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Week of February 7: Calmer seas expected after last week’s blowout

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Archie Goodman landed this  elegant sheepshead  from the catwalk on Thursday, Feb. 3.

The forecast today calls for mostly cloudy skies and a high of 71 degrees with northwest winds at 6 mph (changing to northeast about midday) and 4-to-6-foot seas. The remainder of the week will be in the high 60s during the day with seas of one foot or less.

Our fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry, reports that fishing last week was slow due to huge swells, high winds, dirty and chilly water (63 degrees).

“The entire inlet has been blown out,” Wayne tells us. “Before the weather messed things up, last Friday was a fairly good day, and the only that was fishable at that! I saw snook being caught on live pilchards, but most were either too small or too big to keep.”

At the North jetty, Wayne saw anglers catching redfish that were too big to keep, and a few small Spanish mackerel and bluefish being caught on small silver spoons and jigs. He saw a few black drum and a couple sheepshead taken on dead shrimp, as well as many  pesky catfish and large stingrays being caught, too. 

At the South jetty on Friday, Wayne talked to a group of fishermen that had about 15 flounder in the 16 to 18-inch range caught on small finger mullet in the surf pocket area of the jetty on the high tide. He notes: “Blues and Spanish mackerel were being caught on the tip on the outgoing tide on pretty much everything you tossed out there.”

 At the T-dock, anglers caught small blues and Spanish mackerel on spoons and jigs before the water got dirtied up, Wayne says.

The surf area, both sides has been blown out with the winds and big swells. As always, Wayne advises all to keep “tight lines.”