Spanish mackerel has been showing up big-time near the ends of the north and south jetties lately, according to Russell Sanguinet of Fisherman’s Wharf.
“In the past couple of weeks, they’ve really started to turn on out there,” said Sanguinet, a boat captain. “On my way in, they were just blowing out of the water at the end of the jetties. Just boiling the water.”
In other fishing news, Sanguinet said customers on five- and eight-hour trips have been scoring Atlantic sharpnose shark, kingfish and ling. On 12-hour trips, they’ve been getting vermilion snapper, kingfish and a bunch of lane snapper. Someone on one of those 12-hour trips also hauled in a 189-pound hammerhead shark, Sanguinet said.
Bay guides have been coming back with red drum and trout, he said.
At Dolphin Dock, Bill Fintel said eight-hour trips have resulted in catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark, ling and kingfish. Folks on 12-hour trips have been returning with the same catches, plus vermilion snapper, amberjack, jackfish and a barracuda close to five feet long.
Anglers on a recent 24-hour trip caught jackfish, vermilion snapper, kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, African pompano, amberjack and ling, Fintel said. Four-hour trips have been returning with kingfish and blacktip and spinner shark, he said.
Bay guides’ customers have been catching gafftop, whiting and sheepshead, Fintel said.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, Blake Wallingsford said he’s been seeing a lot of hardhead catches, plus a few blacktip sharks about three feet long. Someone also hooked red drum that was more than two feet long the other day, too, Wallingsford said.
Dan Hilburn at Deep Sea Headquarters said folks on recent eight-hour trips have reeled in Atlantic sharpnose shark and a few kingfish and ling.
Twelve-hour trips have been returning with kingfish, ling, amberjack and vermilion snapper, Hilburn said.
Anglers on five-hour trips have been catching Atlantic sharpnose shark. Bay catches have included trout, redfish, black drum and a lot of skipjacks, Hilburn said.
Therisha Moreno at Woody’s Sports Center said recent catches offshore have included Atlantic sharpnose and blacktip shark, ling and kingfish.
Bay guides have been getting into redfish, black drum and increasing numbers of speckled trout, Moreno said.
Folks on the Island Queen II have been catching bull redfish, mangrove snapper, gafftop and scalloped hammerhead sharks.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.