Folks at headboat businesses in Port Aransas say customers are catching increasing numbers of kingfish as Gulf waters continue to warm up.
“We’re starting to get into the kingfish,” said Gary Carter at Dolphin Dock. “There’ll be two to four of them every trip. Hopefully, they’ll be in full swing before long.”
As for other kinds of of fshore catches, folks recently have been getting into vermilion snapper, amberjack and Atlantic sharpnose shark, Carter said. A customer hauled in a 170-pound hammerhead shark Monday, May 20, he said.
Bay guides have been catching gafftop, whiting and limits of blacktip shark, Carter said.
John McNatt at Fisherman’s Wharf said 12-hour trips recently have resulted in catches of Atlantic sharpnose shark, a lot of vermilion snapper, some lane snapper, a few ling and a few kingfish.
Bay guides and north jetty anglers have been returning with redfish and a few trout, McNatt said.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, Jeff Miller said folks have been hooking bonnet head shark, whiting and a few red drum.
Paula Housman at Deep Sea Headquarters said anglers on recent eight-hour trips have been catching Atlantic sharpnose shark, kingfish, ling and small dorado.
Bay guides have been getting trout, redfish and black drum, Housman said.
Woody’s Sports Center reported ling, kingfish, blacktip shark and state water red snapper have dominated recent offshore catches.
Bay guides have been returning with black drum, redfish and some speckled trout, according to Woody’s. Customers aboard the Island Queen II, which docks at Woody’s, have been catching redfish, gafftop, whiting, sand trout, bonnet head and Atlantic sharpnose shark.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper
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Some folks along the Port Aransas waterfront are getting revved up about redfish.
Bay guides and folks fishing at the north jetty have been catching a lot of reds recently, according to Wyatt Hickman of Fisherman’s Wharf.
“Right around toward the middle of May to June, they’ll start showing up real thick in the bays and along the jetties,” Hickman said.
Bay guides also have been returning with a lot of nice trout, Hickman said. In addition to redfish, north jetty anglers have been hooking pompano and trout, he said.
Nine-hour offshore trips have been returning with vermilion snapper, Atlantic sharpnose shark, and kingfish
Folks on 12-hour trips have been nailing vermilion snapper, grouper and pompano, Hickman said.
At Dolphin Dock, Nancy Groening said Atlantic sharpnose shark and b-liners have been the catches on recent eight-hour trips.
Twelve-hour trips have resulted in Atlantic sharpnose shark, vermilion snapper, a 30-pound ling and a 50-pound amberjack, Groening said. Bay guides’ customers have been hooking redfish, gafftop and small shark, she said.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, Blake Wallingsford said anglers have been catching a lot of small Atlantic sharpnose and blacktip shark. A woman also caught a blue runner, and an angler’s line was broken by what was believed to be a sizeable ling, Wallingsford said.
Dan Hilburn at Deep Sea Headquarters said folks on recent eight-hour runs have been reeling in Atlantic sharpnose shark, a few ling, kingfish, grouper and hammerhead shark.
Twelve-hour trips have returned with Atlantic sharpnose shark, some kingfish, grouper, ling and limits of vermilion snapper, Hilburn said. On the five-hour trips, folks have been catching mainly Atlantic sharpnose shark, he said.
Folks on bay trips have been getting into trout, black drum and increasing numbers of redfish, Hilburn said.
Therisha Moreno with Woody’s Sports Center said bay guides have been coming back with black drum, speckled trout and a lot of redfish.
The Island Queen II, which docks at Woody’s, has been getting into oversized redfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark and bonnet head shark, Moreno said.
Fishing report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.
A group of folks nabbed several big sharks recently in Port Aransas waters, and they didn’t even have to go way offshore to do it.
“We had 10 caught this morning,” Dolphin Dock’s Gary Carter said Friday, May 10. One to a customer, they were all blacktips in the 120 to 140-pound range caught in bay waters, Carter said.
Offshore, folks have been catching vermilion snapper, Atlantic sharpnose shark, a few big grouper and scads of blackfin tuna, he said.
Deep Sea Headquarters has been seeing plenty of shark action, according to Paula Housman, who works there.
Anglers hooked large hammerhead sharks three recent eight-hour trips, Housman said. They pulled aboard hammerhead that weighed about 200 pounds, another that was about 175 pounds and another that was about 100 pounds, she said.
Also on a recent eight-hour trip, folks caught vermilion snapper, some big grouper and Atlantic sharpnose shark, Housman said.
Bay guides have been getting into redfish, trout, sheepshead and black drum, she said.
At Woody’s Sports Center, Therisha Moreno said the Island Queen has been coming back with blacktip, bonnet head and Atlantic sharpnose shark. The vessel also has been finding more ling and got a bull shark that was about five feet four inches long, Moreno said.
Bay guides have been returning with redfish, black drum and speckled trout, she said.
At Horace Caldwell Pier, Blake Wallingsford reported folks have been reeling in trout, Atlantic sharpnose and bonnet head shark and a few redfish.
Report courtesy of the Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper.