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Anglers catching some big sharks
Offshore anglers have been hauling in a variety of big sharks recently in waters off Port Aransas.
Vessels steaming out of Deep Sea Headquarters brought back an 82-pound mako on Sunday, April 6, then a 158-pound mako three days later, followed by a 145-pound scalloped hammerhead on Saturday, April 12, and then another hammerhead tipping the scales at more than 150 pounds the next day, according to Jerry Montalbo, who works at the waterfront business.
Folks on those boats actually caught even more big sharks than that, but catch limits prevented them from bringing more than one of the beasts per trip back to shore, so some were released, Montalbo said.
Other catches offshore have included Atlantic sharpnose shark and vermilion snapper, he said. The bays have been producing redfish, black drum and sheepshead, he said.
At Dolphin Dock, Nancy Groening said recent 12- hour trips offshore resulted in catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper, grouper, a few amberjack and a 170-pound hammerhead shark.
Customers continue to catch limits of red snapper in federal waters with a special permit the business has, Groening said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Bob Roberts said folks heading offshore have been returning with vermilion and lane snapper, scamp, red snapper and Atlantic sharpnose shark. An angler hooked a dorado on a recent trip too, he said.
Bay anglers have been hooking redfish, drum and some sheepshead, Roberts said. The north jetty has been yielding Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, kingfish, pompano and a few jack crevalle, he said.
Rhoni Spirlock said folks at Horace Caldwell Pier have been pulling up whiting, pompano and small blacktip and bonnet head shark. Spirlock works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
At Woody’s Sports Center, Therisha Moreno said bay guides have been finding redfish, black drum and lots of speckled trout. The Island Queen II, which docks at Woody’s, has been getting into black drum, sheepshead and a few redfish, she said.
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Kingfish starting to bite
Kingfish catches are picking up as Gulf waters warm up, according to Paula Housman at Deep Sea Headquarters in Port Aransas.
Anglers caught several kings during a recent 12-hour offshore excursion, Housman said. They also reeled in amberjack, grouper, barracuda, Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper, blue runners, grouper and a 148-pound spinner shark, she said.
Bay guides have been finding redfish, black drum, trout and sheepshead, Housman said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Bob Roberts said customers scored limits of vermilion and red snapper on a recent 12-hour trip offshore.
Folks heading out to the north jetty have been returning with a lot of sheepshead, some trout, redfish and a few mackerel, Roberts said. Anglers with bay guides have been hooking limits of redfish and drum, he said.
Eric Peschke at Dolphin Dock said a recent offshore trip resulted in catches of 55 blackfin tuna, plus vermilion snapper, a couple of amberjack, a Warsaw grouper and limits of red snapper.
Bay boats have been finding whiting and gafftop, he said.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, anglers have been catching whiting and small bonnet head shark, said Blake Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
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Load your hooks: Weekend fishing looks good
Weekend anglers can look forward to some good weather and good fishing.
Blake Wallingsford at Keepers, a shop on Horace Caldwell Pier, said anglers who have braved the fog have caught a lot of croaker and some good-sized whiting. Pompano, blacktip shark and Atlantic sharpnose shark in the two-and-half feet to three feet range also have been caught. With better weather forecast for the weekend, Wallingsford is looking for fishing – and catching – to pick up.
The special permitted fishing trips in federal waters are bringing in limits of really nice big red snapper, according to Bob Roberts at Fisherman’s Wharf. He said they’ve also been catching vermillion snapper.
Anglers on the north jetty have been coming back with quite a bit of sheepshead and some nice redfish. Sand trout are showing up and a couple – just a couple – Spanish mackerel have been brought in. Bay guides are bringing in nice catches of redfish and sheepshead.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center reports anglers on the south jetty are catching limits of large sheepshead using live and dead shrimp. Surf anglers are reeling in black drum, whiting and croaker. Those fishing from the Island Queen are catching sheepshead. The guides are coming back with black drum, a few redfish and sheepshead. Off the piers, gafftop and whiting are biting. Offshore catches are mostly kingfish and shark.
Bay fishing trips out of Deep Sea Headquarters have really picked up according to Dan Hurd. Anglers are coming to the dock with a lot of whiting, gafftop and a few trout. Offshore, anglers are getting into a lot of tuna, some big amberjack, vermillion snapper and Atlantic sharpnose shark. Weekend fishing is looking up because, Hurd said, “It looks like we might get some decent weather.”
