Pier/Beach Fishing


Fall Fishing Slow to Get Going
9/18/2017

 
September is normally a great month to catch all the King Mackerel you want. So far, they are scarce. This week has been no different as it has been slim for King bites. However, Spanish Mackerel have filled that void and slot Red Drum have been stacked in the shallows. There has even been a few Pompano and a couple of Flounder put on the deck.
 
King anglers have had a boring week. The bite has been agonizingly slow. Bait was mostly missing until late week. Little wind or current along with flat water did not help. Finally, Friday brought bait and a little water movement. Our bite went from nothing to three. I had two strikes and lost both fish. One to a leader clipped above the swivel and the other to a leader bitten through after a good run. Then Alex got slammed by a decent King. After a short fight, Danny sank his gaff and Alex was rewarded with his personal best weighing 17-lb. 10-oz. Saturday was about the same with one small King landed, a nice one missed and “Flipper” eating another. 


 
Spanish Mackerel saved the week with sporatic schools striking bait throughout the week. Good numbers were caught with a few “axe-handles” in the mix. Lures, bubble rigs and natural bait worked as they didn’t seem to be too picky. 

 
With little action happening on the end Tee, the place to fish was the shallows. Red Drum were thick  and hungry. Numerous Reds were landed and many were slot fish. They were fired-up and feeding on bait schools. Almost anything you threw would generate a bite. It is not often to see Reds caught in cast nets but the guys casting for bait had several Reds mixed with their bait. 


 
The shallows had other action as well. A few Pompano and a couple of Flounder made their way into coolers during the week. Hopefully this is a sign of a better Fall. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Flounder, Pompano, Ladyfish, small Jacks and Hardtails. Bait: A few Cigar Minnows until late week then Cigs and Scaled Sardine were thick. There were Hardtails around all week.
 
Water temps were 80 to 82-degrees.
 
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
12
7:48 am
NNW
8.0
12.0
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
66.6
-
-
-
-
-
09
12
7:42 am
NNW
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
66.2
-
-
-
-
-
09
12
7:36 am
NW
8.9
14.0
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
67.3
-
-
-
-
-
09
12
7:30 am
WNW
14.0
20.0
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
68.7
-
-
-
-
-
09
12
7:24 am
WNW
15.9
19.0
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
70.2
-
-
-
-
-
 
Tides for the week:
Tuesday          6:53pm Low    0.8   10:52am High  1.4
                                                       11:57pm High   0.9
Wednesday     4:26am Low    0.8   11:54am High   1.3
                        6:37pm Low    0.9   11:28pm High   1.1
Thursday         5:58am Low    0.8    1:06pm High   1.2
                        5:54pm Low    1.0   11:30pm High  1.2
Friday              7:15am Low    0.7   11:47pm High   1.4
Saturday          8:29am Low    0.7  
Sunday            9:48am Low    0.6   12:13am High   1.5
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
  
TUESDAY
North winds 5 to 10 knots becoming west in the
afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less. Dominant period 2 seconds.
Protected waters mostly smooth.
 
TUESDAY NIGHT
West winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot or less.
Protected waters mostly smooth.
 
WEDNESDAY
Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest in
the afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less. Protected waters smooth.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north 5 to
10 knots early in the morning. Seas 1 foot or less. Protected
waters mostly smooth.
 
THURSDAY
Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot or less.
Protected waters mostly smooth. Slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




IRMA brings 30-pound King
9/13/2017
 
As we were waiting to see where IRMA would go, when she would make landfall fishing suffered. The wind was mainly out of the North most of the week and the bite was virtualy absent until Saturday. A few small Kings hit the deck and some Spanish mackerel. Red Drum held in the shallows. Bait was tough to catch.
 
Nori was the only angler to catch anything decent. He had to wait all week for the bite but it was worth it. Saturday rewarded his efforts with a 30-pound “smoker” King. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives (most were small) and  Hardtails.
 
Water temps were dropped to 80-degrees.
 
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
12
7:48 am
NNW
8.0
12.0
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
66.6
-
-
-
-
-
09
12
7:42 am
NNW
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
66.2
-
-
-
-
-
09
12
7:36 am
NW
8.9
14.0
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
67.3
-
-
-
-
-
09
12
7:30 am
WNW
14.0
20.0
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
68.7
-
-
-
-
-
09
12
7:24 am
WNW
15.9
19.0
-
-
-
-
29.75
-
70.2
-
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:
 
Wednesday     3:07pm Low    0.3    3:32am High   1.6
Thursday         4:10pm Low    0.3    4:48am High   1.7
Friday              5:02pm Low    0.3    6:10am High   1.7
Saturday          5:46pm Low    0.3    7:31am High   1.7
Sunday            6:22pm Low    0.5    8:43am High   1.7
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
North winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY
North winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam



PCB Pier Report
9/5/2017

Quad hook-up on Jack Crevelle


 
 
Only the dedicated persisted through a tough week of fishing. The wind and water was rough. As the week progressed the water clarity suffered. The small sharks, catfish and ladyfish were about the only game. However, a few King Mackerel were caught with Jay capturing the big fish for the week. The Spanish Mackerel bite improved with late afternoon catches and even a few limits put in the coolers. A school of big Jack Crevelle came through several times and Wednesday afternoon about 5:00 was the highlight of the week.
 
Wind and rough water is usually our friend for a great King Mackerel bite but this week proved nothing is absolute. We had all the ingredients for a hot bite except for the main component…almost no Kings. Wednesday was the only decent day. We had a few fish come in and Jay was the lucky angler to get the big fish bite. He cast a lively Hardtail and got hit  immediately. He successfully brought an 18-pound 6-ounce King to the gaff. Two others were caught but were under 10-pounds. The remainder of the week was all fishing and no catching as far as Kings. At least the Spanish Mackerel came in. Saturday saw a few “Axe Handles”.
 
