Snapper tugging at anglers’ lines

Fishing report

Anglers are reeling in a whale of a catch this year during red snapper season, according to Port Aransas’ charter fishing agencies.

“We’re mostly seeing snapper, Spencer Brent of Deep Sea Headquarters said. “We got a 26-pound snapper the other day.” He also noted catches of kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose sharks.

Three other agencies, Fisherman’s Wharf, Keepers and Dolphin Dock also reported seeing big red snapper catches.

Fisherman’s Wharf has seen a “whole lot of snapper,” along with kingfish and sharks, employee Jillian Mitchell said.

Bonnethead and blacktip sharks along with whiting have also been prevalent with the red snapper hauls, Blake Wallingsford of Keepers, a shop on the Horace Caldwell Pier, said.

Hollis Schuessler of Dolphin Dock said he has seen sharks, kingfish, blackfin tuna, redfish and stingrays.

The red snapper season opened June 1 in federal waters, and it will run through Aug. 18. Federal waters are nine nautical miles out from the Texas shore, but red snapper catches are allowed all year in the state’s waters. Northern red snapper are native to the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and the Western Atlantic Ocean.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said trout fishing is good in Aransas Bay along Quarantine shoreline, off the shorelines of Trailer Island in five-to-six-feet of water and Steadman’s Reef in Redfish Bay using croaker. Redfish are good off Trailer Island and Ransom Island, the agency added.

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