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4/25 Autonation Saltwater Roundup is Saturday with headquarters at Robert's Park. Signup through 4/26.Details HERE
4/25 Port A North Jetty 4/23 via Loera - Sheepies and Spanish Mackerel HERE
4/23 Bay Report Near Port Aransas 4/20 via NaplesJohn - Here
4/12 Offshore via Captain Kelle at Deep Sea Headquarters- "Boat is out today. Last weekend the 24 hour trip had 85 Blackfin Tuna a few Amberjack and Vermillion Snapper. The 8 hour trips are catching a lot of Kingfish and Shark. And the 12 hours have been getting Kingfish, Shark, Vermillion Snapper and a few nice Amberjack..
3/29 South Jetty Report via Kodos2012 - The jetty was already crowded with Easter break folks but I managed 6 smacks in the beautiful green water. All except one were keepers but I only kept 3. All were caught on a 1 oz. crippled herring.
3/21 Rudy's Redfish Series is Friday and Saturday 3/22 and 3/23 - Expect a good crowd in town at Robert's Point Park. For more info visit The Rudy's Redfish Series Port Aransas page
3/11 Spring Break! Lots of crowds but still plenty of places to fish including Robert's Park for flounder. Try jighead tipped with fishbites along the bulkhead but bring a net. Also Sheepshead, Gafftop, sand trout and whiting at Charlie's Pasture, Roberts Park Pier and Station St. Pier.
NaplesJohn hunkered down Sunday and brought home this limit of Sheepshead from the South Jetty using an old school Calcutta Bamboo rod.
1/28 North Jetty Report via Frederick D - Report 1/25 - 1/26 HERE
1/18 Mustang Island Surf via SurfinSapo - Went to the strip of beach North of Fish Pass Jetties... All conditions were perfect except one. The fish were gone. Water temp was around 52 so they skidaddled. It was super nice and we played washers and practiced casting. Here are some pictures of the conditions....
12/15 South Jetty Report Post Front 12/11 via bike n fish - Snook, pompano, trout and sheepshead all AFTER a front complete story here.
11/15 Port A North Jetty 11/10 - 11/11 via Frederick D. - Report Here
10/15 Port A North Jetty 10/13 - 10/14 via Frederick D. - Report HERE
10/4 12hr Deep Sea Headquarters trip 10/3 - Don Stapleton his daughter Donna and granddaughter Abby enjoyed a beautiful calm day on the water for Don's 73rd birthday. Catches included King Mackerel, Vermillion Snapper, Shark, Amberjack, Grouper and this 60lb Wahoo! Note the migrating warbler too!
9/24Port A South Jetty Pomps via Fido - I took a buddy of mine from work fishing Saturday. Of course the Redfish have been easy on packery lately, so there we went. However, I seriously sucked that morning. The water looked great, but the finger mullet were too far away from the rocks to get a net on 'em. There was tons of pony mullet and shad though. Using the shad, one guy was filling up his basket with small mangroves as I've seen a few times. Another fella was slide lining but struck out. Used some pinfish I caught, but couldn't buy a redfish. Left at 9am for plan B.
Bought some live shrimp (which I don't usually use for bait this time of year) and went to the Port A South Jetty. The water was clear and organized. I remembered a couple reports of people catching them off that jetty using live shrimp. We ended up with six.
Below is a photo of my buddy from work with his first Pompano ever. He was impressed by how tough they were.
Baked them whole for the in-laws last night and they were awesome. I can't wait until I start making PINS Pompano trips. This will be a great year if the red tide leaves us alone. The best part of the day is I didn't dislocate my shoulder!
