Some nice catches are being reported offshore and near shore as Port Aransas brims with anglers in town for the 79th Deep Sea Roundup.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Karen Leister said an offshore trip this week yielded a blackfin tuna, a 67-pound blacktip shark and a 52-pound ling.
Folks heading offshore also were catching red snapper (with a special federal permit), vermilion snapper, kingfish and dorado, she said.
People visiting the north jetty have been finding red snapper, vermilion snapper, kingfish and dorado, Leister said.
At Dolphin Dock, Gary Carter said recent offshore catches have included kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark and a few blackfin and yellowfin tuna. Someone nabbed a 110-pound stingray in state waters, too.
Bays have been giving up gafftop and whiting, Carter said.
Mike Mitchell at Deep Sea Headquarters said folks on 12-hour trips have been limiting out on red snapper (again, with a special federal permit) and also catching kingfish, ling and dorado.
Anglers on eight-hour trips have been hooking kingfish, dorado and ling, he said. Kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark have been the rule on five-hour trips.
Bay guides have been finding trout and redfish, Mitchell said.
At Woody’s Sports Center, Sharon Keehlisen said folks have been catching limits of speckled trout in the surf and whiting and gafftop at piers.
Guides have been getting into red and black drum and speckled trout, plus a few flounder, in the flats, she said.
Blake Wallingsford said anglers at Horace Caldwell Pier have been catching trout, redfish and black drum. Someone reeled in a four-and-a-half-foot Atlantic sharpnose shark there the other day too, said Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.