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Red snapper season going strong
Red snapper season continues, and the catches remain strong off Port Aransas. Wyatt Hickman at Fisherman’s Wharf said every captain has his own way of hunting them down.
“They might fish rocks or wrecks,” Hickman said. “Each captain has his own (coordinate) numbers he keeps to himself, and he has his own preference on whether they anchor or drift fish.”
The red snapper season continues until 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 29.
In addition to red snapper catches, folks on recent 12-hour excursions have reeled in kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, grouper and some nice vermilion snapper averaging two to three pounds each, Hickman said.
Bay guides have been getting into redfish, increasing numbers of trout and a lot of black drum, Hickman said.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, folks have been hooking a lot of blacktip and bonnet head shark, said Mike Miller, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
“I mean, an amazing amount,” Miller emphasized. “Everyone who goes out seems to catch one.”
The sharks tend to average about 30 inches in length, with a five-footer brought in once every several days, he said.
At Woody’s Sports Center, Sharon Keehlisen said anglers have been catching Spanish mackerel in the surf, redfish and black drum on outgoing tides in the flats and speckled trout and mangrove snapper from the jetties.
The Island Queen II, which docks at Woody’s, has been returning with blacktip and Atlantic sharpnose shark, gafftop and oversize redfish, Keehlisen said.
At Dolphin Dock, Nancy Groening said recent 12-hour trips have resulted in catches of red and vermilion snapper, kingfish, shark, ling and a few African pompano and grouper.
Anglers on eight-hour trips have been catching red snapper, kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark and ling, Groening said. Five-hour trips have returned with plenty of red snapper, she said.
Folks on bay boats have been hooking oversized redfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark and kingfish, Groening said.
Dan Hurd at Deep Sea Headquarters said folks aboard a recent 12-hour trip offshore nailed red snapper, vermilion snapper, grouper, kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark and a few ling.
An eight-hour trip got limits of snapper, a few kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark and ling, Hurd said. A five-hour trip also resulted in limits of snapper.
“You can’t get away from the snapper, no matter where you go,” Hurd said with a laugh.
Bay guides have been doing well with redfish, black drum and trout, Hurd said.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.