The wind has let up, area waters are beginning to clear and bait is plentiful. That’s a formula for good fishing! After weeks of brisk coastal breezes and resulting rough seas, anglers and area docks have welcomed some fairly decent fishing conditions.
Those who have headed offshore to fish have caught plenty, mostly vermilion and dog snapper, ling, grouper, dorado, sharks, kingfish and amberjack.
Closer in, from the bays and channels, anglers have landed redfish, Spanish mackerel, drum, sheepshead, jack crevalle, flounder, pompano, speckled trout, gafftop and sandtrout.
Joan Miller at Horace Caldwell Pier said the surf has calmed and the seaweed has drifted away, enabling anglers on the pier to reel in plenty of redfish, pompano, Spanish mackerel, shark and a flounder over the weekend.
Scott Garrison at Deep Sea Headquarters reported offshore trips have resulted in nice catches of vermilion snapper, Atlantic sharpnose and blacktip sharks, ling and dorado. He said folks fishing the bays have landed redfish, drum, speckled trout, sheepshead and gafftop.
Mary Ann Heimann at Offshore Adventures said beautiful redfish and nice size trout, 25 inches or bigger, have been caught from the Aransas Channel, South Bay and the Quarantine shoreline. Kayakers in the Lighthouse Lakes also have reeled in plenty of redfish and a few trout, reporting lots of action with quite a few releases of undersize trout. A fisherman who headed out to fish just off the jetties returned with limits of kingfish and a jack crevalle.
John McNatt at Fisherman’s Wharf said lots of vermilion snapper, ling and blacktip shark have been striking offshore. Bay guides have returned to the dock with a good number of redfish, while fishermen returning from the north jetty have been carrying stringers of Spanish mackerel.
Ryan Reagan at Dolphin Dock reported sharks, vermilion and dog snapper, ling, some big grouper, amberjack and few kingfish have been caught on offshore trips heading about 35 miles out. He also said a state water red snapper trip on Thursday hit the target.
Sharon Keehlisen from Woody’s Sports Center said weekend private bay charters retuned with nice limits of redfish, speckled trout and flounder. Folks on the piers have still been catching large gafftop and sandtout using mostly dead shrimp and squid. Offshore catches have consisted mostly of ling and shark, while Spanish mackerel and speckled trout have been bagged from the jetties.