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Week of December 30: Weather has turned and the fish are biting

woman in rain coat with headlamp holding large fish

Just back from a trip to the inlet and the fishing is hot everywhere!  Finally a break in the weather and rough surf is giving anglers a chance to drop a line from the North and South jetties and we saw a lot of anglers out there this morning doing just that.

On the North Jetty, we hear that Pompano, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and some Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel and Jacks have been coming over the rails.  Pompano fishing from the beach has also been great.  Use sand fleas, clams and frozen shrimp to target them.  Use your lures for the Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel and Jacks.

We saw a ton of boats in the inlet channel West of the bridge bottom fishing for Flounder so the bite must be good, and finger mullet or mud minnows are your best bet on bait if you can find them.  Live shrimp will do the job too.

Now that the weather has taken a turn for the better (much better!), it was beautiful at the inlet this morning.  Not too hot, not too cold with a nice ocean breeze.  Temperatures drop tomorrow through Wednesday with morning lows in the 50s, heating up Thursday and Friday, an cooling off again over the weekend.  40% chance of storms on Friday and Saturday, but it looks like it should really be a lovely week- get out there!

Check out this Black Drum our featured angler of the week caught night fishing the North Jetty a few weeks ago.  Way to go Jerry Hunley!  “It was a great night of fishing at the inlet.”

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