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Whiting biting like mad
Whiting reportedly has been plentiful lately at Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas.
“People have been catching 30 at a time,” said Blake Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier. “They’ve been catching them back to back.”
Folks visiting the pier also have been catching a few pompano in the 18- to 20-inch range, he said.
In other fishing news, Eric Peschke at Dolphin Dock said anglers on a recent 12-hour trip into state waters caught limits of red snapper, plus trout, sheepshead and black drum.
The bays have been producing gafftop and whiting, Peschke said.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Paula Housman said a recent 12-hour excursion yielded a 28-pound ling, a 40-pound kingfish a lot of vermilion snapper and a stingray that looked to weigh about 80 pounds, though no one got it to a scale.
Anglers on an eight-hour trip hooked Atlantic sharpnose shark and a few beeliners, Housman said. Lots of gafftop and whiting have been showing up in the bays, she said.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center said people have been catching pompano, black drum and a lot of whiting in the surf. She said they’ve also been reeling in gafftop from piers, and whiting and sheepshead from the Island Queen II, which docks at Woody’s.
Bay guides have been finding black drum, sheepshead, some redfish and a few speckled trout, Keehlisen said. Private offshore charters have been getting into Atlantic sharpnose and black tip shark and kingfish, she said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Bob Roberts said a recent nine-hour trek resulted in catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark.
Folks hitting the north jetty have been returning with sheepshead, sand trout and whiting, in addition to the occasional black drum, Roberts said.
Bay guides’ customers have been catching redfish, black drum and sheepshead, he said.