Pier/Beach Fishing

Confirmed Red Tide-Fish Kill
9/20/2018
 
The latest FWC testing reports medium concentration of Red Tide in Bay County. You can see the current report here: http://myfwc.com/redtidestatus   Today, 9-16-18, there were large numbers of dead fish on the beach. The species I observed included almost all of the typical bait fish as well as Whiting, Flounder, Red Drum and a variety of others. Concentrations seem to be varied depending on where along the beach you are. There are also reports of areas in the Bay that are also effected. Respiratory irritation is common as well as the stinch of decaying fish. Anyone with sensitive breathing issues should avoid the area. 


 
Red Tide is a natural occurrence brought on be the bloom of the organism  Karenia brevis. You can read more about it here:
 
Unfortunately, there is no catches to report for the week.
 
Species caught: Ladyfish.
 
Water temperature83-84
 
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
09
16
12:42 pm
S
8.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
29.88
-
85.3
83.7
-
-
-
-
09
16
12:36 pm
S
7.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
29.89
-
85.5
83.5
-
-
-
-
09
16
12:30 pm
S
8.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
29.89
-
84.9
83.5
-
-
-
-
09
16
12:24 pm
S
8.9
8.9
-
-
-
-
29.89
-
84.7
83.5
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Oct. 08 -  Full Moon Sunday Sept. 24th

Friday              5:42pm Low    0.6      8:19am High   1.6
Saturday          5:44pm Low    0.7      9:17am High   1.6
Sunday            5:49pm Low    0.8     10:15am High  1.5  Sunrise:6:32am  Sunset:6:38pm
                                                          11:57pm High  1.1
 
Local forcast:
FRIDAY (86/75 rain 50% wind ESE-6)
SATURDAY (87/74 rain 30% wind ESE-6)
SUNDAY (86/74 rain 30% wind SE-6)
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Slow Week-Possible Red Tide
9/12/2018
 
FWC reports very low concentration of Red Tide in Bay County. Today, 9-10-18, there were a number of dead fish on the beach near the pier as well as a few reports from pier patrons of symptoms related to Red Tide. Hopefully this will not become a full blown event.
 
The past week has been painfully slow with only 3 Kings caught. Spanish were caught in decent numbers and Red Drum were keeping the shallow water anglers entertained.
 
The King bite was almost non-existant. One tiny King was caught mid-week on a lure. Then Ned fished Tuesday from before sunrise until almost sunset to get one bite. His diligence was rewarded with a 22 pound King. One other King was decked on Friday after 6:00p.m. Billy decked a 16 pound fish to close the week. 



 


If Ladyfish and Hardtails are your game, you were in luck as they bit all week. The only other game was a few Red Drum in the shallows. Brenda put in her time targeting the Reds and got a nice 24 inch slot fish on Sunday. Donald was visiting with me and got schooled by a Bull Red before landing this 28 inch fish which went back to fight another day. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives and small Hardtails.
 
Water temperature85-86
 
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
09
10
8:24 pm
S
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.97
-
83.7
85.8
-
-
-
-
09
10
8:18 pm
SSW
9.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.97
-
83.7
85.8
-
-
-
-
09
10
8:12 pm
SSW
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.97
-
83.7
85.8
-
-
-
-
09
10
8:06 pm
SSW
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.96
-
83.5
85.8
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Aug. 11 -  Full Moon Sunday Aug. 26th
 
Wednesday     7:26am Low    0.8      1:06am High   1.2
                        5:51pm Low    1.1      2:50pm High   1.2
Thursday         9:09am Low    0.7    12:44am High   1.4
Friday            10:59am Low    0.6    12:37am High   1.5
Saturday         1:15pm Low     0.6      1:11am High   1.7  Sunrise:6:28am  Sunset:6:48pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 

