I could tell you what has been caught recently, but the pictures are more enjoyable to look at. The bay catches are from Rene Lopez, Josh Garcia and Steven Simanek. The offshore pictures are from the last month of trips and some tournaments. Give a call to get out there, the weather has been great and the fishing even better!
Do you have the summertime blues? Down here in Port Aransas we do, Blue Marlin. It looks like the blue marlin have shown up in good numbers again this year and have stuck around. The boats billfishing have been able to get up to 2-3 shots at them a day along with some sailfish and white marlin. Besides the billfish, these day charters have also been catching some meat for the grill…wahoo, dolphin (mahi mahi) and tuna. The fish are mainly being caught around some deep weedlines 45-60 miles out, easily within reach of the charter fleet.
The marlin bite is good news for everyone fishing in the tournaments this summer. During the next two months, the top sportfishing teams and boats will be competing in a number of different tournaments along the Texas coast. This is prime time to catch many sailfish and white marlin along with the blue marlin. There are also some very large dorado, wahoo and yellowfin tuna brought in to be weighed. Check out the tournament schedule and see if you want to fish one or just show up and enjoy the festivities.
In a week or so, the charter boats not billfishing will welcome the shrimpers of the coast of Texas, normally within 35 miles and can be targeted during an 8 hour trip. The shrimp boats normally hold a variety of different types of fish…king mackeral, ling, blackfin tuna, sharks, dorado…and just about anything else that likes an easy meal.
For those of you who missed red snapper season, there are a few boats that are able to keep on fishing for them in state waters year around. Not only that, but you can keep up to 4 per person as well as gong after kingfish, sharks, ling and other fun fish. HTe bopats that can fish for red snapper are the High Bid, Taryn It Up and the El Gato. These boats vary in size and price range so there should be one for you.
The bay fishing has been very consistent with the guides targeting red fish, black drum and trout. I even saw that a few of the guides are taing advantage of the light winds and calm seas to put there clients on some kingfish around the jetties. This is also when the tarpon should start to get show up in good numbers. There are a few guides who like to target the tarpon in case you are interested in catching a “silver king”. Check out the picture below of the catch made by Josh Garcia of Bernie’s Beachhouse Guide Service.
Red snapper fishing season extended
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service has announced a 28-day recreational red snapper fishing season in Gulf of Mexico federal waters. NMFS indicated it will publish a temporary rule in the federal register on June 10 to establish a Gulf-wide season closure at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, June 29.
Even if you Can not get out during this time, there will be a couple of boats running state water trips that can get you up to 4 red snapper per person along with a chance at kingfish, ling, sharks and more fun fish. The boats that will be fishing state waters are the High Bid and the El Gato. So if you want to catch Red snapper anytime of year, ask for these boats. There are some pictures of the catches from the High Bid this last week below.
There have been catches of each species of billfish this last week from some large blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish on the daytrips. You will also get into dolphin and wahoo like the 40# mahi mahi pictured below caught on the PortAfino.
In the bay, the reds and black drum have been filling up the coolers. The picture below was caught June 9th by Rene Lopez and Josh Garcia. Give a call to get out with them.
Check out the weather forecast for the week, winds 10-15 knots, seas 3-4 feet.
Fishing in Port Aransas has been very good both offshore and in the bay. A couple of boats have been offshore recently, the Iced Down with Capt. Andy Eccleson and the High Bid with Captain Aaron Chambers. The ICed Down has been catching amberjack, kingfish and sharks on there longer trips and even tangled with a mako. On the shorter trips, they have been getting into kingfish, bull tigers, triggerfish and almaco jacks. They have also been releasing numerous red snapper.
The High Bid will be fishing 8 hour state water trips this summer for Red Snapper and more. So if you want to catch some red snapper anytime this year, they will be able to get you your 4 per person limit. They will also catch sharks, jacks, ling and kingfish on these trips. Below you will see just what type of catch they can make in state waters.
In the bay, there was a good run of big uglies, Black Drum. Some of the fish were pushing 50 pounds which can be very fun on some light tackle. Guides Josh Garcia, Rene Lopez and Steven Simanek have also been getting a variety of other fish, speckled trout, red fish, black drum, sand trout and flounder too. Check out the pictures below of some recent catches.
NOAA Fisheries Service Announces an Extension to the
Gulf of Mexico Recreational Red Snapper Season
NOAA Fisheries Service announces that the closure date for the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season is being extended six days. The new closure time is 12:01 a.m. local time, July 17, 2012.
Landings and effort data are not available in-season to estimate if the recreational red snapper quota will be met on July 10. However, the north-central Gulf of Mexico has experienced extended severe weather during the first 26 days of the 2012 recreational red snapper fishing season, including Tropical Storm Debby. A substantial portion of recreational red snapper harvest in the Gulf of Mexico comes from the north-central Gulf of Mexico, thus NOAA Fisheries Service expects fishing effort and landings have been less than initially projected.
Wind speed and wave height data from four buoys stationed throughout the Gulf of Mexico were used as proxies for determining days when fishing did not occur or when effort was reduced. Wave height was the most consistent difference between 2011 and 2012. Days with wave heights greater than 4 feet was used as the proxy to indicate fishing days lost. Weather was not as much of a factor in the western Gulf of Mexico, and this was considered in the calculations as well. Assuming weather in the eastern Gulf of Mexico will improve, and fishing effort returns to expected rates, NOAA Fisheries Service projects the recreational fishing season for the entire Gulf of Mexico can be extended an additional six days.
I recently had the opportunity to join a friend of mine in Islamorada, FL for a couple days of fly fishing with Ethan Wells. Ethan spends the majority of his fishing days in Rockport, but every spring he takes a month or so break from Texas fly fishing and heads to Florida. This year he chose to take his clients out of Islamorada for some amazing tarpon fishing. I was able to go and observe a couple of days of sight casting to tarpon, either individual or schools of up to 20 or so making their yearly migration from both the Atlantic and Gulf sides of the keys. I was very impressed with Ethan’s knowledge, instruction, patience, expertise and easy going attitude on the water. It was a treat to be on some new waters and to learn so much about the area from Ethan. It is easy to see why his clients book numerous days every year in both Texas and and Florida with him. Ethan not only fly fishes, but he will also accommodate the light tackle angler as well. So if you are looking to get into some skinny water for some exciting fly or light tackle fishing, Ethan is more than capable.
If you happen to have any questions about Islamorada, feel free to shoot me an email or give a call. I had the chance to meet some new guides for inshore and offshore and can point you in the right direction.
For those of you able to get out deep sea fishing this weekend through Thursday of next week, the weather forecast looks to be ideal. The sea conditions are forecast to come down to 2 foot overnight tonight and remain 2 to 3 foot offshore through the forecast period. The warm water is in and I have heard of wahoo, mahi mahi and even a sailfish being caught this last week. Below is a copy of the marine forecast out of Port Aransas to 20nautical miles: