Wednesday, 31 December 2003 00:00
We are starting off 2004 a little different that we started last year. Between Christmas and New Years of 2002, there were king mackerel still being caught from the Dan Russell Pier. Capt. Jeff at Half Hitch Tackle would only say that it most likely would not be that way this year. He said they have not had any king mackerel reports for a couple of weeks. There are still a few Spanish mackerel, but they are getting scarce. Capt. Buddy, BoxFull pointed out that we definitely do not have the bait fish in either the Bay or inshore Gulf that we had last year. But the cold weather hung around longer last year. It seems to already starting to show some signs of warming. Capt. Jeff, Someday Lady, reports that there are still plenty of amberjack and triggerfish working around the structures in 90 to 125 feet. Jim at the Waffle House reports that he is still taking a few flounder from around the buoy markers just outside the pass. He feels that the reason he can get a bait to them there is that it is not around any structure that would hold the red snapper that are also working the inshore structures. He suggests shrimp and bull minnows fished on light tackle right on the bottom. Capt. Mike, Born to Boogie, reports that there are black snapper and vermilion snapper working around reefs in 95 to 130 feet. The big secret is good live bait. Small pinfish have been best.
Category: The Weekly Fishing Report
Capt. Terry, Reel Fun, reports that there are still a few sheepshead and redfish working in the pass. He said that if you try live bait and work the deeper holes to the outside of the pass, you can hang a legal grouper or two. Capt. Jeff, First Light, is finding trout around the mouths of the residential canals. He said that plastic grubs on lead jigheads, rattling crank baits, and live bait are all good. He does advise that if you start catching short trout to try another location. They are still schooling by size and when the water gets colder, it is pretty critical in handling them. He asks everyone to just leave the little ones alone and hunt the bigger trout. Capt. Don, Southern Fly reports that there is a lot of fishing activity in the Intracoastal Waterway just beyond West Bay.