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Bonita are biting
Be on the lookout for bonita offshore.
“We hadn’t been seeing a lot of them, but now, all of a sudden, they’re starting to run with kingfish, and we’re picking up quite a few,” said Eric Peschke, who works at Dolphin Dock, on the waterfront in Port Aransas.
Other catches offshore this week include kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, grouper, ling, dorado and vermilion snapper, he said. One lucky person scored a wahoo that weighed more than 40 pounds.
Anglers on red snapper trips (allowed through special federal permits) continue to catch their limits of the prized fish. Various headboat businesses in Port Aransas have the permits.
In the bays, Peschke said, folks are finding bonnet head and Atlantic sharpnose shark and gafftop.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Mike Mitchell said offshore anglers have been getting into kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, dorado and a few ling, plus the odd blackfin tuna.
Bay trips have resulted mostly in gafftop, he said.
Karen Leister at Fisherman’s Wharf said recent offshore catches have included Spanish mackerel and dorado.
The bays have been yielding a lot of black drum and some Spanish mackerel, she said.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, Blake Wallingsford said anglers have been reeling in trout and jack crevalle. One guy got a 40-pound kingfish, said Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
Redfish have been hitting on live croaker, Wallingsford said.
The folks at Woody’s Sports Center couldn’t be reached for comment this afternoon.