WEDNESDAY
Northeast winds 10 knots becoming south 5 to
10 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period
6 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Slight chance of
showers and thunderstorms.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
North winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters mostly smooth. Chance
of showers and thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY
East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south late in the
afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a light chop.
Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT
Northwest winds around 10
knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a light chop. Slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
SATURDAY
West winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected
waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
 
 
(local forecast)
WEDNESDAY (89/75 40% NNW-6)
THURSDAY (88/76 Rain 30% wind ESE-6)
FRIDAY (87/77 rain 20% wind WNW-8)
SATURDAY (87/77 rain 20% wind WNW-10)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
 
Sam





Kings Biting much better
9/6/2018
 
 
King fishing took a turn for the better this week as at least one was caught most days. The water quality improved through late week then dark Bay water intruded again. Spanish and baby Bonito were caught mornings and evenings.There were a few Mangrove Snapper hanging around. Reds were still teasing anglers in the shallows and bait species increased.
 
The King Mackerel bite was much improved with Ryder getting the week started Monday decking a couple of “Scoolies”. Then Tuesday, Brenda celebrated her birthday with a strong hit and screaming run from a King that should have been close to 20 pounds. However, “Flipper” spoiled the catch and took everything but the head. Wednesday was our best day as there were over a dozen bites and at least 7 fish to hit the deck. Gabriel hooked 6, decked 3 and popped 1 off.  One was around 8 pounds. Another would have probably been 15 but a Cuda decided it wanted half. Then, he landed an 18 pound 8 ounce fish. I hooked 3, decked 2 and popped 1 off. The two I decked were 17 pounds 12 ounces and 17 pounds 13 ounces. Tommy H.  popped one off and decked an 18 pound 10 ounce King. Clint finished the day with another “scoolie”. Thursday started the decline in water quality and the bite declined as well. Rowel would deck the only King but it was another quality fish that weighed 18 pounds 11 ounces. I did not make it out Friday but a few fish were caught. Saturday was a bust unless something happened after I left around 5:00 p.m. The water quality was dark tea colored.  




 






Tuesday, Brenda wanted to make the best of her birthday. Since the bite was slow, she decided to head to skinny water and search for Reds. Instead, she found a few Mangrove Snapper hanging around the first Tee. A few live shrimp later she had hooked 6 and landed 4 nice ones. Needless to say, this shot shows a “Happy Birthday” smile. 




Even though the bite was slow Thursday, nature treated us to one of her beautiful species. A large Manta Ray casually swam right in front of the Tee for several minutes. I was able to capture this short video: https://www.facebook.com/sam.patrick.315/videos/10212354818410742/

 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Mangrove Snapper, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives, baba Bonito, Threadfin Herring, small Hardtails and occasional Cigar minnows(had to snatch them as they would not eat).
 
Water temperature83-84
 
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
09
02
6:42 am
E
8.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
75.7
83.8
-
-
-
-
09
02
6:36 am
E
8.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
75.7
83.8
-
-
-
-
09
02
6:30 am
ESE
5.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
75.7
83.8
-
-
-
-
09
02
6:24 am
E
5.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
75.9
83.8
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Aug. 11 -  Full Moon Sunday Aug. 26th
 

Thursday         7:27am Low    0.9      2:10am High   1.2
                        6:49pm Low    1.0      2:29pm High   1.1
Friday              9:41am Low    0.8      1:45am High   1.3
                        6:24pm Low    1.0      4:17pm High   1.0 
Saturday        11:36am Low    0.7      1:51pm High   1.4
Sunday            2:26pm Low    0.6      2:25am High   1.6  Sunrise:6:20am  Sunset:7:03pm
 
The Marine forecast is:
 

THURSDAY
East winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected
waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
(local forecast)

THURSDAY (86/74 Rain 20% wind E-8)
FRIDAY (86/74 rain 30% wind ESE-7)
SATURDAY (85/74 rain 40% wind SE-7)
SUNDAY (85/74 rain 40% wind SE-7)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam

 
 






Where Are The Fish
8/30/2018
 
The water clarity has begun to improve and bait is around but where are the fish? It was a painfully slow week on the pier. We had good conditions several days but the bite was almost absent. Only a couple of Kings hit the deck all week. Spanish Mackerel were caught early mornings. Red Drum were lurking the shallows and a few Pompano were spotted. Hardtails were the only consistent game.
 
