It’s been a great red snapper season so far, according to folks at waterfront businesses in Port Aransas.
The current snapper season in federal waters (more than nine miles offshore) runs from Oct. 1 through Oct. 14.)
“Oh God, an awesome, awesome, awesome season so far,” said Nancy Groening at Dolphin Dock.
Customers have been limiting out on every trip offshore, according to every headboat business contacted by the South Jetty this week. The limit is two red snapper per person.
In other offshore action, folks have been catching Atlantic sharpnose shark, some vermilion snapper, quite a few pompano and a number of amberjack, including an 80-pound specimen on a recent day, Groening said. One lucky angler hauled in a 170-pound hammerhead shark Monday, Oct. 7, she said.
Bay guides have been bringing in redfish, gafftop, bonnet head shark, whiting and sand trout, Groening said.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Brenda Owens said offshore catches have been strong, though high seas produced by Tropical Storm Karen (now fizzled in the northern Gulf) kept boats from going out at times.
When they’ve ventured offshore, anglers have nabbed Atlantic sharpnose shark, some grouper and amberjack and limited out on red snapper, Owens said. Someone also caught a blackfin tuna the other day, she said.
Folks fishing the bays have been reeling in “really, really nice, big gafftop,” Owens said.
Ther i sha Moreno at Woody’s Sports Center said private charters have been nailing red snapper.
“There’s thousands of those little buggers out there,” she said .
With the recent cool front that blew through, bay guides have been finding more flounder and redfish, Moreno said.
The Island Queen II, which docks at Woody’s, has been getting into big bull redfish and also finding a few small Atlantic sharpnose and blacktip shark, she said.
Jamie Einkauf at Fisherman’s Wharf said folks who headed out Friday, Oct. 4, on a tuna fishing excursion, hauled in hordes of yellowfin tuna and red snapper.
“It was just an amazing trip,” she said. The trip was supposed to be 56 hours long, but they cut it short because everyone caught so many fish so quickly.
Anglers on the north jetty have been catching redfish and Spanish mackerel, Einkauf said.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.