The New Year brought a lot of fog with it that kept most folks off the water so I have not been getting a lot of reports. The few I have been getting have resulted in contrasting catches at times. It’s been a roller coaster for sure for some of us.
Inshore the reports have striper being caught in East Bay first thing in the morning around schools of mullet on top water plugs. Bull reds and big black drum are being caught around Garson Point Bridge and 3-Mile Bridge. 3-Mile is also producing a pretty good white trout bite right now so if you’re looking to catch supper it’s a good location to start. Besides the trout you can expect to catch black drum and sheepshead so be sure to bring a few fiddlers and shrimp if you head there. Those fiddlers will also work around the Pensacola Pass although from the reports I’ve been getting the red snapper are making a nuisance of themselves. The pass is also holding some really nice slot reds along with the bulls so it can be a lot of excitement when the bite is on.
It’s been practically dead at the pier with the exception of a few bonita and redfish here and there. I’m optimistic though as the water clears up the bite will pick up. Folks fishing the surf have not been having much luck either. Those that have had any luck have caught mostly bull reds and whiting. The exception to this has been the shark fishermen. The shark bite has not slowed down any as long as they can get a good bait placment they are catching everything from sandbar to tiger sharks right now. Everyone right now is optimistic though that this will pick up once the water clears up and if the weather stays nice for a few more days that should happen.
The offshore bite has suffered as well, but mostly because folks have not been able to get out due to the fog. That changed yesterday and from the reports I’ve received not much has changed. Flounder are still around many of the nearshore wrecks out of Destin and Pensacola. Red snapper, amberjack and triggerfish are everywhere making it difficult if not impossible to bottom fish for the species that can be harvested. When you can get to them the migo and red porgy bite is outstanding with some really nice fish up over 2 pounds being caught at the timber holes and the south west edge. This will also hold red grouper and scamp, but be prepared to throw back some really nice gag grouper. I set up a few different anglers the last couple of days for wahoo so hopefully I will be able to pass on some positive reports after this weekend. I would expect to hear positive reports and blackfin tuna and maybe even yellowfin from some of the guys that headed out yesterday and today.
That about sums it up folks for this coming week so keep an eye on the weather and “GET OUT THERE” and get in on the bite!
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