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Fishing Report March 17, 2017

A 150-pound spinner shark is among noteworthy catches made during the Spring Break holiday in Port Aransas.

Crystal Oestreich, an employee at Dolphin Dock, said along with the shark, offshore trips have nabbed vermilion snapper, grouper, amberjack and kingfish in recent days.

In state waters, folks were catching redfish, sand trout, gafftop and whiting, she said.

Many of the college students who are on Spring Break are spending some time away from the beach to fish, said Oestreich. This morning, nearly 150 people went offshore on trips out of Dolphin Dock, and much more expected to do so throughout the weekend, she said.

At Fisherman’s Wharf, Eddie Sheppard said that Spring Breakers have been giving him plenty of business, sending out hundreds of people a day.

With uneven weather early in the week, Sheppard said the bay fishing was much better than the offshore trips.

Bay guides have caught large quantities of sheepshead, according to Sheppard. Redfish and black drum were some other notable catches of late.

Offshore anglers have been catching Atlantic sharpnose shark, he said.

Sheepshead have been very popular catches this week for bay guides who departed from Woody’s Sports Center, said Therisha Moreno, an employee. Anglers have caught sheepshead between six and eight pounds each. Folks have also been catching black drum and speckled trout recently.

The number of people fishing during Spring Break has been average for this time, said Moreno. But, considering the bad weather at the beginning of the week, they are doing very well, she said.

Jeff Miller, who works at Keepers, a shop on the Horace Caldwell Pier, said he has seen a consistent amount of keepers this week. Folks have caught drum, sheepshead, speckled trout and bonnet head shark from the pier. Anglers fishing from the pier have been using live and dead shrimp for bait.

Offshore trips departing from Deep Sea Headquarters hauled in scamp grouper, Atlantic sharpnose shark, amberjack, kingfish and vermilion snapper, said Mac Owens, who works at the waterfront business.

Sheepshead, redfish and lane snapper were caught on bay trips in recent days, he said.

Deep Sea Headquarters expects to remain busy for the next couple of days.

“This town is crawling with people,” Owens said. “We will be full all weekend,” Owens said.

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