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Week of July 11: Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper are on the bite at the North jetty

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Snookman's friend, Bert, shows us waht a good day of fishing looks like.  Check out his other photos at the bottom of the article

Today’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies turning to scattered thunderstorms in the late afternoon, a high of 90 degrees, S-SE winds, and one to two-foot seas.

We’re in the thick of summer and our trusty fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry included photos this week with his weekly fishing report:

“Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend! I have a few pics for you this week of a friend of mine, Bert,  who fishes snook on the North jetty.  We call him the snook master.  He went offshore fishing over the weekend with a few of my other friends, Mark, Robin and Joey, and had a great mixed bag weekend. 

Now for the report. Fishing is still mostly slow, due to the water quality again, but it is cleaning up fairly good as of today. There have been more of the small "greenies,” (baitfish) that, in tune, attract more of the predator fish we like to target. Water temperature is good here.

North jetty:  Greenies and glass minnows are attracting Spanish mackerel. Most are between 16 to 18 inches and are being caught on live greenies, small crappie jigs and gotcha lures. I saw several nice mackerels caught last Friday, with some anglers catching their limits — it was that good. The early high tide is best because there is more water on the beachside of the jetty where they are hanging out. Also, I saw really nice mangrove snappers caught, too, at the tip, and between the pilings on the high tide, and along the rock shoreline. Most are caught on small live baits, with some on cut bait chunks. 

South jetty: Fishing here has been slow due to the mass of seaweed and the dirty water. There isn’t much to report, except for kitty fish, blue runners and jack crevalles. 

T-Dock: Same back here: Dirty water and seaweed have slowed it down, but there are some small snappers of several varieties being caught around the dock pilings. Spanish mackerel and jacks are possible when throwing small jigs and silver spoons. 

Surf area, both sides: Not much to report. The south side has been dirty and weeded up for a week or so, and the sand piled at the north side beach pocket has reduced water depth for fishing, save for peak high tide, and early. Look for possible whiting, croakers and maybe a snook or two roaming around in the trough around any bait schools. 

Offshore: Offshore anglers tell me fishing has been largely good. I received a report from a few on my friends, Mark, Robin, Joey and Bert, who went out over the weekend and had a nice mixed bag of fish. Mahi, cobia, amberjacks, red snapper, kingfish and some nice seabass! Nice weekend, guys! For the rest of the folks, there have been some reports of sailfish in 100 to 150 feet of water swimming around on the surface. Look for them as you are trolling around. Any live baits such as goggle eyes or pilchards will get the bite. Fish are averaging around 40 pounds, some larger. Mutton snapper have been rather good in the 110 feet area, and out over reefs and ledges, use live pilchards, sardines or grunt plugs to entice them. The fish are averaging 6 to 15 pounds. Also, the mangrove snapper should be on their spawn mode and biting well, with the July full moon coming up. These fish, averaging three to six pounds, can be caught on any small live baits and cut bait as well. Mahi are still a run-and-gun deal where you have to look for the weed lines with activity on them to find the fish. They are not holding any pattern and are on the move. Most fish are averaging five to eight pounds, with some larger. Trolling with or without strips and small live baits are doing the trick. 

That's it for this week’s report. There are fish to be caught, but you have to find the spot and put in some time. It's going to be another really hot week temperature-wise, so make sure you  stay hydrated , and protect yourself with an umbrella or large hat. Go out and enjoy the outdoors and the beach! – Snookman”


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