A lot of moonlight at night keeps the fish feeding and leaves them just about full by the time anglers drop their lines, and that has meant a little slow-down in the fishing action at mid-week.
Not to worry, though, not all fish feed at the moonlight buffet.
Shark continue to take angler's bait, and redfish are the staple in the bays.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, Blake Wallingsford said anglers there have been bringing in some three- to four-foot blacktip shark. “There is a lot of bait fish – the birds are just chomping 'em up,” Wallingsford said.
Besides shark, anglers have been catching pompano and whiting.
“We're waiting for the redfish and trout,” he said.
Dolphin Dock's Eric Peschke said oversize redfish are coming in from the bays with gafftop and whiting. Offshore anglers are returning with kingfish, ling, vermilion snapper, grouper, shark and blackfin tuna. Overall, fishing has been a little slow with some weather and current shifts, Peschke said.
At Woody’s Sports Center, Therisha Moreno reports that offshore anglers are reeling in ling, kingfish, grouper and dolphin (not to be confused with Flipper – these are also called dorado or mahi mahi). Bay guides are catching the usual redfish and black drum, but the action has been a little slow on the north jetty, – it may be the full moon, she said.
Bob Roberts at Fisherman’s Wharf said anglers on the four-, five- and eight-hour trips have been catching a lot of kingfish. “We had really good catches today,” Roberts said. One of the night trips brought back a 50-pound kingfish. On the 11.5 -and 12-hour trips, anglers are getting into vermilion snapper, ling, kingfish, lane snapper and some shark – in fact, he said, anglers had to release four or five on Friday. “The fish have turned on real good and we're happy about that,” he said.
On the north jetty, anglers have caught whiting, mangrove snapper and pompano. Bay guides are catching limits of redfish, but the trout fishing has been slow.
Paula Housman at Deep Sea Headquarters reports that offshore trips are catching kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark. Bay guides are returning with a few reds, some trout and just a few drum. It's been a little slow,” she said.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.