A lot of first for the year have fallen in the last few weeks for anglers fishing the Navarre Pier. First blackfin, first king, first Spanish, first pompano and first cobia are all in the history books. Folks fishing the surf have also been having pretty good luck with reds, pompano, and whiting. Not to be left out those fishing the bays are starting to see plenty of reds and specks on the flats. All in all it truly looks like spring is here at least two weeks early.
The early spring has slot reds all over the shallow grass flats on the north side of the sound the bulls are hanging out in the drop offs. Specks are also on these same drop offs as they migrate out of the rivers and canals. Sheepshead are on many of the deeper docks and bridges in the sound, but can also be targeted around the power lines over in East Bay. The waters around the power lines are also holding slot reds as well as more than a few white trout. My most productive presentation this week has been to fish flats that have a significant drop off. In the shallows we were catching slot reds and in the drop offs was where the bull reds as well as slot specks were feeding.
Speaking of feeding the kings, and Spanish are feeding on all the baitfish that have shown up the last few weeks making for some exciting fishing. Bluefish, redfish, pompano, bonita, whiting, black drum, sheepshead and sharks are also being caught from the pier these days. Anglers fishing the surf are seeing many of the same species as everything seems to be heating up early this year.
Trigger fish opened up on the first and folks have been thinning the heard when the weather allows. Also available to bottom fishermen are flounder on the nearshore wrecks holding small cigar minnows. Kings, blackfin tuna, and Spanish are also showing up around many of these same reefs and wrecks. Further out lane snapper, vermillion, snapper, black snapper, red grouper and scamp grouper are all on spots 200 feet or less. I haven’t received any reports as of today, but it won’t be long before I start receiving daily reports of cobia popping up around folk’s bottom fishing so it would behoove you to have a jig as well as a live bait rod ready in case one pops up.
That about sums thing up right now so get out there!
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