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Folks were catching all kinds of fish offshore as the Texas Women Anglers Tournament got underway today, according to folks who work along the Port Aransas waterfront.
The tournament lasts today through Sunday.
Offshore catches this week have included blackfin tuna, Atlantic sharpnose shark, kingfish and dorado, said Eric Peschke of Dolphin Dock.
Customers have been reeling in plenty of red snapper while aboard headboats with special federal permits to keep the fish, he said. And, in state waters, they’ve been catching blacktip shark and bonnet head shark and kingfish, he said. One of those blacktips weighed in at about 70 pounds.
Bays have been producing gafftop, whiting and trout, Peschke said.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Gary Gorman said offshore action has included kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacktip shark, blackfin tuna, ling and an occasional dorado.
“Kind of a variety,” Gorman said. “Some good boxes of fish.”
The bays have been kind to at least some people. Gorman said he had two folks drop by the shop today reporting they’d scored limits of redfish and some trout.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center said guides have been finding redfish, speckled trout, some flounder and black drum.
At the south jetty, anglers have been hooking speckled trout using live croaker for bait, she said.
People are catching whiting and gafftop at the piers, pompano, whiting and speckled trout in the surf and kingfish, dorado, barracuda, blacktip shark and a lot of amberjack offshore, Keehlisen said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, George Beaver said recent offshore catches have included kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, jack crevalle and vermilion snapper. Headboats with special federal permits have been limiting out on red snapper, he said.
Bays have been yielding redfish, trout and black drum, Beaver said.
Blake Wallingsford said folks on Horace Caldwell Pier have been pulling up trout, redfish, black tip and bonnet head shark and small pompano. Wallingsford works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
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Some folks are reeling in nice amberjack catches, while others are having trouble finding any that are big enough, according to folks who work along the Port Aransas waterfront.
Amberjack season started on Aug. 1. The bag limit is one fish per person, and each specimen must be at least 34 inches long. The season ends Aug. 25.
“I’ve seen four people come in on a boat, and each of them have an amberjack,” said Sharon Keehlisen of Woody’s Sports Center. “They’re averaging 50 to 60 pounds. They’re coming in.”
Other recent offshore catches have included blacktip shark, small dorado, blacktip tuna, limits of kingfish and a few yellowfin tuna, she said.
Anglers have been hooking speckled trout, redfish and limits of black drum in the bays, Keehlisen said.
At Dolphin Dock, Eric Peschke said folks heading offshore have been returning with blackfin tuna, kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, dog snapper and vermilion snapper.
State water trips have resultd in catches of kingfish, bonnet head shark and dog snapper, he said.
Blake Wallingsford at Horace Caldwell Pier said folks there have been yanking up Spanish mackerel and three-foot blacktip shark. Wallingsford works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Jerry Montalbo said amberjack catches haven’t been amazing, but all kinds of other fish are biting offshore.
“Fishing is really, really good,” Montalbo said. “I’m seeing a lot of kingfish, a lot of Atlantic sharpnose shark, a lot of blackfin tuna, some up to 31 pounds, and quite a few big shark – spinners and blacktips.
Montalbo said one lucky angler landed an 80-pound grouper on Friday, Aug. 22. Dorado also has been biting, he said.
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This is a great time of year to go fishing off Port Aransas, according to folks who work along the waterfront.
“Fishing’s awesome right now,” said Gary Carter of Dolphin Dock. “You’re going to bring home a nice load of fish if you go. For the first time this year, it seems like fishing’s really on.”
Carter said shrimping season has helped a lot. Game fish tend to follow shrimp boats.
Carter said offshore catches recently have included kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, amberjack, small grouper and a few blackfin tuna. In the bays, folks have been catching stingrays, bonnet head shark and gafftop, plus a few red snapper in state waters, he said.
Gary Gorman of Deep Sea Headquarters agreed that shrimping season has helped.
“We’ve been almost daily getting into blackfin tuna showing up on the shrimp boats and had a couple of amberjack and just a lot of fish. It was an excellent week,” Gorman said today, Friday, Aug. 8. The bays have been yielding trout and redfish, he added.
At Woody’s Sports Center, Sharon Keehlisen said bay guides have been finding black drum, redfish and speckled trout.
Anglers have been yanking up gafftop at the piers and pompano and whiting in the surf, she said. They’ve been getting into ling, amberjack, dorado, blackfin tuna, kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark offshore, Keehlisen said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, D.D. Shields said recent offshore catches have included dorado, kingfish, bonito, Atlantic sharpnose shark and ling. Folks visiting the north jetty have been returning with redfish and black drum, she said.
Blake Wallingsford said folks on Horace Caldwell Pier have been catching small shark, plus a trout or two. Wallingsford works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
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On the first Friday of every month, the Port Aransas Art Center holds a reception with great artists, live music and refreshments! Join other art enthusiasts at 323 N. Alister for an evening of great fun. This event begins at 5:30 and is free!