Kind of a slow week but an uplifting one as well. We only fished a couple of times and the activity got better with each passing day. With calmer winds prevailing and water temps inching upward, we were able net plenty of bait and were rewarded with plenty of action by weeks end. A good variety of Sharks ranging from 2-4ft as well as a couple of nice Redfish that were 25lbs or more. The baitfish which is the main food source of all the fish we will be targeting for the next 4-5months seems to be here to stay. Due to the moon phase, the tides will be somewhat extreme for the next several days, but by midweek and with a warm weather forecast ahead, the fishing should continue to get better with more variety and consistency. While its been the longest Winter I ever experienced, I believe its finally come to an end. Can I get an “Amen”?
All hope is not lost after all. While the record low water temps and daily gusty winds have limited everyone’s fishing capabilities this entire month, we have managed to produce some tasty lemonade this past week from the lemons given us this year. While the Bull Red fishing has been a bust, we have been able to catch a number of fun sized Sharks over the past week as well as plenty of miscellaneous fish on ultra-light sponge-bob tackle. I defer back to the lemonade statement. While we did manage a few nice Reds that exceeded the 25lb mark a couple of weeks back, these fish just haven’t moved inshore into some of the areas that we would normally see them at this time of year. They just seem to be staying out of arms reach a few miles off the beach. If it wasn’t so windy day in day out, we could have an opportunity at em, but the risk (seasickness and roughness) aint worth the reward. Lots of rain here over the past 24hrs and extreme wind over the next couple of days gives way to what looks like a beautiful weather forecast. Warming temps and light wind are called for thru next weekend and beyond so I’m optimistic that the fishing action is gonna get better. Could Winter finally be coming to an end? Not gonna bet on it, but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel.
This past week had some great highlights including the Yankees being swept by my Orioles as well as a great Masters tournament that saw Rickie place 2nd, a single stroke away from his 1rst major. As far as fishing highlights, ,, not so much. Basically we were on the water everyday over the past week and a half with just a few small Sharks and a couple of big Reds being brought to the boat. Hundreds of Whitening and dozens of different Rays occupied our time and luckily most trips involved young jr. anglers on Spring break from points north who were just happy to escape their cold weather back home and bend the ultra-lite rods on anything. The coolest thing about fishing this past week was the fact that every person on the boat was just really good company and they just enjoyed themselves and each other,and being out on the water. This tough bite is really no surprise seeing how our water temps are cooler now than the latter part of Februarys water temps. The coldest April water temps and longest Winter season I can remember. With air temps climbing into the 80’s by weeks end, I think the worst is behind us and we should start to see some variety in Shark species as well as an increase in size. Also, I am hopeful that we can still salvage a Spring Bull Redfish bite over the next few weeks before water temps warm to the point that the Reds get elbowed out by all the other warm water species that eventually arrive in our area waters. As far as everyone is concerned, they cant arrive soon enough.