Outstanding fishing continues from around the jetties and surf, while another area is picking up. Speckled trout are beginning to break away from their tradition of biting only in green water and there are signs that the golden croaker run might be getting underway.
Wednesday morning, Rick Markette and Capt. Joel Taylor of Shark Tooth Charters fished the end of the North Jetty and landed several reds as well as gafftop and hardheads. Cut shad was the bait.
Capt. Mike Williams of Tarpon Express Guide Service forwarded an excellent report from one of his fishing guides, Capt. Mark Gonzalez.
The Tarpon Express Guide had two guests who caught near limits of trout (18) to four pounds plus some huge croaker using live natural baits. The water was off-color.
Gonzalez said that Capt. Eddie Barr called him around 10 a.m. reporting two schools of tarpon in the open Gulf waters. The silver kings were seen chasing live bait on the surface. Barr said that the water in the area also was off-color.
Capt. Gonzalez recommends live natural baits for conditions we are currently experiencing and said that when the water becomes clear and cool, artificials will work well.
Wednesday, Dean Silvers and Bill Zimmer were back on the water fishing around the Intracoastal Waterway. They found some nice greenish water in various pockets and that is where they caught fish. Four slot reds, two keeper specks, three mangrove snapper and two big sheepshead was their catch.
Silvers said they lost count of the undersized reds that were released and that there were hardly any barges traversing the Intracoastal Waterway. There was no mention of the baits used.