Jetties provide ideal habitats for fish by offering crevices and hiding spots and, of course, great fishing for no-boat anglers. The Coastal Bend has three sets of jetties, one at Port Aransas, another at the old Fish Pass near Mustang Island State Park and another within Corpus Christi at Packery Channel. All of these rock groins are accessible, at least in part, by vehicle. The north jetty at Port Aransas, however, is on San Jose Island, which requires a ferry ride from Fisherman’s Wharf. The Jetty Boat leaves the marina almost hourly. A ride on the Jetty Boat is about $10. Fishing from a this jetty can be a little tricky. For starters, the rocks can be jagged and sometimes slippery. And then there is the possibility of losing tackle to the rocks. Best to consult Caller-Times Outdoors columnist David Sikes’ writings on the subject. Contact David through www.Caller.com/outdoors.
The Fish Pass jetties no longer guard a viable pass. The channel silted in years ago, but the rocks continue to provide fish-holding structure into the gulf on Mustang Island.
The newest jetty is at Packery Channel, which divides Mustang and Padre islands. This is perhaps the best spot on the Texas Coast to see sea turtles. During summer, dozens of juvenile green sea turtles feed near the rocks. This also is the safest and most kid-friendly jetty in the Coastal Bend. It features handrails and a flat concrete walkway its entire length. Popular species at each jetty include speckled trout, redfish, black drum, flounder, gray snapper, sharks, Spanish mackerel and sometimes pompano. But you never know what you’ll catch. Visit the message board at www.CorpusFishing.com for up to the minute reports on jetty fishing.