Not only was Wednesday the only decent King day, it produced the most excitement for the entire week. About 4:45 pm, a school of big Jack Crevelle popped up on the west side of the Tee. Anglers scrambled to toss bait and lures hoping to feel that hit. Not one but four were hooked at once. X-Raps and Spoons were the successful baits as Tyler, Bill, Tim and Tommy got slammed. It was quite a show watching the dance and weave maneuvors but all four anglers avoided tangled lines and successfully brought their fish to gaff. The fish tipped the scales from 19 to over 23 pounds. Tommy’s fish was 19 2; Bill’s 21-6; Tyler’s 22-9 and Tim’s 23-9. 


 

The shallows continue to hold Red Drum. There was a report of one Pompano caught.
 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevelle, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives (most were small) and small Hardtails.
 
Water temps were fairly consistent and remained about 85-degrees.
 
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
03
5:54 am
NE
5.1
8.0
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
77.2
-
-
-
-
-
09
03
5:48 am
NE
6.0
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
77.4
-
-
-
-
-
09
03
5:42 am
NE
6.0
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
76.8
-
-
-
-
-
09
03
5:36 am
NE
5.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
77.0
-
-
-
-
-
09
03
5:30 am
NE
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
77.7
-
-
-
-
-
09
03
5:24 am
ENE
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
77.9
-
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:
 
Tuesday:         7:20pm Low    0.6   10:28am High   1.5
Wednesday     7:33pm Low    0.7   11:19am High   1.5
Thursday         4:37am Low    0.7     1:15am High   0.9
                        7:34pm Low    0.8   12:16pm High   1.3
Friday              6:24am Low    0.8   12:47am High   1.0
                        7:14pm Low    1.0     1:24pm High   1.2
Saturday          8:03am Low    0.7   12:57am High   1.2
                        6:01pm Low    0.8     3:13pm High   1.0
Sunday            9:54am Low    0.6     1:06am High   1.3
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
  
TUESDAY
Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south late in
the afternoon. Seas 1 foot. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected
waters mostly smooth. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
TUESDAY NIGHT
Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest
early in the morning. Seas 1 foot. Protected waters smooth.
Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
WEDNESDAY
West winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot. Protected
waters mostly smooth. Showers and thunderstorms likely.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
North winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY
North winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Holiday Pier Time
8/29/2017


Another “Smoker King”
 
“Smoker” (30-pounds or better) Kings have been scarce this year but we are now up to four to date. “Flipper” is still hanging close to the pier. Spanish Mackerel made sporadic visits. Sailfish were back in the picture and a few Tarpon as well. Large numbers of Ladyfish kept many angler busy. Big “Bull” Red Drum were marauding bait schools in skinny water. Alewives were thick but small. A few Cigar minnows were around but would not bite. Tons of small hardtails (Blue runners) were gathered and would devour your bait like piranha.
 
Typically we get several “Smoker” King Mackerel during the month of April but this year has been atypical. To date, there have only been four landed. Travis got a 33 in the early spring, Joe C. put the big fish on the deck at 36 – 2, Paul M. landed a 33 – 6 and now this week Guy W. gaffed a 30 – 0 pound King. There have been more spotted and even a few hooked but the tally still holds. Guy’s fish slammed a small Hardtail and stripped a half spool of line on it’s first run. It even evaded “Flipper’s” jaws. Quick gaff work and the fight was over. Other King action was sporatic but we had a couple of days with a hot but brief bite. Cigar minnows got the most hits but fish were caught on Alewives and Hardtails. A few were caught on plastics but most were small. Tommy’s daughter Micaela was visiting and got the opportunity to land hre first pier King. Check out a few pictures with: Ryan, Sam, Micaela and Guy with his big fish: 


 


Guy did not only catch the big King for the week but caught his first pier Sailfish. This was not Guy’s first Sail hooked but all previous hook-ups ended early. Several other Sails were spotted this week with multipal sightings per day a couple of days. They were very finicky but this one inhaled Guy’s bait. I was lucky and got some video of the Sail pier side and the release. (see: youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8NkcwYqohQ
 
Sails and Tarpon were on the list. As the week progressed, Tarpon were back. Several prowled the east corner of the tee and fed on dying Alewives. None were caught but we did hook several.
 
The tee was not the only fish action. Skinny water was hopping with Red Drum at times. Mark and his son Collin worked the shallows hard. Their efforts were rewarded as Collin got his first pier Red. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Sailfish, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives (most were small) and a few Cigar Minnows (but you had to snatch them).
 
Water temps dropped a little. We were at 85-degrees at the end of the week.
 
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
27
6:54 am
NNE
7.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
76.8
-
-
-
-
-
08
27
6:48 am
NNE
6.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
77.0
-
-
-
-
-
08
27
6:42 am
NNE
6.0
12.0
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
77.0
-
-
-
-
-
08
27
6:36 am
NNE
7.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
77.0
-
-
-
-
-
08
27
6:30 am
NNE
6.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
77.2
-
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:
 
Tuesday:         3:38pm Low        0.5    3:37am High   1.4
Wednesday     4:24pm Low        0.5    4:36pm High   1.5
Thursday         5:04am Low        0.4    5:43am High   1.5
Friday              5:39am Low        0.4    6:51am High   1.6
Saturday          6:10am Low        0.4    7:53am High   1.6
Sunday            6:38pm Low        0.4    8:48am High   1.6
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 

TUESDAY
East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south 5 to 10 knots
in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds.
Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY
Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots.
Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters smooth. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots in the evening
becoming light and variable winds. Seas 2 feet. Protected waters
smooth. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY
Light and variable winds. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected
waters smooth. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 


Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam






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