The dog days of summer are passing and the weather is cooling a little as the island clears out after Labor Day. Fishing continues to please anglers with a big variety of species up for grabs.
Lots of big red snapper, 15-pounds plus are being reeled in on boats from
Offshore Adventures, said Mary Ann Heimann. Vermilion and lane snapper, kingfish, blackfin tuna, ling, dorado, Atlantic sharpnose shark catches have kept fishing pretty good, she said. Piggy perch, croaker and live shrimp are drawing beautiful trout, nice specks and big red in the bays and sand trout in the cuts, said Heimann.
Sheri Jenkins of Dolphin Dock said anglers had caught several big shark, amberjack, barracuda, lots of red snapper limits, kingfish, ling grouper, ladyfish and stingray offshore on boats from this dock. "Long trips have been really productive," said Jenkins.
A 230-pound spinner shark was the big catch at Deep Sea Headquarters this week. The spinner was caught on the Pelican with Capt. John Brennan. Private 8-10-12-hour charters reeled in limits of red snapper, kingfish, spinner and sandbar sharks and a few tuna, making the great fishing streak run on, according to Rick Laros. Open boat 12-hour anglers caught sharks, kingfish and red snapper. Eight-hour open boat pulled in limits of kingfish. In the bays, redfish, speckled trout and a few flounder were caught.
Anglers on the Island Queen out of Woody's Sports Center are catching bull redfish at the end of the jetties, Spanish mackerel, spadefish and small sharks. Mangrove snapper is being caught near the ferry landing. Kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, amberjack, barracuda, shark, snapper and blackfin tuna are being in from offshore, said Leesa Bonner.
Martin Harris of Fisherman's Wharf reported the fall schedule changing trips to nine and 12hours long has been producing good catches. The 12's are leading anglers to grouper, wahoo, red snapper, vermilion and lane snapper, tuna, shark, amberjack, Spanish mackerel and jackfish. Reds and trout remain constant in the bays.
Redfish, small blacktip sharks, speckled trout, sand trout, flounder, Spanish mackerel, stingrays and whiting were caught off Horace Caldwell Pier, said Paula Tish of Sea Breeze Sand and Surf Store. Live and dead shrimp, squid, mullet and menhaden were the baits most used.