This past week started off with hit and miss rain showers and mostly cloudy skies and pretty much stayed that way thru out the week. I stayed inshore all week because of a storm offshore. We managed to fish several trips between the weather delays and actually had pretty good success. On a couple of those trips we managed a several nice Bull Reds in excess of 20lbs as well as some decent size Sharks over 40lbs. We caught the Reds and Sharks by using Croaker and Whiting that we had caught earlier on some sponge bob spinning tackle that we like to use for the 1-5pounders We had a couple of Large species come along and take the Shrimp, as well as the line, completely off the ultra-lite gear we were using. These Sharks and Redfish don’t get to be the size they are by passing up a Shrimp cocktail that’s right in front of em. Oh well, that’s another reason we always have backup reels and line on the boat. Our last trip of the week was tough. Wind and very muddy water didn’t help things, but we gave it a go and that’s all I got to say about that one. Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. Didn’t take the boat out the last couple of days, but did take the surfboard out and had a blast. The water has cooled off maybe 6 to 7 degrees in the past week, and that is really gonna help to jump start the Bull Red onslaught which kicks into gear by the start of next month. Looks like the storm that’s been in our vicinity much of the week will be heading away from us over the coming days and I will be out fishing early tomorrow with a longtime client and friend. Next report by the end of the week.
OMG! It hasn’t rained in nearly 36 hours. Thats a record for the past 3 weeks. I hate fishing in the rain, and I normally avoid it, but I have been doing it everyday for sometime now and if the customer doesn’t mind taking a chance, or staying out in the showers, Im willing to give it a go. After this past holiday weekend, I may rethink that option. Stayed inshore the last week and saw plenty of action almost every trip .The bite did kind of cool off by Labor Day, but with millions of gallons of fresh water flowing into the fishing areas, it was bound to hinder the bite. Plenty of Sharks,(Black tips, Shovel and Hammer Heads, and a few others). Lots of small incidental activity on the ultra-lites such as Craoker,Whiting,Bar Jacks,Blues and others. Today I went offshore in hopes of clean water and only managed a few Lemon Sharks and a 100lb Blacktip doing a triple gainer with 2 twists thrown in for degree of difficultly marks. We did catch a nice 30lb Bull Red on the 1st line in yesterday. The fish reminded me of what is to come, hopefully, by the end of the month. Certainly by early October. Until then, I hope the rain stays away and allows the area waters to get back to normal. May fish the Marshes for small Reds and Trout over the coming weekend and will share the results early next week. Tight Lines !!