Pier/Beach Fishing

Warmer water but still waiting on fish
3/20/2018
 
Water has warmed quickly as our air temperatures have been consistently in the 70’s. A few fish are beginning to move in but are mostly passing through. The water temperature actually hit 68 degrees early this morning (02-18-18) but was at 66 by daylight. With these warm days and predicted Southeast winds, could we get an early King?
 
Monday, Bryan and Dick were visiting from Virginia and decided to try their luck. Dick was using frozen finger Mullet at the first Tee when he got a hit. After a short fight he landed the only decent Red of the week. Mark had been chasing a school of Rat Reds in skinny water and finally got one to bite. 


 
Wednesday, Joe and Tom proved that persistence counts. They had been working the skinny water for days and it finally paid off. Early morning they put three keeper Pompano in their cooler. To make it better, they were caught on jigs.
 
There was a report of one very small Spanish caught but that was the catches for the week other than a few Catfish and Scates.
 
Squid were the only consistent species. Good numbers were caught daily with the majority being small. You need to get there early as late afternoon rail space  becomes a premium. 


 
Species caught: Bluefish, Red Drum, Pompano and Squid. No bait schools yet but lots of larvae and fry.
 
Water temperature:
 

MM
DD
TIME
(EST)
WDIR
WSPD
kts
GST
kts
WVHT
ft
DPD
sec
APD
sec
MWD
PRES
in
PTDY
in
ATMP
°F
WTMP
°F
DEWP
°F
SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
02
18
8:42 am
SE
1.9
2.9
-
-
-
-
30.22
-
67.8
65.7
-
-
-
-
02
18
8:36 am
SE
1.9
1.9
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
67.6
65.7
-
-
-
-
02
18
8:30 am
SSE
1.9
1.9
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
67.6
65.7
-
-
-
-
02
18
8:24 am
-
0.0
0.0
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
67.8
65.7
-
-
-
-
02
18
8:18 am
-
0.0
1.0
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
68.2
65.7
-
-
-
-
02
18
8:12 am
-
0.0
1.0
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
68.0
65.8
-
-
-
-
02
18
8:06 am
-
0.0
1.0
-
-
-
-
30.20
-
66.9
65.8
-
-
-
-

 
 
Tides for the week:
 
Monday             7:13am Low   0.0     2:05pm High   0.4  Sunrise:6:18am  Sunset:5:35pm
                          6:26pm Low   0.2   
Tuesday            6:23am Low   0.1     12:36am High  0.4
                          9.29pm Low   0.1     1:58pm High  0.5
Wednesday       5:53am Low   0.1     3:14am High  0.2
                                                           1:46pm High  0.7
Thursday           1:43am Low  -0.1     2:12pm High   0.8
Friday                2:32am Low  -0.3     3:04pm High   1.0
Saturday            3:47am Low  -0.5     4:18pm High   1.1                                                                     Sunday              4:03am Low  -0.6     5:49pm High   1.2

Sunrise:6:12am  Sunset:5:39pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
 
WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 2
to 3 feet. Protected waters a light chop.
 
THURSDAY
East winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected
waters a light chop.
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 




Flirting with 60 degrees
2/15/2018

 

Water temperatures held  between 56 and 58 all week then got to 59.6 during the day Saturday. We remain almost fishless as this week only produced a couple of Bluefish, a Scate and some Squid. I did see one lonely Sheepshead swim by Friday, the first one in almost 6 weeks.

 

Just a heads up for you out of town fishermen making your fishing plans – the Tourists Development Council (TDC) has an event planned for the end of April during prime Cobia and King season. Bay County Commissioners have voted to close the M. B. Miller County pier April 26, 27 and 28th for “safety reasons”. Commissioners voted to close the pier Thursday, April 26 from 4 P.M. to 11 P.M., and Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th from 1 P.M. until midnight. I will try to get more current information and report in subsequent pier reports.  You can access  the website here: www.sandjamfest.com 

 

http://www.mypanhandle.com/news/commissioners-vote-to-close-county-pier-during-sandjam/955287097

 

R&M Entertainment will pay the county about $9,000 to rent the County Pier, which will also cover utility costs and staffing lifeguards during the event.    

