Pier/Beach Fishing


Feeding Flipper
8/21/2017

King Mackerel fishing was a challenge all week as “flippper” and friends were a constant nuisance - every day. Most days, it was even difficult to get a bait in the water as it was immediately stolen by the Dolphins. To further frustrate us, the birds were all to willing to grab our bait as we were trying to keep it away from “flipper”. A few Kings were landed but the emphasis is “a few”. If you were lucky enough to get bit, you also had to be lucky to land it without “flipper” taking it. Sailfish made more appearances than before and Spanish Mackerel were late afternoon entertainment. Tarpon sightings continue to taper off but a few were willing to bite. Schools of Ladyfish moved through and masses of Alewives were everywhere. Cigar minnows were scattered and if you wanted one for bait, you had to snatch it. Skinny water continued to produce Red Drum.
 
King Mackerel are our mainstay this time of year and the summer pattern was solidly in place. The bite was slow and the fish were typically small. Floyd managed to get a pair on the deck Wednesday though he had to pay his dues by fishing all day. The first one was around 7:00 am and the latter about 5:00 pm. Then Thursday, Jay landed his first decent King and it held as the big fish for the week weighing 21-pounds 9-ounces. Cigar minnows seemed to be the bait of choice. However, Jay’s big fish ate an Alewife. X-Raps also got their fair share of action. Tommy L. got more than he wanted Thursday afternoon as he was fighting a “scoolie” King when “flipper” made his presence known. Tommy got it away from “flipper for a moment but not for long. However, this time “flipper” made a miscalculation and got the X-Rap firmly embeded in it’s nose. This is rare for one to get hooked but this one swam off with some jewelery as Tommy had no choice but break his line. 




 
Spanish Mackerel showed in the late afternoons. Bubble with a straw rigs worked well. To my knowledge, no limits were caught but many angler left with a good mess for dinner. Most were average sized fish with  a few too small to keep.
 
The Tarpon migration seems to be almost complete as the number of fish sighted has dropped significantly. I got lucky and hooked two this week but fhe fight was short. I got three jumps from one and the other just dug down and ran deep until it chaffed the line enough to break-off. However, Tommy H. brought a nice fish, estimated around 80-pounds, pier side Thursday evening around 7:30. Norri J. got a video that he posted to his FB page. Check the link below.
 
In other action, Sailfish were active with numerous sightings during the week. Most were only “window shoppers” but several were hooked. James W. showed his skill and hooked three one morning. None were landed but some exciting aerial action made the short fight worth the effort.
 
 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Sailfish, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives and a few Cigar Minnows (but you had to snatch them).
 
Water temps hit 90 degrees this week.
 
Tides for the week:
 
Monday:          8:23pm Low        0.3    10:38am High   1.7
Tuesday:         8:43pm Low        0.5    11:29am High   1.6
Wednesday     8:43pm Low        0.4    12:17pm High   1.4
Thursday         5:09am Low        0.6      2:22am High   1.8
                        8:21pm Low        0.8      1:05pm High   1.2
Friday              7:22am Low        0.8      1:44am High   1.0
                        7:33pm Low        0.9      1:50pm High   1.1
Saturday          9:23am Low        0.8      1:50am High   1.1
                        5:57pm Low        0.7       3:10pm High   0.9
Sunday           12:00pm Low       0.7       2:14am High   1.3
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
MONDAY
Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Chance
of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then slight chance
of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
 
MONDAY NIGHT
East winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then chance
of showers and thunderstorms after midnight.
 
TUESDAY
South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant
period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of
showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then slight chance of
showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
 
TUESDAY NIGHT
South winds 5 to 10 knots early in the evening
becoming light and variable winds, then becoming north 5 to
10 knots after midnight. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters
smooth. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
WEDNESDAY
Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming east 5 to
10 knots late in the morning, then becoming southeast around
5 knots early in the afternoon becoming west 5 to 10 knots late in
the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters smooth. Chance
of showers and thunderstorms.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot.
Protected waters smooth. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY
North winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the
late morning and early afternoon, then becoming south 5 to
10 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less. Protected waters
smooth. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 




A “Smoker” King closes the week!
8/14/2014
 
We began this week with a respectable 23-pound King Mackerel and closed it with only the third over 30-pound King for the year. We began with tons of bait and lost most of it during the week. We started with hot water and finished even hotter. There were a few Spanish Mackerel caught and Sailfish were spotted several times. A few summer Bonito have come through with a couple willing to eat. Birds, Remora and “Flipper” were constant nuisances and at times, made fishing more frustrating than fun. Rail space is much improved as the pier population has diminished considerably. Shallow water is holding small Alewives and the Red Drum are taking advantage of them. There was even a report of a few Whiting caught at night.
 
