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Week of April 24: An excellent week for catching seaweed - or maybe a snook or redfish if you're lucky

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Anglere of the Week: Our fishing guide, "Snookman" Wayne Landry, shared a photo of his friend, Erica,  (aka The Snook Queen) showing off the gorgeous snook she recently caught at dawn  at the inlet. 

Today’s forecast  (April 24) calls for mostly cloudy skies and then heavy thunderstorms by 1 p.m., a high of 78 degrees, ESE winds of 11-13 mph, and two to three-foot seas.

 Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and then heavy thunderstorms by 1 p.m., a high of 78 degrees, ESE winds of 11-13 mph, and two to three-foot seas.

And now for another dismal report from our fishing guide, the illustrious “Snookman” Wayne Landry, who has been fishing at the inlet longer than most of you have been alive: “Good morning, all you fishing folks out there — and inlet lovers! I really don't like it when the fishing isn't very good and I’m forced to write these brief reports, but that's why they call it fishing and not catching. The weather has again played a huge factor, with winds being upwards of 15 to 20 mph and swells being 3 to 4 feet, and both coming from the NNE, then shifting to SSE, makes the water very dirty. Add the mix of seaweed and you have a soupy mess. The upside is that the water is warming back up a tad and now shows 76 degrees along the coast. There have been  nice schools of small mullet starting to come down the coast at the inlet, in turn, attracting the predator fish to maybe bite, but it’s hit-or-miss due to the water conditions. Here’s  the breakdown:

North jetty: Fishing is hit-or-miss due to dirty water and weeds. If you catch a tide change from low to high, which brings in cleaner water, you might at least hook a snook. A few of them have been hooked up and lost on the live mullet that are around, with some undersized being caught on live mojarras — if you can find some, as they’ve mostly vanished and are hard to find. All of the action — albeit a scant amount — has been at the tip on the outgoing tide. Not much else being caught over here except maybe some jack crevalles and blue runners. I did see a couple decent pompano caught Saturday, but that was it. The north side of the jetty has a lot of sand piled up in that area from the NNE winds and the bigger swell making the water kind of shallow for good fishing. Nothing I have heard of along the rocky shoreline between the jetty and catwalk because of all the sand in that area again.

South jetty: It’s slow, and again, very dirty water inundated with seaweed. The beach pocket area is filled with it and when the tide turns to come in, it just sucks the seaweed all around the jetty and along the entire shoreline. There are some black margates, spot tail pins and blue runners biting cut baits on the outgoing tide at the tip. The incoming tide, if you can catch a clean section, is producing small undersized snook on live mojarras, if you can catch some. Maybe a redfish of two is possible as well, but I haven't seen any. 

South catwalk: There are still black margates and spot tail pinfish biting on cut shrimp, fished around the pilings. The incoming tide is the best as the water isn't moving so swiftly and is higher. 

T-Dock: Fishing back here is pretty slow as well, due to the dirty water and seaweed. Incoming tide on Sunday I did hear about a few snook caught on live croakers and mojarras, again if you can find some. As they don't like the dirty water either. Puffers, catfish and blue runners round out the rest of the bite on cut baits fished on the bottom.

Surf area, both side: Due to the winds and swells, expect it to be blown out again. 

That's it in a nutshell. Wish I had better fishing news, but as I have always said, the weather and water conditions hugely impact our fishing. Hope everyone has a wonderful week!” — Snookman.