A 244-pound tiger shark is among top recent catches in Port Aransas waters.
John Besa of Austin battled the beast for about 45 minutes before hauling it in aboard the Dolphin Dock’s Dolphin Express about 35 miles offshore Saturday, Sept. 28, according to Eric Peschke, who works at Dolphin Dock.
Also offshore, customers have been catching vermilion snapper, African pompano, ki ngf i sh and At lant i c sharpnose shark, Peschke said. Anglers have been hooking some nice amberjack, he said. Arlington resident Jack Tucker, for instance, brought in a 55-pound ‘jack while aboard the Dolphin Express Sunday, Sept. 29, Peschke said.
Some bay guides have been venturing a bit offshore, where they’ve found dorado and ling, Peschke said.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, Blake Wallingsford said recent catches have included small redfish and two three-foot blacktip shark. Wallingsford works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
Paula Housman at Deep Sea Headquarters said eight-hour excursions have resulted in catches of grouper, amberjack and vermilion snapper.
Twelve-hour trips have meant Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper, two black grouper weighing about 60 pounds each and a 74-pound amberjack, she said.
Private charters have been returning with vermilion snapper, Atlantic sharpnose shark and a few kingfish, Housman said.
At Woody ’s Spor t s Center, Therisha Moreno said bay guides have been finding redfish and black drum. Customers aboard the Island Queen II, which docks at Woody’s, have been hooking oversized redfish, small bonnet head shark and blacktip shark, she said.
Bob Roberts at Fisherman’s Wharf said folks aboard recent 12-hour trips offshore have been catching vermilion and lane snapper, grouper and amberjack. A nine-hour trip returned with kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark, he said.
Bay catches have meant plenty of redfish and some trout, Roberts said. Folks fishing from the jetties have been nailing redfish and Spanish mackerel, with some trout, tarpon and mangrove snapper thrown in for good measure, Roberts said.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.