Pier/Beach Fishing

PCB Pier Update
5/22/2018
 
Kings, Mahi, Spanish and even a Jack Crevelle were on the catch menu this week. We almost had a repeat of last week with Kings and Mahi being caught almost every day. The bite was slow but at least there was a bite. Hordes of Ladyfish and Hardtails were constant and anglers filled their coolers. A few Red Drum kept the bottom fishing interesting. Bait was good early week with Cigar minnows, Speedos and Alewives but got scarce at the end of the week. We are still waiting for our first Sailfish.
 
Monday started with a school of big Jack Crevelle passing the end Tee. Two anglers got hits but only one hook-up. Jay’s Cig was inhaled and the battle was on. We thought all was lost as the Jack powered it’s way around a piling but Jay was able to drag it back to the gaff. A few minutes later, Greg and Kelly, visiting anglers, got slammed by Kings. Both were able to bring their fish to the gaff.  


 


Tuesday and Wednesday, the lady anglers showed their skills. Kari, from Talking Rock, Ga., did a great job fighting her King. She was a happy angler when she decked the fish. Then Wednesday, Megan from PA showed her King who was boss. She would have no part in letting her fish run. She powered it to the pier and had it dangling in the air as the gaff went down. The men could not be shown up so Al put a King on the deck and Jason got his first Mahi in his cooler. 





Thursday, there were a few small Kings but Mahi and Red Drum were the catches for the day. David G. hit the mark with a nice Mahi. This was his second in a week. Then, Dan S. caught a beast of a Red Drum. It was hooked in the tongue and looked very bloody but was revived and swam off to fight again. 


 


Friday was our best day for Kings both in numbers and in size. We had good wind and choppy water. Most of the bite was on the SE corner and on natural bait. Most of the fish were small but the two biggest fish of the week were decked. Long L. had a nice fish hit. He worked his fish around the Tee several times but successfully landed the 18 pound King. Then Charles C. got slammed. His fish fought hard too forcing Charles to work it from side to side of the Tee before bringing the big fish for the week to the gaff. It weighed 22 pounds. A few minutes later, we herd Steven calling for help. He had a Bull Red on the back side of the Tee and needed a net. Another Bull Red on the deck for a quick picture before it’s release. 


 


Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi,  Red Drum, Jack Crevelle, Ladyfish, Hardtails and Blues. Bait: Speedos, Alewives and Cigs.
 
Water temperature80
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
05
20
6:54 am
N
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.08
-
74.3
80.6
-
-
-
-
05
20
6:48 am
NNE
1.9
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.08
-
74.7
80.6
-
-
-
-
05
20
6:42 am
NE
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
74.5
80.6
-
-
-
-
05
20
6:36 am
ENE
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
74.5
80.6
-
-
-
-
05
20
6:30 am
NE
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
74.5
80.6
-
-
-
-
05
20
6:24 am
ENE
5.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
74.7
80.8
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    Tuesday, May 29th – Full Moon
 
Wednesday      1:46am Low     0.3     3:16pm High   0.9
Thursday          1:37pm Low     0.5     9:03am High   0.7
                         5:41pm Low     0.7     8:21pm High   0.7
Friday               1:06am Low     0.6     8:55pm High   1.1
                         6:12pm Low     0.4
Saturday           6:50pm Low    0.2     9:05am High   1.2
Sunday             7:31pm Low    0.1     9:15am High   1.3  Sunrise:5:43am  Sunset:7:38pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
  
WEDNESDAY (83/73 rain 40% wind-SSE-9)
South winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY
Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots.
Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers
and thunderstorms.
THURSDAY (85/73 rain 20% wind SSE-8)
FRIDAY (84/72 rain 20% wind SE-10)
SATURDAY (82/73 rain 80% wind ESE-13)
SUNDAY (83/74 rain 50% wind SSE-10)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam






Mahi and 20 pound Kings
5/16/2018
 
We managed to get through Thunder Beach only to welcome the Iron Man group. At least it only disrupted traffic on Saturday. The water was warm and clear all week. Decent on shore wind brought Mahi several days and a couple of 20 plus pound Kings. Spanish were plentiful along with a few Pompano and Red Drum. A few Flounder and Sheepshead made their way into coolers too. Be warned the Hardtails are here and the Sabikis are flying.
 