 

Visit Panama City Beach President Dan Rowe (TDC) said:

"The firshermen, the anglers with the annual passes will be able to fish that weekend at the City Pier. [It's] a little bit of an inconvenience, but at the end of the day, very very minor,"

 

"They will be closing the pier for about 29 hours over that weekend and that's just all for public safety. You know, with after the shootings that happened last year in Las Vegas, there's a heightened sense of security and making sure that everyone is safe,"

 

Species caught: Bluefish and Squid. No bait.

 

Water temperature flirting with 60. By the end of the week we were just over 59.

 

MM

DD

TIME

(EST)

WDIR

WSPD

kts

GST

kts

WVHT

ft

DPD

sec

APD

sec

MWD

PRES

in

PTDY

in

ATMP

°F

WTMP

°F

DEWP

°F

SAL

psu

VIS

nmi

TIDE

ft

2

11

8:12 am

ESE

14.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

30.04

-

63.9

59.2

-

-

-

-

2

11

8:06 am

ESE

13.0

14.0

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

64.0

59.0

-

-

-

-

2

11

8:00 am

ESE

13.0

14.0

-

-

-

-

30.03

+0.01

64.0

59.0

-

-

-

-

2

11

7:54 am

ESE

13.0

14.0

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

64.4

59.2

-

-

-

-

2

11

7:48 am

ESE

12.0

13.0

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

65.5

59.2

-

-

-

-

2

11

7:42 am

ESE

12.0

12.0

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

64.6

59.2

-

-

-

-

2

11

7:36 am

ESE

12.0

12.0

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

63.7

59.4

-

-

-

-

 

 

Tides for the week:

Thursday           6:59am Low  - 0.4    9:45pm High   0.9

Friday                7:08am Low  - 0.3  10:26pm High   0.8 New Moon

Saturday            7:18am Low  - 0.2  11:08pm High   0.7                                                                                    Sunday              7:20am Low   -0.1    2:02pm High   0.2  Sunrise:6:19am  Sunset:5:34pm

                          4:34pm Low    0.2   11:50pm High  0.5

 

 

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam

 






Need Warm Water


Water temperatures fluctuated slightly but remained about the same. Unfortunately, the bite was almost absent as well. We began and finished the week virtually fishless. We observed a lot of bird activity well off the beach and out of reach from the pier. The water clarity was poor to start but improved late week. I don’t know whether it is better to not be able to see whether there are fish or to have clear water and know that there are no fish. Fresh Ghost Shrimp, Fresh Squid and live Bull Minnows were fished for hours with no takers. When a fresh Ghost Shrimp can soak for over an hour and not be touched, it is seriously bad.Things were not totally dead as there were a few Red Drum hooked and a couple of keepers landed. However, when 10 anglers are waiting for the same bite and only one gets the one, it is almost like rolling the dice. Good fellowship and conversation was all we have had to pass the time.
Monday evening brought the first catches of Squid. There was a sporatic bite from just before dark until about 9 pm. Good numbers were caught Monday but even though anglers tried, that would be it until Friday when a few more were caught.

 
Friday morning the water clarity was the best. A search from the beach to the Tee resulted in no fish sightings. There was at least one fish there as Keith decked a nice Flounder while dragging a jig across the bottom. He worked several hours trying to catch another to have a good meal but with no luck. Later that afternoon, a small school of Bluefish came through the surf. They were moving fast and only a couple were caught before they disappeared. 


 
Species caught:  Red Drum, Flounder, Bluefish and Squid. No bait.
 
Water temperature fluctuated but still too cold for many fish.
 
