Pier/Beach Fishing

Big difference from last year
12/5/2017
 
This week last year brought a great King Mackerel bite on Monday with close to 20 being decked and many lost. There were no Kings this week. Then Tuesday-Thursday last year was rough water with Sharks and Catfish. The week closed with a great skinny water bite of Sheepshead, Pompano, Red and Black Drum. This year there were Whiting, Rat Reds and tiny Pompano. One slot Red, no Sheepshead or legal Pompano. The choice bait last year was Ghost Shrimp. They were plentiful on the beach. However, this year, if you want to pump Ghost Shrimp you have to go to the Bay as the Beach has almost zero holes.
 
Skinny water seemed to be the most productive area to fish this week. Whiting were hanging close to the beach and just outside of the first sand bar early mornings and late afternoons. Ghost Shrimp was the top bait but a few were caught on fresh Shrimp and Fish Bites. A good size school of Rat Reds were around most of the week. I convinced 12 to eat one afternoon using cut local Squid. Several others were caught during the week but I am aware of only one big enough to keep. Guy W. caught it and it was barely legal at 18.5 inches. Tiny Pompano were abundant but were not any bigger than 8 inches. Friday afternoon brought a rare sight. We thought it was a small shark about 4-5 feet but as it got closer we could identify it’s rostrum. It was a Sawfish, the first I have ever seen locally. Even though it looks more like a shark it is in the Ray family. It never got close enough for a photo but at least there were several others there to verify the ID. 


 


The Tee was mostly void of fish unless you wanted to throw a bubble rig for Hardtails. There were a few Flounder if you were persistant. Most were under 15 inches. Bull Minnows worked best but Terry M. showed they will bite almost anything. Terry was working his Octopus jig when he felt a hit. Thinking he had a nice Octopus, he set the hook and pulled up the biggest Flounder caught this season. It was just over 20 inches and about 3.5 pounds. 


 
Octopus have been scarce the past few weeks but Nori located a nice one Saturday. No doubt, it went home with him for a fresh dinner. 


 
Species caught: Whiting, Red Drum, Flounder, Pompano, Octopus, small Jacks and Hardtails. Bait: Cigar Minnows, Ballyhoo, Hardtails and a few Speedos and Scaled Sardine.
 
Water temperature fell as low as 66.8 this week then warmed a little 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
12
03
7:42 am
NNE
6.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
30.16
-
52.2
68.9
-
-
-
-
12
03
7:36 am
NNE
7.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
30.16
-
52.2
68.9
-
-
-
-
12
03
7:30 am
NNE
7.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.16
-
52.3
68.9
-
-
-
-
12
03
7:24 am
NNE
5.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.16
-
52.9
68.9
-
-
-
-
12
03
7:18 am
NNE
4.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.16
-
53.1
68.9
-
-
-
-
12
03
7:12 am
NNE
4.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.16
-
53.4
68.9
-
-
-
-
12
03
7:06 am
NNE
5.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.16
-
53.6
69.1
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:
Tuesday            8:46am Low    -0.6    10:17pm High   1.6
Wednesday       9:38am Low    -0.5    11:07pm High   1.5
Thursday         10:23am Low    -0.4    11:50pm High   1.3
Friday              10:58am Low    -0.3
Saturday          11:11am Low   - 0.1    12:22am High   1.1                                                      Sunday            11:06am Low     0.1    12:37am High   0.9
                                                              8:35pm High   0.6
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
TUESDAY
South winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant
period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of
showers and isolated thunderstorms.
 
TUESDAY NIGHT
Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west
15 knots early in the morning. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected
waters a light chop. Chance of rain.
 
WEDNESDAY
North winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with
occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters choppy. Rain
likely.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
North winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet
with occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters choppy.
Slight chance of rain.
 
THURSDAY
Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with
occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters choppy. Chance of
rain.
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam






Unusual Catches
11/27/2017
 
 
Pier fishing brings a mixed bag of species but this week brought a couple of unusual catches. Who says you have to go off shore to catch Grouper or Red Snapper? There were still Kings around and the Flounder bite continued. Red and Black Drum were in the shallows. A few Whiting were caught in the evenings and even a few big Squid were around. A few small Pompano came over the rail but none were keepers.
 
Sunday brought us a couple of King Mackerel but that would be the last ones for the remainder of the week. Monday through Saturday would be void of any more Kings. However, the “fish tale” on how the bigger one on Sunday was caught, is what made Von’s trip from Georgia worth the effort. Most of us had given up on this King season as over. So, dragging for Flounder had taken over the Tee. Von was dragging a large Bull Minnow using a mono leader and a small single hook when he suddenly got slammed. Line began peeling off the spool and everyone was confused about what he had. The mystery soon turned into excitement and  caution as the 19.25 pound King Mackerel surfaced. Noone thought the mono leader would hold but the hook placement was perfect. Just as the fish hit the deck the hook fell out. Nice Flounder Von…. 



If that tale wasn’t good enough, how about Red Snapper and Grouper from the pier. Monday, Wynn from Scottsboro, Alabama was spending a little time on the M. B. Miller when something hit his bait. He was not expecting to see this when he reeled in the fish. A Red Snapper from the pier and it would have been a keeper if it had been in season. Then Wednesday morning Curly caught a small Grouper. Of course it had to go back as it was only about 8 inches. 


 
Our young anglers were having a good week and Brewton from Cumming, Georgia proved it with this bruiser. Red and Black Drum were hanging in the shallows. It seemed as only under or over slot fish were the only ones around. Several “Bull” Reds were landed and released just like the one Brewton caught. There were schools of “Rat” Reds and “Puppy” Drum too. Fresh Squid, small Choffers and Ghost Shrimp got you bit. 


