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Possible state record amberjack
An angler fishing from a Port Aransas head boat landed what may be a new state record amberjack.
The catch was made aboard the Dolphin during an 80-hour offshore trip that wrapped up today, Friday, Nov. 8, according to Bill Fintel of Dolphin Dock. Fintel said he believes the beast weighed in at 125 pounds.
The angler’s name wasn’t immediately available. To make it official, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will have to confirm the catch was a state record, Fintel said.
Also caught during that voyage were yellowfin and blackfin tuna, vermilion snapper, almaco jack, yellow-edged grouper and a hammerhead shark about seven feet long, he said.
Recent eight-hour trips have resulted in catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark and vermilion snapper. Folks on a 12-hour jaunt hooked Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper and amberjack.
The bays have been yielding redfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, gafftop, sand trout and whiting, Fintel said.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Dan Hilburn said folks caught Atlantic sharpnose, a few kingfish, vermilion snapper, a few amberjack and blackfin tuna on a recent 12-hour trip offshore.
An eight-hour trip produced Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper, a few kingfish, blackfin tuna and a hammerhead shark weighing about 160 pounds, Hilburn said.
Bay guides have been finding gafftop, a few redfish, whiting, black drum and a few trout, he said.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center said the Island Queen II has been bringing in large gafftop, slot and oversized redfish and a few black drum, The Island Queen II docks at Woody’s.
Folks have been hooking mangrove snapper at the south jetty, large gafftop at piers, and black drum and redfish in the surf, Keehlisen said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Bob Roberts said people on a recent 56-hour voyage returned with yellowfin and blackfin tuna, big amberjack and dorado.
Folks on a 12-hour trip got into vermilion and lane snapper, Atlantic sharpnose shark, scamp, and dog and gray snapper, Roberts said.
A nine-hour trip resulted in catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper and lane snapper, he said.
Roberts said he saw an unusual catch on the north jetty the other day: A snook. He also is seeing bull reds, a few trout and flounder at the jetty.
Bay guides have been finding black drum, redfish and flounder, Roberts said.
Blake Wallingsford said anglers on Horace Caldwell Pier have been catching a lot of bull red fish. Someone hauled in a three-foot blacktip shark recently too, he said. Wallingsford works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.