9/22 Epic Port A North Jetty Report 9/15 - 9/17 from Frederick Dunphy - Get the whole story HERE
8/16 from Deep Sea Headquarters 8/15 12hr Trip by Tyler - I went offshore yesterday with Bryan, daughter in law, Whitney and her stepdad Mike Cantu on the 12hr trip. Shout out to Derek Shindler. He commented on my old sabre rod that Oz wrapped and he said "nice rod". I told him my buddy Oz wrapped it and he replied "Eric Ozolins?". I said yes do you know him? He said "no just about him and his fishing" LOL
We started the day with funky 3 to 4 footers and headed out early to get kings by the anchorage. At the blue tanker we picked up quite a few. Mike got one but Bryan, Whitney and I drew blanks. After about three or four more drifts we headed offshore at about 8:30 for a 2.5 hour boat ride and got to the vermillion grounds. We had plenty and Bryan and Whitney got a couple of larger ones. Others on board I think left their vermillions down a little too long and two were rewarded with Amberjack and one person got a nice grouper.
Here's Bryan with one of his vermillion snapper.
Whitney with her haul.
Our catch for the day.
And the total day's catch. A good time was had by all except the four that were sea sick.
8/09 Deep Sea Headquarters Says - Dan says the 8hr trips are getting kingfish, atlantic sharpnose sharks, the 12hr trips same species plus vermillion snapper, blackfin tuna, ling and wahoo, and mahi mahi.
7/27 Father Daughter Trip to Port A 7/18 - 7/20 via Tim9368 - Drove all night to get to DSH for the 12 hour Wed. Trip. We were tired, but had a great time. The crew of Clint, John and Alfred were awesome, and had us on fish all day. I had just about given up on party boats, but these guys were great. We caught a decent stringer of snapper. The big fatty wore my daughter out.
We each got a shark, which really wore her out! especially since she had two break off before they could gaff them. I had no idea that something that size could pull that hard!
Thursday morning we headed to SPJ. Nothing seemed to be biting, but it was beautiful.
We tried everything we had, but the fish would not cooperate. Right before we left, the slide liners at the end landed this 45" king. I have no idea who this guy is, but he was happy!
We went to BHP hursday night and did not see any action up and down the pier. I did catch this baby AJ on a live croaker. So little, but man did he pull hard! I can't imagine what a grown up must feel like! The kid in the pic just wanted to be in a photo with a fish. I just wanted to get the thing back in the water so he could grow up.
Katie managed to land a miniature hardhead (an obligation for our trips Wink )
She wanted to show off this AWESOME catch to her brother. I just wanted to save the smile.
We hit the back side of the channel Friday morning and got nothing. Then we swam and headed home. Till next time!
7/12 Deep Sea Roundup this weekend now through 7/15 - For more info visit http://www.deepsearoundup.com/ Snapper season closes in Federal Waters July 17th and the seas look great for the next 5 days!
7/1 Snapper season extended until July 17th! Tyler's Report from Deep Sea Headquarters Friday 6/29
Easy limits of snapper average 9 to 10lbs. Three kings, lots of atlantic sharpnose shark, and a big blackfin tuna that Kelle's Uncle Jimmy Ragsdale caught.
Megan's king mackerel.
6/27 Snapper still going strong - Red snapper fishing remains strong, kingfish and atlantic sharpnose shark, ling also being caught weekend prospects look good. Capt. Horner on the 8hr trip at Deep Sea Headquarters got large snapper and atlantic sharpnose shark. 6/16
5/25 5/19 Late Offshore Report from Matt - Tired, busy, and forgot to post a report
As many of you have noticed from reports on here or getting out there yourselves, the kingfish bite is essentially "on".
We've found red hot bites at the distant ships anchored up out of Port A over the last ten days or so, and Saturday was no exception.
We left about 7am and went to the furthest ships. The "lift ship" (not sure if that's what it's called, it's named 'Treasure') had been holding a ton of kings, but the bite was slow there.
We moved to the ship south of that one, and started getting to work. Still a slow bite, but a good half dozen Menhaden cut into chum got them going. They were hitting flat lines (unweighted with a pink skirt) not far behind the boat while we were still letting them out. Classic King bite the way it should be. Ribbonfish and whole Menhaden worked equally well.
