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.
This week was similar to last week, with the Shrimp trawlers providing opportunities for large Shark action, but very little action in the way of other fish. The nearshore reef has been void of quality action for weeks now with only a few Mackerel being caught and some small reef fish on the bottom. As this new moon continues to grow, there may be an uptick in the action throughout the coming days. However, with winds forecasted to be between 10-15mph the next several days, the juice may not be worth the squeeze in heading offshore. We will just monitor the wind and wave heights for the time being. The last couple of days following the trawlers around have provided us with a few Blacktip and Bull Sharks approaching the 300lb range. It isn’t for everybody, but when one witnesses these guys jumping 6ft in the air multiple times, and when you finally bring it along side the boat, it is pretty cool and rewarding. When the Shrimpers haven’t been mowing the lawn we have stayed in the nearshore sandbars a played with a much smaller variety of Sharks that are usually anywhere from 15-40lbs. If I have the very young anglers aboard, we keep them busy as well with a assortment of bottom dwelling fish. Anyway, hope the winds stay light and some more fish begin to bite. Sure would be cool to see a Tarpon or two during these coming early a.m. high tides. Hopefully a good number of Jacks as well. Hope everyone has a great week, and don’t forget to take a kid fishing!
Sorry for the lack of reports the last couple of weeks. I guess it kinda coincides with the lack of great fishing. The Mackerel bite remains non-existent after several spectacular days the occurred nearly 3 weeks ago. Very tough tides caused by the new moon this past week have even put a damper on the Shark scene. Inconsistent and lacking some real heavy action has been the norm, with the exception of the Shrimp Trawlers and the beasts that follow them. Problem is, the tides have kept the Shrimpers from working, and they have been far and few between. The days we fished along side of them were just very productive and entertaining. This coming week offers some more hope as tides return to normal and the winds fall off by late week. The weather is about to get seasonally warm again and hopefully the fishing action heats back up. Did hook a Tarpon on the blind and enjoyed the 3 to 4 seconds we shared together. A couple more have been jumped in the last day or so, so you never know. Just saying. I will have a new report by late weekend. Tight Lines, and take a kid fishing.
Hottest day of the year, and I’m glad to have taken a day off for the 1rst time in a while. My day off consisted of servicing and tuning the boat up for the 2nd half of the Summer season that’s ahead. The last couple of weeks have been tough because of the extreme new moon tides and the wind field that seems to blow 10-15knotts daily. The Mackerel bite ha been woefully slow to nonexistent. After a couple of weeks with some of the best King and Spanish fishing I’ve seen in years, the bite abruptly shut down and all that was left was Sharks. As far as that bite goes, I would give it a grade of B-. It usually is an A, but the consistency has not been there, and even the reliable Shrimp Trawlers that produce the Megs, have not produce the quantity we expect from them. We did catch a handful of Huge Bulls and some excitable Blacktips that put on a show well above the water line this past week, but hopefully we get back to some variety and more consistency. Will be looking for some Jacks during these high tide mornings and will keep hope alive that a school of Tarpon grace the south end waters sooner than later. Keep Hope Alive!
It was a really fun last week, for the most part, until the breeze set in on Thursday. The flat ocean canvas allowed us to spend a morning at a nearshore reef and we stayed busy on ultra-lite tackle for Spanish Mackerel that was fast paced and non-stop. We even hooked a couple of Kings that spooled us within 5 seconds of hook-up. Happens when you bring knife to gunfight. We mostly drifted behind the Shrimp trawlers off Dafauskie island with top-water baits the rest of the week and were rewarded with many double hook-ups on Sharks ranging from 50-100lbs. However, we didn’t catch any of the Bigger Beast that weigh nearly 200lbs, and that was a surprise to me because of all the trawlers stirring things up. This coming week offers more of the same, but with the tides on the increase due to the moon phase, timing will be even more important to successful fishing. Have a Happy and Blessed Holiday week.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have enjoyed some really great trips on the water, despite the ever presence of thunderstorms that have kept us on our toes and glued to the local radar. We fished a nearshore reef several times and stayed busy with top-water action for Spanish Mackerel and even a few Kings. It was really good every trip out there, and reminded me of years past when fishing action was like that nearly everyday at the reef. With shrimp season underway, we have spent many hours drifting behind the trawlers targeting Large Sharks on the surface. While the Shrimpers are busy stocking up on produce for the local restaurants, we are enjoying putting Big Sharks in the air and listening to the reels drags scream. It’s casual fishing, yet filled with exciting moments. For the youngest of anglers, we are catching lots of small Sharks as well as miscellaneous little fish such as Croaker,Blues,Whiteing and others in more sheltered areas with calm water surroundings. There is my report, and the forecast pretty much stays the same as the past couple of weeks, Mother-Nature allowing. Thanks for checking us out.
