Port Aransas anglers are salivating over the prospect of red snapper season getting started at midnight Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Snapper season in federal waters (more than nine miles offshore) runs from Oct. 1 through Oct. 14.)
“We’re booked up on several trips already,” said Jay Porter of Fisherman’s Wharf.
Fishing near shore ain’t none too shabby, neither.
Bay guides have been “destroying the fish,” Porter said.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center said a Port Aransas guide went fishing with four customers off the south jetty Thursday, Sept. 26, and proceeded to haul 155 pounds of fish into their boat.
They got 16 redfish, 15 mangrove snapper, a five-pound flounder and some Spanish mackerel. And they hooked two tarpon that jumped off their lines.
“It was unreal,” Keehlisen said.
Guides in general have been finding plenty of black drum and flounder, and they’ve been limiting out on redfish, she said.
Anglers in the surf have been reeling in pompano and whiting, Keehlisen said.
At Dolphin Dock, Nancy Groening said offshore catches have included vermilion snapper, dog snapper, quite a few amberjack, dorado, Atlantic sharpnose shark, kingfish, ling and pompano. One angler brought in a 60-pound warsaw grouper.
Groening said she got a report of two ling and red snapper being caught just beyond the south jetty.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, Blake Wallingsford said two speckled trout at least 24 inches long and a couple of big redfish were caught on the night of Thursday, Sept. 19.
Pier anglers also recently hooked a three-foot sand shark and two blacktip sharks at least three feet long, said Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Paula Housman said 12-hour trips have resulted in catches of kingfish, grouper, amberjack, Atlantic sharpnose shark, kingfish, blackfin tuna and vermilion snapper.
On eight-hour trips, vermilion snapper, kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark have been the rule.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.