Another month closer to fishing season. Our area water temps are now a balmy 50deg, which is mighty cold, but better than the low to mid 40 deg water temps that we experienced the past month. Only one other winter have I ever seen water temps that cold, and the same effect that was felt then, we are experiencing now, with many Trout, Black Drum and even several Manatees succumbing to those extreme conditions. Hopefully warmer weather will warm our waters by mid March and we will be able to give it a go and bend the poles. Until then, I will work on my golf swing, do some honey-do’s around the house, tune up the fishing tackle and chill out. Literally and figuratively. Have a Blessed day!
We have had beautiful weather over the last couple of weeks and that has allowed me to enjoy one of my most pleasurable pastimes, golfing. I’ve played nearly everyday and it has been a lot like fishing. Lots of head scratching, wondering why the puts are not falling and why I keep missing the fairway off the tee box. Very similar to, ” why do these fish have lock-jaw when I present them with a beautiful live bait for the taking, and, where have all the fish gone?, they were here and hungry yesterday”. Then there are the moments that I think I’m ready for the Sr. tour and that if I had taken the game seriously as a young kid, I could be basking on a beach enjoying the millions in career earnings I would of surely made. Very similar to the days of “knowing” I should have my own fishing show and that I can out fish and out catch anybody within a thousand miles. Oh well, back to fishing. I caught a fair number of Trout about a week ago when I found myself with a few hours to kill. They were small, but I stayed busy. That’s my only time on the water in nearly a month. Once these extreme tides wane and the weather gets nicer after this cold front pushes thru, I will most likely do some backwater fishing and locate some Redfish along with some more Trout. That is, if I’m not out hitting the golf ball preparing for my PGA Sr.tour debut. Tight Lines and Hit it straight!
Happy Veterans Day! I didn’t fish any days this past week so I don’t have much of a report to share. Last weekend we caught some nice Bull Reds as well as a variety of Sharks. Sharks in November? Been a few years since that happened. With colder water coming into our area this past week, we have probably seen the last of them till next Spring. The Redfish bite should stay with us thru the end of the month, with the smaller slot Reds and Trout becoming the main targets once the colder water forces the larger fish offshore and southward. No trips on the book for this coming week, but if we manage to wet a line, I will share the details next week. Hope everyone enjoys some great football this week, and takes a few minutes to reflect on the meaning of Veterans Day and the sacrifices of all the current and past service men and women as well as their families to whom we should be eternally grateful and appreciative. Tight Lines.
Happy Halloween! Last week was pretty good with most trips yielding plenty of Sharks and 4-8 Bull Reds which exceeded 20lbs or better nearly every trip. The past weekend slowed down a lot and we basically stunk the waters up. Oh well, time to move on. The Sharks should disappear off the radar with the colder water temps arriving and I hope that the Bull Redfish numbers increase to what we normally experience. We have had a couple of days that are reminiscent of what the fishing should be this time of the year, but has yet to be consistent as far as quantity. Only a couple trips in the double didgets. We haven’t seen the Mullet, aka food source, in any good numbers, and with water temps being above average for the past month, that could explain things being somewhat off compared to Octobers of years past. Maybe November, is the new October. Oh well, time to go hand out candy to the trick or treaters.
The past week was basically one of scrambling around in order to hide from the wind and rough conditions while still managing to keep the rods bent and spirits high. Basically, instead of plan A or B, we settled for plan G thru K. We still managed to hoist some nice fish over the boat gunnels as well as a fair amount of Shark action, but still not the bite that we are accustomed to this time of year. The wind speed did settle down today which made for a good day out on the water. For the 1rst time in nearly 2 weeks we were able to get to an area that usually has an abundance of Bull Reds and we were able to capitalize. The ocean was still rough, but manageable and we spent the morning catching a nice amount of Fish. While most were only in the 20lb range, they still offered a great gladiator-like fight, and most showed a lot of top water acrobatic action. The weekend looks to be promising and hopefully we can pick up tomorrow where we left off from today. The early part of the coming week however has some rain and a strong wind field that could put a break on the action till mid or late week. Weather is beyond my control so while I don’t like it, I have come to accept it. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for checking out my report. Check the latest fish pics on our Facebook page and give me a call if you wanna give it a go.
