1. Arrange for storage and meet the crew.
The first important step is to find a spot to stow your gear. You will want to avoid placing your gear directly on deck because it will get in the way of the crew and other anglers. Rules for fishing in Texas is no different then any other charter. You will also want to introduce yourself to the crew and familiarize yourself with the deckhands as well. Arrange to get a bag for your fish from a deckhand.
2. Decide whether or not you want to enter the jackpot.
No, this isn't Las Vegas, but there is a jackpot available if you catch the biggest fish. It usually costs $5 to $10. Basically you will be the winner of the jackpot if you catch the biggest fish.
The Port Aransas charter captain will either come out on deck or will speak on the intercom and they will tell you the rules and norms of the boat, which varies a little from fishing vessel to fishing vessel. The captain will also let you know when you have reached the fishing and when it is time to drop lines.
4. Use the right bait.
If your bait is squid, then it is okay to bait your fish early. If your bait is live fish then you will want to wait until it is time to cast your line.