Bay anglers reap redfish rewards
Anglers were scrambling to catch the last red snapper in federal waters as the season closes at midnight tonight, Friday, June 28. And they were being rewarded, according to the charter fishing agencies.
Bay anglers have been rewarded with redfish, trout and more, so it looks like it's a good time to go fishing.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody's Sports Center said surf anglers are reeling in pompano and small shark, and off the jetties, sheepshead are still biting, as are black drum. Guides are limiting out on black drum, with one charter weighing in 128 pounds of the tasty fish. Limits of redfish and speckled trout are also being brought in by bay guides. Anglers fishing from piers are catching gafftop and whiting.
Offshore anglers are catching a lot kingfish and ling, one weighing 63 pounds. “It was short, but it was fat. It looked like a Volkswagen,” Keehlisen said.
Wahoo and dolphin are also being caught offshore, she said.
“Oh my god! They're bloody and they're red,” said Jerry Montalbo at Deep Sea Headquarters when asked about the fishing.
“We're swamped – it's the last day of snapper season,” he added. “We've been catching snapper all week – more than you can shake a stick at,” Montalbo said.
Quite a few kingfish – more than last year at this time – are being caught and they are good sized and closer to shore, he said. Offshore anglers also are coming in with a few Atlantic sharpnose shark as well as bigger shark such as blacktip and spinner shark, even though the shrimping season won't open until about mid-July.
Bob Roberts at Fisherman's Wharf reports limits of red snapper caught every day leading up to today, the day day to fish for the fish in federal waters. Also being caught offshore are ling, kingfish and shark.
“I've seen one grouper this week,” Roberts said.
The four hour trips are returning with kingfish, shark and a couple of ling.
Anglers fishing from the jetties are reeling in pompano, sheepshead and a couple of tarpon were released. Bay guides are catching a lot of butterfly drum, “You know, the smaller, good eating ones,” Roberts said. He said he hasn't seen many redfish weighed in and only one or two trout.
“Everybody is loading up on snapper,” said Dolphin Dock's Crystal Oestrich. In addition to red snapper, offshore anglers are reeling in shark, kingfish, barracuda, ling and vermilion snapper. The 12 hour trips are weighing in shark, kingfish, one 120-pound hammerhead and a lot of nice bull reds. Bay guides are mainly catching gafftop and redfish, Oestrich said.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.