Beautiful weather brings better fishing
Beautiful weather this week provided great fishing during the Easter holiday.
Offshore, anglers caught vermilion and lane snapper, amberjack, king mackerel, shark, ling, blackfin tuna and barracuda.
Bay and jetty anglers are still catching sheepshead, redfish, including bull reds, black drum, speckled trout, pompano and flounder.
Art Singleton of Woody’s Sports Center said offshore anglers caught ling, good-size state red snapper, shark and kingfish using ribbonfish, Spanish sardines and cigar minnows.
In the bay, anglers are catching redfish, black drum and speckled trout using menhaden and live and dead shrimp.
On the Island Queen, anglers caught sheepshead, gafftop, redfish and black drum using dead shrimp, squid and finger mullet.
According to Scott Garrison of Fisherman’s Wharf, offshore anglers have been catching vermilion and lane snapper, amberjack, king mackerel, Atlantic sharpnose shark and ling.
He said bay guides and customers have been bringing in nice hauls of redfish and black drum, speckled trout, sheepshead and a few nice flounder.
North jetty anglers have been returning to the docks with nice catches of sheepshead, bull reds, speckled trout and pompano.
Gary Carter at Dolphin Dock reports offshore anglers caught Atlantic sharpnose shark, amberjack and vermilion snapper on the day trips. Day trips usually travel roughly 30 miles out.
He said bay anglers caught plenty of gafftop and sheepshead using fresh dead shrimp.
MaryAnn Heimann at Offshore Adventures said bay anglers returned with limits of redfish, and some over-sized redfish also were caught and released. Kayakers caught speckled trout and redfish, and other anglers in Redfish Bay caught speckled trout, gafftop and flounder.
Offshore trips were fishing just off the jetties and caught kingfish. Anglers were using mostly live shrimp, Heimann said.
M ike Miller at Horace Caldwell Pier said fishing was a little slow Monday morning, but catches were good all week long. Anglers caught shark and whiting, as well as some nice trout early in the morning, Miller said. He has not seen much redfish caught on the pier this week.
Miller reported anglers are doing well on live shrimp, as well as cut bait and mullet.
Dan Hilburn at Deep Sea Headquarters said 24-hour offshore trips returned with limits of amberjack, blackfin tuna, barracuda and shark. On the daily trips, anglers caught shark, kingfish, ling, grouper, vermilion and dog snapper. Anglers used mostly live bait.
Bay fishermen returned with limits of redfish and black drum, as well as a few trout.