- Published: Wednesday, 01 March 2017 08:32
A few pompano have been reported but it is spotty at best, plenty of spanish though so leader up accordingly. Also there are some reds and sheep head cruising the beach and hanging around the piers so you may luck into one or more of them. It is time for cobia and jack crevalle to show up but hasn't really happened yet, at least not in any real numbers. Should be anytime now so gear up if you haven't already.
We have a lot of sheep head and mangrove snapper around, live shrimp if you can get 'em, fiddlers, oysters, sand fleas, crab meat, and clams will all work. Spanish are here following the squid. A few cobia but no real numbers yet. Trout early and late in the day, up in the back waters and reds on the flats if you can be quiet enough to slip up on them otherwise you can get into the bull reds drifting the bridges and pass.
The bite is good, but the weather has been pretty windy which has kept a lot of us in port or turning our attention inshore. A few cobia have been caught locally but it is not the run we are all looking for yet, hopefully soon. Some squid and plenty of spanish have begun to show up and that is a precursor. AJ's are still going strong but be aware that the powers that be have now announced that amberjack will close to harvest on 03/23/2017 at midnight.Trigger fish, red snapper and gag grouper are also closed right now, so make yourself familiar with the current regs' as it is your responsibility to keep yourself out of trouble. The rest of the grouper clan is currently open with one exception.The exception on grouper is when fishing beyond the twenty fathom break, red and black groupers are closed to harvest. Your stringer fish like vermillion, white and black snapper, black sea bass are open and the reported catches are good. Also there are still some reports of flounder on the nearshore wrecks.