Fishing has turned on for most spring species from bay fishing to offshore daytime Swordfishing. Cobia is still hiding out but with plenty of south wind in the forecast expect them to turn on any day.

 

Near Shore Trolling:

Kings have spread to most of the nearshore places in 50-125ft depths. Troll Yozuri and Rapala plug with a 4 or 6oz trolling lead. Live cigar minnows and slow trolling or drifting is also working. Plenty of Spanish on straw rigs and a few blackfin tuna on cedar plugs trilled behind a bird.

Offshore Fishing:

I would think there would be some wahoo on the edge to catch because of all the kings near shore. Daytime Swordfishing continues to produce pretty fish.

 

Bottom Fishing:

Chum for black snapper over inshore wrecks like the Liberty Ship. Mingo snapper and Trigger are being caught over natural bottom and live bottom in depths 80-150ft. Scamp on the edges 180-350ft and Red Grouper over the natural bottom on the east beach.

 

Pier Fishing:

Occasional catches of Kings, expect this week to be better with the south wind. Blackfin Tuna are showing up from time to time. Pompano are right on the surf line and nice catches of Spanish mackerel on gotcha plugs.

 

Surf Fishing and Jetties

Pompano action is steady on sand fleas, fresh shrimp and Fish Bites, add in a few Whiting and occasional Redfish and you can have a nice catch.

Several big Mako Sharks caught this week and lots of other sharks, Bonita or cut Mullet is the best choice for bait.

 

Bay Fishing:

Sheepshead on live shrimp or Fiddler crabs fishing the bridge pilings. Redfish also around the bridges and channels. Trout action near the 331 Bridge and four-mile point, fish soft plastics and topwater baits