Some amazing weather this last week in Port Aransas has allowed all the fisherman to dust off their boats, fill the tanks (ouch) and point the bow either offshore or in the bay for some fishing Port Aransas is known for. The bay fishing has been hot the last two weeks with redfish being the go to freezer filler. The spring sun has warmed the bays and and the light winds have allowed the water to clear which makes for a very enjoyable day of not only fishing, but catching. Besides the redfish, trout have begun to make an appearance and trout fishing should improve through May. I have also seen a lot of bay fisherman loading up on limits of sheephead around just about any structure in the Port Aransas ship channel.
Port Aransas deep sea fishing was very active this last weekend with a lot of boats on the water. Butch Findley on the El Gato reported that there were some unbelievable weedlines around the 26 fathom rigs and just inshore the rocks. These weedlines had lots of current, trash and bait on them, but the game fish, such as dorado and wahoo have not taken residency yet. It is only a matter of a week or two before these weedlines start to gather a few tenants. Private boats that went out the floaters reported that there was an abundance of sargassum out to 200 miles, so we should have some excellent meat fishing for at least the next few months. These floater trips produced a few yellowfin tuna averaging 40 pounds with a couple as much as 80 pounds. There were even a few blue marlin seen down south at Perdido spar. Good amounts of kingfish were found at some of the rigs and around the rocks, along with keeper amberjack. All of the fishing charters and the weekend warriors have been catching red snapper with ease, but are not allowed to keep any in federal waters.