I'll put it this way: one of our customers was eating a sandwich, and threw the crust overboard. A King came up and ate it. 9:30 until we finished up at about 11, it was pure chaos. Also managed a 30lb Ling off the same ship, which was a nice bonus.
Kept our captain/crew limits on Kings since we can, and needed to repay some favors with fresh fish. 16 Kings, 1 Ling, close to 200lbs on the hoof.
Forecast said 3 foot, but it got a little sporty out there. Looking at the 5 day on NOAA, it's going to be crappy for us this weekend--and extremely un-friendly to our adventurous kayakers over the weekend Sad
I'll post a report Saturday evening or Sunday. Here's to hoping our customers start taking Dramamine now
5/18 Mustang Island Port A South Jetty - Lots of skipjacks and some good trout earlier in the week on the beach. Topwaters and live bait have been the ticket. Excellent fishing recently on the rocks for jack crevalle. Look for tarpon rolling near the ends as well.
Weather forecast offshore looks great through Tuesday! Snapper season opens in Federal waters June 1.
5/11 Port A South Jetty 5/8 - 9 via Brandonf17 - A slight weather window gave hope for a quick mid week trip to the jetties in search of sharks and kings, and whatever else may be around. Met up with Ace Tuesday morning, and quickly changed our plans to fish the north jetty due to a strong east wind slamming the surf side hard. This did however make for a calm and clear South jetty surf.
Got camp set up and ran some lines out. There were jacks running up and down the jetty.
After deploying a whole jack on the 80w, half a jack on a super 6, and another half on a 4/0w, it was time to catch some kings.
I had left the wire leaders in my truck, and I had lost 7 kings on 80 pound mono leaders before my buddy Kyle ran back to pick up the wire. By then the late afternoon run was dying off, but we still managed a couple.
My first King for 2012
Kyle with his king
Swell info had the winds bigtime off... We got hit by a storm that evening and had winds gusting to 35 mph... duked it out for a nice sunset though.
Went all night without any action... Morning came and the wind had died considerably and kings and jacks were about once again.
While no sharks were caught we still had a great time slaying some kings and jacks. On wednesday I also saw a couple tarpon free jumping a few hundred yards off the end... theyre out there!
5/1 Port A Jetty 4/28 - 4/29 via Frederick Dunphy - Wife wanted to go fishin for her birthday. Had this trip planned for awhile. Hit the jetty sat morning windy & bad water conditions no sign of bait. Had a catfish contest going on with hardheads & gafftop on live shrimp. Then Charlotte hooks up with a 20+ # jack on 12# mono, she fougt the fish for twenty minute running up & down the rocks to lose it at the net. Crying or Very sad That was about it on Sat. Got up Sunday to hit a honey hole produced nothing. Pick-up the ladies and hit the N jetty. No change in conditions. Was still able to find something Charlotte got a 18" drum & I ended up with a 24" trout, 20" gafftop. Best part of the trip was spending time with the wife & friends. Can't wait to do it again Here's some pic's.
4/11- Offshore Port A 4/6 - Jim and Pamela Lago with some of the fish their party caught 4/6 Fishing on the Semper Fi out of Port Aransas
To no ones surprise Pamela outfished him on her first offshore outing!
4/10 Brandon's South Jetty Report 4/7 - With a break in the weather, work, and school for the Easter Weekend I headed down to Port A with a plan to hit the jetties for whatever may be around, and possibly an early season king or tarpon. I met up with fellow EC'er Ace and a buddy of his early saturday morning, and we headed to the North jetty. The swells were predicted only 1-2', which clearly was wrong. There was a strong East/Southeast wind making the surf on the normally protected north jetty very rough. No signs of jacks or bonito, or anything of that matter, and after a few hours we called it quits. Later that day after debating heading home or not, I figured I'd try slide lining the south jetty for a couple hours to maybe pick up a king. While still rough, the water held great clarity, better than ive ever seen in such rough conditions. Soon enough, the bonito showed themselves, busting mullet along the rocks edge.
