While fishing was slow overall last weekend, anglers fishing the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico found the fish biting.
The party boat Capt. John skippered by Capt. Johnny Williams and his Co-Capt. Jill Williams made a long overnight tuna safari with 28 anglers aboard.
The trip was a two-day event beginning last Saturday that included stops to The Claypile area, West Flower Gardens and the floating platforms well more than 100 miles offshore.
The platforms produced the tuna, with 119 blackfins to 19 pounds, and a 40-pound yellowfin being iced down.
Other fish caught during the trip were 111 red snapper to 15 pounds, 80 vermilions, rockhind grouper, sharpnose sharks and barracuda.
It should be noted that while red snapper fishing in federal waters is closed until June 1, the Capt. John is participating in a pilot program experimenting with allocation of red snapper and has been allotted a poundage quota that can be taken at any time, not just during the scheduled season.
If the program proves to be successful, other headboats will be operating under the same poundage allocation scenario in the future.
While inshore fishing was in the doldrums last weekend, not all anglers came up empty handed.
Dawn Freeman sent a note telling of her adventure in a small lake on the west end of Galveston Island.
On Saturday, she limited out on reds to 27 inches, her first time to limit out on the popular fish, and Sunday, she caught two measuring 24 and 27 inches.
The previous weekend, she found sheepshead and other pan fish at the same spot with all of the fish being caught on dead shrimp.