Low winds, sunny days, fish biting, it was a “chamber of commerce’ weekend and an angler’s paradise.
A wide variety of fish were caught, both on and offshore. One group went out to the floaters and brought in a good haul of tuna, and dorado seemed to be jumping into boats on their own. Well, maybe they needed a little help.
Dan Pedrotti of Boerne and his crew fished aboard the Ciao Bella out of Port Aransas on Saturday and Sunday. They found a rip in 50 fathoms that ran for 40 to 50 miles north to south, where they caught plenty of wahoo and dorado. They also released two dusky sharks, both over six feet.
Tracy Ingalls at Barnacle Bill’s Pier House said Horace Caldwell Pier anglers have brought in speckled trout “as fast as you can blink,”as well as redfish, black drum, pompano, whiting and shark.
John McNatt at Fisherman’s Wharf reported offshore catches of amberjack, ling, kingfish, vermilion snapper, dorado and wahoo. North jetty anglers brought in redfish, speckled trout and Spanish mackerel.
Brenda Jackson at Dolphin Dock reported catches of amberjack, vermillion snapper, kingfish, jack crevalle and shark.
Scott Garrison at Deep Sea Headquarters said offshore trips brought in amberjack, dorado, ling, grouper, kingfish, shark and a 69-pound wahoo on a 12-hour trip.
Tom Creighton at Woody’s Sports Center said offshore anglers brought in blackfin and yellowfin tuna, ling and kingfish. Bay anglers caught redfish, speckled trout, sand trout, black drum, ling, kingfish shark and gafftop.
MaryAnn Heimann at Offshore Adventures said offshore trips brought in limits of kingfish and shark. Bay anglers caught redfish, “some nice trout,” black drum and a few flounder.