The weather has started to switch towards characteristic summertime trends, with predictable Southernly winds, and inshore water temperatures climbing ever closer to a consistent 80 degrees.
Cobia fishing has started to cool off a little bit, but there is still action to be had. The sightfishing is a lot tougher now than it was the first couple weeks of May. It's time to start soaking baits. Red Drum and Flounder are biting well on nearshore reefs, inshore, and even along the beach. Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel fishing is starting to get really good. Amberjack fishing along the nearshore and offshore wrecks is also peaking. The Mahi are starting to move further and further inshore every day. As far as the ICW goes, there are plenty of Black Drum and Sheepshead being caught on Fiddler Crabs. Red Drum are feeding in places inshore on a hard incoming-flood tide. Locate pockets inside Spartina grass, or else a well defined Oyster point. Topwaters will still be a great option for the Drum right now with the water temperature being hot.
Flounder, Sheepshead, Black Drum, and a few confused Cobia have been caught around the port wall this week. Surf fishing with cut shrimp has produced a few Sea mullet, Bluefish, Croaker, Spot, Red Drum, Black Drum, Pompano, and Pinfish. For those who are plugging from the piers, Spanish and Bluefish have been biting well.
Offshore has been great. The Mahi are still biting really well and some very large ones are being caught. There have been a Few Wahoo in the mix, as well as Blackfin. For those venturing out to deeper water, there has been a good report of Blue Marlin. Grouper, Beeliners, and Triggers are all still being caught well by the bottom fisherman.
Until next time,
Tight lines from Freeman's Bait & Tackle