Week of August 16: The Bite is Better
Anglers will have southeast winds 10 to 15 mph and 3 to 4 ft seas to deal with at the Inlet today. The forecast also calls for sunny skies today, a high around 90 with a just a slight chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon.
Our fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry reports the cleaner and warmer North Jetty water is bringing back the baitfish and turning on the mangrove snapper bite. A lot of small snappers are coming over the rails along with a lot of keepers. Wayne says many anglers are getting their limits—5 per person. The snapper are hitting cut baits and any small baitfish you toss out. There’s been a few cubera snapper caught –around 12-15 lbs —on live and cut baits, along with Atlantic spadefish, lookdowns and red drum favoring very small jigs, live shrimp and majorras. Wayne reports a 31 lb cobia caught on a bucktail and tons of big tarpon swimming around the jetty from up the beach. Spanish mackerel, the stars or the last few weeks, have said “adios”!
South Jetty fishing is still slow, but a few snook and mangrove snapper are possible in the cleaner water.
The Surf folks will find glass minnows in clean water with tarpon, snook, jacks and small sharks chewing on them. Whiting and croakers are biting cut bait and fish bites.
All the Offshore reefs are teaming with sharks, so it makes getting a fish to the boat a chore. However, 8-10 lbs kingfish are biting along with amberjacks up to 15-20 lbs. Mangrove snapper are still a possibility with the best catches coming at night.
When you’re in the dog days of summer it’s good to remember that January fishing is just around the corner. Here’s David Le from Michigan with a large snook caught with shrimp back on January 27th.
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