MM
DD
TIME
(EST)
WDIR
WSPD
kts
GST
kts
WVHT
ft
DPD
sec
APD
sec
MWD
PRES
in
PTDY
in
ATMP
°F
WTMP
°F
DEWP
°F
SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
02
04
8:12 am
SE
21.0
22.0
-
-
-
-
29.88
-
59.9
56.1
-
-
-
-
02
04
8:06 am
SE
20.0
22.9
-
-
-
-
29.89
-
59.9
56.1
-
-
-
-
02
04
7:54 am
SE
19.0
20.0
-
-
-
-
29.90
-
59.5
56.1
-
-
-
-
02
04
7:48 am
SE
19.0
21.0
-
-
-
-
29.90
-
59.4
56.1
-
-
-
-
02
04
7:42 am
SE
19.0
20.0
-
-
-
-
29.91
-
59.2
55.9
-
-
-
-
02
04
7:36 am
SE
18.1
22.0
-
-
-
-
29.91
-
59.2
55.9
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:
Monday             7:50am Low    0.0      1:42am High   0.3  Sunrise:6:30am  Sunset:5:23pm
                                                             3:08pm High   0.4
Tuesday            6:16am Low    0.0       3:21pm High   0.5
Wednesday       2:41am Low  - 0.1      3:39pm High   0.7
Thursday           3:21am Low  - 0.3      4:13pm High   0.8
Friday                3:56am Low  - 0.4      5:06pm High   0.9
Saturday            4:34am Low  - 0.5      6:01pm High   0.9                                                                                    Sunday              5:09am Low   -0.5      6:52pm High   1.0  Sunrise:6:25am  Sunset:5:28pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
 
TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT
Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas
2 to 3 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters a light
chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Tuesday night.
 
WEDNESDAY
South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet.
Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and
isolated thunderstorms.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming north
15 to 20 knots early in the morning. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Protected
waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and isolated
thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY
Northeast winds 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with
occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop.
Slight chance of rain.
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 




Tough week!
1/22/2018
 
There is not much to say other than it was a tough week. It was freezing and very few anglers braved the conditions. If they did, they did not stay long. The water temp took another hit and dropped to 62.7 early week and did not improve much by week end. The fishing was frigid as well. The water was gin clear so you could see there were no fish prowling or holding around or under the pier. A couple of brief times, a few Red Drum did congregate under the pier and if you had Ghost Shrimp, you had a chance in tempting a bite.
 
Tuesday, it finally warmed enough that I tried my luck. I had about frozen to death pumping Ghost Shrimp. After over an hour of pumping, I got 6. When I got to the pier, about 12:30, the anglers present were gathered in one spot talking. I was told there were no fish. A search around the pilings revealed a few Reds hanging on the bottom. I dropped a Ghost Shrimp in the mix and almost immediately got a hit. Even with the cold water, it put up a good fight. It was a heartbreaker as it measured 27 ¼ inch. Tough as it was, I released it. The school disappeared and I had to wait until after 4:00 for the next fish to arrive. Another small school of Reds swam in and were milling around under the pier. Another Ghost Shrimp was presented and the fight was on. This one measured almost 29 inches so back it went. The school disappeared and so did I. 


 
Species caught:  Red Drum. No bait.
 
Water temperature fell to 52.7 during the week and had moderated slightly by the weekend.
 
MM
DD
TIME
(EST)
WDIR
WSPD
kts
GST
kts
WVHT
ft
DPD
sec
APD
sec
MWD
PRES
in
PTDY
in
ATMP
°F
WTMP
°F
DEWP
°F
SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
01
21
7:54 am
ENE
7.0
8.0
-
-
-
-
30.24
-
47.8
54.0
-
-
-
-
01
21
7:48 am
NE
7.0
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.24
-
47.7
54.0
-
-
-
-
01
21
7:42 am
NE
1.9
4.1
-
-
-
-
30.24
-
47.1
54.0
-
-
-
-
01
21
7:36 am
NE
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.24
-
46.8
54.0
-
-
-
-
 
 
Check the very low Tides for the week:
Tuesday            8:12am Low   - 0.1    12:14pm High   0.4
                                                             4:34pm High    0.4   
Wednesday       7:34am Low   - 0.0     4:40pm High    0.5
Thursday           3:44am Low   - 0.2     4:50pm High    0.7
Friday                3:56am Low   - 0.4     5:20pm High    0.9
Saturday            4:28am Low   - 0.6     6:07pm High    1.1                                                     

Sunday              5:11am Low   - 0.8     7:02pm High    1.2
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
  
TUESDAY
North winds 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with
occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds.
Protected waters a moderate chop.
 
