Port Aransas fishing has heated up quickly. Port Aransas bay fishing is still very good with lots of redfish being caught along with some black drum, a few sheephead and some trout. The sheephead bite has slowed down a little bit, and the size has decreased, but they are still there. This time of year also provides a chance at catching a “big ugly”, also known as the black drum. Although you can not keep some of these behemoths, which can reach over 40 pounds, they can give you quite a fight and make for a good picture. Steven Simanek has been thick in the reds this last week with limits on multiple trips, both morning and evening.
Tray Clark has been gigging flounder the last few weeks and has been quite successful with some 5 pounders helping to tip the scales on limits of flounder, as well as some sheephead and black drum. Tray will usually flounder until he gets to busy with offshore fishing, which starts towards the end of May, so if you missed the flounder in Port Aransas last fall, you have another chance to get some this spring.
Port Aransas Offshore fishing has improved with the arrival of ling and kingfish nearshore. The ling (cobia, lemonfish) have been around the last couple of weeks and according to Butch Findley of the El Gato, they are thick. He has been out hitting lots of different structure in order to fill the boxes, but there are a lot of small ones that can occupy your time while trying for the keepers. I have also heard of reports of kingfish being caught at the ship anchorage this last week when it was nice weather, so they should be around throughout the summer with good weather conditions.
A always, there is a ton of grass showing up around the beaches and offshore, so be sure to check out the weedlines for sharks, kings and ling near shore, and past 20 miles you should start to see some chicken dolphin and maybe some wee-hoos too.