King Mackerel were obviously further off the beach as our bite never happened. Wednesday would be the best day with 5 bites, 3 hook-ups and one decked. I had a hit and short run before my leader was cut above the swivel. Then I had another hit with a strong run. After about 125 yards of line was stripped off the spool, the hook pulled. Then Gabriel got a hook-up and landed the only fish for the day. We would then wait until Friday afternoon before another King was seen. About 4:00pm, I had a decent King slowly roll on my cigar minnow. It would be the only fish for the day. 


 

Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives and occasional Cigar minnows.
 
Water temperature84-85
 
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
08
26
6:54 am
E
7.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
78.1
84.4
-
-
-
-
08
26
6:48 am
E
8.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.12
-
77.7
84.4
-
-
-
-
08
26
6:42 am
E
8.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.12
-
77.7
84.6
-
-
-
-
08
26
6:36 am
E
8.9
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.12
-
77.7
84.4
-
-
-
-
08
26
6:30 am
E
7.0
8.0
-
-
-
-
30.12
-
77.9
84.6
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Aug. 11 -  Full Moon Sunday Aug. 26th
 

Thursday         7:27am Low    0.9      2:10am High   1.2
                        6:49pm Low    1.0      2:29pm High   1.1
Friday              9:41am Low    0.8      1:45am High   1.3
                        6:24pm Low    1.0      4:17pm High   1.0 
Saturday        11:36am Low    0.7      1:51pm High   1.4
Sunday            2:26pm Low    0.6      2:25am High   1.6  

Sunrise:6:20am  Sunset:7:03pm
 
 
(local forecast)

FRIDAY (87/76 rain 20% wind ESE-7)
SATURDAY (87/75 rain 40% wind ESE-8)
SUNDAY (88/75 rain 60% wind E-9)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam





PCB Pier Report
Two week review August 5th to 18th.
 
Thanks to a Thunderstorm, I had internet issues last week. So, this is a two week combined report.
 
Water conditions deteriorated and by the middle of last week, the water was coffee colored. The Tarpon run continued to slow down with only a few fish hooked. Kings were more active the first week with several weighing 20 pounds or better. Spanish bit early mornings and late evenings but most were small. Red Drum were in the skinny water and a few Mangrove Snapper were caught. Bait has been around with Alewives here in mass.Our

Tarpon season seems to be at it’s end. Only a few fish were hooked and three landed over the two weeks, to my knowledge. This past week the schools of passing fish have almost disappeared. Matt M., Lathan F. and Tommy L. each landed Tarpon. I was not there for Matt’s fish but did get video clips of Lathan’s and Tommy’s fish just prior to release. Also, check Tommy in fighting mode.
 
 





 
Kings cooperated the first week but were mostly MIA last week. Good sized fish came over the rail with Jeffery’s 24 pounder taking the big fish slot for both weeks. Jeffery had been out of the picture for several months on a job assignment but fell right back into the groove as he landed his 24 pound and a 14 pound King on Saturday, Aug. 11th. Michael W. and Michael T. fished side by side  Friday the 10th and put a pair of Kings on the deck that weighed 22 pounds 6 ounces and 21 pounds 7 ounces. Chris D. was visiting with his Dad and of course had to try his luck on the pier. It paid off as he decked a King just over 20 pounds too. Ivan is a familiar face to most of us regulars on the pier. He is usually fishing for other fish but on Monday the 13th, he was drifting an Alewive when he got slammed. It would be his first King on the deck and almost hit the 20 pound mark tipping the scale at 19 pounds 12 ounces.




