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Redfish have been showing up more and more in Port Aransas waters lately, say some folks who work along the waterfront.
“All the guides have been catching redfish,” said Dan Hilburn of Deep Sea Headquarters.
In other fishing news, a recent eight-hour offshore trip produced catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper, amber jack, a 30-pound grouper, ambaco jack and African pompano, Hilburn said.
A 24- hour expedition meant amberjack, kingfish, grouper, lots of blackfin tuna and a spinner shark that weighed in at about 150 pounds, he said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Bob Roberts said redfish indeed have been biting more. They can be found along the north jetty, along with quite a bit of sheepshead and some big trout.
Folks on a recent 56-hour trip offshore reeled in a bunch of yellowfin and blackfin tuna, plus some wahoo and dorado, Roberts said. Anglers on a nine-hour trip hooked vermilion and lane snapper and a few kingfish, he said.
A 12-hour trip produced catches of vermilion and lane snapper, amberjack, kingfish and a hammerhead shark that weighed about 100 pounds, Roberts said.
At Dolphin Dock, Eric Peschke said customers continue to limit out on red snapper with the special permit that the business has to fish for that species in federal waters right now. Some lucky folks also nabbed a couple of ling on that trip, he said.
A 12-hour trip returned with catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark, beeliners, grouper, amberjack, kingfish and dog snapper, Peschke said.
Blake Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on Horace Caldwell Pier, said pier anglers have been catching a lot of hardhead and whiting lately.
Folks at Woody’s Sports Center couldn’t be reached for comment at press time.