HELLO & WELCOME TO ARANSAS BAY ADVENTURES!

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We offer the ultimate tours by water for whooping crane photographers – both professional and amateurs alike.  Check-out our other fun and education tour – offered year-round!  Please visit our Whooping Crane Photography Tours page and our Adventure Tours page.  Whooping Cranes winter here in our area from mid-October thru mid-April, but all the other tours we offer are year-round – like the Port Aransas Lighthouse Tour, Dolphin Watches and Sunset Tours as well!  If you’d like to customize your trip, just tell us what would be your dream tour and we’ll do our utmost to make it happen!  Several times per year, we host Photography Workshops with local and state photo clubs.  Ask about the next workshop and make plans to attend!

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Both Capt. Kevin and Capt. Lori are USCG Licensed Captains and their vessels are USCG approved.  Safety is always Priority One! 

Call today to reserve: 361-790-3746.  Use our “Custom Contact Form  or E-mail the Captains!

Aransas Bay Adventures is Featured in Texas Now Magazine as the Premier Photography Tours in the Coastal Bend!!

 

ABOUT CAPT. LORI SIMS:

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Capt. Lori grew up in Southern-Central Oklahoma, the youngest of 5 children, and was always right along side of her father, helping him with any task. As a result, when she married Captain Kevin in 1995, boating, birding, fishing had already been high on the list of things to do with the family. From the first trip to the Rockport/Fulton area, she immediately fell in love with the laid-back way of life and with the beauty and wildlife that the Aransas Bay system provides. When the need for a second boat came-up, not only did Captain Lori want to be the operator, she was instrumental in the design and building of her boat, The Lady Lori – all courtesy of the teaching of her father and Kevin’s faith in her ability. Captain Lori enjoys meeting the birders and photographers from around the world and absolutely loves being able to show them our beautiful part of the Texas Coast.  She’s one of the few “Lady Fishing Captains” in the area too!

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ABOUT CAPT. KEVIN SIMS:

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Capt. Kevin has been fishing and birding in the Aransas Bay systems for 45 years. Kevin’s family had a small fishing cabin on Ayers dugout in Ayers Bay. Ayers Bay is adjacent to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Traveling to and from the fishing cabin by boat, (Kevin’s father would point-out many birds) but none as majestic as the Whooping Crane.  After high school Kevin joined the Air Force. In 1995 he married the love of his life, Capt. Lori and together they have raised 5 amazing children plus two wonderful grandsons.  He bought Aransas Bay Birding Charters in 2003 and his touring boat, The Jack Flash, has been accommodating photographers, birders and other adventures with customized tours ever since.  He took-up photography in 2004, developed his business and his passion for capturing the best images possible…and then in 2013, along with Captain Lori, designed, customized and built their second boat.  Capt. Kevin is also a successful fishing guide!  The Jack Flash has a cabin and port-a-potty inside.  The boat is powered by a 150hp Yamaha motor – one of the leading motor manufacturers for reliability and safety!

TO OUR SUPPORTERS, PRIVATE ORGANIZATION AND AFFILIATES:

As a perfect closing for the “About Us” page it seems only right to thank the following entities.  These local, state and national organizations have helped forge a successful conservation mindset and help promote a healthy “eco-tourism climate” on a daily basis throughout the Coastal Bend area and beyond!  We applaud your willingness, commitment and efforts to conserve and preserve our natural resources.  Our pristine waterways, marine life, birds and all things “in nature” must be protected so that our children’s children will have the opportunity to see and discover the beauty that is – the Texas Coastal Bend.   Thank you for your years of service.

The Jack Flash and Lady Lori are Featured Boats for Professional Photographers – World-wide!!

Friends of Aransas and Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuges

Friends of the Wild Whooper

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge – Wikipedia

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge – Federal Wildlife Service

Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge – Wikipedia

Matagorda National Wildlife Refuge – Federal Wildlife Service

The Aransas Project

Friends of Connie Hagar

Aransas Bird & Nature Club (ABNC)

Aransas Bay Adventures is an advertiser and local writer for a quarterly magazine called Texas Now!