TUESDAY NIGHT
North winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet.
Protected waters choppy.
 
WEDNESDAY
North winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Protected
waters a moderate chop.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Northeast winds 20 knots. Seas 2 to
4 feet. Protected waters choppy.
 
THURSDAY
Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with
occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters choppy.
 
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Pathetic!
1/16/2018
 
I know it is January and the water is cold but this is pathetic. Except for a couple of Flounder on Sunday it was almost a fishless week. We did have a couple of days with a few Bluefish around and a single “rat” Red Drum but other than that, the water was void of fish.
 
Brenda got the week started with a couple of Flounder Sunday morning which gave us hope for the catching to improve. However, that just didn’t happen. We did get two days with Bluefish around to keep us entertained and one late afternoon I struggled to catch a single “rat” Red. 



 
By the weekend, another cold blast came in with wind and rough water which resulted in filthy water clarity. The only two positives are that you can pick your spot to fish and it has to improve.
Hopefully the Bonito will show soon!
 
Species caught: Flounder, Bluefish and a “rat” Red Drum. No bait.
 
Water temperature continues below normal. It did recover to 57 just before another cold front hit for the weekend.
 
MM
DD
TIME
(EST)
WDIR
WSPD
kts
GST
kts
WVHT
ft
DPD
sec
APD
sec
MWD
PRES
in
PTDY
in
ATMP
°F
WTMP
°F
DEWP
°F
SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
01
14
8:24 am
NNE
8.0
15.0
-
-
-
-
30.52
-
27.5
53.8
-
-
-
-
01
14
8:18 am
NNE
8.9
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.52
-
27.3
54.1
-
-
-
-
01
14
8:12 am
N
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.52
-
27.1
54.3
-
-
-
-
01
14
8:06 am
N
7.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.52
-
27.1
54.1
-
-
-
-
01
14
8:00 am
NNE
8.9
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.51
+0.06
27.0
53.6
-
-
-
-
 
 
Check the very low Tides for the week:

Wednesday       7:47am Low   - 0.6      9:31pm High   1.0
Thursday           8:06am Low   - 0.6    10:08pm High   1.0
Friday                8:21am Low   - 0.5    10:43pm High   0.9
Saturday            8:36am Low   - 0.4    11:17pm High   0.8                                                      

Sunday              8:48am Low   - 0.3    11:48pm High   0.6
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 



2018 off to a slow start with unusually cold water
1/8/2018
 
We begun 2018 with an artic blast that kept us in the sub 50 temperatures and dropped our water temp to as low as 52.7. This is a full ten degree difference from what we experienced this same time frame in 2017. As a result, fishing has been extremely slow except for a couple of days. The water has been clear and thus you could see the total void of fish prowling near the pier. A few Whiting, Drum, Bluefish and Flounder were the only fish around.
 
The week started with a few Whiting hanging in the shallows yet were very slow to bite.You could get a mess for dinner if you hung in there. Kermit was persistent and took home enough for a good meal. However, they did not hang around long as the water got cold. 


 
The skinny water also produced a few Red Drum. With the extremely low tides, we were finally able to pump a few Ghost Shrimp on the beach. That was the ticket to get the Red’s attention. Several under slot fish and an over slot were decked and released. I was able to land one fish that barely made the slot at 18 ¼ inches. I hooked one puppy Drum but lost it trying to lift it over the rail. 


 
Skinny water was not the only action as the end Tee produced good catches of Flounder two days. No one got close to a limit but 9 were caught one of the days. At least they were decent size. Live Bull Minnows were your best chance to get bit. 


 
Species caught: Whiting, Flounder, Bluefish, Red Drum and a Black Drum. No bait.
 
Water temperature dropped as low as 52.7 during the unseasonably cold week. It is still below normal and the fishing has suffered.
 
