Last updated 4 years ago
Good catches on and offshore
You don’t have to get in a boat and head offshore to catch some big fish in Port Aransas.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, Blake Wallingsford said two redfish, each more than 40 inches long, were caught from the pier recently. Pier anglers also have reeled in black drum sand trout. A couple of folks hooked one blacktip and one hammerhead shark, each three to four feet long, Wallingsford said.
At Dolphin Dock, Bill Fintel said a recent 80-hour trip offshore resulted in catches of more than 100 blackfin tuna, 27 yellowfin, two wahoo (one more than 70 pounds), amberjack and ling.
A 12-hour trip returned with vermilion snapper, African pompano, ling, Atlantic sharpnose shark, bonito and a 180-pound hammerhead shark, Fintel said. Anglers on an eight-hour jaunt caught mostly Atlantic sharpnose shark and kingfish but also a few bonito and ling, he said. Four- and five-hour trips have gotten into Atlantic sharpnose shark and kingfish.
Fintel said he’s also been seeing catches of red and dog snapper in state waters offshore.
Jerry Montalbo at Deep Sea Headquarters said offshore trips have resulted in “loads of kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark.”
Bay guides have been finding a lot of black drum and some redfish and trout, Montalbo said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Bob Roberts said anglers heading offshore have been “hammering kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark.”
Bay guides have been leading customers to redfish and black drum, Roberts said. Boats off the north jetty have been getting trout and kingfish, he said.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center said anglers have been nailing speckled trout in the surf, tarpon near the north and south jetties and gafftop and sand trout near Port Aransas piers. She said redfish catches near the ferry landings have been good at night, too. (Just don’t get too close to the landings. It’s against the law.)
Guides have been finding limits of black drum and redfish, Keehlisen said.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.