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Some folks are reeling in nice amberjack catches, while others are having trouble finding any that are big enough, according to folks who work along the Port Aransas waterfront.
Amberjack season started on Aug. 1. The bag limit is one fish per person, and each specimen must be at least 34 inches long. The season ends Aug. 25.
“I’ve seen four people come in on a boat, and each of them have an amberjack,” said Sharon Keehlisen of Woody’s Sports Center. “They’re averaging 50 to 60 pounds. They’re coming in.”
Other recent offshore catches have included blacktip shark, small dorado, blacktip tuna, limits of kingfish and a few yellowfin tuna, she said.
Anglers have been hooking speckled trout, redfish and limits of black drum in the bays, Keehlisen said.
At Dolphin Dock, Eric Peschke said folks heading offshore have been returning with blackfin tuna, kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, dog snapper and vermilion snapper.
State water trips have resultd in catches of kingfish, bonnet head shark and dog snapper, he said.
Blake Wallingsford at Horace Caldwell Pier said folks there have been yanking up Spanish mackerel and three-foot blacktip shark. Wallingsford works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Jerry Montalbo said amberjack catches haven’t been amazing, but all kinds of other fish are biting offshore.
“Fishing is really, really good,” Montalbo said. “I’m seeing a lot of kingfish, a lot of Atlantic sharpnose shark, a lot of blackfin tuna, some up to 31 pounds, and quite a few big shark – spinners and blacktips.
Montalbo said one lucky angler landed an 80-pound grouper on Friday, Aug. 22. Dorado also has been biting, he said.