Pier/Beach Fishing

Another Cobia and Kings
4/16/2018
 
It was a depressing start to the week but it ended with a banner bite. Pompano and Spanish were the main game early week. There were schools of “axe handle” Spanish and large schools of Pompano moving through. Monday, Jeremy walked onto the pier and decked a 29 pound Cobia blind jigging. A second small Cobia was gaffed later in the week. Early mornings, the Bonito action was good. All week’s catch paled to the flurry of activity and multipal species caught on Saturday as the storm approached. 



 
No Kings hit the deck until Thursday. I hooked one Wednesday only to have it come off the gaff half way up. Thursday, 4 were hooked with 3 landed and Friday, 4 hooked and landed. Both Thursday and Friday had excellent conditions. There was wind, chop, water clarity, bait but the bite just didn’t happen. However, Saturday would change the game and set the bar as the best day this year. We had an approaching storm, the wind was houling and Kings were hungry. Over 15 Kings would be decked, 6 of which were over 20 pounds. The largest was 25 pounds. Bill S., Casey, David from Atlanta, and Tommy L. were some of the anglers rewarded for hanging in there under the crowded conditions and high wind Saturday. 


 
 

At least we didn’t have to wait all week for the Spanish as they were passing in schools. The smaller fish were caught near the first Tee using Gotchas, spoons and jigs. The “axe handles” were mostly caught off the end using live or fresh bait but X-raps got a share of the action. Paul B. holds one of the fish caught Tuesday and Brenda holds her big 4.3 pound fish. 



 
Kings and Spanish put up a good fight but it is hard to beat the stamina, pound for pound, that Bonito have. Most of the week, early mornings meant lots of Bonito. Scores of fish were carted off the pier. One morning, I saw a laundry basket full with nothing but tails sticking out. Both locals and visiting anglers got in on the action. David G. got his share and check young Erin with her first pier Bonito. 


 
All the action was not at the Tee. Skinny water was producing an epic Pompano bite with anglers taking their limits daily. Both jigs and natural bait produced fish. Large schools were passing through. We even saw them pass the end Tee a few times. David G. holds one he caught while Dan and Bobby B. display their catch on their coolers. 


 


In other action, Bull Reds were back in the mix. Several fish were caught and released during the week. Fresh Squid and live Cigs were producing bites. Dan S. got  his bull late evening. Fresh Squid were easy to get as they were being caught all week on both jigs and Sabiki rigs. Large ones were common. Sheepshead were hanging out near the pilings but had a severe case of lock-jaw. Tony made another trip from Atlanta to target them. He was the only one to coax one to bite and it would be the only Sheepshead caught. 


 
Saturday’s action deserves it’s own recap as the action was that hot. There was a crazy Bonito bite early with several anglers hooked-up at once. There was lots of chaos with crossed lines and frustrated anglers. Add to that a Shark chasing one of the hooked fish. Fifteen plus Kings caught with as many lost. Lots of Spanish with “axe handles” in the mix. A school of 20 pound Jack Cravelle came through with the water literally frothing from their action. Three were put on the deck before they disappeared. The Pompano bite was on with numerous fish caught. If that wasn’t enough, the Blues were in and were coming over the rail left and right. We don’t get many days like that but the chance of another one keeps us going to the pier.
 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel,  Red Drum, Pompano, Bonito, Jack Crevelle, Blues  and Squid. Bait: small Speedos, Cigs, Alewives, a few Spanish Sardine and Threadfin Herring. A couple of Hardtails, Choffers, Squirel fish and Pigfish.
 
Water temperature: Water is back to the low 70’s.
MM
DD
TIME
(EDT)
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
04
15
7:12 am
ENE
6.0
8.0
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
67.1
71.1
-
-
-
-
04
15
7:06 am
ENE
1.9
5.1
-
-
-
-
29.76
-
67.1
71.1
-
-
-
-
04
15
7:00 am
NNW
4.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
29.76
-0.02
67.1
71.1
-
-
-
-
04
15
6:54 am
WNW
6.0
8.0
-
-
-
-
29.76
-
67.1
71.2
-
-
-
-
04
15
6:48 am
NW
9.9
12.0
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
67.5
71.2
-
-
-
-
04
15
6:42 am
WNW
8.9
12.0
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
67.3
71.2
-
-
-
-
 
Tides for the week: Monday 16th is a New Moon
Monday            7:27pm Low   0.1      10:52am High   1.0 Sunrise:6:14am  Sunset:7:12pm
Tuesday           8:43pm Low   0.0      10:59am High   1.2
Wednesday    10:00pm Low  -0.1      11:31am High   1.3
Thursday        11:16pm Low  -0.2      12:13pm High   1.5
Friday                                                   1:00pm High   1.5
Saturday         12:33am Low  -0.2        1:50pm High   1.5
Sunday             1:47am Low  -0.2         2:44pm High  1.5  Sunrise:6:07am  Sunset:7:15pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
  
TUESDAY NIGHT
Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Protected waters a light chop.
 
