Week of November 23: Despite recent bad weather, bite still on for Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and others
Today (Tuesday, Nov. 23) expect a high of only 70 degrees, northwest winds at 14 mph with gusts of 2o mph, and 2-4 foot waves.
Our fishing guide, "Snookman" Wayne Landry provided the following report:
Due to the bad weather we had the last four days the north jetty was totally blown out with high winds and huge surf and dirty water. Before the weather moved in beginning of last week, I saw still lots of really nice Spanish mackerel being caught on small live baits, spoons. Most were in the 2-3 pound range and some to 4 pounds. I also some bluefish are still being caught along with small jack crevalles. The other species I saw being caught were black drum, sheepshead, whiting and a couple nice pompano too, all on live and dead shrimp.
If you get lucky, you might hook up with some of the really nice cubera snappers that are hanging around the rocks and pilings. I saw two caught in the 6-8 pound range and had word of one lost at the net that was about 15 pounds they said. They will bite live bait and cutbait. The finger mullet that were around the jetty are kind of scarce now, but we will wait and see what the winds have blown in; they may show up again. When this weather and water calm back down and clean up, we should be back to some great fishing like we had before it blew in. The snook bite has been a hit-and-miss thing with most snook being too small to keep. As the water cools down, snook have a tendency to "shut down", but the juveniles like to come out and play to keep it interesting. The water temps are showing 69-71 degrees along the coast.
The South jetty has been totally blown out from the weather, but prior to that, was "alright," with small snook and jacks being caught along the rocky shoreline and small snappers being had at the tip of the jetty.
The surf area is a total washout until things calm back down and clean up. Expect to find catfish, whiting, and bluefish around for the time being.
At the T-dock area, there's not much to report with the dirty water.
The weather is supposed to be mild but a bit breezy this week, so find yourself a calm spot and go out, get some sun and see what bites!! Tight lines everyone and have a Great Thanksgiving and be safe!