My wife likes to remind me that there are things in life you just cant control. I remind her that I “Fish” for a living, therefore, I get it. Which brings me to the past week of fishing. So much rain over the last week or so finally caught up to us and the awesome Shark bite that we had going on just up and dried out. I mean they all but disappeared. Vanished overnight. Most species within a few miles of land went to deeper water and further out to get away from all of the freshwater runoff. When the Sharks stop chewing and the Jacks are nowhere to be seen in the bay, you know that there is way to much freshwater in the area. After a tortuous day of fishing last weekend, I made the move and headed out about 6 miles off the beach in search of any kind of activity the following day. I usually stay within a couple miles of shore, but with the bite being non-existent, I didn’t have much choice. We ended up scoring. Despite the rain storms, the ocean has been calm,clear, and just beautiful all week and offered up some fun ultra-light action. Plenty of action for Spanish Mackerel with most of em weighing nearly 5 lbs or so. No runts or bacon strips. Every Mackerel was a “Mongo”, that when hooked, nearly spooled the spinning reel. I cant remember seeing so many “large”Mackerel. We also caught Blues and even a few Jacks on some way under-gunned tackle. While we did get spooled a few times and broke some fish off, it really was rewarding when we would get em to the boat. Most were let go, but there were some that ended up on the dinner table. All said, a pretty fun week. I cant always control things, but sometimes mother/nature provides you with a few options. This coming weekend looks to be wet while next weeks weather is a total crap shoot. I’m gonna work on reels and freshen up some line, as well as wax a couple of surfboards. Fish or Surf? I got options.
After dodging thunderstorms the past couple of days, today I decided to stay dry and indoors. I choose wisely. Lots of rain today and the remaining week looks iffy at best. I had some very young Jr.Anglers on the boat this weekend so we kept to the backwater and wore them out with ultra-lite action on Croakers,Whiting and small Sharks. We did keep a couple of larger rods out the back and caught several Sharks in excess of 40lbs. Beautiful scenery, calm water and plenty of action was the ticket. I have a few trips scheduled over the coming days, but seeing how I don’t fish in the rain, it remains to be seen weather or not we leave the dock. Oh well, out of my control. With as much rain predicted over the coming week, it could prove tough fishing into next week. Lots of fresh water from runoff could negatively affect the inshore and near shore bite. I will try to remain optimistic and keep it real. The bait fish have been really scarce and spread out over a wide area so the bite that has been inconsistent for the past week or so could get even worse. Thank God for the local Shrimpers who always seem to have some big Sharks lurking just behind their nets. It proved a very effective strategy for myself and others over the past couple of weeks, and we may continue that method of fishing if need be. There it is! It is what it is!
Amazing! 3 days in a row that I didn’t have to dodge or outrun a thunderstorm. Its been a couple of weeks since we could just concentrate on fishing and not be checking the weather radar app every half hour. Best of all, the fishing was pretty consistent. Well, the Sharking anyway. This past week saw a fair amount of fun sized Sharks averaging 20-40lbs. Blacktips and Lemons for the most part as well as a few small Hammer Heads and Bulls. We got a couple to the boat that were twice the average as well as losing a few that put on quite a show before they broke us off. Although the fishing was one dimensional, we kept the rods bending. This weekend I saw a couple of Tarpon free jump near us and really expected to take a shot on em, but didn’t. It had that feel to it, and maybe if the weather holds we will get the opportunity over the next few days. Didn’t see any schools of Jacks to cast to this week, lots of lightning bolts though. Anyway, I’m fishing everyday this week and hopefully I will have a great report and an optimistic forecast for next week. Have a Blessed week everyone.