Anglers are seeing another shade of red
The redfish bite is full on. The popular coastal water game fish continue their run and have been hooked in the channel, bays and surf. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, redfi sh are related to black drum, spotted seatrout, weakfish, mullets and croakers, most of which also make drumming sounds. Scientists believe that the black spot near their tail helps fool predators into attacking the red’s tail instead of its head, allowing the fish to escape. The species is considered a great sport fish because it will hit on most kinds of bait.
Also caught in the channel, bays and surf have been black drum, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, pompano and some flounder.
Offshore anglers have hooked wahoo, vermilion and lane snapper, barracuda blackfin and yellowfin tuna, amberjack, grouper, dorado, trigger fish and ling.
Kristin Swan at Deep Sea Headquarters said anglers on floater trips have caught yellowfi n and blackfin tuna, amberjack, dorado and grouper. Shorter trips have returned to the dock with vermilion snapper, shark and kingfish. Bay guides have reported nice catches of redfish, drum and trout.
Scott Garrison at Fisherman’s Wharf said folks heading offshore returned to the dock with vermilion and lane snapper, kingfish, shark, amberjack, barracuda, wahoo and grouper. Bay guides have brought in nice limits of redfish, big drum and some nice flounder. Redfish, Spanish mackerel and pompano have been thick along the north jetty, and those casting into the surf have landed limits of redfish, pompano, Spanish mackerel and a few speckled trout, mostly on live bait.
Eric Peschke at Dolphin Dock reported kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blackfin tuna, vermilion tuna and trigger fish caught on offshore trips, while slot and bull redfish and Spanish mackerel have been bagged in the bays.
MaryAnn Heimann at Offshore Adventures said lots of really nice hauls of redfish have been brought to the dock. Anglers have been catching their limits of the species, along with an occasional flounder. Offshore catches have included Atlantic sharpnose shark and vermilion and lane snapper.
Jeff Miller from Horace Caldwell Pier reported “bunches” of redfish and drum have been caught during the week, and on calm, flat days, Spanish mackerel and pompano have been caught about threequarters of the way down the pier on live shrimp.
Art Singleton from Woody’s Sports Center said nice slot redfish have been caught from the north jetty, and bull reds from the far ends of both the north and south jetties. Bay guides also are bringing back nice hauls of redfish, along with drum and some speckled trout and flounder. Offshore fishing has produced state water red snapper, amberjack and ling.