It was another decent week for Kings. The numbers were not great but a few fish each day kept us interested. Bait was around most of the week and commanded the better bite. A few strikes were had using X-Raps too. Lee got the Kings started on Monday with two on the deck. We would see our bigger fish on Thursday when Shawn decked a 25 pound 2 ounce and I got a 22 pound 5 ounce King. Both were on dead Cigar minnows. Then Tommy closed the week with a decent fish.  






Spanish Mackerel were thick with a good mix of “axe handles”. Again, the better fish were caught on bait. Lures were productive but typically the smaller fish seemed to hit them. Brenda shows one of the average fish that were being landed. 


 
The best news was that Mahi showed several days. None were very big but most were just above “chicken” size. They were filing through in singles and doubles. Most were caught on Cigar minnows but a couple did hit jigs and one was caught on a Gotcha.


 
The shallows produced a few Pompano and even a few Flounder. Matt W. holds one of the Flounder. Reports of at least three others were caught during the week. Bob R. put in hours trying for Sheepshead and it finally paid off. He managed to get three of the “Convicts” on the deck. A few Red Drum and lots of Hardtails and Ladyfish were caught as well. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi,  Red Drum, Pompano, Flounder. Sheepshead, Ladyfish, Hardtails and Blues. Bait: Speedos and 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
05
13
8:54 am
WNW
7.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
77.0
76.1
-
-
-
-
05
13
8:48 am
WNW
7.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
76.8
76.3
-
-
-
-
05
13
8:42 am
WNW
8.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
76.8
76.3
-
-
-
-
05
13
8:36 am
WNW
8.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
76.5
76.1
-
-
-
-
05
13
8:30 am
WNW
8.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
76.1
76.3
-
-
-
-
05
13
8:24 am
WNW
8.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
76.3
76.5
-
-
-
-
05
13
8:18 am
WNW
7.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
75.9
76.1
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week: Tuesday, May 15th - New Moon
                                  Tuesday, May 29th – Full Moon
 
Wednesday      9:18pm Low  - 0.2    10:22am High   1.6
Thursday        10:18pm Low   -0.3    11:09am High   1.7
Friday             11:16pm Low   -0.3    11:59am High   1.7
Saturday                                            12:49pm High   1.7
Sunday           12:11am Low   -0.3      1:36pm High   1.6  Sunrise:5:46am Sunset:7:33pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT and Thursday
South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas
2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY (82/73 rain 90% wind S-11)
FRIDAY (82/72 rain 50% wind S-11)
SATURDAY (83/72 rain 40% wind S-10)
SUNDAY (84/72 rain 40% wind S-10)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 





Goodbye “SandJam” – Hello “Thunder Beach”
5/9/2018
 
 
We finally got our parking lot back to normal Tuesday afternoon. “Thunder Beach” patrons began arriving Sunday but at least, other than traffic and noise, they don’t affect our fishing. We held our third annual “Pot Luck” pier luncheon Tuesday where we had great food and fellowship with our pier family. We even caught a few fish. We also said goodbye to our fishing buddy Paul who had to return to N.C. after his six months here. We wish him and Barbara good health and hope to fish with him again in six months. It was a good week with a good variety of fish and a bite that was spread through-out the week. Check the pictures and video of our luncheon on my Facebook page at this link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211600729718996&set=pcb.10211600999165732&type=3&theater   



 
Big Spanish Mackerel were the highlight of the week. They were schooling through all week and the “Axe Handles” were plentiful. Their bait of choice was a small Speedo. The only problem was lost leaders as a wad of big Spanish would swarm your bait as soon as it hit the water. The average Spanish was around two pounds. The two largest Spanish came in at 5.7 pounds for Marty on the 3rd and David’s huge 7 pounder Friday. Cigar minnows, X-raps, spoons and jigs also got a fair share of the bite.




