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Anglers catching some big sharks
Offshore anglers have been hauling in a variety of big sharks recently in waters off Port Aransas.
Vessels steaming out of Deep Sea Headquarters brought back an 82-pound mako on Sunday, April 6, then a 158-pound mako three days later, followed by a 145-pound scalloped hammerhead on Saturday, April 12, and then another hammerhead tipping the scales at more than 150 pounds the next day, according to Jerry Montalbo, who works at the waterfront business.
Folks on those boats actually caught even more big sharks than that, but catch limits prevented them from bringing more than one of the beasts per trip back to shore, so some were released, Montalbo said.
Other catches offshore have included Atlantic sharpnose shark and vermilion snapper, he said. The bays have been producing redfish, black drum and sheepshead, he said.
At Dolphin Dock, Nancy Groening said recent 12- hour trips offshore resulted in catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper, grouper, a few amberjack and a 170-pound hammerhead shark.
Customers continue to catch limits of red snapper in federal waters with a special permit the business has, Groening said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Bob Roberts said folks heading offshore have been returning with vermilion and lane snapper, scamp, red snapper and Atlantic sharpnose shark. An angler hooked a dorado on a recent trip too, he said.
Bay anglers have been hooking redfish, drum and some sheepshead, Roberts said. The north jetty has been yielding Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, kingfish, pompano and a few jack crevalle, he said.
Rhoni Spirlock said folks at Horace Caldwell Pier have been pulling up whiting, pompano and small blacktip and bonnet head shark. Spirlock works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
At Woody’s Sports Center, Therisha Moreno said bay guides have been finding redfish, black drum and lots of speckled trout. The Island Queen II, which docks at Woody’s, has been getting into black drum, sheepshead and a few redfish, she said.