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.
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.