Cast a line from the Shore
The nutrient rich surf of Sea Rim State Park attracts a plethora of game fish and prey. If you’re new to shore fishing or need a refresher, is a little how to guide to help you enjoy the day and go home with tonight’s dinner.
Fish with light tackle consisting of 6.5-7ft spinning bait or casting rod and reel. Fishing with a weighted line on the bottom with fresh shrimp baited hooks will increase your chances of catching whiting, black drum and red drum (redfish). In the summertime, the water is clear, so casting spoons, jigs and mirrorlures will be best for attracting trout. You might find you’ve hit your day’s trout limit before you know it!
Cast a piece of mullet or whiting baits using a 10-12ft surf rod within in the troughs or between the sandbars. The currents are strong, so be sure to anchor down your baits with a surf weight- a weight with tins that dig into the sandy bottom.
Bull Reds and Black Drum
Casting in the second trough or beyond commonly yields bull reds. Bull reds are redfish over 28 inches. Typically, redfish average between 20-25 pounds, but bull reds can reach weights of 50lbs. Bull reds are common, year-round fish in Port Arthur, but they are best caught in the Fall. Black drum are sought after in the winter months and into early spring using blue crab for bait. Black drum are similar to bull reds, but they grow to a staggering 80lbs in the rich waters of the Gulf Coast.
Note: A fishing license is not required to fish from the shore of any Texas State Park upon receipt of a park entry permit.