Last year at this time we had Irma in the gulf causing heartaches, this year we had Gordon. Both were a disruption to our routine and thankfully Gordon wasn’t around long so we can now get bake to normal operations. The weather this weekend should not be an issue for whatever you want to do on or in the water.
A few folks fishing the Intracoastal and East Bay got out shortly after the storm, but other than higher than normal tides the fish were biting as normal. That said I would expect to receive more than a few reports of redfish and specks making it to the cooler this weekend. schools of big jack crevalle are all up and down the sound as well as East Bay. Spanish are also over the bay and are costing more than a few folks their favorite artificial as the fan cast the flats for specks and reds. Prior to the storm, we were getting a few flounder reports and hopefully, this trend will continue so be sure to drag a few bull ore tiger minnows around your go-to flounder holes. Black snapper continues to be a sure thing around the Navarre and Bob Sykes bridges. Small shrimp and pilchards seem to be the go-to live baits right now, but I’m sure a small 11/2 to 2-inch pinfish on a 3 to 4-foot long 12lb fluorocarbon leader will work just as well. Lastly this week big bull reds are around the area passes right now and can easily be caught with larger pinfish or croaker’s fish on the bottom.
With the nice weather forecasted for the weekend, I expect to receive plenty of reports from folks fishing the pier. Spanish and kings should be at the top of the list with Spanish being caught throughout the day and the king bite picking up in the afternoon as the winds pick up from the south. Black snapper and flounder are around the pilings and redfish should be around the surf line. Bluefish, ladyfish, along with the occasional jack crevalle and sharks round out the expected catches for the coming week. Those fishing the surf will see redfish, pompano, bluefish, and ladyfish this weekend. One of the most productive presentation following the storm has been to work poppers and Skitter Walks in the light surf and seeing if a bluefish or ladyfish will hit it first.
With a forecast of a foot or less this weekend is the weekend for going offshore. Kings should be thick around the reefs and wrecks nearshore. I would not be surprised if we don’t see a good mahi and blackfin bite as well. Out near the edge expect to see wahoo, mahi, and blackfin with a sail and white marlin hook-ups in the same areas. Amberjack will be the main target of bottom fishermen, but I would also expect to see more than a few gad, red and scamp grouper make it to the cooler as well. Black snapper, vermillion and lane snapper will also be in many a cooler along with plenty of red porgies and the occasional cobia.
Hopefully, the weather will hold as forecasted and if you are so inclined you will be able to GET OUT THERE and get in on the bite!
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