Last week was a really good week for fishing. Calm winds and a glassy ocean made it irresistible not to head out a few miles and do some top water surface fishing. Armed with mostly light tackle Trout rods, we caught many Spanish Mackerel over several days. All of the fish were 3-5lbs and a very rewarding challenge. We did encounter several King Mackerel that smoked the small spinning reels and emptied the line plum out. That’s what happens when knives are brought to gunfights. The bite was on fire all week until late in the week when the wind wouldn’t allow us to fish in comfort. We stayed inshore Friday and caught a dozen or more Black Drum while trying to hook up on some Redfish. Oh well. This morning we had a glassy high tide and decided to birddog the nearshore Shrimp trawlers. Needless to say, the top water action for those high jumping Black Tips didn’t disappoint. The next several days are gonna be hot in both air temps and fishing action I believe. By midweek the weather becomes an issue and we can just hope for the best. Thanks for taking the time to check out my report. Tight Lines to You and Yours.
This past week brought us some challenging conditions to work with. Not perfect storm type conditions, but enough onshore winds to roughen up the ocean just enough so that most boats could not fish in comfort or with high hopes of success. Combined with the extreme tides due to tonight’s full moon, the inshore areas have been very difficult to fish with any hope of success as well. So much water moving in and out really shuts the bite down, and unless you can get a few miles off the beach where the tide flow isn’t as pronounced, fisherman tend to get screwed. We were very fortunate to be able to fish a inshore spot that doesn’t have any tide flow horizontally, but just vertical water movement. We were also fortunate to have an ebb tide in the mornings that enabled us to fish an area where we could be productive. We caught large numbers of sizeable Black Drum up to 10lbs and some beautiful Redfish that nearly all exceeded 30 inches. All of the fishing was done on very lite spin tackle with 8lb test line and the reward was very gratifying. When nature throws Lemons in your direction, catch em and squeeze, and then enjoy the lemonade. Winds back off this weekend and by mid-week, the moons pull on the tides start to resemble some normalcy. The Shrimp boats should be back to work and holding lots of large Sharks in their wake. Hopefully some Spanish Mackerel will be entering our area and provide us with some fun casting action. Gonna take it easy for the next few days and keep my fingers crossed. Enjoy the weekend and remember to take a Kid fishing.
The past week or so has progressed nicely in several ways. The week before it seemed that there were still areas of large Redfish to be caught, and while several of my friends did just that, I chose to fish elsewhere or was an hour or so late getting in on the action. Sometimes your gut instinct is way off the mark. While we did catch some small Reds and small Sharks, I just couldn’t get it going. This week however, the baitfish showed up in large numbers and we all had a pretty good time with some fun sized Sharks. We drift fished for the most part because the ocean was so calm and conditions were favorable to get a few miles off the beach. With a little scent in the water and surface baits just behind the boat we stayed active with fun sized Blacktips that put the spinning reels to the test. We also caught some fun sized Lemon Sharks that zoned in on our chum trail. Nothing over 50lbs mind you, but really fun for the tackle we were using. Jelly fish were everywhere and the large Leatherback turtles were always near by. One in particular that swam right next to our boat, only to pause feet away and grab a cannonball jelly in its mouth. We were so entranced by the scene unfolding before us, that no one thought to grab a camera or video the rare sight. I was anticipating a Cobia to come along but to no avail. We did have a few Spanish Mackerel take swipes at our bait, but I didn’t have any of the necessary tackle to play with them. I’m pleased with the different species that are showing in our waters, and especially the amount of baitfish that have arrived. The cold nights are past us and the next few weeks should just make the fishing better in every way. I’ll keep you posted.