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Angler wrestles in big spinner shark
Whether offshore or near shore, the shark catches have been pretty strong lately in Port Aransas waters. An angler hauled in a 200-pound spinner shark while fishing aboard the Dolphin Express about 20 miles offshore on Sunday, Oct. 5, according to Gary Carter of Dolphin Dock, where the vessel docks. “It was a nice one, about
eight feet long,” Carter said. “And it was the first fish in the boat that day.” Folks also have been landing Atlantic sharpnose shark and Vermillion snapper offshore, he said. Anglers have scored some red snapper in state waters offshore, Carter said. Bays have been yielding gafftop and whiting, he said. At Deep Sea Headquarters,
Brenda Owens said customers on an eight-hour trip offshore Sunday caught Atlantic sharpnose shark, kingfish and a single blackfin tuna. Whiting and gafftop have been the name of the game in the bays, she said. Jessica Gaskins at Woody’s Sports Center said offshore catches have included kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, Spanish mackerel and blackfin tuna. Folks hitting the bays have come back with redfish, black drum, gafftop and trout, she said. Rhoni Spirlocksaid Horace Caldwell Pier anglers have been hooking keeper red drum, bull and blacktip shark three to six feet long and lots of Spanish mackerel. Spirlock works at Keepers, a shop on the pier. At Fisherman’s Wharf, J. Yeaney said a lucky customer caughtt and released a big blue marlin on a weekend trip offshore. Yeaney estimated the beast
weighed 300 to 500 pounds. A 56-hour trip offshore produced 28 yellow fin and about 100 blackfin tuna, he said. Anglers also were catching dorado and blacktip shark, he said.