MM
DD
TIME
(EST)
WDIR
WSPD
kts
GST
kts
WVHT
ft
DPD
sec
APD
sec
MWD
PRES
in
PTDY
in
ATMP
°F
WTMP
°F
DEWP
°F
SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
01
07
8:54 am
E
8.9
14.0
-
-
-
-
30.46
-
38.8
55.0
-
-
-
-
01
07
8:48 am
E
8.9
15.0
-
-
-
-
30.46
-
39.0
55.0
-
-
-
-
01
07
8:42 am
E
9.9
14.0
-
-
-
-
30.46
-
38.8
55.0
-
-
-
-
01
07
8:36 am
E
11.1
17.1
-
-
-
-
30.46
-
38.7
55.0
-
-
-
-
01
07
8:30 am
E
11.1
15.0
-
-
-
-
30.45
-
38.5
55.0
-
-
-
-
01
07
8:24 am
E
9.9
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.45
-
38.1
54.9
-
-
-
-
 
 
Check the very low Tides for the week:
Monday             6:58am Low   - 0.9      8:39pm High   1.4
Tuesday            7:51am Low   - 0.9      9:35pm High   1.4
Wednesday       8:41am Low   - 0.9    10:32pm High   1.3
Thursday           9:24am Low   - 0.8    11:23pm High   1.2
Friday                9:56am Low   - 0.6
Saturday          10:04am Low   - 0.4    12:00am High   0.9                                                      Sunday              9:51am Low   - 0.2    12:09am High   0.7
                                                            11:54pm High   0.4
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
 
MONDAY NIGHT
East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with
occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 6 seconds.
Protected waters choppy. Chance of rain.
 
TUESDAY
East winds 15 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with
occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 7 seconds.
Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of rain in the morning.
 
TUESDAY NIGHT
East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet.
Protected waters a moderate chop.
 
WEDNESDAY
East winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet.
Protected waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of rain.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Southeast winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to
4 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of rain.
 
THURSDAY
Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Protected waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of rain.
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Good bye 2017
1/3/2018
 
A quick look back at the closing weeks of 2016 showed good fishing/catching and water temps warmer than this year. The temps held near 67 until a cold front pushed them down to 63 at the end of the year. Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, Whiting, Pompano, Bermuda Chub, Bluefish, Octopus, Red and Black Drum were on the catch list. This year, our water temp has been several degrees cooler for the same time frame. Catching has been slow with only a couple of good days of Bonito.  Whiting have been hit or miss in the shallows and “Bull” Red Drum have been strangely absent with the exception of one day. We are still waiting on Squid to show but at least Sheepshead have been around a couple of days during the past two weeks. An occasional Flounder was decked but no consistency in the bite.
 
Other than spectators, the end Tee has been mostly empty. A few anglers ventured to deeper water hoping to cast on Bonito or drag for Flounder. The Bonito did show in good numbers a couple of times and one morning the bite was on. I got reports of 30 or more Bonito being caught. Kimel targeted Flounder several days in a row and was rewarded with a couple of keepers. 


 
Mid-pier held a little Sheepshead action. On two days large schools of Sheepshead were on the move from piling to piling between the outer sand bar and the first Tee. They had lock jaw most of the time but persistence and patience paid off. Live Shrimp enticed a few bites and several nich “Sheepies” were caught. 


 
As usual for this time of year, Skinny water was the place to fish. Whiting were the mainstay but a couple of Red Drum and a lone Pompano were on the catch list. Fresh Shrimp was your best bait but a few Whiting were caught on “Fishbites” as well. Catches seemed to improve over the past few days. Randy, visiting from Mansfield, Georgia, fished hard for a week. He was the lucky angler to catch the only Pompano and a slot Red.  


 
Species caught: Whiting, Sheepshead, Bonito, Flounder, Bluefish, Red Drum and Octopus. Bait was scarce.
 
Water temperature hovered in the low 60’s. It was as low as 59.7 yesterday morning.
 