Sunday, Lorenzo hooked a nice King and handed it off to Brenda to fight. It gave her quite a battle, given the hot water. She had to open the bail several times to avoid the fish “shooting the pier” and cutting off in the pilings. She finally led the 23-pound fish to the gaff. Monday and Tuesday brought a very slow bite as only a few small Kings were hooked. Bait had been plentiful with millions of Alewives present. However, Wednesday morning they had disappeared. If you didn’t bring your own bait, you spent a good part of your time searching. By the end of the week, bait began to return but in fewer numbers than before. Even though we closed the week on neap tide, the King bite improved. Wind and water chop conditions were right and our expectations were high. Paul M. had made a rare weekend trip to the pier and his visit was well rewarded. Just shy of 5:00 pm, he got a solid hit and the line began peeling off the spool. Just after Paul’s hit, Brenda hooked a fish. “Flipper” made his presence known and ate her fish. Paul kept his fish out hoping to prevent “Flipper” from getting it too. The battle lasted over thirty minutes but ended well with a successful gaff by Kevin. This was only the third King over thirty-pounds to be landed this year. It weighed in at 33-pounds 4-ounces. Needless to say, Paul was a happy angler. 


 
In other action, Tarpon sightings have slowed to a trickle. A couple were hooked but the fight only lasted for a jump or two. Spanish Mackerel bite was best very early mornings. Red Drum were marauding the shallows feeding on the Alewives. A couple of Bonito were landed and one Sailfish. Sid shows one of the Bonito. Then Friday, on his last day to fish before returning home to Arkansas, Rich got the best bite of his trip. The Sailfish that had been teasing us all day hit his Alewife. It immediately shot around the west corner and down the side of the pier. Rich’s line rubbed the piling and we all feared the worst. After some quick footwork, Rich made his way to the side and continued to wrestle his Sail. It finally realized it was hooked and took off. After only a few jumps, Rich managed to get the Sail close to the pier before his frayed line failed. I got some video but it is poor quality. The dark water and glare made seeing the fish difficult. 



  
                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf5FhrGyyVU )
 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Sailfish, Bonito, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives, Goggle Eyes and Cigar Minnows.
 
Water temps are at their highest so far. -  around 88 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
08
13
7:42 am
N
2.9
2.9
-
-
-
-
29.96
-
81.3
-
-
-
-
-
08
13
7:36 am
N
2.9
4.1
-
-
-
-
29.96
-
80.8
-
-
-
-
-
08
13
7:30 am
N
4.1
4.1
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
81.1
-
-
-
-
-
08
13
7:24 am
NNW
2.9
2.9
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
81.1
-
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:
 
Monday:          2:31pm Low        0.4     3:56am High   1.3
Tuesday:         3:49pm Low        0.4     4:38am High   1.5
Wednesday     4:47pm Low        0.2     5:34am High   1.6
Thursday         5:39pm Low        0.1     6:37pm High   1.7
Friday              6:28pm Low        0.1     7:43pm High   1.8
Saturday          7:12pm Low        0.1     8:46am High   1.8
Sunday            7:32am Low        0.2     9:44am High   1.8
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
MONDAY
Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters a light to moderate
chop. Showers and thunderstorms likely...especially in the
morning.
 
MONDAY NIGHT
Southwest winds around 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2
feet. Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters smooth to
a light chop. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY
West winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas
1 to 2 feet. Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters smooth.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Rain, Wind and Slower bite
8/8/2017
 
Rain, afternoon wind, sea gulls, pelicans, remora and “flipper” was the norm most of the week. The rains and cooler nights brought our water temperature down from 88 to 83 and the bite seemed to drop off too. Water clarity held good. There were a few Tarpon and summer Bonito passing the pier with a couple of the Bonito hitting the deck. King Mackerel seemed to prefer very early mornings but a few were scattered through-out the day. Most of the Kings were small with a 20-pound fish being the biggest for the week. Only a couple of sailfish were spotted with no hook-ups to my knowledge. The Spanish Mackerel bite was scarce. Skinny water continued to hold Red Drum.
 
