Wharf Fish erm en wh o sur f ha ve the best of both worlds. When it's too rough to fish, it usually means great surf. That was the case last weekend. The bad news was, it was too rough for some to fish, there was an east wind on Saturday and a northeast wind on Sunday, and too much grass offshore. The good news: The waves on Labor Day were awesome, thanks to Hurricane Gustav that made landfall in Louisiana.
Some boats did go out on Saturday, and they did catch fish. Hurricanes are not generally good for fishing, but they pass through quickly, and things should be back to normal by this weekend.
John McNatt of Fisherman's Wharf said that Saturday's long trip brought in dorado, lots of ling, vermilion snapper and kingfish. Bay anglers are catching redfish, fewer trout, but some big ling. McNatt also reported that the Scat Cat and several other charter boats were involved in a search and rescue offshore and were delayed in returning (see CG signals).
Deep Sea Headquarters' Dan Hurd reports catches of dorado, vermilion snapper, ling and limits of kingfish. A few tuna were caught, but they were sparse.
MaryAnn Heimann at Offshore Adventures said anglers have brought in lots of kingfish, dorado, vermilion, lane and mutton snapper, strawberry grouper and spadefish. She said bay anglers are catching "beautiful stringers of redfish," drum, trout and Spanish mackerel.
Ernest Scott at Dolphin Dock described catches of kingfish, barracuda, ling and amberjack.
Miles Chance at Woody's Sports Center said offshore boats have brought in "loads and loads" of kingfish, state water snapper, bonnethead shark, and ling. He also said that though sportfishing was down a bit due to the hurricane, it is already picking up. Bay anglers report black drum, big oversized redfish and trout.
Barnacle Bill's Pier House owner Bill Fintel said anglers on Horace Caldwell Pier are catching big waves, along with some kingfish, skipjacks, larger shark, whiting, gafftop, redfish and trout.