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This is a great time of year to go fishing off Port Aransas, according to folks who work along the waterfront.
“Fishing’s awesome right now,” said Gary Carter of Dolphin Dock. “You’re going to bring home a nice load of fish if you go. For the first time this year, it seems like fishing’s really on.”
Carter said shrimping season has helped a lot. Game fish tend to follow shrimp boats.
Carter said offshore catches recently have included kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, amberjack, small grouper and a few blackfin tuna. In the bays, folks have been catching stingrays, bonnet head shark and gafftop, plus a few red snapper in state waters, he said.
Gary Gorman of Deep Sea Headquarters agreed that shrimping season has helped.
“We’ve been almost daily getting into blackfin tuna showing up on the shrimp boats and had a couple of amberjack and just a lot of fish. It was an excellent week,” Gorman said today, Friday, Aug. 8. The bays have been yielding trout and redfish, he added.
At Woody’s Sports Center, Sharon Keehlisen said bay guides have been finding black drum, redfish and speckled trout.
Anglers have been yanking up gafftop at the piers and pompano and whiting in the surf, she said. They’ve been getting into ling, amberjack, dorado, blackfin tuna, kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark offshore, Keehlisen said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, D.D. Shields said recent offshore catches have included dorado, kingfish, bonito, Atlantic sharpnose shark and ling. Folks visiting the north jetty have been returning with redfish and black drum, she said.
Blake Wallingsford said folks on Horace Caldwell Pier have been catching small shark, plus a trout or two. Wallingsford works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.