 
Unlike the Spanish, the “Smoker” Kings were absent. We did get a couple over 20 pounds but most were averaging 10-14 pounds. At least, the number of bites were spread daily over the week instead of all in one day like last week. There were several days with a dozen Kings hitting the deck which is more typical for this time of year. Johnny got the big fish of the week with his 26 pound fish on Tuesday. We came close but are still waiting to break the thirty pound threshold. Hopefully the big fish are coming soon. Fresh bait caught the bigger fish but lures were productive too. 










Mackerel were not the only action as the Cobia anglers had their best week to date. They spotted more fish in a day than they had in a week. There was a report of one huge fish that slipped by without eating but most  were average size. David B. got things started Tuesday while we were setting up the “Pot Luck” luncheon. He leads the pack as this was his second fish this season. He did not weigh the fish but it was about 25 pounds. Then, Thursday Jacob got his season’s first fish with this 31.9 pound fish that came floating in. The jig hit just behind the fish but the fish was hungry and slammed it. Tyler assisted with the gaff and another one goes on the books. 



 
I did not spend any time in the shallow water but reports of a decent Pompano bite were common. A few Red Drum also hit the deck. The only Sheepshead to hit the deck was on Thursday. Tony had worked them hard for two days to land this nice one. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Sharks,  Red Drum, Pompano, Bonito, and Blues. Bait: Speedos, Cigs, Spanish Sardine and a few Threadfin Herring.
 
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
05
06
6:42 am
N
8.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.98
-
66.6
72.9
-
-
-
-
05
06
6:36 am
N
8.0
12.0
-
-
-
-
29.98
-
66.6
72.9
-
-
-
-
05
06
6:30 am
N
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.98
-
66.7
72.9
-
-
-
-
05
06
6:24 am
N
8.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.98
-
66.9
72.9
-
-
-
-
05
06
6:18 am
N
8.9
12.0
-
-
-
-
29.98
-
67.1
72.9
-
-
-
-
05
06
6:12 am
N
7.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.98
-
67.5
72.9
-
-
-
-
05
06
6:06 am
N
7.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
29.97
-
67.6
73.0
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week: Tuesday, May 15th - New Moon
                                  Tuesday, May 29th – Full Moon
 
Wednesday      2:06am Low   0.2      4:14pm High   1.0
Thursday          2:27am Low   0.3    10:17am High   0.8
                         1:59pm Low   0.8      5:40pm High   0.9
Friday               2:38am Low   0.5      9:38am High   0.9
                         3:44pm Low   0.6      9:22pm High   0.7
Saturday           2:15am Low   0.6      9:38am High   1.0
                         4:56pm Low   0.4
Sunday             6:00pm Low   0.2      9:36am High   1.1  Sunrise:5:50am  Sunset:7:29pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
 
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming east 10
knots in the late evening. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Protected waters a light chop.
 
THURSDAY (82/67 rain 10% wind S-9)
South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Protected waters a light chop.
 
FRIDAY (85/68 rain 10% wind S-10)
SATURDAY (85/70 rain 10% wind SSE-11)
SUNDAY (84/71 rain 10% wind S-11)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 






PCB Pier Report
“SandJam” Made Fishing a Challenge
4/30/2018
 
“Sand Jam” Fest at M. B. Miller pier was more of a disruption of fishing than we were warned. Vehicles and equipment began to come in the first of the week and by Wednesday our parking was severely limited-then it was completely blocked off. Several of the very limited parking spaces we did have were blocked by event vehicles as you can see in the picture of a semi taking 4 spaces.  A narrow make shift walkway was created with traffic cones in the edge of Front Beach Road which forced us to walk right next to traffic. When we exited the pier, we had to walk with our back to traffic which was very unsafe. The distance to walk was an extreme obstacle for the elderly and handicapped. We were told this would only be a three day partial closure of the pier and we would still have access but with no parking it was much more of an obstacle. There needs to be better communication and better planning if this type of event happens again. 


