This past week was all about Sharks. Everywhere and almost anywhere. I made sure to clarify with all of my charter parties that they would be staying very busy with Sharks and if you weren’t down with that, you might want to skip fishing inshore or nearshore, or go well offshore to where the Cobia and some bottom fish are being caught. While we did catch a couple of Reds, the ratio was roughly a 100 to 1 in the teeth’s favor. Lots of Whiting, Croakers and Blues caught on the ultra-lites in order to have fresh bait. The baitfish are near impossible to find lately, but there is always a way to manipulate the marine food chain. There is a named tropical storm just off the island today and while this weekend looks to be a washout, at least their is some fun surf to be had. While its great to have a few waves to play on, the near future fishing forecast could be negatively affected by the rough water as well as fresh water runoff. Its been a one dimensional fishing environment the last couple of weeks and we don’t need any more setbacks to slow down the arrival of some other gamefish into our inshore and nearshore waters. Time will tell. Hope everyone has a safe and blessed holiday weekend. Keep in mind the sacrifices of the few, so that we as many can be enjoying ourselves over this weekend and for many weekends to come.
Its mid day and the sun is out. Haven’t seen that in the last 4 or 5 days. My tomato plants are thriving and the lawn is a thick and lush. So there are good things to come out of a 5-7 inch rainfall period. However, fishing aint one of em. Before the onslaught of rainfall, we fished in the early week and stayed extremely busy with a variety of Sharks and miscellaneous small stuff. No Redfish to speak of. Reports from yesterdays fishing were pretty dismal, and the baitfish that were in our area for the past several weeks were no where to be found. So much fresh water really upsets the scheme of things. Hopefully over the next few tide cycles, the bait shows back up in large numbers and the fishing gets back to where it left off. At least the Shark fishing will. Still waiting on other species such as Mackerel,Cobia,Jacks and others to appear in our south end area waters. While there are probably still a few pockets of Bull Reds around, I’m not counting on scoring any, for the facts are, they have just slowly gone by the wayside the past couple of weeks. Never say never though. The weather forecast for the coming week looks perfect, as do the tides, so I am gonna try and stay optimistic. Time will tell. Hope Ya’ll have a blessed day.
Not much fishing went down this past week except for a couple of inshore trips. Not casting for Reds. but just bottom fishing along the banks of the marshes or creek mouths in hope of a few Bull Reds that might be lingering about. Didn’t catch any, but did catch plenty of Sharks. Surprise surprise. Lots of Reefs and Bonnet heads as well as a few Blacktips. The cool thing about both days is that there is plenty of baitfish and they happen to be really enormous in size. This bodes well for the immediate future for when some larger Sharks show up as well as when other species such as Cobia and Jacks get in our area inshore waters. The large Reds may have left the inshore for offshore waters but there should be plenty of action over the coming weeks. Hopefully some ultra-lite action for Ladyfish, Spanish Mackerel and others will soon occur. Anyhow that’s my report. Enjoy the week ahead and tight lines.
Happy Mothers Day everyone. Hope you spent the day with your Mom or at least spoke with her and let her know how much she is loved and appreciated. I’ve had an enjoyable few days with my Mom. I didn’t want to be out fishing the last couple of days anyway. The new moon has really caused the water to be very dirty and filled with debris that’s pulled from the marshes during the high tides. These conditions will prevail thru early week, but things should be back to normal by midweek. I fished only 1 day this past week and after catching plenty of bait with ease, proceeded to catch plenty of Sharks in non-stop action. I fished inshore while a friend of mine fished several miles off the beach and caught 6 to 7 Bull Reds. The bait as well as the bite looks to remain here for some time to come. The weather pattern looks good throughout the week and I’ve heard of small catches of Spanish Mackerel taking place just a few miles offshore. I think the Redfish bite will hang in there till the Sharks take over and hopefully a few Cobia will show up as well. New Rules and regulations don’t allow for the harvesting of Cobia this year, but it would still be nice to hook into a few. Beautiful weather, plenty of bait and action, lets go do some fishing.