The King bite was much less than last week but still enough to keep us hoping. However, the larger fish were much harder to get. Paul D. had back to back 17 plus pound fish on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then Thursday, Norito put this 20-pound fish on the deck. Other than that, the rest were small fish. Artificial netted more of the small fish and Cigar Minnows got all the bigger ones. 


 



Tarpon sightings and bites have slowed considerably although I am told the City pier has been on fire. Sailfish seemed to follow the same path as two were landed on the City while only a couple of sightings were reported on the County. Red Drum are prowling and marauding the small Alewives in the shallow water.
 
Bait has been easy with millions of Alewives hanging under and close to the pier. Schools of Cigar minnows have been thick on the surface making them an easy snatch. Popeyes (Big Eyed Scad) have been a regular most days and bit either a Sabiki or gold hook rig.
 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives, Goggle Eyes and Cigar Minnows.
 
Water temps have cooled with all the rain and cooler nights -  around 83 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
08
06
9:42 am
SE
15.0
22.0
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
81.1
-
-
-
-
-
08
06
9:36 am
SE
9.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
82.4
-
-
-
-
-
08
06
9:30 am
SE
7.0
8.0
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
82.2
-
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week are ending on NEAP:
 
Monday:          8:23pm Low        0.2     10:28am High   1.6
Tuesday:         8:44pm Low        0.3     11:07am High   1.6
Wednesday     9:01pm Low        0.4     11:48am High   1.5
Thursday         9:10pm Low        0.5     12:31pm High   1.4
Friday              9:07pm Low        0.7       1:19pm High   1.2
Saturday          8:21pm Low        0.9       3:38am High   1.0
                        8:37pm Low        0.8       2:15pm High   1.0
Sunday           11:31am Low       0.8       3:34am High   1.1
                         6:42pm Low        0.8       4:05pm High   1.0
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
MONDAY
South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant
period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Slight chance of
showers and thunderstorms.
 
MONDAY NIGHT
Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters mostly smooth.
 
TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots.
Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of
showers and thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY
South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 




PCB Pier Update
8/4/2017

Bigger Kings are here!

 

Water temperatures are HOT but the bigger Kings didn’t seem to mind. A few Spanish joined in, a few Tarpon and even a couple of Sailfish came through. Bait has been thick with hordes of Alewives, lots of Cigar Minnows, and a few Threadfin Herring, Popeyes and Sardines as well. The rail has been crowded with lots of tangled lines so bring your patience if you fish the end tee. 


The big news is that the average size of King being caught this week was bigger than previous. None would fit the “Smoker” category, in my perspective (30 pounds or over) but getting close. Several from just shy of 20-pounds to a couple ounces short of 25 were decked. Natural bait seemed to have an edge over plastics. However, due to the very limited rail space, casting a lure was difficult at best. We had many newbies that were still learning the ropes so tangles and some frustration was the norm all week. We all were newbies at some point. Lady anglers and our young anglers did well this week along with us old salts. The ladies got things started Sunday with Maddi and Deanna decking nice fish. Then the youth took over with Zane from Bremen, Georgia catching his first King Monday. Then Colton, Hugh, Matt and Ethan following with Ethan topping the group with his 21-pound 10-ounce King. B. J. from St. Louis, Mo., visiting his dad Willie, got his personal best tipping the scale at 16-pounds 2-ounces. The old salts would not be left out and put nice fish on the deck. Paul D. got the big fish for the week at 24.75-pounds. Sam, Tyler, Ned with one of three 20-pounders, Steven and George joined the club with solid fish. George finished his month trip with “Flipper” stealing one of his fish. Check out the gallery below for the pics.


Spanish Mackerel were feeding early mornings using small lures, bubble rigs and bait. No “axe handles” but legal size.

 

Tarpon and Sailfish were spotted frequently during the week with several Tarpon hooked. As usual, 6” swim baits were the prime bait although there were several swirls on natural bait too. Most hook-ups were short with a couple of jumps and off. Sails were picky but Dave did manage to tease a small one to hit Friday. Again, the fight was short with a couple of tail walks and then off. Here is a short video of the initial jumps. If you can play it in slow motion, you will get a better view. see: https://youtu.be/c93ZM6FNioU 

 

Skinny water continued to produce Red Drum. Small Alewives were thick and the Reds were slaughtering them. Just free line one and wait for the hit.

 

Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives, Threadfin Herring, Scaled Sardines, Goggle Eyes and Cigar Minnows.

 

Water temps are hot -  around 88 degrees.

 

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam


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