And then the jacks made an appearance...
Every 30 minutes or so, the jacks and bonito would rally up and hit the bait balls of mullet all at once. This would send mullet flying to the rocks, and one time I had hundreds of mullet and a couple of jacks that had beached themselves on the rocks in the frenzy.
This jack fell victim to a 6' swimbait
The weed was coming in strong, which made throwing artificials a pain in the channel side near the end, where most of the action seemed to be. However, the surf side looked golden.
A fisherman next to me got the king I was looking for, A good eating size fish on really light tackle.
Ended the day with 4 jacks and a couple of bonito landed, many lost, and helped others land a handful. Those rocks on the end are lethal, landing a big fish by yourself is a challenge. I didnt get the king or tarpon I was looking for, but I did see two tarpon hooked and a couple of kings landed so theyre out there. Get out while the weather holds!
5/5 Vermillion Snapper and Shark Offshore - Deep Sea Headquarters reported Vermillion Snapper and Lane Snapper, Atlantic Sharpnose Shark and Ling on their 8hr trips. Legal Red Snapper have also been caught nearshore along with a number of lings from those near shore rigs.
2/11 Port A via TPW - Sheepshead are fair to good on shrimp around the rocks at the jetty. Redfish are fair to good on the ledges of the channel on mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel.
2/2 - Offshore Port Aransas Deep Sea Headquarters - Dan tells me the 12hr trip yesterday everyone got limits of amberjack, and some warsaw grouper and vermillion snapper. The 8hr trip on Wednesday produced limits of King Mackerel, vermillion snapper and one 200lb hammerhead was caught.
12/1 12 hr Deep Sea Headquarters trip 11/20 Robul and his party ventured out and got Vermillion Snapper, Kingfish and Sharks. There was one undersized Amberjack reported as well. Weekend prospects look bad with 6 foot plus seas through Monday.
11/3 Deep Sea HQ - The 12hr trips are reporting Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, Vermillion Snapper, Amberjack, Barracuda and Triggerfish. The 8hr trips are getting Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, Vermillion Snapper and a few Mahi Mahi. The longrange trips to the floaters are doing well on Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, Amberjack, Rainbow Runners and Grouper.
Port A Jetties - Bull Reds have been excellent when there has been no red tide present.
10/18 Port Aransas North Jetty 10/15 - 16 via Frederick Dunphey - Arrived Friday, hit the beach at access rd1 drove to the south jetty no sign of red tide. Fished the north jetty Saturday & Sunday no fish kill. Little coughing. Fishing was a little slow. We were able catch a few. Some first time catches were a snapper & grouper. My friend Rob's group found the smacks. Also managed some bulls. Left on Sunday notice fish kill at Packery & JFK. I hope it end's soon. Here's some pic's of our weekend.
9/29 Kingfishing is King - Kingfishing remains the big star at Port A just offshore on the 8hr trips. Redfish, Bull Reds, Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackerel, Trout and Tarpon all in play at both the North and South Jetties. The 12 hr trip on Deep Sea Headquarters got Vermillion Snapper, Amberjacks and Shark fishing with Capt. Clark on 9/24
9/2Tropical Storm Lee - May upset things with some rough seas forecast for offshore. Meanwhile the place to be for Kings has been at the Jetties. Silver King filed this report from the North Jetty 8/28
Well after a long run of skunked trips we finally land one! Had another monster king break off at the leader since the slide line got tangled with the anchor rod on a mega first run. Also broke off big fish in the channel twice because of line failure. (WILL BE THE LAST TIME I USE 20# TACKlE IN PORT A) My cousin jumped a 4.5 BEAUTY tarpon that threw the hook with ease on a full body arial. Dove for a bit but the water clarity was crap. Saw a couple drum caught and one bull red. Fun day but the sun was hell.
