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“Offshore fishing is getting hot and heavy,” said Sharon Keehlisen, who works at Woody’s Sports Center, on the waterfront in Port Aransas.
Folks have been catching lots of kingfish along with dorado, bonito, blacktip shark and ling, Keehlisen said.
Bay guides have been finding limits of black drum, plus redfish and speckled trout, she said. The piers have been yielding gafftop and whiting, while the surf has been giving up speckled trout and pompano, she said.
At Dolphin Dock, Gary Peschke said recent offshore catches have included kingfish, vermilion snapper, grouper, hammerhead and spinner shark and dorado.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Kristen McLavey said folks heading offshore have been rewarded with bonito, red snapper and lots of kingfish. One lucky angler reeled in a dorado weighing about 40 pounds, she said.
Gafftop has been the usual catch in the bays, McLavey said.
Blake Wallingsford said anglers at Horace Caldwell Pier have been hooking whiting, blacktip and bonnethead shark (some of the shark have been up to three feet long). Several redfish also have been caught at the pier, said Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
Folks at Fisherman’s Wharf couldn’t be reached for comment late this afternoon.
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This just in from HT-3 Redfish Series: Day 1 in Port Aransas, TX.. During a very tough bite anglers struggled to find, catch and land 2 keeper fish each day. In this short snippet only 3 teams brought in 2 fish that went double digits on the scale...
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Bonita are biting
Be on the lookout for bonita offshore.
“We hadn’t been seeing a lot of them, but now, all of a sudden, they’re starting to run with kingfish, and we’re picking up quite a few,” said Eric Peschke, who works at Dolphin Dock, on the waterfront in Port Aransas.
Other catches offshore this week include kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, grouper, ling, dorado and vermilion snapper, he said. One lucky person scored a wahoo that weighed more than 40 pounds.
Anglers on red snapper trips (allowed through special federal permits) continue to catch their limits of the prized fish. Various headboat businesses in Port Aransas have the permits.
In the bays, Peschke said, folks are finding bonnet head and Atlantic sharpnose shark and gafftop.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Mike Mitchell said offshore anglers have been getting into kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, dorado and a few ling, plus the odd blackfin tuna.
Bay trips have resulted mostly in gafftop, he said.
Karen Leister at Fisherman’s Wharf said recent offshore catches have included Spanish mackerel and dorado.
The bays have been yielding a lot of black drum and some Spanish mackerel, she said.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, Blake Wallingsford said anglers have been reeling in trout and jack crevalle. One guy got a 40-pound kingfish, said Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
Redfish have been hitting on live croaker, Wallingsford said.
The folks at Woody’s Sports Center couldn’t be reached for comment this afternoon.
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Lots of fish in the sea ...
... as the 79th Deep Sea Roundup continues
Some nice catches are being reported offshore and near shore as Port Aransas brims with anglers in town for the 79th Deep Sea Roundup.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Karen Leister said an offshore trip this week yielded a blackfin tuna, a 67-pound blacktip shark and a 52-pound ling.
Folks heading offshore also were catching red snapper (with a special federal permit), vermilion snapper, kingfish and dorado, she said.
People visiting the north jetty have been finding red snapper, vermilion snapper, kingfish and dorado, Leister said.
At Dolphin Dock, Gary Carter said recent offshore catches have included kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark and a few blackfin and yellowfin tuna. Someone nabbed a 110-pound stingray in state waters, too.
Bays have been giving up gafftop and whiting, Carter said.
Mike Mitchell at Deep Sea Headquarters said folks on 12-hour trips have been limiting out on red snapper (again, with a special federal permit) and also catching kingfish, ling and dorado.
Anglers on eight-hour trips have been hooking kingfish, dorado and ling, he said. Kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark have been the rule on five-hour trips.
Bay guides have been finding trout and redfish, Mitchell said.
At Woody’s Sports Center, Sharon Keehlisen said folks have been catching limits of speckled trout in the surf and whiting and gafftop at piers.
Guides have been getting into red and black drum and speckled trout, plus a few flounder, in the flats, she said.
Blake Wallingsford said anglers at Horace Caldwell Pier have been catching trout, redfish and black drum. Someone reeled in a four-and-a-half-foot Atlantic sharpnose shark there the other day too, said Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.