 
The Flounder bite was on most of the week. There were no limits caught but anglers who targeted the Flounder took home enough fish for a good fish fry. Bull Minnows worked well but several were caught on jigs with Gulp baits. Hugh took his share and as you can see in this photo his daughters were excited too. Kerim had to work hard for this one but it was worth it. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Red Drum, Flounder, Ladyfish, Black Drum, Pompano, Red Snapper, Grouper, small Jacks and Hardtails. Bait: Cigar Minnows, Choffer and Hardtails but not as plentiful as had been.
 
Water temperature ranged between 67 and 71 most of the week.
 
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
11
26
6:54 am
N
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
49.6
68.0
-
-
-
-
11
26
6:48 am
N
2.9
4.1
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
49.6
67.8
-
-
-
-
11
26
6:42 am
N
1.9
4.1
-
-
-
-
30.12
-
49.8
67.8
-
-
-
-
11
26
6:36 am
N
2.9
4.1
-
-
-
-
30.12
-
50.0
68.0
-
-
-
-
11
26
6:30 am
N
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.11
-
50.2
68.0
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:
Monday           11:46am Low    0.2       1:34am High   1.0
                                                              7:56pm High   0.8
Tuesday          11:42am Low    0.4       7:35pm High   0.9
Wednesday       5:00am Low    0.5       7:29am High   0.5
                        10:46am Low    0.4       7:38pm High   1.0
Thursday           4:07am Low    0.2       7:40pm High   1.2
Friday                4:52am Low    0.0       7:43pm High   1.3
Saturday            5:47am Low  - 0.2       8:03pm High   1.5                                                      Sunday              6:48am Low  - 0.4       8:40pm High   1.6
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
MONDAY
Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.
 
MONDAY NIGHT
East winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.
 
TUESDAY
East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant
period 4 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.
 
TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT
East winds 10 to 15
knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop. Slight
chance of rain.
 
THURSDAY
Southeast winds 10 knots becoming southwest 5 to
10 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected
waters a light chop. Slight chance of rain.
 
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam



Flounder are here
11/23/2017
 
 
November is usually Flounder month on the pier but until this week they were almost a ghost. Sunday morning brought a few Bonito. Monday through Friday the King and Spanish bite was a thing of the past. However, the wind and warm air Saturday salvaged the week for Kings. Night fishing produced a few Whiting and Red Drum were in the shallows but in small numbers. Big Squid were eating our King baits and a couple of Octopus came over the rail.
 
With November being Flounder month, we had wondered if they would show at all, especially since half the month had passed with very few “flatties” caught. This week they finally showed with multipal fish caught most days. Noone caught their limit but it was common to get 6 or 7 if you targeted them with live Bull Minnows. None were “door mats” but several 2 plus pounders were decked. Jim and Carol, from N.C., were at the end of their visit and extended it a couple of days with good reason. They were able to take more Flounder home. Shirley also put several “Flatties” in her cooler for the trip home. 


 


King season seems to be on it’s last breath as nothing happened all week until Saturday.We had a good wind and warmer temps that apparently pushed a few fish in. Our youth and lady angelrs put respectable Kings on the deck. Levi, 13, caught his first King and set himself a high bar as it tipped the scale at 21.5 pounds. Then Brenda showed the ladies could hold their own with a 17 pound fish. Time will tell if these were our last Kings of the year. 




 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Flounder, Whiting, Bonito, Blue fish, small Jacks and Hardtails. Bait: Cigar Minnows, Threadfin Herring, Scaled Sardine and Hardtails.
 
Tides for the week:

Wednesday  9:19am Low   -0.1   10:58pm High  1.5
Thursday      9:54am Low   -0.1   11:39pm High  1.4
Friday         10:28am Low    0.0   
Saturday     11:00am Low    0.0   12:18am High  1.3
Sunday       11:27am Low    0.1   12:57am High  1.2
 
Water temperature fluctuated in the low 70’s.
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY
Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots.
Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of
rain.
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




King bite started cold
11/18/2017
 
 
Sorry I am late with this report but had to make a trip to Georgia to winterize my travel trailer.
 
King season seems to be closing out with the first several days of the week having a cold bite. The cooler air pushed the water temps to their lowest this fall. Bait was still hanging around but not as plentiful. We did get a few Kings but had to compete with “Flipper” to land one. It did improve some for the weekend.
 
As we approach Thanksgiving, we expect the King population to thin but it seems as it came early this year. The week’s catch was thin but improved some Saturday. Tuesday brought a couple of Kings with Clint landing the biggest one. I got hooked-up but spend 30 minutes fighting with “Flipper” for my fish. I did finally get it free and landed the small but very scarred King. Saturday was a welcome relief as there were 7 Kings caught. Kevin decked one at 16 pounds and Glen followed with a 13. 


 
Tuesday also brought David a big Spanish Mackerel. A small school of “axe handles” came in, David hooked-up and then had to put the heat on his fish as “Flipper” zeroed in. David landed his fish just in time but the rest of the school disappeared as “Flipper” decided to hang around.


 
Other action included big Blue fish, a few Flounder, Red Drum and Whiting after dark.
 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Pompano, Flounder, Whiting, Bonito, Blue fish, small Jacks and Hardtails. Bait: Cigar Minnows, Threadfin Herring and Hardtails.
 
Water temperature fluctuated in the low to mid 70’s then dropped just below 70 after 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
11
15
7:24 am
ENE
7.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.15
-
49.8
69.6
-
-
-
-
11
15
7:18 am
E
5.1
11.1
-
-

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