Catching Up

It has been crazy lately. So, here’s a roundup of fishing related information and observations for the last couple months.

Firstly, it’s been pretty slow at the Merry Pier – until recently. As of this weekend, still no sign of bait, but the fish are there, and they are biting. I’ve had reliable reports of gag grouper to 26″ under and around the pier. I have seen several nice Pompano caught in front of the pier, most on Doc’s Goofy Jigs. Like this one:


There have been macks and the occasional bluefish. This weekend, I found hungry flounder to 14″ hiding under the dock, waiting for small pinfish. And, of course, there are still a few sheepshead around. Here are a few from Juan, the Sheepshead King:


Action offshore is picking up. I went out last weekend with Cap’t Dick and JoeMama. We anchored just North of the Egmont Channel, and set up a nice chumline. Live bait yielded a 12 lb. Kingfish and a 20 ponder, as well as several Spanish Macks. But the highlight of the trip was when Cap’t Dick hooked into a beast of a King. It smoked line off the reel before a couple jumps. It was an EASY 50+ pounds. ‘Course, it bit through the wire leader.

Meanwhile, in Blind Pass, pompano and flounder are being caught on the incoming tides. Schools of mullet and whitebait are showing, and a school of big Jacks was raising havoc last week. A 38″ cobia was caught just off the rocks at the Pass.

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