We have addressed offshore fishing more than usual lately, and the reason is we are in prime time for that type of fishing, and the action has been outstanding.

This should last until some point in September when the shorter days and first cool front send signals to the migratory pelagic fish to head south.

During the past several days there have been a number of shrimp boats working close to the beach front, and that is a sign of several good things.

First, bait is working in the surf and second, the seaweed problem must be subsiding.

July 15 was the opening of this year’s Gulf shrimping season, and it adds another dimension to offshore fishing.

Anchored shrimp boats often produce some prolific catches of just about any variety of surface fish around.

Traditionally, the boats will work their nets most of the night and around daybreak stop and cull their catch before anchoring and hitting the sack for a few hours.

It is during this time when the by catch, or culls of the catch, are tossed back into the Gulf waters and a feeding frenzy often takes place.

There have been times where I have observed the water literally boiling with action.

Experienced anglers are aware of this and plan their trips to be nearby when the shrimp boats decide to call it a day soon after daybreak.

For those of you who are new to fishing shrimp boats, I am referring to the offshore boats and not bay shrimpers.

The technique involves slowly and quietly motoring to the stern of the anchored ship boat and dropping baited lines in the water and drifting behind the vessel.

If you try this, hold on to your rod and prepare for a fast strike as action is likely to quickly bust wide open.

Your catch could be just about any variety of pelagic fish in the Gulf.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to reel.report@galvnews.com or call 409-683-5273.

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