Here we are entering the last of the Cobia season and now starting to think of Amberjack which opens May 1st and Wahoo, Dolphin, Tuna, Marlin and King Mackerel. With the current water conditions and temperatures, we should be in good shape for a great season.
King is good on all the reefs and wrecks both east and west of the pass from about 65-150ft depths and some beyond that out to 180ft on the ledges. You can wither troll hard baits, live or frozen cigar minnows. Spanish are still biting but will begin to slow as water temps warm. Plenty Bonita also.
The triggerfish andMingoo snapper make up the bulk of the catch but scamp and red groupers are biting for sure and amberjack opens may 1st. Look for the Triggers and Mingo snapper over hard bottom or rocks, Red Grouper and Scamp on the ledges.
Only a few reports of Wahoo and Dolphin but most anglers have been targeting Kings and Triggers but with may on the horizon expect many more reports of Wahoo and Dolphin with temps warming
Deep Drop Bottom Fishing:
Daytime Swordfish action is still quite good, in the few days of good weather to run this far we have seen a few nice catches of Snowy Grouper and a few Tilefish.
Surf Fishing: The Pompano bite is still on fire, several angles have reported catching their limit on the east beach most morning within just an hour of fishing, It’s a toss up to the best bait each day, peeled fresh shrimp, Sand Fleas and Fishbites. All the sharks you want after dark on cut Mullet or Bonito.
Trout and Reds are consistent on topwater plugs early morning and late afternoon, during the middle of the day live shrimp, swim baits and jerk baits are best. Fish the flats, sand pockets and bayou mouths
Kings on live cigar minnows and Rapala plugs, Spanish on Gotcha lures and pompano on jigs. Mornings and afternoons are best times but as temps have not been bad yet action is steady most of the day. South wind days are definitely the best.