Get a gander at some gafftop
Throw a line in near-shore Port Aransas waters, and you could catch some big gafftop right now.
“They are hammering the large gafftop right now in the bays,” said Marsha Walker, who works at Deep Sea Headquarters, on the Port Aransaswaterfront.
Six anglers aboard the Kingfisher, from Deep Sea Headquarters, brought back 70 gafftop, some of them a fairly hefty five pounds, during a recent jaunt around the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, according to Walker.
There are no limits on catches of gafftop, which has a catfish-type taste and flavor.
In other fishing news, Walker said folks on 12-hour trips offshore recently have been reeling in Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper and African pompano.
A recent eight-hour run resulted in catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark and a single blackfin tuna, she said.
At Dolphin Dock, Bill Fintel said anglers on a 12-hour excursion brought back vermilion snapper, amberjack, a few dorado and some kingfish.
An eight-hour trip got mostly into kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark, he said.
Recent four-hour trips have been rewarded with red snapper (caught in state waters), redfish, black drum, big gafftop and sand trout, Fintel said.
Blake Wallingsford said Horace Caldwell Pier anglers have been hooking pompano and redfish, including some bull reds. He works at the shop on the pier, called Keepers.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center said recent offshore catches have included kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blackfin and yellowfin tuna and a lot of ling.
Folks sticking to the bays have been catching sheepshead, speckled trout and limits of redfish, including some oversize reds. More flounder have been showing up in the area of the Lydia Ann Lighthouse, Keehlisen said. The surf has been producing redfish and pompano catches, she said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Bob Roberts said folks venturing offshore have been hauling in vermilion and lane snapper, some kingfish and the occasional amberjack.
Anglers hitting the bays have been coming back with redfish and black drum, Roberts said. Spanish mackerel and redfish still are being caught around the jetties, he said.