 




Sunday was a repeat of Saturday a week ago but better! Upwards of 50 King Mackerel, over 200 Pompano and lots of Spanish Mackerel and Bonito hit the deck. The bite was described as pandemonium. The bite started  about 5:30am and for two hours it was off the chart. Kings were hitting everything, skying on X-Raps and bait. They lost count of how many Raps were lost. Six Kings over 20 pounds were in the catch with the largest at 28 pounds. A short list of fish caught was: David-28#, a tourist-26#, Kevin-22#, Brenda-18#, Tyler-17# and Antonio-15#. Then, Monday came with almost no bite. Late in the afternoon, I got a 15# 13 oz. fish and Adam got his first pier King that was 11 pounds. 



 




Along with the crazy King bite was an unbelievable Pompano bite. I was told over 200 Pompano were decked Sunday alone. The rail was crowded with anglers catching their limits of Pomps. Brenda displays her catch  in the attached picture and Charles snapped a picture of a few fish on the deck. 


 


Tuesday was the last day I tried to fish. It was too much of a hassle to get on the pier.
 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel,  Red Drum, Pompano, Bonito, and Blues. Bait: Limited numbers of small Speedos, Cigs, Alewives, Spanish Sardine and Threadfin Herring.
 
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
29
6:24 am
NNW
6.0
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
62.2
69.1
-
-
-
-
04
29
6:18 am
NNW
6.0
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
62.4
69.3
-
-
-
-
04
29
6:12 am
NNW
5.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
62.8
69.3
-
-
-
-
04
29
6:06 am
NNW
4.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
62.8
69.1
-
-
-
-
04
29
6:00 am
NNW
4.1
4.1
-
-
-
-
30.06
+0.01
62.8
69.3
-
-
-
-
 
Tides for the week: Sunday,   April 29th - Full Moon
                                  Tuesday, May 15th - New Moon
                                  Tuesday, May 29th – Full Moon
 
Tuesday           9:14pm Low   0.0    10:28am High   1.4
Wednesday    10:02am Low   0.0    11:00am High   1.4
Thursday        10:47am Low   0.0    11:38am High   1.5
Friday             11:32pm Low   0.0    12:20pm High   1.5
Saturday                                            1:02pm High   1.4
Sunday           12:18am Low   0.0      1:46pm High   1.4  Sunrise:5:55am  Sunset:7:24pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
 
Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with
occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds.
Protected waters a moderate chop
 
TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY
East to southeast winds 10 to
15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop.
 
WEDNESDAY (79/65 rain 10% wind SSE12)
THURSDAY (79/65 rain 10% wind SSE12)
FRIDAY (80/66 rain 10% wind SSE10)
SATURDAY (80/66 rain 30% wind WSW9)
SUNDAY (80/65 raon 10% wind WNW9)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Phenomenal Pompano Bite!
4/25/2018
 
Don’t forget about the Pier closure this weekend April 26-28. (see: 6457)
 
Saturday must have been just a tease as Sunday we faced dirty water that stayed with us most of the week. The king bite slowed to a trickle but Spanish continued to bite if you worked your lure deep. A few Bonito passed through along with a couple of schools of Jacks. A few Red Drum and even a Black Drum were decked. A surprise catch of Whiting happened and they were big enough to keep. The big story was the phenomenal Pompano bite. It was no problem to catch your limit each day all week.
 