 
A couple of our young anglers stepped up and showed their talents too.  Gavin and Camden both decked their first Pier Kings. The expressions on their faces tell it all. I see them both being pier regulars in the future. Congrats to each of you! 




 

Brenda decided that the King bite was not hot enough so she set her aim on Red Drum and Mangrove Snapper.. The skinny water didn’t disappoint as she landed both over slot and slot fish as well as a couple of nice Snapper. Several other anglers were doing the same as the Reds were more than willing to eate almost every evening. 


 
Pier fishing is always a gamble and you never know what you will pull up at the end of your line. Check this Mantis Shrimp that pulled my bait into the sand. I thought I was hung on the bottom. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Tarpon, Red Drum, Mangrove Snapper, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives and occasional Cigar minnows.
 
Water temperature84-85
 
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
08
19
6:54 am
W
9.9
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.01
-
82.4
84.7
-
-
-
-
08
19
6:48 am
W
8.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.01
-
82.0
84.7
-
-
-
-
08
19
6:42 am
W
9.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.01
-
82.0
84.7
-
-
-
-
08
19
6:36 am
W
9.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.01
-
81.7
84.7
-
-
-
-
08
19
6:30 am
W
11.1
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.01
-
81.7
84.7
-
-
-
-
08
19
6:24 am
W
12.0
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.01
-
81.5
84.6
-
-
-
-
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Aug. 11 -  Full Moon Sunday Aug. 26th

Friday              7:29pm Low    0.4     9:27am High   1.7
Saturday          7:12pm Low    0.5   10:12am High   1.7
Sunday            7:43pm Low    0.5   10:57pm High   1.6  Sunrise:6:17am  Sunset:7:11pm

 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam


Third King for the year over 30 pounds
8/10/2018
 
Rain, wind and rough water was the rule for the first part of the week with dirty water to follow. Another 30 plus pound King hit the deck. The Tarpon bite continued but not as hot. Spanish were around and slot Red Drum prowled the skinny water.
 
The King bite was slow but a few nice ones were decked. Willie put one in the cooler Tuesday morning to close July with a last fish. Hugh gaffed a pair of decent fish Wednesday morning to get August started on the right track. I fished throught the heavy rain and high wind Wednesday and left about 4:00 without a bite. I met Rowel in the parking lot and gave him the report just before he headed out. Within about 15 minutes he got hit by a nice King. It would turn out to be the third “Smoker” of the year weighing 33 pounds. Friday afternoon we had two Kings hooked but only one hit the deck. Mike tied-up with his best King for the year. It gave him quite a fight but he finally brought the 17 pound 12 ouince fish to the gaff. (see:Willie;, Rowel; Hugh; Mike)




 



The action in the skinny water heated up Saturday as the Reds were feeding. It is unusual to get a slot much less than three. Bob, Dan and J.T. all put a slot in their coolers. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Tarpon, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives and a few Cigar minnows.
 
Water temperature84-85
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
08
05
11:42 am
E
4.1
8.0
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
86.7
84.6
-
-
-
-
08
05
11:36 am
NE
6.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
86.2
84.6
-
-
-
-
08
05
11:30 am
ENE
6.0
8.0
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
86.4
84.6
-
-
-
-
08
05
11:24 am
ENE
5.1
8.9
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
86.4
84.6
-
-
-
-
08
05
11:18 am
ESE
4.1
8.0
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
86.2
84.6
-
-
-
-
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Aug. 11 -  Full Moon Sunday Aug. 26th
 
Friday              8:16pm Low    0.0     9:50am High   2.0
Saturday          9:03pm Low    0.1   10:57am High   1.9
Sunday            9:40pm Low    0.3    12:01pm High   1.8  Sunrise:6:08am  Sunset:7:26pm
 

 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam


Summer Pattern
8/1/2018

Summer pattern was in full swing as most of the week saw only a few Kings. Saturday was the best day to close the week on a positive. Spanish were caught mornings and evenings. Tarpon continue to move through with a few eating. Hardtails and Pin fish are so thick that it is difficult to use frozen cigar minnows. They are like piranha and have your bait consumed in a few seconds. A few Red Drum are hanging in the shallows.
 