WEDNESDAY (77/67 10%rain wind:SSW12)
South winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Protected waters a light chop.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Southwest winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to
2 feet. Protected waters a light chop.
 
THURSDAY (77/57 10%rain wind:W12)
West winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected
waters mostly smooth.
 
 
FRIDAY (77/59 10%rain wind:NE10)
SATURDAY (78/66 0% rain wind:ESE13)
SUNDAY (76/60 50% rain wind:SSE16)
Tight Lines, Sam



Kings are coming back
4/9/2018
 
Kings are beginning to come in and a few Smokers were spotted on the outer sand bar late week. The Pompano and Spanish bite has been good. A solo Mahi Mahi swam by Tuesday and several larger Cobia have been spotted. Big Squid are around and the bait species has added  Alewives, Spanish Sardines and Threadfin Herring. It shouldn’t be long before the Sailfish arrive. All this translates to us being on the cusp of much better fishing.
 
The King Mackerel bite has improved with several fish hooked and decked the last couple of days. The week had a slow start with Brenda’s Sunday King being the only fish until  Wednesday. Wednesday’s fish was small and a solo but at least it was another King. Then Friday, 4 fish were hooked with 3 hitting the deck. Ned got 2 of the fish and Hunter, visiting from North Georgia, got the third. The forth fish was taken by the piling god. Several other fish were spotted but they were only window shopping. Saturday brought wind, choppy water, rain and the fish responded. Four Kings were caught up to 22 pounds. Finally, a couple of Smokers were spotted coming down the outer sand bar. Nori and Charles scored with a couple of nice fish. 


 






The good Spanish bite continued this week with a run of larger fish averaging 3 to 4 pounds coming through Saturday. Deeper running lures, jigs and spoons seemed to be the better choice of bait. The bigger fish were hot on natural bait. Fish were piled up on Saturday. 


 
Not only did we have Big Spanish. We had the best Pompano bite this year. Multiple fish were decked almost every day this week, Several anglers went home with their limit. Both jigs and natural bait on set rigs produced fish. 


 
Brenda was the star of the week. She only fished Sunday at the beginning of the week and Saturday to close the week. However, she had the gold horseshoe. She started Sunday with the only King and then finished with a strange combo pier slam. She caught Pompano, a Red Drum and a Bonito. Not a bad two days. 


 


Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel,  Red Drum, Pompano, Bonito,  and Squid. Bait: Ballyhoo, small Speedos, Cigs, Alewives, a few Spanish Sardine and Threadfin Herring.
 
Water temperature: Water temps were up to 72 but a couple of cool nights dropped it some. It has been recovering a couple of degrees with the daytime warm temps.
 
MM
DD
TIME
(EDT)
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
04
08
7:54 am
NNE
8.9
15.0
-
-
-
-
29.94
-
50.4
68.7
-
-
-
-
04
08
7:48 am
N
12.0
14.0
-
-
-
-
29.94
-
50.2
68.5
-
-
-
-
04
08
7:42 am
N
8.9
14.0
-
-
-
-
29.93
-
50.4
68.5
-
-
-
-
04
08
7:36 am
N
11.1
15.0
-
-
-
-
29.93
-
50.4
68.7
-
-
-
-
04
08
7:30 am
N
11.1
14.0
-
-
-
-
29.93
-
50.2
68.7
-
-
-
-
04
08
7:24 am
N
8.9
15.0
-
-
-
-
29.92
-
50.5
68.4
-
-
-
-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tides for the week:
Monday            3:36am Low   0.0      4:22pm High   1.1 Sunrise:6:21am  Sunset:7:07pm
Tuesday           4:06am Low   0.0      5:55pm High   1.0
Wednesday      4:23am Low   0.1      7:48pm High   1.0
Thursday          4:32am Low   0.2      9:10pm High   0.9
Friday               4:42am Low   0.3     11:05am High  0.7
                         3:54pm Low   0.5     10:31pm High  0.8
Saturday           4:47am Low   0.5     11:08am High  0.7
                         5:07pm Low   0.4     11:56pm High  0.7
Sunday             4:27am Low   0.6     11:09am High  0.9  Sunrise:6:15am  Sunset:7:11pm
                         6:16pm Low   0.2
New Moon on Monday, April 16th.
 
