Monday, the beachfront was calm with clear-green water all the way to the beach. Such conditions almost always signal excellent fishing, and it was close to that Sunday and Monday.
Greg Hagerud has been fishing the surf for a week and has found that sharks are a big problem as they come close in chasing pods of mullet.
Hagerud observed the large concentrations of mullet, and each day he caught nice trout or reds on the first two or three casts using live shrimp for bait. After that, the sharks would take over, and it was a shark on virtually every cast.
Monday, Richard Eberle fished the calm, green surf and caught lots of throwback specks while fishing with live shrimp. At daybreak, Spanish mackerel started hitting the live shrimp and an assortment of lures. By 8:30 a.m. he was finished with two keeper specks, four sand trout and eight Spanish mackerel to five pounds. Other anglers were catching the “smacks” as well.
Saturday evening just before dusk, Herb Patterson landed two slot reds and three flounder, one throwback and two keepers, while fishing near the flood gates of Moses Lake. Small mullet caught in his cast net was the bait.
On the offshore scene, Sean Vasichko, Casey Faircloth, Kyle Duckett and David Vasichko made a nice haul during an overnight offshore trip Saturday. Six yellowfin tuna, three blackfin tuna, a yellow edge grouper and limits of red snapper were taken while fishing aboard the Never Again VI.
The party boat Capt. John fished offshore Sunday where Capt. Cody Carter found lots of action around the Claypile area, and their catch included full limits of red snapper to 16 pounds, two ling, three barracuda, two king and a 30-pound Warsaw grouper.
Patrick Lemire reminded us the red snapper season for charter and head (party) boats ends Wednesday.