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Week of January 24: Cooler temperatures and calmer waters could bring back pompano, black drum, sheepshead, bluefish

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Don Cote, a New Hampshire-based snowbird, shows off this sexy sheepshead he caught last week before weather conditions plummeted last weekend.

Today’s forecast calls for a high of 61 degrees, north-northwest winds of 6 to 10 mph and three to five-foot waves. Expect a possibility of afternoon showers Tuesday through Friday and temperatures hovering in the lower to mid-60s.

Our fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry reports that last weekend was a total blowout for anglers, thanks to powerful winds and huge swells churning the water. Given the upcoming cooler weather (see forecast above) Wayne expects “cool water” fish to be around to play, especially if the water cleans up. At least the fishing was good last Wednesday through Friday, he says.

Prior to the nasty weekend maelstrom, fishing was lively at the North jetty, Wayne says. Anglers were using clams, live and dead shrimp to catch black drum. Sheepshead were also prevalent.

“Most of the fish were averaging between three and eight pounds, but quite a few were upwards of 20 to 30 pounds…and a couple over that!” Wayne says. “The sheepshead were averaging 14 to 16 inches, with some bigger. Bluefish, caught on silver spoons and jigs, were also plentiful. All these species were caught on the first part of the outgoing tide at the tip of the jetty. Blues on the inside and the drum on the ocean side.”

“At one time last Friday, the drum "turned on" and there were at least six or more folks hooked up at one time,” Wayne says. “It was nice to see a good bite. All the black/roe mullet that were thick in the inlet have moved out, and along with them, the bull reds and tarpon and big jacks that were feeding on them. There could still be some around though. Folks were catching sheepshead inside the inlet along the rock wall on the north side in good numbers. They were using small live shrimp, and dead shrimp. The flounder bite here has dropped way off as well with only a few small fish being caught.”

Fishing has been hit-or-miss at the South jetty, Wayne says: “When the water is clear, you may catch pompano, sheepshead and sand perch on dead shrimp and live sand fleas in the surf pocket area. Bluefish are plentiful on the outgoing tides, too, using silver spoons and jigs. When the water is clean and calmed down, flounder are still being caught along the rock wall and the surf pocket area on small finger mullet and mud minnows. 

Prior to the wild weekend weather, surf anglers were hooking pompano, drum, whiting, bluefish and small flounder on both sides of the inlet. 

 There’s not much to report at the T-dock except for bluefish, jack crevalle and a possible Spanish mackerel on small spoons and jugs. 

“Head out to your favorite spot, wet a line and see what bites,” Wayne implores. “You never know what will turn up at the inlet. Over the years I have learned that EVERY DAY is different at the inlet. Good luck and tight lines.”

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