Flounder everywhere; being hooked, gigged
Big flounder are being caught in good numbers, according to the docks and guides. A brand new tournament was held last week devoted to the fish, with lots of big ones caught. Most docks will not have boats going out on Thanksgiving, but some will have offices open to book trips and sell merchandise.
No boat trips are scheduled, but the store will be open at Dolphin Dock, Sandy Martin said. A marlin was caught and released and lots of big shark were caught. Lots of tuna, amberjack, wahoo, beeliners, a big yellowfin and half an amberjack also were caught.
Long-range trip have produced big catches of tuna, reported Bethany Holden of Deep Sea Headquarters. A big blacktip shark, ling, amberjack, vermilion snapper, kingfish, dorado and Atlantic sharpnose and other shark were reeled in by anglers.
State water trips for red snapper are working for fishermen aboard the Adventurer out of Offshore Adventures, according to Scott Graves, with many brought back to the dock. Shark catches have been plentiful as well. Flounder is the word from the bays with many huge fish caught and gigged.
Sandra Fudge of Woody's Sports Center said a huge redfish had moved in, swimming just off their dock. This store will be open half a day on the holiday. Vermilion snapper, amberjack, ling and small shark were brought in from offshore. Spanish mackerel, redfish, sheepshead and gafftop were caught off the jetties. Reds and flounder were caught in the bays. Anglers on the Island Queen reeled in bull reds, gafftop, sand trout and whiting.
Gag grouper, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blackfin tuna, amberjack and lots of vermilion snapper were caught last week out of Fisherman's Wharf, according to John McNatt. Anglers using the Jetty Boat to go to the north jetty caught redfish, sheepshead and speckled trout.