Monday’s cold front and its accompanying low temperatures and high winds took its toll on fishing; however, the good news is that those conditions are not lingering and a quick warm-up should follow.
The extended forecast is the first I have observed this year that does not show a cold front headed our way during the next 10 days. It is about time we get back to normal.
The water temperature will have a setback with the cold air; however, the long, sunny days and return to southerly winds will result in a fast warm-up, and that is what we need to get fishing on par with what it should be this late in April.
Nice trout were caught Monday and it appears that they are in a spawning mode.
Bulldog’s Bait Shop reported a catch of 12 trout to 25 inches from West Bay by two anglers named Corey and Tausha. Bulldog, owner of the bait shop, said the girths on the trout were huge, yet the weight of the 25-inch fish was only 6 pounds. Live shrimp was the bait.
Along the beach front, large sandbar sharks continue to be caught. Tommy Pata fished the 61st Street Fishing Pier and landed one measuring 6 feet and lost one estimated at 8 feet. Cut bait was used for both fish.
Last week, there were a couple of windows of fishable conditions offshore and, in addition to our local party boats, two private boats ventured out to test the waters.
Capt. Raymond Martin along with guests Pat Miller and Sandra Howell headed to wells and platforms in the vicinity of the old Buccaneer Field where they caught a number of red snapper that were released. Martin said about half of the fish were undersized, with the largest estimated to weigh approximately 8 pounds.
Other fish caught included Gulf trout, spadefish, triggerfish and shark.
The Naughty Lady, skippered by Milton Klein, made an offshore trip east of the jetties where Klein and his family enjoyed action on a variety of reef fish including bull reds, spadefish, gulf trout and some unidentified species, all of which were released. The highlight of the maiden voyage for the boat was a ling circling while the group fished near a platform 28 miles out. The big cobia, as it is also called, was not interested in any of the baits tossed in its direction.