Inshore- Phil Murray and his buddies were catching some nice fish the past few days from the north Jetty of Johns Pass! The coolest catch was a 21 inch pompano caught free-lining a live shrimp in the tide. They also caught a half dozen nice flounder while using shrimp near the bottom, and 5 beautiful red fish free-lining and using bobbers. This was before the bay waters became the nasty brown color due to all the recent rain run-off. While the water is dirty a fisherman under the Johns pass bridge was pulling in nice sheepshead on barnacles and small pieces of shrimp. The sheepshead spawn is just around the corner and when the water is dirty they become even more active than when the water is clear.
Near shore- The red grouper bite died down a bit during the stationary cold front period early last week but as the weather improved the fishing turned on. Grouper are super sensitive to barometric changes so you have to watch what the pressure is doing to be sure you are going out for some successful fishing. They tend to feed heavily right up until a front just like they did late last week, and then shut down while the front passes and for a few days after while weather settles. This was the situation early this week which caused the slower grouper bite. Then when the weather clears they start chewing again and this helped our later in the week trips to do very well offshore, check out our Facebook or Instagram for some photos!
Offshore- We FINALLY made it back offshore with the return of the Florida fisherman 2! We sent out a 39 hour this past weekend and we had great success with the mangrove snapper. The grouper bite was a little tougher since the mangroves were so aggressive and due in part to the cold front weather we talked about in the near shore section. The amberjacks and red snapper became an issue at a few spots since it’s sometimes so hard to avoid these ‘endangered’ species, but after a quick move we were back on the mangrove snapper, vermillion and porgies!
By Hubbard’s Marina
Dylan and Captain Mark Hubbard