Inshore- Keith Baker, from Buffalo New York, spent a great deal of time fish around Hubbard’s Marina early last week and he caught some really nice fish! He caught nice slot redfish and some big whiting while fishing with live shrimp weighted to bottom while moving up and down the beach behind our shop. Barry Conrad, from Pennsylvania, was catching some nice whiting as well but he was fishing from the north jetty of John’s Pass using live shrimp as well. Whiting are great eating and can be caught easily using shrimp weighted to bottom. George White, from Gulfport, caught some nice mackerel from the north jetty of John’s Pass using a gold casting spoon. He says the mackerel seems to have thinned out after the cold fronts last week, but we expect the beautiful weather to bring in clearer water and more bait. This will lure the kingfish and mackerel back to the beaches in force! The flounder are gearing up for their spawning season, and should start coming up left and right. They feed right on the bottom, and they love live shrimp or small white bait. Pompano have thinned out just like the mackerel following the recent fronts due mostly to the dirty water they caused with the rough weather, but as the water clears the pompano should start feeding again too on the beaches and in the pass.
Near shore- Our half day trips are bringing in the kingfish! We landed two monster kings on Tuesday’s half day fishing trip. We caught a 20-25 pound fish while trolling on the way out, and then while drifting we put out our flat-lines and caught a king that was close to 33 pounds! Both these fish are featured in photos in this report. We are also nailing some nice cobia on our longer trips, like our ten hour. We are finding them in depths around 70 foot. The beeliners or vermillion snapper are spawning right now and were getting some fat ones on the ten hours. They are typically only found on our 12 or 39 hours because they are normally out in deeper water, but the spawning season has brought them closer to shore and they are fat! The red grouper have relaxed a bit with these recent cold fronts, but we expect them to be on fire by the time this report gets in your inbox due to the beautiful weather we have in the forecast! Whenever the gulf calms down, the water clears up and the temperature starts to rise. This causes the grouper to become super aggressive and we tend to do very well in the near shore waters.
Offshore- Recently we haven’t made it out in the deeper offshore waters. However, by the time your receiving this report we will have had a 12 hour night snapper come in and a 39 hour trip so we will have a great offshore report on our next email. Feel free to check in on our Facebook page to see how these trips did!