Get ‘em while they’re hot! Red-hot catches of redfish have abounded this week. The species are running along the channel and catches are expected to be good for a few more weeks.
Low tides and cooling temperatures have made for ideal fishing conditions in the bays and channels. Besides abundant redfish, catches have included some big flounder, trout, drum and sheepshead.
Hitting offshore have been kingfish, vermilion and lane snapper, dorado, barracuda, pompano, amberjack, ling, blackfin and yellowfin tuna, grouper, and triggerfish.
From the jetties, speckled trout, drum, Spanish mackerel and pompano have been the main catches.
Joan Miller at Horace Caldwell Pier reported nice catches of ling, including one that measured 45 inches, redfish and pompano from the pier. She said most successful catches have continued to be made in the morning and evening hours using live bait.
Brenda Owens at Deep Sea Headquarters said offshore boats have returned to the dock with hauls of kingfish, shark, vermilion snapper, dorado, amberjack, triggerfish, ling, blackfin tuna and grouper. Bay guides have been hanging catches of redfish, trout, drum, sheepshead and flounder at the dock.
Beverly Stapleton at Offshore Adventures reported anglers positioning themselves along the channel or in kayaks have reeled in big trout, big flounder and lots and lots of redfish. Folks fishing offshore have caught kingfish, shark, vermilion and lane snapper, dorado, blackfin tuna and amberjack.
Scott Garrison at Fisherman’s Wharf said vermilion and lane snapper, kingfish, shark, amberjack, barracuda, blackfin tuna and African pompano have been biting offshore this week, while redfish, big drum, speckled trout and flounder have been finding their way to the hooks in the bay. He said good numbers of speckled trout, drum, Spanish mackerel and pompano have been caught from the end of the north jetty. Fishermen casting into the surf have reeled in bull redfish, speckled trout, bonnethead shark and Spanish mackerel.
Eric Peschke at Dolphin Dock reported long-range trips have returned with good numbers of large yellowfin tuna, weighing more than 60 pounds, blackfin tuna, dorado, big grouper and big amberjack, also weighing more than 60 pounds. Day trips have resulted in a nice variety brought to the dock, including vermilion snapper, amberjack, barracuda, wahoo and ling, along with an occasional blackfin tuna, pompano and grouper.
Art Singleton from Woody’s Sports Center said bay guides have kept busy with nice catches of redfish, flounder, trout and drum, while anglers fishing along the channel have been hooking bull redfish, Spanish mackerel and gafftop.