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PCB Fishing Report

02-23-2018

Offshore
The bottom bite is good but there are quite a few species that are closed right now. Come March 1 trigger fish will re open, gag grouper won’t re open till June 1 in our area, amberjack is still “up in the air” you will have to stay tuned. Red snapper is set to open in federal June 1 but state waters are TBD as of right now. However vermillion, white and black snapper as well as Black Sea bass have done their part to fill in. Also there are still some flounder on the inshore wrecks so keep that in mind. A few kings have been reported already and Spanish are here along with squid and bonito.

Inshore
The Spanish have showed right behind the squid, both in the bay and along the beach. A few sheep head are getting caught, not any big numbers yet but that could happen any day now. Big redfish in the pass and under the big bridges, mix in a few black drum too. Speckled trout in the back waters and out in the grass flats some. A lot of mangrove snapper around docks, rocks and marinas but quite a few small ones to pick through.

Surf
Spanish and blues are along the beach but you will have to get your offering out deep enough to attract attention. A few pompano, whiting, and redfish have been caught in the surf, not big numbers yet but that will change.

 
 

 

 

Current Conditions at Russell-Fields Pier

  • February 24, 2018 9:54 am EST
    Location: 30.213N 85.88W
    Wind Direction: ESE (120°)
    Wind Speed: 9.9 knots
    Wind Gust: 12.1 knots
    Atmospheric Pressure: 30.21 in (1023.1 mb)
    Air Temperature: 69.4°F (20.8°C)
    Water Temperature: 69.3°F (20.7°C)
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