A possible new state record vermilion snapper was caught on Saturday, April 23. Eric Peschke at Dolphin Dock said the fish was caught on one of their 36-hour trips and is waiting for proper certification. The fish weighed 5.7 pounds.
Winds continue to roughen up area waters, making the water murky. Luckily, the fish don’t seem to mind and just keep biting.
Offshore trips returned with lots of ling, state water red snapper, grouper, dog and vermilion snapper, dorado, tuna, kingfish, blackfin tuna, barracuda and Atlantic sharpnose, hammerhead and bonnethead shark
From in the bay, limits of redfish, and a good number of drum, speckled trout, sheepshead, gafftop have been landed.
Peschke at Dolphin Dock reported offshore catches of lots of ling, Atlantic sharpnose and bonnethead shark, grouper, dog and vermilion snapper, dorado, tuna, blackfin tuna and barracuda on 10 to 12-hour and 36-hour trips.
Sharon Keehlisen from Woody’s Sports Center said bay fishing has been really good with limits of redfish and drum caught on mostly live mullet and some live shrimp. Sheepshead and gafftop have been caught off the south jetty, while sand trout and gafftop have been landed from the piers. Offshore boats have returned with kingfish, state water red snapper and ling. Flounder have been striking along the lighthouse shoreline.
Joan Miller at Horace Caldwell Pier reported rough and murky surf limited fishing from the pier over the weekend. Hammerhead sharks and hardheads were reeled in by those trying their luck.
Scott Garrison at Deep Sea Headquarters reported blackfin tuna, amberjack, grouper, vermilion snapper and shark caught offshore. Redfish, drum, speckled trout and sheepshead were hooked by anglers fishing in the bays.
Mary Ann Heimann at Offshore Adventures said even though the water has been murky, the trout are still biting. Four big trout, measuring 25-inches and then some, have been caught from the bay. Also caught have been lots of “beautiful” redfish, all keeper size measuring 25-28 inches, along with drum and gafftop.
John McNatt at Fisherman’s Wharf said vermilion snapper, kingfish and lots of Atlantic sharpnose shark have been caught on nine-hour trips. Bay guides have reported good catches of redfish continue in the bay and from the north jetty.