It’s been too long y’all, seems like the theme for this year is a few weeks of hot fishing and then the wind keeps us off the water. However, that didn’t keep anglers off the water over this past week.
Inshore fishing saw a nice week of drum and sheepshead fishing. The bite was pretty steady on a rising tide and early in the morning or at night while fishing dock lights.
I expect the bite to stick around and get better as we get closer to fall and cooler water and air temps.
Trout fishing has been good while fishing before daybreak with top water plugs and light lining live shrimp or mullet minnows in rips or strong current pulling around a point and on dock lights.
The redfish bite has been good while fishing some of your favorite holes in a creek or while fishing docks with a Carolina rigged mullet minnow.
Black drum and sheepshead are staged on the docks right now in 6-8 feet of water. Fiddler crabs on bottom sweeper jigs or a Carolina rig is your best bet.
Nearshore bite has started picking back up. Spanish are everywhere.
You can pick up a limit of Spanish just by trolling the beach with Clark spoons pretty quick right now. However, slow trolling the nearshore reefs and wrecks with live mullet or peanut pogies, you should be able to find larger, better quality Spanish and maybe pick up a few kings.
The king mackerel bite is hit or miss. If there was a light switch to turn on the bite it would be stuck in the middle, we just need something to flip it all the way on.
The mullet run should turn everything on nearshore.
The bull red drum are starting to show up, and it should only get better.
Offshore, the Mahi are still being caught, but sporadically.
Bottom fishing continues to be hot with the grouper holding in water from 65-130 feet.
The triggerfish bite is awesome, haven’t seen a lot of big triggers in awhile but plenty of keepers to go around, along with beeliners and black bass.
With flounder season right around the corner starting on Sept. 1, I have to mention the flounder bite has been on fire and it hasn’t been small flounder either.
Nice flounder are being caught all over the county, from creeks with two feet of water to the nearshore wrecks and reefs.
Live mullet, soft plastics and bucktails have been doing the trick.
Remember, all flounder must be released until Sept. 1.
Let’s go fishing!
Garrett Irwin is the fishing columnist for the Beacon.