At Dolphin Dock Bill Fintel said they’re looking forward to a good weekend of fishing. Anglers can expect to reeling in kingfish, ling, Atlantic sharpnose shark, amberjack and vermillion snapper. On permitted trips in federal waters, nice big red snapper are taking the bait, Fintel said.
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Whiting biting like mad
Whiting reportedly has been plentiful lately at Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas.
“People have been catching 30 at a time,” said Blake Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier. “They’ve been catching them back to back.”
Folks visiting the pier also have been catching a few pompano in the 18- to 20-inch range, he said.
In other fishing news, Eric Peschke at Dolphin Dock said anglers on a recent 12-hour trip into state waters caught limits of red snapper, plus trout, sheepshead and black drum.
The bays have been producing gafftop and whiting, Peschke said.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Paula Housman said a recent 12-hour excursion yielded a 28-pound ling, a 40-pound kingfish a lot of vermilion snapper and a stingray that looked to weigh about 80 pounds, though no one got it to a scale.
Anglers on an eight-hour trip hooked Atlantic sharpnose shark and a few beeliners, Housman said. Lots of gafftop and whiting have been showing up in the bays, she said.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center said people have been catching pompano, black drum and a lot of whiting in the surf. She said they’ve also been reeling in gafftop from piers, and whiting and sheepshead from the Island Queen II, which docks at Woody’s.
Bay guides have been finding black drum, sheepshead, some redfish and a few speckled trout, Keehlisen said. Private offshore charters have been getting into Atlantic sharpnose and black tip shark and kingfish, she said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Bob Roberts said a recent nine-hour trek resulted in catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark.
Folks hitting the north jetty have been returning with sheepshead, sand trout and whiting, in addition to the occasional black drum, Roberts said.
Bay guides’ customers have been catching redfish, black drum and sheepshead, he said.
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Charter fishing agencies are looking to stay busy as Spring Break goes into full swing this week. Anglers can look forward to some good fishing, whether skies are sunny or cloudy.
Jerry Montalvo at Deep Sea Headquarters said their eight-hour trips have been harvesting mostly Atlantic sharpnose shark, a few kingfish and vermillion snapper. The hardy folks going on the 24-hour trips are getting their money’s worth with lots of blackfin tuna, limits of amberjack and a few grouper. That trip also brought in a scalloped hammerhead shark weighing in at about 150 pounds. Friday’s weather convinced some young men to go out and they returned from a state water trip with limits of red snapper.
Bay water temperature at about 55 is making fishing tough, Montalvo said. “They’re there, but they’re not biting,” he said. Your best bet is to find a guide who can find live shrimp “which is hard to find, or sea lice, which is also hard to find” or go out to the beach and get some ghost shrimp. Anglers are catching sheepshead off the rocks.
Montalvo said they’ll be taking out groups of Spring Breakers and families this week. “If the weather’s cloudy, I’ll have better business. If it’s really good weather, they’ll go to the beach,” he said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, George Beaver said offshore anglers have been catching limits of vermillion snapper and a few lane snapper. On the north jetty, fishermen are getting into a “bunch of sheepshead” and a couple of black drum, Beaver said. He also said they are booking a lot of trips for Spring Break and are looking for more limits of snapper to be weighed in.
Surf anglers are bringing in pompano and sheepshead, according to Sandra Fudge at Woody’s Sports Center. Sheepshead and redfish are the catches of the day for anglers on the jetties, and those dropping lines at Roberts Point Park are bagging redfish and sheepshead. In the bays, guides are bringing anglers back with redfish, black drum and sheepshead. On the Island Queen, whiting, sand trout and sheepshead are taking the bait. Weather has kept most of the offshore boats at the dock. Fudge said they are anticipating good crowds for Spring Break.
Choice of bait may be a factor in anglers not having much luck at Horace Caldwell Pier, according to Blake Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier. Most anglers are catching whiting, he said, and “I’ve had a lot of older cats with dead shrimp” for bait, and that’s not going to be as effective as other, hardier baits, he said.
Crystal Oestrich at Dolphin Dock reports that anglers have been reeling in a lot of red snapper and vermillion snapper as well as some nice amberjack and grouper. Tuna trips are coming back to the dock with lots of blackfin tuna as well as some snapper. A highlight of one tuna trip was a 140-pound mako. Day trips are returning with vermillion snapper and shark. In the bays, anglers are mainly catching whiting, gafftop and a few reds. State water snapper trips have been good, Oestrich said. They’ll catch their limit of snapper, then fish for other things, like black drum, redfish and whiting, she said.