8/25 Kingfish in ! - Captain Dean "Slowride" Thomas and his lovely wife Jennifer enjoyed good kingfish action at the Port A Jetties on the boat. (photo courtesy "My Darling Ben" Studios) 8/24
Meanwhile offshore the kingfish action is also hot Dan at Deep Sea Headquarters - Says, the 8hr trips have been getting a couple of nice ling per trip in addition to limits of king mackerel. The atlantic sharpnose are also starting to show up. The 12hr trips are reporting Amberjack, limits of vermillion snapper, african pompano, and king mackerel too!
8/11 Weekend Looking Good - Tarpon have been rolling around the jetties and lots of been hooked and a few landed. Meanwhile the 8hr and 12hr trips have been producing well with Kingfish, Atlantic Sharpnose, Ling and even Blackfin tuna on yesterday's 8hr trip. To the Kings and Tuna, add Vermillion snapper and quite a few Mahi Mahi for the 12hr trips.
Here's a recent shot from an 8hr trip recently
7/28 Don ruins the weekend - No boats will be going out etc with the threat of high seas, wind and rain. Meanwhile the fishing has been good. A recent 8hr trip on Deep Sea Headquarters with Capt. Schoolcraft brought in Kings, Atlantic Sharpnose shark and Mahi Mahi
7/15 Last weekend for Red Snapper - The season ends at 12:01 Am on July 19th so go get them this weekend or Monday. The forecast is calling for 3 foot seas Saturday through Monday! Meanwhile expect tarpon rolling at the jetties and kings and spanish mackerel to be around in addition to the trout and redfish. Deepsea Headquarters reports, Snapper, King Mackerel, Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, with Ling and Mahi showing up too!
7/7 Deep Sea Roundup this weekend - And the fishing has been good. Lots of snapper, ling, kingfish, Mahi Mahi, and even some Wahoo. The blue water is close too. Great conditions expected with no worse than two to four foot seas all weekend! Click here for more info on the 76th Annual Deep Sea Round Up
6/23 Port A - Dan at Deep Sea Headquarters says the 8hr trips are getting Kingfish, snapper, and atlantic sharpnose sharks, a few barracuda mixed in along with African Pompano. The 12 hr trips getting mostly the same thing with vermillion snapper, grouper, ling and dog snapper also in the mix.
Below is a recent 8hr catch on the Gulf Eagle
6/9 Port A South Jetty - Jay Gardner caught and released this Tarpon after an epic 25 minute back and forth battle that nearly spooled his reel. He said he got it on a sex lure :)
6/7 12Hr Pelican with Corpusfishing.com 6/4 - We had an awesome trip this past Saturday. We laughed, we cried, we hurled, not me but some of them did in the "sporty" seas. A great time was had by all. Thanks to CCBOBBER for handling the details, payments and reservations. Thanks to David Sikes for coming along to document. Here's a report from NaplesJohn Yes, Tyler really caught a fish or two. The only fishing pics I took were during the "Crazy Snapper" bite. Clearly red snapper are almost extinct, as it took about 15 minutes to finish off limits. What would be funs would be catch and release on those suicidal fish as they came to the surface eating chum that the crew was throwing (not to be confused with a few others who chummed on and off throughout the day).
Leaving the harbor
Fishing (look Tyler did hook a few:-)
6/7 Mando get some Jacks at the North Jetty - Made a trip to the jetty Saturday morning. Lots of good n bad going on for me. First saw the Corpus fishing crew heading offshore thinking "must be nice" Then proceeded to gaff my self (minor cut) then fell on the on the slippery jetty (major pain) I tried to land on my hands falling face first but my left hand slipped out as well on the algee and I felt my shoulder POP! When I got up it Popped back in place but it didn't feel good. The wrest of the day went ok for fishing. Nothing to take home but the jacks were fun anyways. Wish they could of stepped aside for one minute and let a king hit our bait. You can tell from the pics my throbbing shoulder and wrist didn't bother me fighting fish but that night and the last couple of days have sucked!
Little rough at first.
