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.
I long for the days of this past February when the days were averaging 80deg or better with record warmth and are water temps rising upwards daily into the mid 60’s. Well, that’s all gone out the window. Freaking cold fronts and weekly nor’easters have left our waters at barely 60deg nearing the end of this month and that does not help the state of our fishing. Instead of baitfish, gamefish arriving early, we seem to be back to square one. There are a few Dogfish(alias gummy sharks) and a few miscellaneous junk fish to pull up just off our beach, but fishing in general is woefully slow. The first influx of Sharks and Bull reds have yet to make their way into our area waters, and while that should happen very soon, it ain’t happening today. There you have it,, the not so good, the bad and the ugly.
It’s cold, windy, rainy, and other than the rain, a carbon copy of what nearly every day has been like this month. I long for the weather we had back in early February when we were experiencing daily records of all time high temps in the 80’s and the water temps were rising nearly a degree a day. Our water temps at the start of the month were nearing the mid 60’s, and the anticipation of early arriving fish and Sharks were just weeks away which is weeks earlier than normal. Well that’s out the window. With water temps barely reaching 60deg, the bite is woefully slow with just a few dogfish(aka gummy sharks) and some miscellaneous junk fish for the taking. There have been very few Trout and small Reds caught in the backwater and the reward for them has hardly been worth the time and effort. Especially compared to the backwater fishery during the Autumn months. With some consistent warm weather, we should see the arrival of some large Bull Reds into our nearshore waters as well as the first few species of Sharks and a few other species. It ain’t gonna be today though, and all we can hope is that it happens sooner than later. Two tears in the bucket,, #it!
The weather in these parts has been crazy since the start of the year. Record lows and record snowfall to start things off followed by record highs and the warmest February on record. While the Azaleas may be in full bloom a month ahead of schedule, back to back nor’easters have cooled the water temps back into the high 50’s and has kept the baitfish,aka food source, form arriving in our area waters. With warmer waters comes bait, and on the heels of them, Sharks and assorted gamefish. While we are playing the waiting game, we will be keeping our fingers crossed and hopefully giving you a optimistic report sooner than later.
Crazy weather in these parts over the past couple of months. Snow and record cold temps followed by record warmth has made our area waters fluctuate from the very low 40’s to the low 60’s. Unfortunately, back to back northeasterners have lowered our water temps back into the upper 50’s and will most likely prevent the baitfish,aka food source, from arriving for another few weeks. When the bait arrives, an assortment of Sharks and gamefish will be hot on their heels and we will proceed to bend the rods throughout the year. Let the waiting game begin. Will keep you posted while keeping fingers crossed.
Its been an interesting swing of weather this year. Record colds that have plummeted water temps into the low 40’s followed by record warmth that has skyrocketed water temps well past what they normally should be. But with the back to back north-east storms, the water has cooled again back into the upper 50’s and will most likely delay the arrival of baitfish until later in the month. With the arrival of a food source comes a variety of Sharks and gamefish that will keep us entertained throughout the year. Its basically a waiting game until then. There have been some baitfish seen and netted, but the bite remains woefully slow to non-existent. Warm weather will be crucial to our success and we will be keeping you posted and my fingers crossed.
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.