The few weeks since Thanksgiving was fairly active with plenty of small Sharks and bull Reds. The Sharks however have thankfully headed south following the warmer water as our area waters have finally cooled off a bit. In my nearly 3 decades of fishing, I have never caught Sharks into late November, much less December. It was the Summer that never would end and gave us historic warm water temps. The bull Reds are starting to move offshore now, and the last couple of trips to the river mouths and inshore sandbars have only provided a few fish each trip. It might be time to focus more on the smaller Redfish and Trout that are in the backwaters and marsh. Oh well, Summer has finally come to an end and water temps are back to normal for this time of year. Hope You and Yours have a Blessed and Merry Christmas, and that everyone has a safe and healthy coming new year. Hold your Family and Friends close and maybe if possible, “take a kid fishing.”
The week started off pretty good with lots of assorted baitfish in our waters. Mullet, finger mullet,menhaden that were everywhere and getting chomped on by pods of Dolphins and schools of Sharks. With such a huge food source in our area, the fishing looked to be an easy task. but with a huge food source comes all types of fish such as Jacks,Blues,Mackerel, and of course Sharks. That’s great unless your targeting Bull Redfish. For several days, we fished for the Reds, and caught everything but. It’s not a bad problem to have and everyone felt good about things, but like a lot of anglers, we really want to get the Bull Redfish scene underway. With water temps still over 80degrees, it may just be a little while longer. A couple of days ago, I noticed some fluid leaking from the engine area and the boat is now in drydock until early this coming week. Hopefully by Tuesday we will be back at it, and if not hooking up on Reds, most certainly on some other species that are as thick as thieves in our waters right now. Thank goodness the regular season for baseball is mercifully over, and my Orioles managed to finish a staggering 60 games out of first. Still looking for that silver lining. Hope Y’all enjoy the weekend and get a chance to go wet a line!
After a couple weeks of downtime due to hurricane Florence and the Governors idiotic decision to request a mandatory evacuation of the island, we got back to business this past week. I enjoyed brushing off the cobwebs of the golf clubs and getting some fun surf to ride on, but it was back to business as usual and while we stayed busy and active, it remained very one dimensional with plenty of 100-200lb Sharks cruising with the shrimp trawlers, and their smaller counterparts in the nearshore river-mouths and estuaries. We tried for the Bull Redfish a couple of days but with water temps still in the low 80″s, the Sharks don’t seem to be in a hurry to vacate the area, and why would they with so much food source in the area. What we need is some cooler weather and cooler water currents that will bring in more Redfish and force out all the Teeth. I was very happy to see the schools of Mullet that are returning and saw thousands of them being blown up by dolphins and Blacktips as they cruised along the beach. Mullet are Bull Reds favorite food, and if the weather would just cool down some, the fishing will really start to turn on. Unfortunately, 90 degree temps are forecasted for the coming week which means any Redfish that are here will be competing with the Sharks for another week or so. The good news is that we will be keeping the rods bent and the action will be steady. Keep hope alive! October is just around the corner.
Last week we fished 2 days and they were both smashing successes. Plenty of Big Blacktips well over 100lbs and even a couple of Lemon Sharks that topped out at nearly 200lbs. Lots of top water action with plenty of aerial acrobatics. This week however it is all about the surf. Some fun waist high fore runners with larger surf due over the next couple of days. By the end of the week, high winds and possibly large amounts of rainfall will be in our area and depending on the track of hurricane Florence, this really bad weather event could be with us into early next week. The professional’s at the weather channel haven’t figured things out, so I wont try making a prediction, other than to say that lots of high winds and excessive rain fall is not conducive for fishing. There you have it. Everyone stay safe and hopefully I will offer an inspiring fishing forecast early next week. Try to stay high and dry.
Happy Labor Day . The Summer season has unofficially come to a close, and the last weekend of the season was as good as it gets for action. The last couple of weeks brought a lot of friendly folks from up North to the area as well as families with kids who don’t have to be in school till after the holiday. We kept the younger ones busy with small Hammer and Bonnet Head Sharks as well as tons of Whiting, Croaker, and even some Spanish Mackerel that found their way into our inshore waters. We also caught several nice Jacks that came within casting distance of the boat. This weekend though put us back behind the Shrimp Trawlers with the older kids and adults opting for some larger specimens. Those Shrimpers usually don’t disappoint and the action was off the charts. Nearly every Blacktip Shark we hooked up was well over 100lbs and several came within 200lbs. Some of them did their best Tarpon impersonation with leaps and spins 8ft into the air time and time again all while corkscrewing and backflipping to our delight. We brought a couple of Bull Sharks along side the boat that were well over 250lbs and nearly 7ft in length that just reinforced the rule of not swimming in the water when Shrimp boats are present. I think the next few weeks will offer more of the same, along with a possibility of seeing more Mackerel, Jacks, and even a school or two of Tarpon in our inshore waters, before they head south next month as water temps begin to lower. The Bull Redfish scene will slowly start to increase by months end and then most everyone’s favorite time of the year will be in effect. October and November are just around the corner so its time to tune up the spinning reels and get ready for another Redfish season. Thanks for checking us out. Have a Blessed day and tight lines!
