Anglers have been reeling in lots of Spanish mackerel recently in Port Aransas waters, according to folks who work along the waterfront.
“Spanish mackerel are really running right now,” said Rhoni Spirlock, who works at Keepers, a shop at Horace Caldwell Pier. “One of my regular customers … pulled up nine the other day between 3 and 7 in the morning.”
They’re hitting on live shrimp and live mullet, Spirlock said.
The daily bag limit for Spanish mackerel is 15.
In other fishing news, anglers on the pier also have been hooking speckled trout, pompano, Atlantic spadefish and whiting, Spirlock said. One lucky person hauled in a six-foot blacktip shark on Monday, Oct. 21, she said.
At Dolphin Dock, Chrystal Oestreich said folks heading offshore have been returning with Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper and ling.
Red snapper still are being caught in state waters, Oestreich said. Anglers in the bays have been getting into redfish, gafftop and limits of bonnet head shark, she said.
Jerry Montalbo at Deep Sea Headquarters said a recent 48-hour offshore trip resulted in catches of amberjack, blackfin tuna and limits of yellowfin tuna.
Folks on a 12-hour run were rewarded with vermilion snapper, blackfin tuna and a lot of nice amberjack, he said.
A recent eight-hour trip came back with Atlantic sharpnose shark and a few kingfish, Montalbo said.
Bay anglers have been finding a few speckled trout, a good number of redfish and a lot of black drum, he said. Jetty visitors have been snapping up redfish, he said.
At Woody’s Sports Center, Larry Youngblood said folks heading offshore recently have been finding kingfish, a few ling and red snapper in state waters. In the bays, they’ve been hooking redfish, black drum and a few trout, he said.
Wyatt Hickman at Fisherman’s Wharf said recent nine- and 12-hour expeditions have ended up with kingfish, a few Atlantic sharpnose shark, big vermilion snapper, a bunch of almaco jack, amberjack and various kinds of grouper.
Bays have been yielding a lot of oversize redfish, some good-size trout and the occasional flounder, he said.
A lot of Spanish mackerel have been running along the north jetty, Hickman said.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.