Another siege of southwest wind has hit and likely will last until the middle of this week when forecasters are calling for a switch to the southeast. Based on the forecast, it is likely I will keep my boat in the sling until Wednesday or later.
Saturday morning there was a tolerable window of lighter southwest winds and that is when David Anderson, Dr. Daniel Jacobs, Dr. Rex McCallum and I made a run to the North Jetty. Before the wind picked up around 10 a.m., we landed several specks, Spanish mackerel, sand trout and a whiting. Live shrimp was the bait.
Dean Silvers also took advantage of that window and, along with his son Ben, Joel Turman, David Giraldi and Jordan Cooper, fished near the Bolivar Ferry Landing and caught 10 trout up to 23 inches along with two black drum. After the wind picked up, they moved to the end of the North Jetty where seven Spanish mackerel were added to their catch.
Cora Lee Davis said the weather is the hottest she has experienced in her 23 years of fishing Seawolf Park and that the fishing was among the slowest she has experienced. Davis and her grandson Mark Boyd fished from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and landed only two hardheads and a snake eel.
Terry Rizzo and Charlie Hansen of Jamaica Beach found good action on flounder in West Bay. Using live mullet for bait, they landed eight nice flounder.
Offshore action continues to be excellent and is less affected by the southwest wind.
The party boat Capt. John made its last 12-hour red snapper trip of the year Friday and will be using the remainder of their Pilot Program Allocation for an upcoming overnight trip. The trip Friday was to the Heald Bank area where limits of red snapper to 18 pound were taken along with 15 kings, 75 spade fish, bluefish and bonito.