Port Aransas waterfront business workers gave mixed reports on whether stormy seas whipped up by Hurricane Ingrid hurt fishing.
Ingrid moved ashore in northeastern Mexico Monday, Sept. 16, producing a storm surge and big swells offshore in the Port Aransas area.
At Dolphin Dock, Nancy Groening said the high seas did hurt offshore trips some. They caught kingfish, amberjack, a couple of ling, Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper and bonito, she said. Bay guides were finding sand trout, whiting, gafftop and skipjack, she said.
The storm surge sent the tide up to the parking lot at Horace Caldwell Pier. Blake Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a store on the pier, said the fishing was slow, but he said he didn’t think the hurricane had anything to do with it. Fishing sometimes can be good at the pier when seas are stormy, he said. Just not this time.
Marsha Walker at Deep Sea Headquarters said high seas and nasty currents made fishing tough offshore. The catches consisted of Atlantic sharpnose, a few kingfish and a dorado, she said.
Bay guides didn’t have it so bad, bringing in limits of redfish and trout, Walker said.
At Woody’s Sports Center, Sandra Fudge said she thought the hurricane neither hurt nor helped fishing. Offshore, people still were catching plenty of kingfish and some ling, she said.
Bay guides were finding limits of redfish and black drum, Fudge said. Folks fishing from the bulkheads at the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture were limiting out on redfish, she said.
The Island Queen II, which docks at Woody’s, was getting into sheepshead, gafftop and sand trout, Fudge said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, John McNatt said he also saw no real effect the hurricane had on local fishing. Twelvehour offshore trips came back with vermilion snapper, scamp and warsaw snapper, he said.
A nine-hour jaunt resulted in catches of kingfish, a few ling and barracuda, McNatt said.
Bay guides’ customers were hooking black drum and redfish, he said. On the north jetty, anglers were reeling in flounder and redfish, he said. They also were catching and releasing tarpon.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.