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!
I apologize for the time between fishing updates. The weather for the last couple of weeks has been terrible with wind, rain a cold spells. aka,not pleasant. It looks like warming temps and lighter wind for next week though, and I should have a new fuel tank installed by this coming weekend to replace the one that sprung a leak about 2 weeks ago. I didn’t miss much good fishing, but the expense is another story. Redfish, Trout, as well as some Blackdrum will be the targeted species. The water temps are right where we want them, and if Mother Nature cooperates, we should get a few nice ones and then some. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday with family and friends.
Not all fishing news is bad nor good. Its just what it is. This past week saw beautiful weather, a good tide and moon phase. What we didn’t expect was so many toothy friends. Great White non withstanding, we caught nearly every Shark that inhabits the local waters between May and October. However, usually by early October, most have left for warmer waters southward to follow their food source. With near record high temps over the last several weeks, our water temps have held well into the balmy 80+deg range. These Sharks aint going anywhere till this water cools, which should occur by this coming weekend. Between the impenetrable gauntlet of Sharks, some nice Bull Reds ranging from 18-30lbs have managed to slip past and provide us with some fun action. Over the next couple of weeks, the fishing rolls will reverse action, with the Redfish holding down the fort and keeping the spoils all to themselves. The mullet run and cooler waters are about to provide the area with some Redfish action that visitors and local anglers look forward to every year. Oh well, better late than never.
The last couple of weeks have been great for surfing. Fishing not so much. I haven’t wet a line since the day of Hurricane Dorian’s mandatory evacuation. Just lot of days of surf from two named storms in back to back weeks. I do have a couple of trips this week and I’m not sure exactly what we will be targeting. With water temps at a balmy 84degrees, I’m not sure if there will be many Bull Reds to be had. Most assuredly the Sharks ain’t leaving our area any time soon. Not with all the baitfish that I’ve seen being chased around in the surf. I saw several large Sharks just outside the surf zone as well as a couple of Tarpon free jumping. Lots of predaceous activity for sure which means our area is definitely loaded with a food source. I will update the report by the end of this coming weekend and have a more updated “fishing” report to share. Tight Lines Y’all.
A great action filled past 10 days with nice sized Sharks ranging in the 60-200lb+ range have kept us entertained and worn out. Shrimping season is in full swing and with that being said, the Sharks that follow the trawlers around have been extraordinarily hungry and active. Lots of topwater action for Blacktips as well as a few Lemons, and some incredibly large Bull Sharks that basically drag us around after we hook into them. Very consistent action for those with strong arm and back strength. The nearshore reef has been void of topwater action for what seems like forever, so we have been going to where the action is. We did fish a few backwater spots because of wind and weather conditions a couple of days ago and caught a handful of small Redfish and Blackdrum. They were small in size and the pinfish were quite a nuisance. This will change over the coming weeks with cooler water ahead. The inshore fishing will heat up, and within a month or so, the Large Bull Reds will be making an appearance in large numbers. Some of the best fishing the island has to offer is right around the corner, if we can just make it thru hurricane season. Speaking of which, Hurricane Dorian is knocking on our door step, and while we don’t wish our Florida and Georgia coastal neighbors any harm, we hope that our island and coastline remains unaffected and no harm comes our way. Our thoughts are always with the folks who do happen to be in the path of destruction. Hope everyone stays safe and that you experience a tight line or two in the coming weeks.