Lots of rain this past week basically kept us chained to the dock. However, my lawn is looking lush and green and ready for a mowing. While I’m looking forward to much cooler weather over the next few days, the winds will be strong and steady and will probably force us to look for Reds and Trout in some of the more protected backwater areas. I usually don’t fish for them until the water temps are well back into the low 70’s, but sometimes you gotta go with the flow. Are area waters are still in the low 80’s, but we’ll see what happens. Oh well, time to go net some Shrimp in order to have some prime live bait. I will update at the end of the week. Everyone be safe and kind to one another.
This past week was really good. Way better than the previous week where we struggled just to find bait, much less find some action. The bait was thick and in large amounts that were easy to net and proved essential for our needs. While the nearshore reefs are still void of Mackerel, it was of no concern to us. The Shrimp trawlers were hard at work the entire week and we utilized them to our full advantage. Large 4-6ft Blacktips with most topping the 100lb mark were chewing on every top water bait we would put out and the aerial show that would ensue was remarkable by most standards. Lines would be peeling off the reels and double hook-ups with Sharks jumping multiple times in opposite directions was the norm. I’ve said it before, it is the next best thing to Tarpon fishing we experience around here, and in some ways better, cause the fight is not as long and you can possibly get a dozen hook-ups in a half day trip. I’m keeping fingers crossed that it continues into next week and longer. While there have been a few big Reds caught in some areas, I will wait for water temps to cool before we start targeting them. The reason being that when we do start fishing for them, it wont be a matter of if we catch, but how many, and that is still a month or so away until water temps drop from the high 80’s. Enjoy your day and lets all continue to look out for one another. Tight Lines!
1rst of all I’d to say, Thank God it’s Friday, cause it means this lousy week of fishing is in our rearview mirrors. Large and Fun surf greeted us Sunday and Monday from the tropical depression that brushed by us. Unfortunately a major side effect to having great waves was churned up water the color of a toilet bowl, and fish and bait dispersed to who the hell knows where. Even the Shrimp boats that provide constant action with triple digit size acrobatic Sharks were woefully slow, with only a few breaking the 100lb plus barrier. As we head into the weekend, I’m optimistic that stars, planets, weather and water will realign and conditions improve. Gotta keep hope alive. Right? Especially during these times. Hope everyone has a Blessed weekend and we all continue to look out for one another and help and assist those less fortunate. And of course, take a kid fishing.
I am sorry that I haven’t been keeping up with my weekly reports this month, but I just am so busy that I haven’t had the time. Not much in the way of fishing so much as Sharking. The past few weeks have been spent top-water surface baiting for Large Blacktip, Bull and Lemon Sharks. It is the next best thing to have on the end of your line other than a Tarpon. And boy, some put on a great Tarpon impersonation. We have caught a few Spanish Mackerel live baiting a few miles off the beach, but the Mackerel bite is just not that consistent or good. Im hoping to see a school of Jacks in the next morning or so during the high tide at sunrise, but if not, I know they will be here in numbers soon enough. I am not fishing for Redfish till after Labor Day cause it’s just to much work in this heat. And besides, once September hits, I will be fishing for them exclusively thru the new year. If you like airborne Sharks and listening to reels peel out line wicked fast, then lets get out on the water. Everyone stay safe, look out for one another, and if the opportunity arises, take a kid fishing!
Plenty of Sharks to be had, both small and large, while the Mackerel bite has all but disappeared. Kinda surprised that we haven’t seen any Jacks cruising the nearshore waters yet. but remain hopeful that they arrive our way soon. I don’t do the backwaters for Reds or Trout this time of year, mainly because its hit or miss and not even close to the caliber of fishing that awaits us this coming Fall. I may try to do some nearshore reef fishing this week, but I hate to go out there when it basically sucks by all accounts. Oh well, there are always Big leaping Blacktips and large tenacious Bull Sharks to play with, and hopefully there will be more variety by weeks end. Ill keep you posted.
