Small craft advisories were in effect Sunday afternoon, and that pretty well sums up the fishing situation.

Again, early arrival was the key to any type of success fishing on Sunday. Also night fishing has become more attractive this week as the hot, dry southwest wind discouraged anglers from hitting the water.

Our only report Sunday came from the party boat Capt. John and their 12-hour trip south of the island on Saturday.

Capt. Cody Carter dealt with sloppy seas to make it out 60 miles where his guests landed 221 vermilions, five kings to 38 pounds along with mangrove snapper and strawberry groupers. Justin Williams, grandson of Capt. Johnny Williams, landed the 38-pound king and the fish were caught in 150 feet of water.

Freddy Ryan sent a note asking why night fishing would be any better than daytime if the wind was still blowing and the water off-color.

During the evening hours, conditions are much cooler, especially after midnight, and, while the water temperature may not have dropped much, the intense sunlight is not around. Lights shining on the water and subsurface lights attract bait in the form of small fish, crustaceans and insects. Those little creatures then attract larger fish. Fish swimming around lights usually are in a feeding mode.

Now there is a trade off for night fishermen and that is mosquitos. The lights also attract them as well as other insects. Lately, the pesky mosquitos have been a problem for night time anglers, whether those fishing lighted areas or flounder gigging with lanterns and floodlights.

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

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