Last updated 3 years ago
Kingfish starting to bite
Kingfish catches are picking up as Gulf waters warm up, according to Paula Housman at Deep Sea Headquarters in Port Aransas.
Anglers caught several kings during a recent 12-hour offshore excursion, Housman said. They also reeled in amberjack, grouper, barracuda, Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper, blue runners, grouper and a 148-pound spinner shark, she said.
Bay guides have been finding redfish, black drum, trout and sheepshead, Housman said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Bob Roberts said customers scored limits of vermilion and red snapper on a recent 12-hour trip offshore.
Folks heading out to the north jetty have been returning with a lot of sheepshead, some trout, redfish and a few mackerel, Roberts said. Anglers with bay guides have been hooking limits of redfish and drum, he said.
Eric Peschke at Dolphin Dock said a recent offshore trip resulted in catches of 55 blackfin tuna, plus vermilion snapper, a couple of amberjack, a Warsaw grouper and limits of red snapper.
Bay boats have been finding whiting and gafftop, he said.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, anglers have been catching whiting and small bonnet head shark, said Blake Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.