 
 
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
 

MONDAY NIGHT
Northeast winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Dominant period 6 seconds. Protected waters mostly smooth. Chance
of showers.
 
TUESDAY (70/54 40% rain wind:NNE11)
Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Showers
likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms.
 
TUESDAY NIGHT
Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Protected waters a light chop.
 
WEDNESDAY (74/55 o% rain wind:NNW10)
Northwest winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected
waters a light chop.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
North winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast
5 to 10 knots early in the morning. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected
waters mostly smooth.
 
THURSDAY (75/61 0% rain wind:SE9)
Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot. Protected
waters mostly smooth.
 
FRIDAY (78/67 10% rain wind:SE9)
SATURDAY (75/61 60% rain wind:S17)
SUNDAY (68/50 40% rain wind:NW14)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 






First Cobia Hits The Deck
4/6/2018
 
The pier got crowded this week as a lot of visitors came into town for Easter week and Spring Break. Parking became a little more difficult as well as rail space. Fish population increased along with more species. Finally a few King Mackerel were caught, Spanish Mackerel were abundant and the Pompano run started. The first Cobia hit the deck and the “Cobia Crazies” filled the east side of the pier, staring for hours to spot the prized fish. The water temp was recovering nicely and everyone’s expectations were high.
 
The big news is that first Cobia was hooked and landed. David B. had been a fixture for days hoping to be the first angler to call “first shot”. On Wednesday, he had stared for hours and decided to leave the pier. Of course, he watched the east side of the pier as he walked and spotted his target as he approached the first Tee. A well placed cast garnered a hook-up and the fight was on. After weaving through other lines and a short fight, David managed to pull the Cobia pier side to the gaff.  After one well placed stick, the Cobia was hoisted over the rail and  high fives were given. Even though it was not a trophy, it was the first of the year and bragging rights were well earned. David did not weigh the fish but it was estimated between 25 and 30 pounds. Congratulations are in order as David got the big Cobia last year and now the first this year. Naturally, the rest of the week brought a crowd of Cobia anglers. Check the picture of Jigs along the rail. 



 


Last week brought the first Kng Mackerel in a month. The count increased this week with two caught Tuesday and three on Wednesday. Water temps were hovering 67-68 so we were not expecting much. However, the wind was good and the chop on the water got our hopes up.  Small Speedos and schools of Ballyhoo were around. Four fish were missed in the morning and then about lunchtime my Ballyhoo got “skyed” on. That fish missed but a second connected. It was the smaller of the two but fought well in the cool and rough water. There would not be another sighting until 4:45 when I got another strike on a Ballyhoo. The 12 and 17 pounders would be the only decked Tuesday. Wednesday, early morning there would be two more Kings decked. Then, Psalm landed the last one for the day about 10:00 that tipped the scale at 20 pounds. 


 


Even though Kings were few, Spanish were thick almost all week. Lots of small but legal fish were more than willing to bite bait, spoons, jigs and gotchas. Many anglers left with their daily limit. A few of the Spanish approached “axe handle” size. 


 


Pompano fishermen have been waiting for the Spring run and they got their wish this week. Large groups of Pomps came through and multipal fish were caught most of the week. A majority of the fish were above the minimum size with a few big “cows” in the mix. Jigs seemed to work best but some success was had with set lines and bait. Here are a couple of photos with Dan’s catch and Bill’s big “cow”: 


 

Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel,  Red Drum, Cobia, Pompano, Bonito, Bluefish,  Sheepshead and Squid. Bait: Ballyhoo, small Speedos and a few Cigs.
 
Water temperature:
MM
DD
TIME
(EDT)
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
04
03
6:12 pm
SSE
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.99
-
70.7
72.3
-
-
-
-
04
03
6:06 pm
SE
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.99
-
70.3
72.3
-
-
-
-
04
03
6:00 pm
SE
9.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.99
-0.04
70.3
72.3
-
-
-
-
04
03
5:54 pm
SE
11.1
12.0
-
-
-
-
29.99
-
70.3
72.0
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:
 
Friday                12:34am Low    0.0     1:36pm High   1.2
Saturday              1:53am Low    0.0     2:23pm High   1.2
Sunday                2:54am Low   -0.1     3:17pm High   1.2  Sunrise:6:23am  Sunset:7:07pm
 
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
 

FRIDAY NIGHT
South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Protected waters a light chop.
 
SATURDAY (74/54 90% SW14)
Southwest winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
SATURDAY NIGHT
Northwest winds 15 knots becoming north
10 to 15 knots early in the morning. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Protected
waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
SUNDAY (73/65 20% ESE10)
East winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected
waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




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