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Today’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, a high of 88 degrees, E winds at 11-12 mph and two to three-foot seas. Similar weather expected on Tuesday and Wednesday, with scattered thunderstorms likely Thursday through Sunday.
“Snookman” Wayne Landry, our fishing guide, tells us what to expect this holiday week: “Good morning, fishing friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend and has a safe Fourth of July holiday. As of Sunday, nothing has changed at the inlet except that the water has cleared up and remained so. Surfers enjoyed a nice swell Wednesday through Friday (related to Tropical Storm Cindy far offshore) but the swell did not mess up the water at all! I also noticed that the north jetty is loaded with small greenies and there seem to be Spanish mackerel around. The water temperature also has leveled out to 84 degrees, appropriate for this time of year. This week, the weather is calling for SSE winds, 5 to 10 mph, which shouldn’t churn up the water. It will help keep the water temperatures good. Otherwise, this report is going to be a rinse and repeat of last week:
North Jetty: Here, the fishing has been relatively slow due to the amount of cloudy fresh water that wraps around the jetty and along the beach due to the wind direction, and the appearance of a massive sandbar (beachside of the jetty) that spans from the beach to nearly the end of the jetty, which keeps the water shallow. There have been a few Spanish mackerel caught on the high tide on small jigs and live greenies, but not many. Mangrove snapper are there between the pilings and along the rocks sometimes when the water cleans up a bit on the high tide. But as before, they are mostly too small to keep. At the tip on the outgoing tide, there are still some catch-and-release (out of season) snook being caught on live baits, along with jack crevalle and blue runners. Catfish, stingrays pick up the slack due to the dirty water present.
South Jetty: Here, the water has been much cloudier on both tides. Anglers are catching mostly catfish, stingrays and jack crevalle at the tip of the outgoing tide. Some snook have been caught on live baits on both tides, but most are smaller fish.
Catwalks, both remain closed.
Surf area, both sides: If you can find some clean water, there is a possibility of whiting, pompano, or black drum to be caught on live sand fleas or fresh cut shrimp. All this week, the water will be low in the morning, so the fish will be farther out. Look for schools of baitfish, and if you find some, there just might be some Spanish mackerel, tarpon, snook and redfish around them. Fish medium sized swim baits, jigs or any live bait for a possible hookup. I fished the north beach around the inlet last week and there were small tarpon around, but I was only able to get one hookup.
T-Dock area: It has been a little better here due to clearer water conditions and the presence of baitfish. Spanish mackerel, blue runners and jack crevalle can be caught on small jigs and live greenies. Around the dock pilings, small mangrove snapper are still around, but most are under the legal 10-inch minimum to be kept. Lane and mutton snappers have been present, but just a few, and, like the mangroves, they have been too small to keep. Muttons have to be 18 inches and the lanes must be eight inches. Also, pesky puffers are always biting cut baits. The snappers have been caught on live and dead greenies.
That's it for this week. Not much, but it's something to keep us going. Remember, it's going to be really hot too, so stay hydrated. Good luck.” — Snookman.