Some decent fishing going on for us over the past week or so. We’re not “on fire” and catching mother-loads, but we are seeing some nice fish as well as some Sharks. Very warm water temps have slowed the influx of the Bull Reds, as well as their main food source, Mullet. We usually see our area waters bubbling with large schools of Mullet, and the invasion of Bull Reds, however, with water temps still in the low 80’s, the “running” of the Bulls has been more like a slow meandering stroll. They have started appearing, just not in the numbers that we usually see by mid October. There looks to be a cold front moving this way by early next week, and while most folks have enjoyed summer like temperatures, myself include, the cooler air and water temps will greatly enhance our Fall fisheries. Until then, keep applying the sunscreen, watch out for the remaining Sharks, and be prepared for the fishing to get better with each passing day. Feel free to check out our Facebook page for the latest and greatest catches.
I’ve had to cancel nearly two dozen trips over the past month, while only managing two trips on the water. No hurricanes or flooding to be concerned with this week like weeks past. Just wind. I mean lots of wind. We are in the 5th day of small craft advisories with gusts into the mid 20mph or more. While the weather couldn’t be more perfect for a round of golf or stroll outdoors, it has made fishing next to impossible, at least a fun productive day on the water impossible. As I’ve always practiced, we don’t leave the dock unless conditions allow for a comfortable trip and the possibility of producing a good amount of fishing action. We did experience a few nice days between the weather events and were able to go wet a line and catch several nice Reds as well as a number of Sharks. With water temps still around 80 degrees, the Sharks aren’t gonna step completely aside for the Bull Reds just yet. It appears this weather pattern will hold till this weekend and then the only concern will be the aggravated moon tides that might make fishing difficult. By the start of next week, tide levels look good and hopefully with water temps cooling down, we will see an increase in the number of Bull Reds arriving in the nearshore waters. It has been truly the craziest weather I have ever experienced this time of year and hopefully its all behind us and we can get down to business. “The business of catching fish” Tight Lines Everyone!
No fishing this past week. It wasn’t due to a named storm like the week of Irma or Jose. It was due to the sinus infection I got from surfing during those storm events. I’m just about finished with the last of the antibiotics I was prescribed, and should be up and about in another day or so. As luck would have it, Hurricane Maria is just south and offshore of us and will most likely stir up the water with pounding surf and muddy water. Its been a tough month for fishing and it looks like to be tough over the next few days. The weather forecast for the week shows very warm temps into the 90’s, which doesn’t help bring our water temps down to the ideal Fall temps that we need in order to load up on Bull Reds. Several of my buddies were out this past week and one of them scored a number of big Reds while several trips yielded only Sharks. However, most of the Sharks were big Blacktips over 100lbs which is better than a poke in the eye. Hopefully I will be back in the water tomorrow catching a few waves and by mid week, on the water catching some fun sized Sharks as well as some fun sized Redfish. Hope You and Yours have a great week and that you experience some tight lines and strong rod bending action.
The past week or so has been filled with high winds, high tides, high surf, flood waters and high anxiety. There just hasn’t been much time for fishing or any related fishing activities other than to secure lines on the boats and double check insurance policies. That looks to be all behind us except for the anxiety of what the current storms in the Atlantic will be doing and what direction they will be tracking over the coming week. The weather looks good for this week and for the most part, the water should be clearing up and things will hopefully get back to normal. Water temps have fallen back into the 70’s so most of the action will still be focused on the Blacktips and Bull Sharks as well as the Spanish Mackerel which can be hit or miss. The Bull Reds will be showing themselves as soon as the water temps drop another 5-7degress and that normally occurs by the end of the month. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the closest thing to Tarpon fishing is surface baiting for good size Blacktips. These Sharks nearly always put on a great aerial display, and can be brought to the boat way faster than a good size Tarpon. Anyway, all our thoughts and prayers are with family, friends and the unlucky individuals who have suffered, and continue to struggle with the aftermath of Irma. Hopefully the named storms that are currently meandering around the Atlantic don’t do anyone harm and only provide areas (specifically our beaches) with some good surf. Next report comes next weekend. Have a Blessed week!
It seems like just a year ago I was giving the latest fishing report, and I was excited about the arrival of Bull Reds and the nice ones we had caught that week. Then hurricane Mathew showed up and put a stop to the rest of the season. While we didn’t fish for Bull Reds this past week, the top water action for Blacktip and Spinner Sharks has been off the hook. Just really fun and action packed. I swear its the next best thing to Tarpon fishing there is. Especially on the tackle we use. But now we have hurricane Irma knocking at our door, and its anybody’s guess as to her path, and the amount of destruction she leaves behind. Mathew changed my “fishing” life and others, and he didn’t have anywhere near the force that Irma is packing. Oh well, time to secure the Mako as best I can and hope for the best. I will be wishing the very best outcome for all my family and friends who have been affected by the storm, and those that may be in the coming days. Hopefully a week from now we can pickup where we left off, and also be looking ahead to the Fall season with high expectations. Fingers crossed !!