After this week most folks are wishing it was still spring or that falls comes early. It’s so hot in the bay that I’m getting reports of water temps as high as 91 degrees in some areas. This has resulted in some less successful fishing trips for those of us who like to fish in shallow water.

Those anglers fishing the sound and bays are having to go out a lot earlier or just forgo fishing during the daylight hours and fish at night. Those having the greatest success are fishing from first light until around ten in the morning using live Croakers, Pinfish, and Finger Mullets as the main baits. These larger baits are garnering much larger Specks and Reds than usual, although it’s surprising what a 12 inch Speck can eat when it’s hungry. Besides Specks and Reds there are plenty of Spanish and Ladyfish around as well as the occasional Flounder and Jack Crevalle. Folks fishing at night are catching many of the same species, but Specks and Reds seem to be especially plentiful around dock lights.

The higher water temperatures has slowed down the bite at the pier and the surf. Folks are still catching, but the bite is usually first thing in the morning or in the evenings after 5PM. Kings, Spanish, Bluefish, Redfish, Pompano, and Whiting are all being caught, just not in any great quantity. June grass is also making it especially difficult to keep a line in the water for those fishing the surf. That hasn’t stopped many of the diehards who are finding a few clear areas here and there and are able to get in on the bite.

Those fishing offshore have seen little to no change in the fishing. They are experiencing one of the best red snapper seasons ever. Throw in a Gag or Red grouper or two and it’s worth it to head out the pass. The King Mackerel bite on the nearshore wrecks is about as good as it gets especially when folks are hooking up with the occasional Mahi or Blackfin tuna. Wahoo, Mahi, Billfish, and Tuna are there if you are willing to put in the time running 25 to 30 miles out the pass. So of all the styles of fishing to be had in our area, offshore remains the most consistent and productive way we harvest fish in our area right now so GET OUT THERE and get in on the bite!!  

That about sums thing up right now folks so until next time GET OUT THERE!

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