ABOUT US: FISHING REPORT
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We've had some beautiful weather lately allowing many to get out on the water for a great time!
- Red Snapper: Still in on Fri/Sat/Sun in both state and federal water with plenty of great fish being produced. Early morning bite has been best. Live or frozen cigar minnows have worked well lately; and with nearshore structures being pressured more and more you may need to decrease your leader strength to entice a bite. Mingo snapper have been caught on a lot of the same locations.
-Kingfish: About as good as it gets with lots of great fish in the 12-30 lb range. Try freelining live baits while bottom fishing or slow trolling around bait pods, the pass, ledges, or structures. Best baits have been live blue runners or cigar minnows freelined or trolled on stinger rigs with or without skirts but plenty are also caught on frozen cigar minnows.
- Spanish Mackerel: Have been in very high numbers around the pass feeding on the surface.
- Grouper: Mostly Scamps with some Gags and Reds mixed in. Most consistent fishing has been in 300'-400' of water but some good fish are still being produced starting at 150'.
- Mahi: Many fish in state and federal waters around floating grass/debris or feeding on pods of bait which has produced some very exciting sight casting opportunities. Most good weed lines or pads are starting around 20 miles out. Always keep a rod ready to cast at the first opportunity! Some trippletail have been caught with the same techniques.
- Cobia: Still being caught in the area, mostly while fishing larger structures. Size limits will most likely be raised from 33" to 38" fork length in September.
- Tarpon: Many tarpon have been spotted cruising within the first few hundred yards of the beach in the mornings. Using a tower or platform to spot them is best, live baits or crabs are great with swimbaits also giving great opportunities to see the show these beautiful beasts put on!
- Tuna: Yellowfin and blackfin have been in good numbers trolling offshore and around the oil rigs. Wahoo have been caught in same areas. We should start seeing blackfins moving closer to shore before too long as we approach the fall.
- Amberjack: Remains closed but are still in good numbers on some nearshore structures making for some very fun fights.
- Trout and Redfish: Reds have been the main target lately with some trout mixed in. The best time to fish the bay is right at sun up with the hot temperatures. Try fishing bridges, grass beds, channels, docks, and bayous holding bait. Live pogies or pinfish are great. Mirrodines, spoons, and soft plastics have been good techniques for those using artificials.
- Sharks: In very high numbers practically everywhere. Night beach fishing with cut bonita is almost guaranteed most days. Many have also been caught while fishing structure in all water depths from 1-50 miles offshore. If want a memorable battle now is the time!