MM
DD
TIME
(EST)
WDIR
WSPD
kts
GST
kts
WVHT
ft
DPD
sec
APD
sec
MWD
PRES
in
PTDY
in
ATMP
°F
WTMP
°F
DEWP
°F
SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
12
31
7:42 am
ENE
7.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.17
-
50.0
61.0
-
-
-
-
12
31
7:36 am
ENE
8.9
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.18
-
50.0
61.0
-
-
-
-
12
31
7:30 am
ENE
8.9
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.18
-
50.2
61.0
-
-
-
-
12
31
7:24 am
NE
8.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.19
-
50.2
61.0
-
-
-
-
12
31
7:18 am
NE
7.0
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.18
-
50.2
61.0
-
-
-
-
12
31
7:12 am
NE
8.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.18
-
50.2
61.0
-
-
-
-
 
 
Check the very low Tides for the week:
Thursday           9:24am Low   - 0.8    11:23pm High   1.2
Friday                9:56am Low   - 0.6
Saturday           10:04am Low   - 0.4    12:00am High   0.9                                                      

Sunday              9:51am Low   - 0.2    12:09am High   0.7
                                                            11:54pm High   0.4
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY
Northwest winds 15 to 20
knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet.
Protected waters choppy.
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam


Noel Pier Report
12/20/2017

 
We are definitely into the Winter pattern. Our water temp has stayed in the low 60’s, which is about 7 degrees cooler than last year. A quick comparison from this same week last year showed other sharp contrasts. Last year we caught Whiting by the hundreds for three days, Pompano catches were unbelievable, numerous Sheepshead hit the deck and even a few Palometa were caught. However this year saw a few Whiting Sunday morning with the remainder of the week producing only a few here and there. I saw only two Pompano caught. Sheepshead began to show around the pilings but were not eating. The end Tee was lonely both in angler and fish population. Skinny water was the only place to fish if you wanted to get bit.
 
The only game on the end Tee was Flounder. Most catches were small but some keepers made their way into coolers. Live Bull Minnows seemed to be the best option and even that bite was slow. A couple from The Rock, Georgia (near Barnesville, Ga. and the 1250 acre rance that was owned by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy) were visiting and trying their luck pier fishing. Kari showed us how to catch a Flounder. 


 
If you didn’t have the patience to drag for Flounder on the end Tee, then your options in skinny water were better. Schools of mostly “Rat” Red and “Puppy” Black Drum were gathered under the pier between pilings. The bite was consistent with Ghost Shrimp, fresh Shrimp or fresh cut Squid for bait. Most of the Reds were under slot and the same for the Blacks. Here are a few of the keepers that were invited for dinner: 



 
Species caught: Whiting, Red Drum, Black Drum, Flounder, Bluefish and Hardtails. Bait was scarce.
 
Water temperature hovered in the low 60’s.
 
MM
DD
TIME
(EST)
WDIR
WSPD
kts
GST
kts
WVHT
ft
DPD
sec
APD
sec
MWD
PRES
in
PTDY
in
ATMP
°F
WTMP
°F
DEWP
°F
SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
12
17
7:42 am
ENE
9.9
14.0
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
52.9
62.1
-
-
-
-
12
17
7:36 am
ENE
9.9
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
53.6
62.1
-
-
-
-
12
17
7:30 am
E
9.9
15.9
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
53.6
62.1
-
-
-
-
12
17
7:24 am
E
9.9
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
54.3
62.1
-
-
-
-
12
17
7:18 am
ENE
8.0
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
53.6
61.9
 
 
 Tides for the week:

Wednesday       8:27am Low   - 0.4    10:06pm High  1.2
Thursday           8:56am Low   - 0.4    10:44pm High   1.1
Friday                9:15am Low   - 0.4    11:20pm High   1.0
Saturday            9:37am Low   - 0.3    11:54pm High   0.9   
Sunday              9:56am Low   - 0.2
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
  
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Northwest winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to
4 feet. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers.
 
THURSDAY
Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots early in the morning
becoming light and variable winds. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected
waters smooth.
 
I will be taking next week off so the next report will be an end of year report. Merry Christmas!
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam








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