Took the day off after a busy and really entertaining week of fishing. (or should I say Sharking) The shrimp Trawlers that have been absent most of the Summer due to a lack of shrimp, were out in full force last week and we took advantage of the presence. Lots of fun top water action on Blacktips as well as a few monster Bull Sharks. 1 Broken reel, 2 snapped rods, countless sore muscles and lots of entertaining moments later, I can say that it was truly one of the best weeks of the Summer as far as action goes. We are experiencing some very extreme tides over the next several days and that may negatively affect things, but we will just have to see. By mid week, the tides start to come back to normal and we will hopefully not miss a beat and pick up where we left off. We also hope to see a few Jacks like we did the week before as well as some Mackerel and others during the early morning high tides the first part of this coming week. Wind will be light , temps warm, and hopefully the action even hotter. Have a great week everyone!
Its been a tough couple of weeks fishing. While keeping an eye on the horizon and checking the local radar every hour, we did manage to catch a few Spanish Mackerel, catch a few Jacks that came within casting range, and catch a number of species of Sharks. However, overall it was kinda tough. Rain and thunderstorms nearly every day as well as a constant breeze of 10-15mph had us resorting to plans B,C and D in order to stay dry, comfortable and keep the rods bent. Oh well, when mother nature tosses lemons your way, you make some great tasting lemonade and go with the flow. This coming week looks to be more of the same. We do have a good moon phase as well as the tides that are lined up nicely for the coming week, so I am optimistic and will keep our fishing hopes alive.
It was nice to sleep in and take a break from the fishing today. 2 weeks straight of 5am alarm clocks going off and having to figure out the best plan of attack for the day, all awhile keeping your eyes on the sky and local radar and figuring out how you can stay dry from the relentless rain and thunderstorms and stay busy bending the fishing rods. To say that its been rainy and wet for the last couple of weeks would be an understatement. We’ve had thunderstorms nearly everyday and the amount of freshwater runoff into the area has been somewhat detrimental to the bite. Also, the wind has been a constant 10-15mph the past week and being able to fish in comfortable conditions has been a challenge. Having said that, we managed a couple of days with a decent Spanish Mackerel bite, a couple of nice size Jacks that showed up within casting distance, and a number of different species of Sharks. We just haven’t gotten an opportunity for the larger 100lb+ Sharks that we are accustomed to this time of year. Between the lack of shrimp trawlers at work and rougher surface conditions, we were forced to resort to plans B,C and D. Looks to be more of the same this coming week, however we do have a good moon phase as well as cooperating tides that should help our cause. When mother nature tosses lemons your way, make some great tasting lemonade and go with the flow.
Despite some of the most extreme tides of the year this past week, we managed to keep the fishing rods bent and have success with various Sharks including Blacktips, Lemons, Bonnet heads and a few others. The Shrimping fleet remained in port due to the new moon tides, and that kept us from landing the larger 100lb+ sizes that we had become accustomed to the previous weeks. We took a break from the Shark fishing and fished for Spanish Mackerel one morning and caught close to a dozen that provided us with some really fun ultra-lite action. Most were 3-5lbs and while they were a fun diversion from the Sharks, we were really hoping to snag a King Mackerel or several, that would exceed 30lbs or more. Oh well, at least we managed to stay busy and keep everyone entertained in between the unbelievable tidal surges we had to endure. This coming week, the tides return to normal phase, and hopefully the weather stays calm and allows us an opportunity to hook into some Jacks, Possibly a Tarpon, or some more Mackerel. Will also be keeping our fingers crossed that the Shrimp Trawlers return to the nearshore areas and bring with them the huge Beasties that they attract, and that provide so much entertainment for us. That’s my report and I’m sticking to it. Tight Lines Ya’ll !
Some really fun action for Sharks both top-water and below. Have been fishing a few miles off the beach most every day and have been catching numerous Blacktip and Spinner Sharks on light spin tackle. There have also been plenty of Lemon and Bull Sharks to go around. While most don’t exceed the 100lb mark, they put on a great show and are perfect for the light gear we are using. I did fish for some Mackerel a few days ago and caught some nice Spanish but the Kings never came my way. I may do that again this week because the next few days it looks as though the ocean will have pond like conditions. Plenty of small Sharks,Whiteing and other miscellaneous stuff for the very young jr. anglers to occupy their time. I wouldn’t be surprised if we crossed paths with some schools of Jacks this week. Id be pleasantly surprised if some Silver Kings showed up on the islands south end. If and when either occurs, I will post it immediately. Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday. Maybe take a kid fishing before firing up that grill