King catching was slow all week with only a few hitting the deck. Saturday, things got better with five Kings landed. There were no “Smokers” but Tyler G. got a 19 and 12, Kevin G.  a 19, David a 19 and Brenda a 10 pound fish. Bait and X-raps were the baits of choice. I got lucky Tuesday with a 15.5.   


 




Spanish were more common than Kings this week. Fish were caught on bait, bubble and straw rigs, spoons and gotcha’s. Joe got a nice one Monday. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Tarpon, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives and a few Cigar minnows.
 
Water temperature84-85
 
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
07
29
8:24 am
NE
4.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.02
-
79.2
84.6
-
-
-
-
07
29
8:18 am
NE
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.02
-
79.2
84.6
-
-
-
-
07
29
8:12 am
NE
5.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.02
-
79.0
84.7
-
-
-
-
07
29
8:06 am
NE
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.01
-
79.0
84.7
-
-
-
-
07
29
8:00 am
ENE
6.0
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.02
+0.04
78.8
84.7
-
-
-
-
 
Tides for the week:     Full Moon Friday July 27th
 
Wednesday     9:27pm Low    0.6     12:56pm High   1.3
Thursday         7:13am Low    0.9       4:34am High   1.0
                        8:45pm Low    0.7       1:25pm High   1.1
Friday            11:11am Low    0.9       4:36am High   1.1
                        8:13pm Low    0.7       1:43pm High   0.9
Saturday          4:26pm Low    0.6       4:27am High   1.2
Sunday            4:37pm Low    0.4       4:37am High   1.4  Sunrise:6:04am  Sunset:7:32pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet.
Protected waters a light chop. Showers and isolated thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY
Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet.
Protected waters a light chop. Showers and thunderstorms likely.
 

THURSDAY (81/74 Rain 60% wind ESE-8)
FRIDAY (85/75 rain 60% wind SE-7)
SATURDAY (86/75 rain 60% wind ESE-9)
SUNDAY (87/74 rain 40% wind ESE-8)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




First Sailfish decked-65 inches plus another 30+ King
7/26/2018
 
The Tarpon bite has heated up and the first Sailfish hit the deck of the H. B. Miller Pier. Kings have been finicky but a couple of nice ones were caught. Spanish have returned with a decent early morning and late afternoon bite. Red Drum were marauding the small Alewives in the surf. Loads of Hardtails were stacked into coolers.
 
The Alewife die-off has begun. Tarpon are coming by regularly and willing to eat. I lost count of how many strikes and brief hook-ups happened but it was a lot. Several fish were brought pier side. The best bite was at sunset. Fish over 100 pounds were common and a few anglers got schooled and spooled. Swim baits were hot but Ghost X-Raps were not far behind. Big spoons got their attention as well. Check the video of Tyler’s fight and successful release.    


 
The first half of the week saw a slow bite for Kings but improved some by Thursday. We were catching mostly “scoolies” up to about 14 pounds. Paul, Shirley, Shirley’s Grandson and Lyn all decked Kings. It would be Lyn’s first King. Then Thursday Kurt and I were floating bait off the SE corner when two Kings popped up. Kurt’s bait got knocked off his hook by the bigger fish and the smaller one hit my bait. Kurt quickly tossed another bait and got slammed by the bigger fish, again. It gave him a good battle but Kurt brought the 25 pound fish to my gaff. Then Saturday. Albert got hammered on his X-Rap and landed the second fish over 30 pounds for the year. It weighed 32.1 pounds.   



