Bagged 20 Red Snapper in 8 hour trip

July 08, 2017 by Champ Earwood

Trip Info


We left out of our Aransas Dock at just after 7:15 in the morning with a family of six and couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day. Clear skies and mellow breeze, seas running 2 to 3 feet on the way out and diminishing throughout the day to less than 2 feet. We ran at 21 knots from the Port Aransas jetties and arrived at the Mustang Island reef in thirty-minutes.
I was surprised at how blue the water was, considering how rough the seas have been over the past few weeks. We began a drift over the reef and had a couple Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks swim around the boat right off the bat, and the water around the buoy was filled with Spadefish.
The fish were cooperative—we began pulling in Red Snapper right away using squid and cut mullet. I would say it took us nearly 100 fish to cull the twenty keepers with the largest going 23 inches. There does not seem to be a shortage of Snapper over this reef. After about an hour, one of the younger party members hooked into a 3 foot Sharpnose, which shut down the snapper fishing for twenty minutes while he battled it to the boat. A couple hours later, we had four nice Cobia swim up to the boat, but they were just too smart to take our offerings.
We returned to Port Aransas a little after 3 in the afternoon and stopped by Woody’s to get the fish cleaned. We had 60 pounds of Red Snapper and one 13 pound shark.

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