If the weatherman is correct most of the next week is going to be tough for most of us to get out on the water. As long as the winds and the lightning isn’t too bad I will be out there because the fishing just seems to be getting better and better each day.
Inshore the fishing has been outstanding and just seems to be getting better and better every day. Trout and reds are all over East Bay and the sound. You will find them as shallow as a foot in some areas on out at the drop offs around the grass flats. The incoming high tide seems to be the most productive in the sound, but the revers seems to be the best time over in East Bay. Live shrimp is always a go to bait, but finger mullet, croakers, and pinfish seems to be catching more and more baits these days due to the increase in pinfish the last few weeks. Black snapper are around the bridges in the sound as well as around the power lines in East Bay and Garcon Point Bridge. These deeper structures are also holding good number of black drum, bull reds, and the occasional sheepshead. We have also been seeing big schools of 10 to 20 pound jack cravelle in the sound and I would suspect that they are over in East Bay, but as of yet I have not received any reports.
This weekend will probably produce conditions that will see a lot of kings coming over the rails at the pier if the lightning and the rain isn’t too bad. The forecast if for south winds all weekend so hopefully it will push the pelagics to the pier. It would not surprise me if we don’t see mahi, and even possible a sail fish or two hooked up this weekend. These conditions also see a few late season cobia landed as well. So for the next week fishing at the pier should be pretty hot. Those looking to fish the surf may have to hit the pier if the surf conditions get to severe. If not pompano and redfish should be the targeted species, but I’m sure there will also be plenty of bluefish and ladyfish landed as well.
The near shore fishing has been outstanding for both bottom fishing as well as those trolling. How good it is this weekend will depend on the weather and how rough it gets. If it stays in the 2 to 4 foot range we will continue to see great numbers of red snapper and king mackerels brought to the docks. Mahi, blackfin tuna and sailfish are also making a showing so weather permitting we will receive reports of them being landed in the area. So keep an eye on the weather and if you see a safe window get out there!
Until next time, tight lines!
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