2018 AMBERJACK SEASON HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED!

Posted on March 29th, 2018 by shannon

We have some exciting news this morning **AMBERJACK SEASON WILL BE OPEN MAY 1 – 31 and AGAIN in AUGUST 1 – OCTOBER 31**

If you are not familiar with Amberjack, these are HARD Fighting and GREAT Eating fish and they are a lot of fun to catch! Get in on the action and check out some of our previous AJ catches!

AMBERJACK ACTION!

RED SNAPPER PILOT PROGRAM

Posted on March 29th, 2018 by shannon

Badfish Sportfishing is in favor of TPWD managing the 2018-2019 Red Snapper seasons for both recreational and charter for hire anglers in “Federal” waters in the Gulf of Mexico. This 2 year pilot program is our chance to prove we can take care our own fisheries and fishermen! Take a minute and let them know what you think… thanks!

Red Snapper Proposal
TPWD.TEXAS.GOV
 
 
 

Spring Fishing is Heating Up – Wahoo, Kingfish, Dorado & Ling

Posted on March 4th, 2018 by shannon

Since January we’ve only run a handful of trips due to the cold and windy weather but they have all produced quality fish. We were given an unexpected (but short ) window of opportuity with Amberjack season in January and caught fish between 50 and 90 lbs. Hopefully we will see a late summer season for Amberjack, but it is usually announced on short notice and hard to plan. If it does reopen we are ready. 

One of my favorite species to fish for is the Wahoo. When a Wahoo hits your bait in the spread it is usually not hard to tell. They will peel about half the line off your spool without slowing down … and that’s just their first run! Not only are they one of the fastest and best fighting fish in the Gulf, but the firm, mild, white flesh of a Wahoo also makes a great meal. In late winter in early spring when the water temp is in the low 70’s the Wahoo bites turns on. We will troll deep diving plugs, ballyhoo or live blue runners and small bonita if we can find  them. We even found a small blackfin tuna in the belly of the one this year.  January brought us Wahoo while trolling and amberjack on live bait. February brought us more Wahoo up to 60 lbs on the troll.

Kingfish are a backup plan if the Wahoo bite is slow. If we have another year like last year we can expect the Wahoo bite to continue through early summer. Shrimp boats out of Port Aransas have started making their way back offshore. Once the shrimpers make a regular appearance we will have the opportunity to catch blacktip sharks behind the boats.

Ling(Cobia) and Dorodo should start to show up with the warmer spring waters as well. Spring winds can make it tough but if we can catch a calm day the fishing will be great!  See you on the water!

Look who might have a new WORLD RECORD!!

Posted on January 30th, 2018 by shannon

Reece Rockett’s Amberjack has been submitted to the IGFA for the new Female Junior World Record! Congratulations Reece!!

Rockett’s Greater Amberjack

“On January 13th angler Reece Rockett – age 15 – caught this massive 39.26 kg (86 lb 9 oz) greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) while fishing aboard the Badfish out of Port Aransas, Texas, USA. Rockett was fishing with live bait and needed just over 30 minutes to subdue the hard-fighting AJ on the heavy tackle outfit she was using. If approved, the catch will replace the existing Female Junior world record of 24.08 kg (53 lb 1 oz)”
IGFA Newsletter
Hot Catches – January 25, 2018

CHECK US OUT IN SALTWATER ANGLER MAGAZINE

Posted on August 16th, 2017 by shannon

Have you seen us in the Saltwater Angler magazine?  Check out the latest offshore fishing reports every two weeks to see what we’re catching and what upcoming forecast is.  Click here to see the most recent article: SALTWATER ANGLER

PORT ARANSAS DEEP SEA ROUNDUP

Posted on July 12th, 2017 by shannon

This weekend “Badfish” competed in the 82nd Annual Deep Sea Roundup tournament with REECE ROCKETT as the angler…Very proud to say she earned the title of JUNIOR OFFSHORE DIVISION GRAND CHAMPION!!  1st AND 2nd Place for Red Snapper, 1st Place Barracuda and 2nd Place Blackfin Tuna!!

 

 

The Summer Fishing Season is On!

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 by shannon

Despite having several days with rough offshore seas, the first of June provided some spectacular fishing. The greatly-anticipated 2017 Red Snapper season kicked off June 1. The Charter/headboat for hire sector has 49 days this year, the snapper are plentiful and the bite is hot. If the weather will cooperate, we should be in for one of the best summers on record!  We’re fully booked through the end of July, but still have days available in August, September and October. Don’t miss this opportunity.  

FEDERAL GULF 2017 RED SNAPPER SEASON ANNOUNCED

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 by shannon

2017 Red Snapper Season

June 1 through July 19

Don’t Miss It!  Our calendar is filling up and these days will go fast, so if you want in on the action, book your trip soon!!

Check out the details here:

http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/2017/023/FB17-023index.html

 

Thanks for a terrific 2016!

Posted on January 22nd, 2017 by shannon

I just want to thank all of our great customers who fished with us in 2016. We genuinely appreciate you!
We’re working hard to get “Badfish” ready for another season of exciting action starting March. We’ll be targeting big Amberjack, Wahoo and Kingfish this spring, but if you have a “Bucket List Fish” let me know!
Weekends and holidays are usually the first to go, so make plans early to hold your date!
www.badfishsportfishing.net
361-317-2233 or 409-621-6593

Merry Christmas From Badfish!

Posted on January 9th, 2017 by shannon