Inshore fishing continued its doldrums Sunday, at least based on the lack of inshore fishing reports.
Our only report came from Capt. Ron Woods, 2 Fish’Aholics Charters, who hosted Sugar Land guests Seven Hoyer, Jerod Lofton and John Chargois to a Jetty trip Sunday.
Using mainly cut bait, the group landed four bull reds, tagging and retaining three. Also among their catch were sharks up to 5 feet in length and whiting.
Nothing has changed in offshore fishing except for an increase in wind. Saturday and Sunday, the Gulf was a bit choppy for smaller boats; nevertheless, many made it out and found some excellent action.
Terry Vaughan and David Beebe fished with Charlie Helstrom in his 20-foot Mako on Saturday and made it out more than 30 miles where the action was prolific. Kings were tearing up tackle and competing with jack crevalle as to which fish could do the most damage to light tackle. Two rods were broken and one reel was stripped of all of its line.
The anglers returned to the dock with two kings, a 4-pound Dorado and a tripletail. Vaughn said they must have either released or had their lines broken by at least two dozen large fish.
Harley Davis and his family from Eastland vacationed on the island last week and on Tuesday he and his two sons took their 19-foot boat about 10 miles offshore where sharks and Spanish mackerel were in a feeding frenzy. Lots of sharks were caught and released and nine Spanish mackerel made it back to the cleaning table.
Small boaters who have smartphones should consider adding a chart plotter app. After an uncomfortable experience navigating the Intracoastal Waterway one night in my smaller boat, I added the Navionics Boating app to my cellphone. The cost was $10 and the navigation information is amazing. This is not a substitute for a conventional chart plotter, but a good backup for navigation.