With cold weather hitting harder, folks have been catching more flounder inPort Aransas waters.
“I know one guide who went out two and a half hours and got 20 flounder ranging from two to five pounds,” said Sharon Keehlisen, who works at Woody’s Sports Center.
Now that Dec. 1 has come and gone, flounder gigging will be legal for the rest of the winter. Each fish must be at least 14 inches long to be a keeper.
In other fishing news, Keehlisen said anglers fishing in the surf have been finding sand trout and whiting. They’ve been reeling in big sheepshead at the jetties, she said.
Guides have returned with limits of black drum and redfish. They’ve also scored on sheepshead,
Keehlisen said. Folks fishing in the flats have been hooking speckled trout, she said.
Headboats haven’t been heading offshore much since the big norther hit Wednesday, but they will as soon as the wind eases up and more customers start drifting in.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Art Purma said a 12-hour offshore trip just before the cold snap came back with vermilion snapper, small grouper, an amberjack weighing more than 60 pounds and a lot of kingfish. A 48-hour trip limited out on amberjack and picked up several dorado and lots of tuna, he said.
Bay guides’ customers have been catching loads of big flounder, Purma said.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, anglers have been catching hardhead on hook and line and scooping up baitfish such as whiting and mullet with cast nets, said Blake Wallingsford, who works atKeepers, a store on the pier.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Bob Roberts said folks taking the jetty boat to the north jetty have been chugging back with a lot of slot redfish and a few trout.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.