Inshore fishing so far this holiday weekend has been slower than anticipated; however, the action offshore certainly has met expectations.
Tarpon were being reported just off the beach, and crabbing was at its summertime best.
Capt. Mike LaRue, LaRue’s Guide Service, placed his guests, the Fiuzat family, Mike and sons Henry and Austin, into the action along the beach front.
Austin raised and landed a 140-pound silver king, while his brother Henry landed a 20-pound ling.
Farther out in Tarpon Alley, Capt. Mike Williams, Tarpon Express Guide Service, found conditions about as good as they get.
Williams hosted Bucky Chandler and his father David of Garland to a trip to the popular alley where they caught eight kings in the 20- to 30-pound range along with sharks in the 50- to 150-pound class. All of their catch was released.
Friday, Jim Bevill hosted friends Mark Grabowski and Craig Vandergrift to an offshore trip in his boat where his guests landed nice-sized kings about 19 miles out.
The bait of choice was Spanish sardines.
Sparky Miller and his wife, Rita, fished the Gulf side of the North Jetty near the end of the rocks Friday and landed six sharks, a large stingray and three large gafftop using squid for bait.
The party boat Capt. John made a 50-mile trip on Friday resulting in Capt. Johnny Williams placing his customers into fish.
A full limit of red snapper was taken along with ling and Atlantic sharpnose sharks. Closer in, spadefish, bluefish and stingrays were caught.
Crabbing has been excellent lately, with families dropping baited crab lines in the water and taking home some nice-sized blue crabs.
Fortunate for crabbers, just about any spot on the water is a good candidate for catching crabs. By far, the preferred baits are chicken and turkey necks.
Mosquitoes have been a big problem recently, especially early in the day, so don’t forget the repellent when heading out.