!

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