 






Several Sailfish were seen this week in the mornings and a couple were briefly hooked. Thursday Roger got a solid hook-up with a 65 inch fish. He had intended on releasing the fish but it got tail-wrapped and died during the fight. It did not go to waste as several anglers shared the meat. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Sailfish, Bonito, Tarpon, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Cigar minnows, Alewives and a few Threadfin Herring.
 
Water temperature81
 
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
07
22
8:42 am
W
15.9
18.1
-
-
-
-
29.88
-
82.8
81.1
-
-
-
-
07
22
8:36 am
W
15.9
18.1
-
-
-
-
29.88
-
82.6
81.1
-
-
-
-
07
22
8:30 am
W
15.0
17.1
-
-
-
-
29.88
-
82.6
81.3
-
-
-
-
07
22
8:24 am
W
14.0
17.1
-
-
-
-
29.88
-
82.6
81.3
-
-
-
-
07
22
8:18 am
W
15.0
17.1
-
-
-
-
29.88
-
82.6
81.3
-
-
-
-
07
22
8:12 am
W
15.0
17.1
-
-
-
-
29.88
-
82.8
81.1
-
-
-
-
07
22
8:06 am
W
15.0
19.0
-
-
-
-
29.88
-
82.8
81.0
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:     Full Moon Friday July 27th
 
Monday           6:28pm Low    0.1       7:30am High   1.6  Sunrise:5:56am  Sunset:7:41pm
Tuesday           7:06pm Low    0.1       8:08am High   1.6
Wednesday      7:42pm Low    0.1       8:47am High   1.7
Thursday         8:16pm Low    0.1       9:26am High   1.7
Friday              8:43pm Low    0.1     10:06am High   1.7
Saturday          9:00pm Low    0.2     10:44am High   1.6
Sunday            9:08pm Low    0.3     11:20pm High   1.6  Sunrise:6:00am  Sunset:7:37pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
 

 
THURSDAY (88/77 rain 20% wind SW-9)
Southwest winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Protected waters a light chop. Chance of shSouthwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Showers
and thunderstorms likely.
 
FRIDAY (88/77 rain 10% wind SW-9)
SATURDAY (88/77 rain 20% wind SW-9)
SUNDAY (88/77 rain 30% wind SSW-9)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Tarpon and decent Kings
7/20/2018
 
The water is heating up and so are the Tarpon. Schools. Quite a few were hooked early mornings but most of the bite was at or even after sunset. As usual the majority of hook-ups only lasted a few seconds but several were brought pier side and released. The King bite was warmer too with several fish in the twenty pound class caught. A few Spanish and Bonito hit the deck as well. Several Sailfish visited the pier but mostly teased us. A couple were hooked briefly. Alewife schools are gathering and a small die-off has begun with our hot water.
 
Tarpon anglers are lining the rail hoping for the “Silver King” to strike their bait as the weekend and two month tournament continues. Only a few are on the board as most were caught by anglers not in the tournament like this one hooked on a modified King rig. The angler was floating an Alewife under a small cork when the fish rolled on his bait. He got the fish back to the front of the pier but it chaffed the line before a good picture could be shot. I did manage to get a short video. 


 
Eric got our week started Sunday with the big King for the week that weighed in at 25 pounds. That would not be the only good fish as the week continued with two additional fish 24 pounds each. There were also a 19 pound 7 ounce, 17 pound 10 ounce and a few more in the teens.Three days we saw over 40 fish that were only window shopping and would not hit the bait.Of course, “Flipper” was an ever present pain and collected his usual tax of a few of our catch. Eric leads the group of pictures followed by Kevin with the King head “Flipper” returned to him. Then Ned’s 17 pound 10 oz., my  24# 2oz., 19# 7 oz. and 14 year old Levy with his fish.  






 


Other action included Spanish and Bonito. Norito caught one of the summer Bonito that came through on Monday. David decked a decent Spanish Thursday. 




 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Tarpon, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Cigar minnows and Alewives.
 