Fish on a yozuri n Trout rod 12#mono Daiwa bg15
Hooked up from the slide...live mullet
My Girl Nicole getting her biggest fish. She got spooled on a shimano 2500 spinner twice. First time the knot at the leader broke, second time the knot at the spool broke. Figured I had to let here break in my newest rod. (quantum 70 w/65# PP n 100# jiggin stick) That fish got whooped on the beast combo. 40" jack
Sabiki Catching runner for bait
Next run on the slide with a live pinfish
Another jack...my eyes fooled me. Thought for sure I had seen a king strike. oh well. My biggest for the day 40"
Perfect day in Port A
4 jacks caught (1 kept)
2 lost due to being spooled :(
Saw a 4' king fly out of the water
No tarpon sightings
No reds or anything else caught by anyone that i saw
Have some med. tackle at least so you dont end up with a empty spool like this...
6/2 Red Snapper Season opened in Federal Waters June 1st - The weather looks good for the weekend opener. Expect King Mackerel on the rocks and plenty of Red Snapper to hit the docks. Mahi and Blackfin Tuna, Vermillion Snapper, Grouper and Sharks should all be possible too! Here is a recent photo from the Kingfisher's 12hr trip with Captain Horner
5/6 Port A - The headboats have had a difficult time getting out with the winds lately. In the meantime, redfish and sheepshead still reported at the South Jetty. Trout, redfish and spanish mackerel reported on the North Jetty. East Flats is producing redfish.
4/25 Port A North Jetty 4/22 via WHAT - Never been to Port A North Jetty but due to the seaweed at PINS I decided this would be a better spot especially since the wind was forecasted to be in the mid 20s.
We couldn't find any mullet! I tried looking for mullet and was unsuccessful. I even stoped at a few bait shops. Nothing! I debated on getting some live shrimp but decided not to (big mistake). So we just headed out with some crabs and dead shrimp. Got to the North Jettty a little after 10am. The surf was pretty much flat after the breakers. The wind gave us a nice breeze, didnt really feel like 20+mph winds but it very well could have been bc the wind was coming in from the SE which was towards our back. No weed what so ever on the surf side. The channel was rough and had spots of seaweed in it. Didn't fishing the channel at all.
Got my bait rod in the water as soon as i got there and started catching some whitings, bluefish, piggy perch and catfish. We used the whiting and bluefish for cut bait. The bite was steady on cut bait, i got robbed quite a bit. They would take it and spit the hook. Finally i hooked on to something, it was a sharpnose i think. Just shy of 3ft.
While i was getting my bait stollen this guy next to us was bringing in slot reds, HUGE trout and spanish macks using live shrimp on a lemon float! He must have limited out on reds and trout from what i saw.
After a while we moved to the shack which was about 100 yards back down the jetty. Not even 10 min after we set up i had a big hit on cut whiting, just after i tightend the drag and set the hook my line snaps! I was supprised bc i used 30lb mono and 100lb mono leaders. It looked like it snaped at the line due to wear and tear. I was upset but even more pumped up knowing that the fish are still biting. Not much longer after this my cousin caught his first bull red and personal best.
Joey enjoying his first bull red!
Overall it was a nice trip. Even though i had a lot of missed runs and a break off i had a really good time out there. Looking forward to coming back!
4/7 Port A -The wind has made things tough offshore but when they have been getting out Kingfish are biting at the rocks. A few Wahoo have been taken as well. TPW says
- Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish, trout and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.
3/25 - Winds have hampered offshore fishing until recently. King Mackerel are biting on the rocks. Amberjacks and wahoo have been caught. Vermillion Snapper are getting tough to catch due to the large amount of snapper present. Expect Kings to show near the jetties when the water greens up. Jack Crevalle should be at the Jetties now. Sheepshead, Trout and Redfish still being caught on both jetties mainly on live shrimp under lemon rigs.
Look for the spring migration of flounder in places like Charlie's Pasture and Roberts Point Park along the bulkhead. Use soft plastics tipped with shrimp or fishbites and jig along the walls.
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