There were only a hand full of Kings caught as slightly cooler and silty water replaced the clean water from Saturday. I fished 5 days without a King bite. Brian was Spanish fishing with a Gotcha when he got a hard hit. As line screamed off his light tackle, we realized he had a King. The odds of landing it with a monofilament leader were slim but he was able to bring it to the gaff. Just as the fish hit the deck, the hook popped out of the 14 pound fish. Brian would land another one late day. We fished through Friday evening with only a couple more fish caught. Bill H. landed the big fish of the week early Friday morning. His fish weighed 26.5 pounds. Saturday began the Florida Water Sports King/Cobia tournament. Only two fish were caught Saturday leaving Kevin G. in the lead with a 13 pound King. 


 
Spanish seemed to make up the difference in the missing Kings as good numbers and size fish were landed. Most of the fish were running deep with Gotchas getting more hits than other bait. Lots of legal but small fish were decked. However, Wayne got the big Spanish this week that weighed 5.3 pounds. Eugene held the average fish caught in his right hand and Wayne’s big fish in his left. 


 
The dirty water made the Cobia angler’s ability to spot fish difficult. Several fish were seen but not until they had passed the east side of the pier. Wednesday, two fish popped up on the SW corner much to the surprise of the anglers. They scrambled to get in a shot but the fish were not interested. A little later David G. spotted a small Cobia just west and got slammed on his X-Rap. It was David’s first pier Cobia and measured 36 inches. Jacob spotted a larger fish, almost out of range, swimming west of the pier and got his jig close enough to attract the fish. It followed the jig back to the pier before hitting it but the jig would pop out of it’s mouth leaving Jacob disappointed. 


 
Bonito, Whiting, Red and Black Drum also excited anglers during the week. Several Bonito were caught Saturday while Kermit C. got a nice mess of Whiting in skinny water. The Black Drum was too big for the lady angler to hold for the picture. 


 
The Pompano bite was crazy! They were caught from skinny water all the way to the end Tee. Too many limits to count were caught as they hit jigs, Sand Fleas, Shrimp and even Gotchas. A hundred  fish made their way to angler’s coolers almost daily. Johnny L. and Brenda got in on the action.  Ana got her first chance to fish this year and caught Pomps. 


 


Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel,  Red Drum, Pompano, Bonito, Jack Crevelle, Blues, Black Drum, Whiting  and Squid. Bait: small Speedos, Cigs, Alewives, a few Spanish Sardine and Threadfin Herring, but in less numbers thn last week. A couple of Hardtails, Choffers, Squirel fish and Pigfish.
 
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
22
6:42 am
ESE
15.0
17.1
-
-
-
-
30.08
-
70.9
69.3
-
-
-
-
04
22
6:36 am
ESE
14.0
17.1
-
-
-
-
30.08
-
71.1
69.3
-
-
-
-
04
22
6:30 am
ESE
13.0
15.0
-
-
-
-
30.08
-
70.9
69.3
-
-
-
-
04
22
6:24 am
ESE
12.0
15.9
-
-
-
-
30.08
-
70.9
69.3
-
-
-
-
04
22
6:18 am
ESE
14.0
17.1
-
-
-
-
30.08
-
70.9
69.3
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week: Monday 16th is a New Moon

Thursday          3:58am Low   0.3      10:31am High   0.7
                         3:00pm Low   0.6        9:36pm High   0.6
Friday               3:43am Low   0.5      10:16am High   0.8
                         4:40pm Low   0.5      11:10pm High   0.7
Saturday           3:17am Low   0.6      10:22am High   1.0
                         5:59pm Low   0.3
Sunday             7:12pm Low   0.2       10:24am High  1.1  Sunrise:6:01am  Sunset:7:20pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
 
THURSDAY (74/59 30%rain wind:WNW09)
West winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected
waters a light chop. Slight chance of rain.
 
 
FRIDAY (75/60 20%rain wind:WSW10)
SATURDAY (72/58 30%rain wind:N11)
SUNDAY (77/59 0%rain wind:E10)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 











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