Water temperature86
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
07
15
8:54 am
E
1.9
4.1
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
84.0
86.0
-
-
-
-
07
15
8:48 am
E
1.9
2.9
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
83.1
86.0
-
-
-
-
07
15
8:42 am
ESE
2.9
4.1
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
82.6
85.8
-
-
-
-
07
15
8:36 am
ESE
2.9
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
82.2
85.6
-
-
-
-
07
15
8:30 am
E
4.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
81.9
85.5
-
-
-
-
07
15
8:24 am
E
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
81.9
85.5
-
-
-
-
07
15
8:18 am
E
4.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
81.5
85.3
-
-
-
-
15
8:12 am
E
4.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
81.0
85.3
-
-
-
-
 

 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Sailfish and Tarpon hooked
6/12/2018
 
The week started with Tarpon moving through and a few ate giving the anglers a a short ariel display. None were brought pier side. Sailfish were spotted and one hooked for a couple of jumps. Then another one teased us for over two hours only to ignore bait after bait before disappearing. July 4th falling on Wednesday put a damper on our King fishing as the pier was restricted from Monday afternoon until late morning Thursday due to the fireworks preparation. However, we did have a King bite that was early mornings and late afternoon early week then scattered during the day late week. Spanish were mostly missing. A few Mahi came by and schools of Red Drum were in the skinny water.
 
The King bite was best late afternoons with a number of small fish hitting the deck. Billy W. had a good Monday afternoon maxing his limit on “scoolie” Kings. We were not able to fish for Kings Tuesday or Wednesday but resumed Thursday with more small fish caught. Friday would bring our best fish for the week. Ivy had been soaking a Hardtail for over an hour when a small King flashed by. Then out of nowhere a much nicer King violently smashed her bait. The fight started slow with the fish not running at all. It just stayed deep shaking it’s head. All of a sudden it came alive and line began disappearing off the spool unbelievably fast. We thought she was going to get spooled. Tyler ratcheted the drag and the fish was finally stopped. It would be Ivy’s first fish in many months but even with burning arms she brought her 23 pound 10 ounce fish to the gaff. It took the big fish of the week award and made her day. About an hour later, I got lucky with a 16 pound fish. 


 


The Mahi bite has been good so far this season. A number of fish have hit the deck over the past few weeks and that trend continued this week. Brenda put a decent one on the deck Sunday.


 
Bob and Janet target the skinny water fish regularly. As I walked onto the pier Friday morning there was a large school of Red Drum staged on the west side. Bob was soaking dead cigar minnows with no takers. I then continued and as I approached Janet, she caught two small Choffers. I suggested she get them to Bob as they are great bait for Reds. A little later, I got an email from Bob including this picture of the 27 inch Red he caught with one of the Choffers. I’ll bet they had blackened Red for dinner. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Mahi, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Cigar minnows, Spanish Sardines, Threadfin Herring and Alewives.
 
Water temperature85
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
07
08
7:12 am
W
4.1
8.9
-
-
-
-
30.14
-
72.5
85.5
-
-
-
-
07
08
7:06 am
WSW
11.1
15.9
-
-
-
-
30.14
-
74.1
85.5
-
-
-
-
07
08
7:00 am
WSW
15.9
18.1
-
-
-
-
30.13
+0.04
74.1
85.5
-
-
-
-
07
08
6:54 am
NW
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
74.3
85.5
-
-
-
-
07
08
6:48 am
NE
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.12
-
74.3
85.5
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon  Thursday July 12th  Full Moon Friday July 27th
 
Thursday         8:33pm Low   -0.3       9:33am High   1.9
Friday              9:22pm Low   -0.3     10:34am High   1.9
Saturday        10:06pm Low   -0.2     11:36am High   1.9
Sunday           10:40pm Low    0.0     12:33pm High   1.7  Sunrise:5:42am  Sunset:7:45pm
 
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam












 






 











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