I can't seem to remember a May as windy as this month....or did they move Florida and forget to tell us?? One way or another...it has been a windy week and most days were not safe out there unless you were glued to the east side of the river. Lots of tournaments cancelled and the river looks like it has been in a blender. It's supposed to blow the rest of the week and into next weeks fishing opportunities. Looks like a good time to clean out the ol' tackle box or find out what is hiding around in the boat. Memorial Day weekend is here. Keep the weather conditions first in your mind if you plan on heading out on the water this weekend.
John Cox and Glenn Leewright with their redfish caught on the flats....
We managed a few days on the water and had success on most of those days. The weekend ended up being either unfishable or the fish uncooperative as Dave Celko and I found out. Redfish has been our fish of the day on most charters lately. Michael Lazorik and his friend, Chris, landed two nice redfish. Tom Tait was fishing with his friend, Annette, and boated two slot reds also. On Monday, John Cox and Glenn Leewright each boated nice redfish off the flats. Soft baits have worked best for us in shallow water.
Tom Tait and his fishing friend, Annette, with a nice redfish and trout....
Trout fishing slowed down as the water became dirty from the weather for us. Tom and Annette did manage some trout on their adventure on the flats. It will be hard to find clean water for a few days, but live shrimp on popping corks can help find some hiding around the river. We fished mostly in four to five feet of water when we were successful.
Snook fishing has remained decent around the inlet and bridges. On Monday, John Cox and Glenn Leewright got into some fast action for a few hours as the fish were chasing bait all around the bridges for us. They landed four snook in the 23 - 25 inch range and lost as many more in an action packed couple of hours. Also in the action, were bluefish, jacks and ladyfish to keep the rods bending, too. The outgoing tides are usually the best opportunities and live bait helps get the hookups. SNOOK SEASON CLOSES ON THE ATLANTIC COAST - JUNE 1.
It has been slow around the catwalks and jetties of late. The surf has been horrible to try and fish. Hopefully, as the weather calms down, we will get some reports of catches around those areas. Look for the snapper bite to pick up soon. The bluefish and mackerel should continue to hit around the jetties. We have landed a few flounder recently and look for that action to improve soon. Lots of bait in the river and we continue to see sharks patrolling around the flats.
Tip of the Week:
Memorial Day Weekend is here and many boaters will be planning a day or two on the water. The weather looks like it won't be too cooperative out there, so please everyone be safe if you venture out on the water. Safety for you and your passengers should be first on your mind. Watch the weather forecasts and know what how your boat will handle in these conditions. Have a fun-filled, safe holiday!!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!