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Blackfin building up
Blackfin tuna catches have been on the increase lately, according to folks who work along the Port Aransas waterfront.
“They’re also bigger than last year,” said Wyatt Hickman, who works at Fisherman’s Wharf. Hickman said the average specimen this summer was probably about 18 pounds, while last year it was more like 12 to 15 pounds. He said he wasn’t sure why the fish appear to be heftier this year.
A private offshore excursion got back to shore this week with several blackfin tuna, plus dorado and kingfish, Hickman said.
Another private vessel reeled in four or five yellowfin tuna and some wahoo, he said.
Headboats have been bringing in kingfish and red snapper, Hickman said. The red snapper catches have been made with a special federal permit.
Sharon Keehlisen, too, reported seeing more blackfin tuna catches. Keehlisen, who works at Woody’s Sports Center, said she also was seeing a few yellowfin tuna, plus kingfish, dorado and ling.
Bay guides have been finding limits of black drum and redfish, she said.
Anglers have been catching whiting and gafftop at the piers and increasing numbers of flounder along the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, Keehlisen said.
She noted that amberjack season closed on Aug. 25 and won’t open again until Jan. 1.
At Dolphin Dock, Gary Carter said offshore catches recently have included Atlantic sharpnose shark, blackfin tuna and kingfish.
Folks have been finding kingfish and blacktip shark about a mile offshore, he said. The bays have been yielding whiting and gafftop, he said.
Mike Mitchell at Deep Sea Headquarters said offshore trips consistently have been rewarded with blackfin tuna, kingfish, dorado, Atlantic sharpnose and the occasional ling.
Hardhead have been the rule the past few days at Horace Caldwell Pier, said Blake Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier.