Anglers on the jetties are catching a lot of sheepshead, redfish and black drum, according to the folks at the docks along the waterfront.
Erin Felix, an employee at Dolphin Dock, said that their 4-hour trips are returning with a lot of oversize redfish, bonnet head shark, gafftop and sand trout.
She said the offshore trips are catching shark and vermilion snapper. Elijah Earl, a 10-year-old from Amarillo, caught a 130-pound spinner shark on a 12-hour trip on Saturday, April 2.
Anglers on bay trips have been catching a lot of gafftop, according to Nina Sifuentes, assistant manager, at Deep Sea Headquarters. She said that a group of 15 anglers returned with hefty stringers of gafftop from a recent trip.
Sifuentes said the dock’s 8-hour trips returned with wahoo, vermilion snapper and dog snapper.
Red snapper and big redfish are being caught on the dock’s 12-hour trips.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Riley
Gano said that jetty anglers are catching a lot of sheepshead and black drum. She said their offshore trips have caught some wahoo.
Anglers fishing at the Horace Caldwell Pier have been landing a lot of pompano from 14-to-22 inches on frozen shrimp, said Blake Wallingsford, manager at Keepers, a shop on the pier.
He said that redfish are biting on live shrimp. Black tip and bonnet head shark, a lot of whiting and the odd stingray have been reeled in.
“It’s the perfect season for all the fish that we usually catch off the pier,” said Wallingsford. “The water has been perfect.”
Sheepshead are good on the north and south jetty on live shrimp, according to Doug Stanford, captain at Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters in a report for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Black drum and redfish are fair using dead shrimp on the flats when the water is low.
Trout are good near Estes Flats drifting with live shrimp under a popping cork.