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Folks were catching all kinds of fish offshore as the Texas Women Anglers Tournament got underway today, according to folks who work along the Port Aransas waterfront.
The tournament lasts today through Sunday.
Offshore catches this week have included blackfin tuna, Atlantic sharpnose shark, kingfish and dorado, said Eric Peschke of Dolphin Dock.
Customers have been reeling in plenty of red snapper while aboard headboats with special federal permits to keep the fish, he said. And, in state waters, they’ve been catching blacktip shark and bonnet head shark and kingfish, he said. One of those blacktips weighed in at about 70 pounds.
Bays have been producing gafftop, whiting and trout, Peschke said.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Gary Gorman said offshore action has included kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacktip shark, blackfin tuna, ling and an occasional dorado.
“Kind of a variety,” Gorman said. “Some good boxes of fish.”
The bays have been kind to at least some people. Gorman said he had two folks drop by the shop today reporting they’d scored limits of redfish and some trout.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center said guides have been finding redfish, speckled trout, some flounder and black drum.
At the south jetty, anglers have been hooking speckled trout using live croaker for bait, she said.
People are catching whiting and gafftop at the piers, pompano, whiting and speckled trout in the surf and kingfish, dorado, barracuda, blacktip shark and a lot of amberjack offshore, Keehlisen said.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, George Beaver said recent offshore catches have included kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, jack crevalle and vermilion snapper. Headboats with special federal permits have been limiting out on red snapper, he said.
Bays have been yielding redfish, trout and black drum, Beaver said.
Blake Wallingsford said folks on Horace Caldwell Pier have been pulling up trout, redfish, black tip and bonnet head shark and small pompano. Wallingsford works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.