With federal water red snapper season closed and state water snapper somewhat fished out, many boats are not fishing for them at all. So what to fish for now? No one wants to wait around for the tuna to show up closer to shore. But there are, as they say, lots of fish in the sea. Lots of species, too.too.
There are still reports of big ling, kingfish, amberjack and shark. Bryan Richter fished aboard the Let it Ride at the deep-water rigs last weekend, where they released a white marlin and caught yellowfin and blackfin tuna and dolphin. He also reported releasing a tarpon off the north jetty.
Beverly Stapleton at Offshore Adventures said anglers have brought in lots of snapper while federal waters were open, then lane snapper, kingfish, shark, triggerfish, spadefish and ling. In the bays, anglers are catching redfish, limits of big speckled trout and a few flounder.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody's Sports Center said offshore anglers brought in red snapper right up to closing, then shark in the early morning around the shrimp boats. Kingfish, Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper have been reeled in on the jetties. Bay guides report black drum, redfish and trout.
John McNatt of Fisherman's Wharf said fishing has definitely picked up again. He reported limits of red snapper, vermilion snapper, big kingfish and ling, and a few blackfin tuna. Bay guides and north jetty anglers are catching mostly redfish.
Deep Sea Headquarters' Greg Brown reports catches of amberjack, red, dog and vermilion snapper, lots of ling, blackfin tuna, several varieties of grouper, barracuda, triggerfish, shark, bonito, kingfish and spadefish.
Beverly Stapleton at Offshore Adventures said anglers have brought in lots of snapper while they were open, then lane snapper, kingfish, shark, triggerfish, spadefish and ling. In the bays, anglers are catching redfish, limits of big speckled trout and a few flounder.
Sandy Martin at Dolphin Dock reports catches of kingfish, snapper, blue runner, amberjack, warsaw grouper and shark.