Record size slot redfish were weighed in on Saturday, March 19, during the 2011 Cabela’s Redfish Series tournament held in Port Aransas. Seventy teams of two fished for cash earnings. Tournament officials recorded record weights, and teams had to bag 15 pounds to make the top 15. The winning entry tipped the scales at 17.92 pounds.
Recreational anglers fishing in the bays, channel and off the jetties also caught some nice redfish, along with sheepshead, drum and speckled trout.
Offshore, blackfin tuna, vermilion snapper, Warsaw grouper, amberjack, state water red snapper, ling, kingfish, triggerfish, barracuda, hammerhead, spinner, blacktip and mako sharks, and a few wahoo were reeled in.
African pompano were hitting the bait in the surf.
Sharon Keehlisen from Woody’s Sports Center said redfish have been hitting hard on live shrimp and live mullet, and drum have been taking sea lice and crabs. Limits of sheepshead have been bagged from the south jetty on live and dead shrimp. Pompano have been caught in the surf, and gafftop and sand trout off the piers. Offshore catches include state water red snapper, ling and kingfish.
Scott Garrison at Deep Sea Headquarters reported blackfin tuna, amberjack, grouper, kingfish, African pompano, vermilion snapper, barracuda and shark caught offshore. Sheepshead, redfish, drum and speckled trout were hooked by anglers fishing in the bays.
Mary Ann Heimann at Offshore Adventures said folks have caught “really nice” redfish, lots of sheepshead and some speckled trout from the channel and the kayak trails. Those fishing on the jetties have reeled in more redfish.
John McNatt at Fisherman’s Wharf said six blackfin tuna and a 285-pound mako shark were caught on a nine-hour trip on Friday, and limits of kingfish were caught on a nine-hour trip on Saturday. Also caught have been a good number of vermilion snapper. He said lots of redfish and sheepshead have been caught off the north jetty and from in the bays.
Ryan Reagan at Dolphin Dock reported nice catches of kingfish, vermilion snapper, ling, triggerfish, Warsaw grouper, amberjack, a few wahoo and hammerhead, blacktip and mako sharks on eight-hour trips. One of those makos was a 282-pounder.