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Week of October 4: Storm-churned water means slow fishing (but still better than a day at work)

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Wyatt Creel submitted several amazing catches, including this monster snook. Keep the photos coming!

Today’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 84 degrees. East winds at 8 mph and waves at 2 to 3 feet.

Our charismatic and talented fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry, reports that fishing around the North Jetty has been “pretty slow” this past week due to the water quality and clarity again.

 “The north-northeast winds and the swell from the storm way offshore has the water dirtied up and cooled down by about 4 degrees, enough to shut the fishing down until it cleans back up,” Wayne says. “The finger mullet are still around, but not in the numbers as a couple weeks ago when it was cleaner. Also, the larger mullet have left too, for now. There are some hit-and-miss mangrove snappers around, Spanish mackerel and only a very few snook and redfish being caught. Mostly being caught are catfish, jack crevalle and ladyfish.” 

Conditions at the South Jetty are similar: cloudy water and weedy.

If you’re fishing the surf and you can find clear water, some snook and redfish are a possibility if you’re using baitfish, Wayne says, otherwise you’ll find mostly catfish and possibly stingrays.

Not much is happening at T-dock area (south side at campground) except for some jack crevalle being caught on finger mullet; however, Wayne says the bite seems to be better at night for snook throughout the inlet with bucktails, grubs and live bait. 

No news about the offshore fishing scene.

We really appreciate the photos you’re sending for our “angler of the week” feature on this page. We had dearth of photo coming in for a while, but we checked the mailbox this morning to find five submissions! Keep sending your pics!  We’ll use them for either this page or our new “species inventory” contest. See details here:

If you want to be featured with your catch, send in a picture and the details of your fishing trip to the inlet by using the Contact Form on our website. Please include your full name and hometown. Pictures work best vertical and if you center the person with their catch, leaving room on the sides. We try to publish all those we receive.