A 675-pound bluefin tuna was the catch of the week.
James Murr of College Station fought for more than two and a half hours before landing the beast on Monday, May 16. He was fishing 130-miles offshore aboard the Sashimi owned by Port Aransas resident John Durham and captained by Zack Gueldner of Port Aransas on a trip out of Fisherman’s Wharf.
(See the photo of the catch on page 1A in this issue. A video of the fish being hoisted at the dock can be viewed on the South Jetty Facebook page.)
Other catches out of Fisherman’s Wharf, according to Eddie Sheppard, an employee, are lots of redfish in the bays and on the jetties. Sheppard said that some anglers returned on Sunday with swordfish. “They gassed up and headed back out after more swordfish,” he said.
At Dolphin Dock, employee Erin Felix said anglers on the inshore trips were catching redfish, jack crevalle, Atlantic sharpnose shark and some blacktip shark.
Felix said they had a 30- hour trip return with some nice amberjack, tilefish, vermilion snapper and blackfin tuna.
“We are getting ready for red snapper season to reopen on June 1,” she said.
Lloyd Easterday, an employee at Deep Sea Headquarters, said that the dock’s 8-hour trip returned with a bunch of vermilion snapper and some bonnethead shark.
He said that anglers on bay trips are catching lots of gafftop and whiting.
Anglers fishing off the Horace Caldwell Pier have been landing redfish, 20 to 22 inches long and black drum in the 30-to-32 inch range, according to Blake Wallingsford, manager at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
“We had someone catch a 27-inch tarpon off the pier on Monday, May 16,” he said. “That’s very unusual to catch a tarpon here at the pier. The fish was released.”
Wallingsford said that anglers also have been catching Atlantic sharpnose and bonnethead shark off the pier this past week.
Redfish are good on the flats in Redfish Bay and the Intercoastal Waterway using cut mullet and menhaden, according to a report from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The report said that anglers are catching trout in the flats with live shrimp and fresh-cut lady finger under a popping cork.