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    Port A Fishing Report - October 31, 2014

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    It’s Halloween, but that’s not scaring the fish away.
     
    Ling catches have been especially good offshore lately, according to at least one person who works along the Port Aransas waterfront.
     
    “They’re very heavy right now,” said Jessica Gaskins at Woody’s Sports Center.
     
    Folks sticking to the bays have been finding red and black drum, with some sheepshead here and there, Gaskins said.
     
    At Dolphin Dock, Eric Peschke said a 12-hour trip offshore came back Wednesday with kingfish, dorado, vermilion snapper, Atlantic sharpnose shark and a grouper.
     
    At Fisherman’s Wharf, Karen Leister said anglers heading offshore have been reeling in dorado, blackfin and yellowfin tuna, kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark.
     
    Folks sticking to near-shore waters have been catching red and black drum, flounder, trout and sheepshead, she said.
     
    Blake Wallingsford said some big jack crevalle have been seen at Horace Caldwell Pier. Wallingsford works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.

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    Port A Fishing Report - October 24, 2014

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    Dorado delight
    Folks reported getting a good dose of dorado during an offshore excursion out of Port Aransas this week.
     
    A group that went out a 50-hour trip aboard the Dolphin Express came back with more than 30 dorado averaging about 35 pounds each, according to Crystal Oestreich, who works at Dolphin Dock, home of the Dolphin Express.
     
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    Folks going offshore also have been catching yellowfin and blackfin tuna, barracuda,
     
    vermilion snapper, Atlantic sharpnose shark, kingfish and some nice grouper, she said.
     
    At Deep Sea Headquarters, Gary Gorman said offshore trips have been producing catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark, ling, oversized redfish and blackfin tuna.
     
    Gorman said he also saw two good loads of redfish on private boats this week.
     
    Jessica Gaskins at Woody’s Sports Center said anglers in the bays have been hooking red drum, black drum, a few whiting, gafftop and Atlantic sharpnose shark.
     
    George Beaver at Fisherman’s Wharf said offshore trips have been returning with vermilion snapper and kingfish.
     
    People fishing on the north jetty have been finding lots of redfish, Beaver said. Tarpon are running at the end of the jetty, and some big kingfish have been seen there too, he said.
     
    At Horace Caldwell Pier, Blake Wallingsford said hardhead have been the rule, but someone using live shrimp as bait caught a 23-inch redfish at the pier on Thursday, Oct. 23, he said.

    Port A Fishing Report - October 17, 2014

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    You don’t normally see people reeling in these kinds of fish at Horace Caldwell Pier.

    Unusual catches at the pier this week have included a blue runner and a 55-inch lemon shark, said Blake Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.

    Also seen this week at the pier were a 47-inch kingfish and some small blacktip sharks, he said.

    “A few big shark fishermen have been rocking it the past few days,” Wallingsford said.

    At Dolphin Dock, Gary Carter said offshore catches recently have included vermilion snapper, a few kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, dorado and a spinner shark weighing 150 to 200 pounds just about every trip.

    A jaunt into state waters, near the standpipe, yielded ling, a few red snapper and pompano, he said.

    Customers have been reeling in gafftop and whiting in the channels, Carter said.

    Jessi Gaskins at Woody’s Sports Center said anglers on recent offshore trips have caught ling, kingfish and blacktip shark.

    They’ve been finding black and red drum, Atlantic sharpnose shark and gafftop in the bay, she said.

    At Fisherman’s Wharf, Carlos Gutierrez said folks heading offshore have been returning with kingfish, dorado and blackfin and yellowfin tuna.

    Redfish, black drum and Spanish mackerel have greeted anglers in the bays, he said.

    Mike Mitchell at Deep Sea Headquarters said offshore catches during an eight-hour trip on Thursday, Oct. 16, included Atlantic sharpnose shark, dorado, blackfin tuna and a few kingfish.

    On a 12-hour trip the day before, anglers hooked some big kingfish, including one that tipped the scale at about 50 pounds, he said.

    Mitchell said private bay charters have been doing well with redfish. Folks on party boats have been catching gafftop “one right after the other” in the bays, he said.




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