Gafftop, redfish, sea trout are top catches this week

Fishing report

Anglers on bay trips are catching a lot of gafftop, redfish and sea trout, according to the folks who work at the docks along the waterfront. While offshore anglers are catching mostly vermilion snapper, bonnethead shark and some amberjack.

Nicholas Longoria, an employee at Fisherman’s Wharf, said that anglers on their offshore trips are catching vermilion snapper, amberjack and a few kingfish.

He said that the bay trips are catching redfish and trout along with a few back drum.

“Our bay trips are returning with a whole mess of gafftop,” said Lloyd Easterday, dock hand and sales clerk at Deep Sea Headquarters.

He said on the 8-hour trips he has seen anglers catching a lot of bonnethead shark, vermilion snapper, barracuda and a good-size kingfish.

Easterday said the dock had a 36-hour trip return with blackfin and yellowfin tuna and some amberjack.

The south jetty is producing slot redfish (20 to 28 inches in length), Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle and black drum in 15-to-25 feet of water when anglers use cut mullet and live shrimp for bait, according to a report from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Anglers fishing in Aransas Bay are catching redfish and trout, using croaker.

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