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Big fish caught off south jetty
In Port Aransas, you don’t have to go out in a boat way offshore to catch fish that weigh more than 100 pounds.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sport Center said folks fishing from the south jetty lately have been catching spinner and hammerhead sharks weighing more than 100 pounds. Some of the catches have been from boats off the jetty, she said.
Standing on the rocks, anglers have been nabbing black drum, using live crab and sea lice as bait, Keehlisen said. Large sand trout also have been making their presence known at the south jetty.
Anglers have been reeling in pompano and black drum in the surf, and guides have been coming back with redfish, black drum and a few sheepshead, Keehlisen said.
The Island Queen has been getting into redfish, shark, Spanish mackerel, gafftop and sand trout, she said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Jay Porter reported that customers on 12-hour trips offshore have been hooking limits of vermilion snapper. Ling has started moving in, Porter said.
On nine-hour drift trips, anglers have been catching limits of Atlantic sharpnose shark and a few kingfish, Porter said. Someone hauled in a 100-pound bull shark on the most recent such trip, he said.
Bay guides have been catching trout and a lot of black drum, Porter said.
At Dolphin Dock, Gary Carter said the last few offshore trips have resulted in some nice spinner shark and vermilion snapper catches, plus a few amberjack.
Bay guides have reported catches of a lot of gafftop and some whiting, Carter said.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, the most recent 24-hour trips have come back with lots of blackfin tuna and a few amberjack. Vermilion snapper, grouper, a few amberjack and some nice African pompano were caught on a recent 12-hour trip. Bay guides are starting to get some stout trout, and also redfish and black drum.
Blake Wallingford at Horace Caldwell Pier said anglers there have been catching whiting, pompano, small blacktip shark and a few redfish.
Report courtesy of Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper