Recreational shallow-water grouper fishery (gag, black, red, yellowfin, scamp, yellowmouth, rock hind and red hind) closes annually from Feb.1 through March 31, to help reduce overfishing.
Kingfish was king this week in Port Aransas. Most of the offshore boats reported their catch as being primarily kingfish, with a few vermilion snapper, shark and amberjack thrown in.
Bay guides are bagging limits of black drum and redfish, with trout and sheepshead in the mix.
John McNatt at Fisherman’s Wharf reported catches of kingfish, vermilion snapper and big mako shark offshore, while bay anglers reported catching black drum and redfish. Jetty anglers reported catches of sheepshead, black drum and redfish.
Angel Tomecek at Horace Caldwell Pier said anglers there caught bonnethead shark, Spanish mackerel, whiting and some speckled trout at night.
Mary Ann Heimann at Offshore Ad- ventures reported that offshore anglers
brought in kingfish and vermilion snapper.
Bay anglers are catching limits of
black drum, redfish, speckled trout and
sheepshead. “With the low spring tides,
the fish are all in the channel and the fishing
has been great,” she said.
Duane Foster at Woody’s Sports
Center said anglers in the flats caught
sheepshead, black drum and an occasional
redfish. Jetty anglers reported catches
of sheepshead, while a bay boat brought
in sand trout and small shark.
John Dunn at Dolphin Dock said anglers
on the offshore trips brought back
limits of kingfish, vermilion snapper and