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Fishing a Popular Sport on SPI

Daniel Leal of Brownsville shows his prized catch.

by Tony Vindell/LFN

The annual sheepshead run is pretty much over but anglers still have a chance to catch this fish plus other species like Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, speckled trout and whiting.

Sheepsheads usually start arriving in huge schools in March and their run continues on sides of the South Padre Island and Boca Chica Beach jetties

Many of the anglers who come from all over the Rio Grande Valley, said they caught their limits while the sheepsheads were in full run and still are hooking this feisty fish.

Abdiel Araguz of Weslaco with a string of sheepheads he and two of his pals caught recently. Photos: Tony Vindell/LFN

Among those catching their limits include Adbiel Araguz, a veteran fisherman from Weslaco. Others, like Daniel Leal of Brownsville, are newcomers.

This is my first time here,” Leal said during a recent weekend fishing along the SPI jetty. “I caught two so far but I will not leave without my limit.”

Several dozen anglers could be seen on the tip of the jetties pulling one fish after another while others were walking back with their five-fish limits on their backs or inside five gallon buckets.

Edinburg resident Luis Diaz said he fishes about five times a month.

The 35 year old man said he started fishing at 14 and catching sheepsheads is one of his favorite pastimes this time of year.

Meanwhile, a group of Winter Texans from the Midwest regions of the United States tried their chances before heading home.

“This is our first year that we tried the jetties,” Bob Johnson of South Dakota said. “This is awesome.”

He said they usually fish the bay off a pontoon but, since the vessel is out of commission right now, they tried something different.

Johnson said they like to fry the fish they catch making fish nuggets just like they do with chicken.

The sheepsheads run started a little earlier this year as they generally arrive here in huge numbers by the first week of March but changes in weather patterns have made things somewhat different than in years past.

Now is jack crevalle and other species time.

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