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Kingfish, ling on the increase
Offshore anglers are starting to see more kingfish and ling– results of warming Gulf waters, Port Aransas waterfront business employees say.
In addition to those catches, folks heading offshore have been getting into some Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper and African pompano, said Eric Peschke at Dolphin Dock.
Bay boats have been returning with red drum, gafftop and sheepshead, Peschke said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, John McNatt said anglers on a recent 12-hour trip reeled in Atlantic sharpnose shark, a few scamp, some goodsized African pompano and a bunch of vermilion snapper.
Late at night, folks on the north jetty have been catching some redfish and nice speckled trout, McNatt said. During the day, a few big stingrays were hooked over there, with at least one measuring about four feet in length.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, Jeff Miller said anglers have been catching a lot of Atlantic sharpnose shark and some good-sized pompano.
Therisha Moreno at Woody’s Sports Center said bay guides’ customers have been nailing redfish, black drum and more speckled trout than usual.
Folks on the Island Queen have been finding redfish, gafftop, mangrove snapper, sand trout, ling and various kinds of shark off the jetties and Harbor Island, Moreno said. Offshore, anglers have been reeling in dorado, wahoo, kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark and some dog snapper, she said.
Dan Hilburn at Deep Sea Headquarters said people on recent eight-hour trips offshore have been catching some ling, vermilion snapper and limits of At lant ic sharpnose shark. A customer on an eight-hour trip also hauled in a hammerhead shark about seven feet long.
On recent 12-hour trips, folks were getting into amberjack, Atlantic sharpnos e shark and vermilion snapper, Hilburn said. Bay guides have been coming back with redfish, some black drum and a few trout, he said.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.