Its been a rollercoaster week for weather this last week and it looks like more of the same. The fishing has seen ups and downs as well depending on where you fished. Hopefully we won’t see a repeat for those area that have been seeing a downturn.
Not much change for the inshore waters last week and hopefully we won’t see much changes this week. The specks and reds are on the flats and deeper docks in the sound and East Bay. Live bait has been the top presentation so most of the reports I’ve received have been from folks fishing live shrimp, pinfish, finger mullet, and croakers. I’ve also received a few reports from folks using suspending twitch baits and soft plastics with great success for trout as well as reds. The few reports I’ve received of flounder being catch have been from folks using soft plastics/jig combinations. Ladyfish and bluefish are also showed up more in higher numbers this week making a pain of themselves for some folks. As an artificial fisherman I love them as they will readily hit my lures and the put up a great fight! Speaking of great fighters, big jacks are been seen and caught throughout the sound so have a larger than normal rod ready with a big crank bait or popper just in case they pop up while your targeting specks and reds on the flats.
If inshore was the up, then those folks fishing the pier were the down as far as fishing went those last week! Hopefully we will see a change this week as we will have another week of southerly winds that should push many of the pelagic species onto the beach. As for those fishing the surf, it isn’t looking too good as the June grass seems to be taking over with fewer and fewer clear spots being found, and I only see this getting worse as the water heats up!
If it doesn’t get too rough and you can get out the near shore and offshore fishing has been outstanding for both bottom fishing as well as those trolling. From this weekend until the 19th of July red snapper will be open in state waters. The federal season is just three days long and starts on the 1st of June. A lot of folks will be disappointed if the weather stops them from getting out so I will be keeping an eye for any opportunity that presents itself with such a shore federal season. Gag grouper will also be opening on the first of June, but snapper and gag grouper are not the only fish in the seas as they say, so keep an eye open for weed lines as they will be holding mahi, wahoo, blackfin tuna, and the occasional tripletail. Bottom line you never really know what you will find when you encounter weed lines offshore, so be prepared for almost anything! The king bite has also been outstanding near the passes as well as on many of the near shore wrecks so no matter what species you want to target there is a good chance that you have a pretty good chance of catching them. Just remember though that triggerfish and amberjacks are still closed to harvesting until the end of the year.
Until next time, tight lines!
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