Long-range offshore trips have been slaying the tuna, both yellowfin and blackfin, while bay anglers are limiting out on black drum and catching plenty of oversized reds and big speckled trout.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center said bay guides were limiting out in just an hour or two on black drum around the jetties, using frozen mullet, shad and live shrimp. Speckled trout were reportedly caught along the lighthouse shoreline, and tarpon were caught off the jetties. Pier anglers are still catching oversized redfish and gafftop.
John McNatt at Fisherman’s Wharf reported offshore catches of kingfish and shark. Bay guides, he said, were bagging nice redfish, flounder and speckled trout.
Dan Hurd at Deep Sea Headquarters
said shorter offshore trips brought in kingfish, vermillion snapper, blacktip shark and Atlantic sharpnose shark. Long-range yellowfin tuna trips brought in some very large yellowfin tuna, dorado, barracuda, a 375-pound mako shark and blackfin tuna. Bay anglers caught redfish and trout. Anglers on the jetties and piers reported catching mangrove snapper, flounder and trout.
MaryAnn Heimann at Offshore Adventures said offshore anglers caught kingfish, while bay anglers are catching mostly black drum and redfish.
Nicole Buitron at the Horace Caldwell Pier reported oversized redfish caught in large amounts, most 38 inches and up.
Chris Wallace at Dolphin Dock said the 36-hour tuna trip yielded plenty of yellowfin tuna, along with blackfin tuna, kingfish, vermilion snapper, grouper and Atlantic sharpnose shark.