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The whiting are biting.
“There’s just all kinds of whiting coming off the pier,” said Mike Miller, who works at Keepers, a shop on Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas. “There’s a guy who’s been catching about 20 of them every day for the past week.”
Whiting are good eating too, Miller said, adding that pier anglers also have been reeling in small Atlantic sharpnose shark and pompano.
Dolphin Dock reported recent offshore catches have included Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper, grouper, a few amberjack and a 170-pound hammerhead shark.
At Woody’s Sports Center, Sharon Keehlisen said bay guides’ customers have been hooking speckled trout, with menhaden as bait. The bays also have been yielding redfish, black drum and sheepshead, she said.
Anglers have been catching sheepshead at the jetties, large gafftop at Port Aransas piers and whiting, pompano and black drum in the surf, Keehlisen said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, offshore vessels have been returning with vermilion and lane snapper, scamp, red snapper and Atlantic sharpnose shark, said Bob Roberts, who works there.
Bay anglers have been hooking redfish, drum and some sheepshead, Roberts said. North jetty anglers have been getting into Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, kingfish, pompano, ling and a few jack crevalle, he said.
A private boat hauled in a lot of wahoo the other day, Roberts said.
Jerry Montalbo said big shark catches continue aboard Deep Sea Headquarters vessels.
Anglers have brought back one big shark per offshore trip every day this week, said Montalbo, who works at Deep Sea Headquarters.
Catches have included a hammerhead shark that weighed close to 200 pounds on Thursday, April 17, and a spinner shark that weighed about 120 today, he said.
Other recent offshore catches have included Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper and a few lane snapper, Montalbo said.