You like Sharks? If you do, there are plenty of em. Behind the Shrimp Trawlers there lies some big beasties that continue to do their best Tarpon impersonation when hooked up. The nearshore sandbars and river mouths are producing as well but not in the numbers were accustomed to by now. We caught some nice Spanish Mackerel live baiting at a nearshore reef one day, but weather conditions haven’t allowed many boats to comfortably fish it the last few days. The weather is kinda sketchy over the next couple of days but should improve soon after. Most likely am done with Redfishing till this coming Fall, so hopefully some Jacks, Ladyfish, Mackerel and others start to arrive in our inshore waters soon. Thanks for checking us out and tight Lines to all in the coming week.
Fished this past weekend and spent entire time in the Shrimp Boats wakes battling Large Blacktips and Spinner Sharks that put on an aerial show that would make even the most acrobatic Tarpon proud. Really incredible leaps and altitude right next to the boat. Cool indeed. I have been working on the boat, which is in dry dock, the last several days. New engine, new electronics, new everything except the 32yr old hull that has logged a lot of miles over time. We should be back in the water by the coming weekend and fishing by the 1st of the coming week. No Mackerel or Jacks around just yet. The Cobia bite in and around the northern end of the island has been good from all reliable sources, and a few early arriving Tarpon have been caught there as well. I’m hoping that a few of these fish might hang a U-turn and come a few miles South for a visit. Its been a weird and sad last couple of months and especially this past week. Lets all show each other much respect and love, and if you get a chance,,,, Take a Kid Fishing!!!
Pretty good fishing this past week and weekend. The weather/winds made things interesting, but we managed a couple of trips off the beach. Inshore kept the jr. anglers busy with plenty of Sharks and small stuff,Whiting, Croaker, Blues,etc. We managed a couple of trips off the beach in fairly uncomfortable conditions, but were rewarded with some nice Redfish,all well over 20lbs. Was wishing that my chiropractor could return to work over the next couple of days. The baitfish have been plentiful(when not blowing a gale), and the fishing should continue to improve in consistency and quality. Stay safe, healthy and stay positive.
I don’t really have much in the way of a fishing report due to the lockdown at all marinas and public boat ramps. My friend fished at a nearshore reef last week and did well on Sheepshead, which I think are the tastiest fish around. He hooked me up with some fillets and it was one of the best fish dinners I’ve ever had. Several fisherman caught some Cobia about 10 miles off the beach where they tend to 1st arrive every Spring. These fish should be making their way into the nearshore rivers and estuaries over the coming weeks as their food source becomes more prevalent and the area waters warm. A couple of dock and bank fisherman told me that they have done fairly good with Trout and Reds, and that the softshell crabs are in season. Love me some soft shell. I cant believe I wasn’t aware of that. I guess when you don’t have a boat in the water, you kind of don’t pay attention as much to the ebb and flow of nature or your surroundings. I will fish as soon as possible, but putting the boat in the water at this moment is like racing to a red light. I hope you and yours continue to stay safe and healthy, and that we all come out of this wiser and more appreciative of things that we might have taken for granted in the past. If your able to do this in a healthy environment over the coming weeks,, take a kid fishin.
I hope everyone’s year is off to a good start, and that wherever you wet a line this year, the payoff will be huge. The boat is currently in dry dock and is getting a major refurbishing for the coming season. With 30 plus years on the water, the Mako needs to be shown a little love and appreciation in order for her to return the favor over the coming seasons. Starting with a new engine, new console, shaded T-top, the list goes on. Unfortunately, these upgrades are time consuming and many other procedures are dependent on weather conditions. Basically what I’m saying, is that there is no set date for the Mako to be splashed and fishing. With a little luck we should be out on the water and hooking-up by mid March. I believe that patience in this process, and not hurrying or cutting corners, is best for the long-term fishing future. Even if it means the start of our fishing is a little later than years past. I will have an update in a couple of weeks. If you are looking to fish over the next few weeks, feel free to give me a call and I will put you in touch with a guide who can assist you. There are several captains whom I know well and respect, and will be able to show you and yours a good time. Thanks for checking me out, and I hope you have a blessed day!