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Fishing good as big tournament nears
The fishing just keeps getting hotter in Port Aransas waters as the state’s biggest saltwater fishing tournament draw near.
“Currents are changing, and water is warming up,” said Eric Peschke at Dolphin Dock. Those are both good harbingers for good fishing. The Port Aransas Deep Sea Roundup will be Thursday through Sunday, July 11-14.
Recent offshore trips have returned with catches of ling, kingfish, vermilion snapper, Atlantic sharpnose shark and a few small dorado, Peschke said.
Folks on trips up to nine miles offshore have hooked oversized redfish, kingfish, red snapper, ling and a few blacktip shark about 120 pounds each, he said.
Jamie Einkauf at Fisherman’s Wharf said offshore trips have resulted in loads of kingfish and blackfin tuna, plus some wahoo and vermilion snapper.
Trout have been the rule in the bays, Einkauf said.
Blake Wallingsford at Horace Caldwell Pier said pier anglers have been catching bull redfish about 45 inches long, a few pompano, whiting, sheepshead and a lot of blacktip shark about two feet long.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Jerry Montalbo reported that a young customer caught a sailfish on his first-ever offshore trip July 4.
Montalbo said the sailfish weighed more than 50 pounds and was released after the catch, The angler was a boy about 10 years old, but there was no immediate word on his name or where he was from, he said.
Speaking more generally, offshore trips have been returning with Atlantic sharpnose shark, kingfish, ling and vermilion snapper, Montalbo said. Folks in small boats have been reeling in big kingfish from within a few miles of shore, he added.
Plenty of black drum catches have been found recently in the bays, Montalbo said.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center said she’s been seeing catches of speckled trout in the surf, redfish in the flats, black drum in the channels, whiting and gafftop at the piers and kingfish, ling, wahoo and dorado offshore. She said some of the wahoo have weighed more than 30 pounds.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.