Congratulations to Brandon Bartlett for winning the Old Salt Photo of the Week – BIG FISH. He is from Yorktown, Virginia and caught this massive 95 inch Bluefin Tuna weighing in at 400 pounds. It was caught off Oregon inlet in the Outer Banks.
Everyone has now heard of “Wicked Tuna” thanks to National Geographic for another great fishing show. The new season is filmed in the Outer Banks and the guys from the North come down to see if they have what it takes to keep up with the Southern boys. The Outer Banks are known for some spectacular fishing of all types but the weather always plays a factor. To get more info on the show – click here.
This week we asked everyone to send in pictures of BENT RODS. With overwhelming response this week we finally came to a winner. Congratulations to Christopher Echevarria from Land O Lakes, FL for winning this week. He was hooked up on an Amberjack. Coach behind him is Richard Echevarria and the photo was actually taken by Jay Riordan.
We have been getting a lot people asking, “How do I win Photo of the Week?”
Well, first submit a photo. We have a panel of 4-6 judges (varies each week) that collectively vote on the best photo submitted. We judge it based on the quality of the photo (no blurry out of focus or dark pictures) and also how the topic (species) is captured. These are the main 2 criteria. It is NOT a popularity contest although if it does get a lot of attention we pay more attention to it. Hope this helps and THANK YOU for submitting your photos.
Inshore- Kandra Jolley, from Green Bay, and her friends were fishing under the Johns Passbridge at night the past week and they reported that the snook are aggressive and plentiful. We have included a photo of her large 38 inch snook in our report. They caught the big boy on cut bait on the bottom, but the slot-sized snook are feeding on live white bait and the live pinfish or grunts. We recommend 60lb fluorocarbon with a 3ot hook for these aggressive fish that live in or around the sharp structure. We are also getting plenty of snook around the docks during the day. Their favorite feeding times seem to be the tail end of the outgoing tides right now. Mackerel have started to make an appearance inside the pass again, and many jetty anglers are getting them on small live white bait or by using the Gotcha plugs we sell in our shop. Our favorite size is the 7/8ths ounce with the silver back. The sharks are still around but are thinning out it seems, if you want to land a toothy critter it’s best to target them before the water cools off too much.
Near shore- Mackerel are back on the near shore artificial reefs, and we expect the kingfish to follow shortly after. The sailfish seem to be plentiful and aggressive right now we’re seeing them often in the 12-16 mile range. On one recent half day we saw 3 different sailfish working around the boat! The grey snapper have been consistent, but the coming cold fronts will have em’ chewing right up until the front passes by. Then once the front passes it takes 2-3 days for the waters to calm and clear up before the fish pick back up. The time it takes for the bite to recover depends on the strength of the cold front. The grouper bite seems to be firing up at the 90 foot range. We limited out on our last two ten hour trips aboard our private charter boat.
Offshore- The grouper bite has been great offshore, but unfortunately the red grouper shut down September 16th in federal waters. The snapper are still biting well but as the gulf cools they will get a bit tougher in the deeper water. All summer long the snapper spawn making them aggressive and plentiful of our coast. The jacks and red snapper are a nuisance now offshore since we can’t seem to get away from these ‘endangered’ fish. The best idea is to avoid the artificial wrecks. The cooler water will bring the blackfin tuna back in force to the gulf waters. Also, this makes the gag grouper more aggressive and plentiful closer to shore.
RED TIDE STATUS: we want to clear up some confusion we have been hearing lately: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO RED TIDE in our local area or in our fishing areas at all. There hasn’t been any in between the beaches and our fishing areas either! We have yet to see a single dead fish and we have yet to have a single verified sighting of red tide locally! There is red tide well to the north of us in the gulf, but it has NOT affected us at all. There is also red tide well to the south of us, but again it has NOT affected us at all! Anyone saying otherwise is just simply fabricating a news story, IT’S NOT TRUE!
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