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Kingfish catches continue to rise
All hail the kings!
Folks at headboat businesses in Port Aransas say customers are catching increasing numbers of kingfish as Gulf waters continue to warm up.
“We’re starting to get into the kingfish,” said Gary Carter at Dolphin Dock. “There’ll be two to four of them every trip. Hopefully, they’ll be in full swing before long.”
As for other kinds of of fshore catches, folks recently have been getting into vermilion snapper, amberjack and Atlantic sharpnose shark, Carter said. A customer hauled in a 170-pound hammerhead shark Monday, May 20, he said.
Bay guides have been catching gafftop, whiting and limits of blacktip shark, Carter said.
John McNatt at Fisherman’s Wharf said 12-hour trips recently have resulted in catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark, a lot of vermilion snapper, some lane snapper, a few ling and a few kingfish.
Bay guides and north jetty anglers have been returning with redfish and a few trout, McNatt said.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, Jeff Miller said folks have been hooking bonnet head shark, whiting and a few red drum.
Paula Housman at Deep Sea Headquarters said anglers on recent eight-hour trips have been catching Atlantic sharpnose shark, kingfish, ling and small dorado.
Bay guides have been getting trout, redfish and black drum, Housman said.
Woody’s Sports Center reported ling, kingfish, blacktip shark and state water red snapper have dominated recent offshore catches.
Bay guides have been returning with black drum, redfish and some speckled trout, according to Woody’s. Customers aboard the Island Queen II, which docks at Woody’s, have been catching redfish, gafftop, whiting, sand trout, bonnet head and Atlantic sharpnose shark.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper