Fog continued to hamper anglers from getting on the water. Areas that were accessible from land, such as the beachfront rock groins and fishing piers, produced marginal catches.
Mostly whiting were reported, with a few scattered bull reds being caught in the afternoon. The beachfront water temperature still is hovering around 60 degrees which is cold for fishing.
Fortunately this is not one of the big weeks for spring break visitors, as it is going to start out cold and miserable. The good news is that by next weekend the ambient temperature is forecast to hit the 70 degree mark as a high.
Speaking of 70 degrees, that is the magic reading that coastal anglers look for in water temperatures in the spring. Once we start seeing 70 degree and higher water temperatures, fishing really picks up. More and more of our summertime regulars start showing up, with gafftop being among the first fish to make their annual appearance.
Now when will that occur? Well, if we continue with these cold spells it will be delayed. Before the end of March we should see readings hit close to 70 and they likely will bounce back and forth until sometime in April.
Usually by mid April we start seeing more sustained readings of 70 degrees and higher and that is when fishing or catches becomes more consistent.
Until then, we can expect off and on action on a variety of fish including black drum, whiting, sheepshead and sand trout.
Reds and speckled trout also will be caught; however, finding where the specks are feeding will be the big challenge.