Sharks are us. Yes, its time again to embrace the inevitable. With water temps into the lower 70’s, the Sharks have shown up in our area waters and they will be here to stay over the coming Summer. Lots of Reefs, Bonnet heads, and a few sizeable Blacktips gave my clients some fun fights this past week. The larger triple digit ones will be arriving very soon. Sometimes they get in the way, but its nice to see them arriving because it means that other species should be showing up soon. Jacks, Spanish, Blues and other light tackle species are on the way, and until then, Sharks on light tackle can be sort of fun and rewarding. The Bull Reds that we are accustomed to seeing during the last month or two never really showed up, and I only caught a couple of them this month which was very disappointing. Up until this past week, this April was one of the worst I can remember for action and activity. Oh well, water under the bridge. Onward-Forward. The moon and tides are lined up pretty good for this coming week. However, the weather looks a bit suspect, so we will just have to wait and see. Hopefully there might be a few Reds to snag before high water temps send them offshore, but at least there looks to be plenty of rod bending Shark action to occupy our time. If I’m able to get out this week, I will have an update by next weekend. Tight Lines !
The first week of the season is in the books and while there were a couple of fun and activity filled trips, there were several slow ones that didn’t yield much action at all. With water temps climbing into the seventies, I would of thought we would have seen plenty of baitfish and experienced some more variety, but other than some small sand and bonnethead Sharks, the bite was pretty slow for the most part. Even Whiteing, StingRays, and small miscellaneous fish which we usually catch one after another were far and few between. I was pleasantly surprised that we caught several nice Blacktips that were over the 60lb mark as well as a couple of sizeable Bull Reds this weekend, but even that didn’t make up for the overall bite that we endured the first 8 days into the season. Thankfully, it most assuredly gets better and better with each week that comes and goes. I expect there will be plenty of bait moving into our area waters this week, and more bait brings more bigger and better species to target. There you have it. It is what it is. Hopefully my next report is filled with nothing but awesome fishing stories and exploits. One way or the other, it will be honest. Tight Lines !
Its been almost 6months to the day since last time we left the dock in search of fish. Was not expecting to be out of the water this long, but mother nature is unpredictable. I’ve been chomping at the bit to get some fishing in and I was all set to start the 1st of this month, until fishing reports from several of my peers caused me to rethink the seasons starting date. Whether it be wind events, moon or tide issues, or low water temps, the inshore and nearshore bite has been practically non existent. Very few Redfish, small Sharks, and even miscellaneous stuff to bend a lite rod have been caught as of today, so I have decide to wait until Easter weekend before kicking off the fishing season. My apologies to my clients and folks who have inquired about fishing the past few weeks. Its not that I don’t wanna give it a go, its just that I want to have an optimistic outlook when we finally do wet a line. Anyway,, we will hope for the best and have a complete fishing update toward the end of the month.