Pier/Beach Fishing

Tarpon and decent Kings
7/20/2018
 
The water is heating up and so are the Tarpon. Schools. Quite a few were hooked early mornings but most of the bite was at or even after sunset. As usual the majority of hook-ups only lasted a few seconds but several were brought pier side and released. The King bite was warmer too with several fish in the twenty pound class caught. A few Spanish and Bonito hit the deck as well. Several Sailfish visited the pier but mostly teased us. A couple were hooked briefly. Alewife schools are gathering and a small die-off has begun with our hot water.
 
Tarpon anglers are lining the rail hoping for the “Silver King” to strike their bait as the weekend and two month tournament continues. Only a few are on the board as most were caught by anglers not in the tournament like this one hooked on a modified King rig. The angler was floating an Alewife under a small cork when the fish rolled on his bait. He got the fish back to the front of the pier but it chaffed the line before a good picture could be shot. I did manage to get a short video. 


 
Eric got our week started Sunday with the big King for the week that weighed in at 25 pounds. That would not be the only good fish as the week continued with two additional fish 24 pounds each. There were also a 19 pound 7 ounce, 17 pound 10 ounce and a few more in the teens.Three days we saw over 40 fish that were only window shopping and would not hit the bait.Of course, “Flipper” was an ever present pain and collected his usual tax of a few of our catch. Eric leads the group of pictures followed by Kevin with the King head “Flipper” returned to him. Then Ned’s 17 pound 10 oz., my  24# 2oz., 19# 7 oz. and 14 year old Levy with his fish.  






 


Other action included Spanish and Bonito. Norito caught one of the summer Bonito that came through on Monday. David decked a decent Spanish Thursday. 




 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Tarpon, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Cigar minnows and Alewives.
 
Water temperature86
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07
15
8:54 am
E
1.9
4.1
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
84.0
86.0
-
-
-
-
07
15
8:48 am
E
1.9
2.9
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
83.1
86.0
-
-
-
-
07
15
8:42 am
ESE
2.9
4.1
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
82.6
85.8
-
-
-
-
07
15
8:36 am
ESE
2.9
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
82.2
85.6
-
-
-
-
07
15
8:30 am
E
4.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
81.9
85.5
-
-
-
-
07
15
8:24 am
E
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
81.9
85.5
-
-
-
-
07
15
8:18 am
E
4.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
81.5
85.3
-
-
-
-
15
8:12 am
E
4.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
81.0
85.3
-
-
-
-
 

 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Sailfish and Tarpon hooked
6/12/2018
 
The week started with Tarpon moving through and a few ate giving the anglers a a short ariel display. None were brought pier side. Sailfish were spotted and one hooked for a couple of jumps. Then another one teased us for over two hours only to ignore bait after bait before disappearing. July 4th falling on Wednesday put a damper on our King fishing as the pier was restricted from Monday afternoon until late morning Thursday due to the fireworks preparation. However, we did have a King bite that was early mornings and late afternoon early week then scattered during the day late week. Spanish were mostly missing. A few Mahi came by and schools of Red Drum were in the skinny water.
 
The King bite was best late afternoons with a number of small fish hitting the deck. Billy W. had a good Monday afternoon maxing his limit on “scoolie” Kings. We were not able to fish for Kings Tuesday or Wednesday but resumed Thursday with more small fish caught. Friday would bring our best fish for the week. Ivy had been soaking a Hardtail for over an hour when a small King flashed by. Then out of nowhere a much nicer King violently smashed her bait. The fight started slow with the fish not running at all. It just stayed deep shaking it’s head. All of a sudden it came alive and line began disappearing off the spool unbelievably fast. We thought she was going to get spooled. Tyler ratcheted the drag and the fish was finally stopped. It would be Ivy’s first fish in many months but even with burning arms she brought her 23 pound 10 ounce fish to the gaff. It took the big fish of the week award and made her day. About an hour later, I got lucky with a 16 pound fish. 


 


The Mahi bite has been good so far this season. A number of fish have hit the deck over the past few weeks and that trend continued this week. Brenda put a decent one on the deck Sunday.


 
Bob and Janet target the skinny water fish regularly. As I walked onto the pier Friday morning there was a large school of Red Drum staged on the west side. Bob was soaking dead cigar minnows with no takers. I then continued and as I approached Janet, she caught two small Choffers. I suggested she get them to Bob as they are great bait for Reds. A little later, I got an email from Bob including this picture of the 27 inch Red he caught with one of the Choffers. I’ll bet they had blackened Red for dinner. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Mahi, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Cigar minnows, Spanish Sardines, Threadfin Herring and Alewives.
 
Water temperature85
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SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
07
08
7:12 am
W
4.1
8.9
-
-
-
-
30.14
-
72.5
85.5
-
-
-
-
07
08
7:06 am
WSW
11.1
15.9
-
-
-
-
30.14
-
74.1
85.5
-
-
-
-
07
08
7:00 am
WSW
15.9
18.1
-
-
-
-
30.13
+0.04
74.1
85.5
-
-
-
-
07
08
6:54 am
NW
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
74.3
85.5
-
-
-
-
07
08
6:48 am
NE
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.12
-
74.3
85.5
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon  Thursday July 12th  Full Moon Friday July 27th
 
Thursday         8:33pm Low   -0.3       9:33am High   1.9
Friday              9:22pm Low   -0.3     10:34am High   1.9
Saturday        10:06pm Low   -0.2     11:36am High   1.9
Sunday           10:40pm Low    0.0     12:33pm High   1.7  Sunrise:5:42am  Sunset:7:45pm
 
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




PCB Pier Report
First King over 30 pounds decked
7/6/2018
 
Sunday afternoon, the water finally cleared and seemed back to normal. We had a good week of Kings with multiple fish decked each day. A few Spanish were caught along with Summer Bonito. Mahi were hear the first half of the week in good numbers. Tarpon continue to move through but the bite is slow. Three were hooked briefly one evening but none have been brought pier side. Red Drum and Flounder made their way to coolers. Bait was thick.
 
George has recently made the move to PCB and was rewarded with the first King Mackerel over 30 pounds this year. He was throwing a dead cigar minnow late Sunday evening when the “Smoker” began to scream line off his reel. After two good runs and a lengthy fight, George brought the 32 pound fish to the gaff just as the sun set. This began the best week for Kings to date this year. There were several days we decked over a dozen fish and one day with over 20. Most were “scoolies” with a few in the 15 pound class.Bait far out fished lures this week but at least bait was plentiful. Remora have been a problem all week but Friday, “Flipper” was a nusance. He got three Kings in a row. George leads the photo line-up with his big fish followed by Colton who had his best trip ever, shown with two of three Kings he got Thursday (one was 15# 5 oz.). Then we have: Brenda, Jesus, Phillip, Gabriel (with his personal best 15#) and the King head that “Flipper” left me. 


 





The Spanish Mackerel bite has been slow. A few were caught using spoons, bubble rigs and bait. Most were average to small. 


 
Mahi made another come back with several hitting the deck each day the first half of the week. Most were caught with bait. Guy got lucky with this nice one: 


 
Schools of small Bonito have been thick for weeks. They are still around but the Summer Bonito were mixed in as well. They made your heart jump into your throat as they looked a lot like Blackfin Tuna when they hit your bait. I even had one inhale a very large Threadfin Herring. Ivan holds one of the “footballs” that was caught Thursday.


 
Not all the action was on the end Tee as the shallows produced too. Red Drum were in schools and even a few slot fish were caught. Flounder made an appearance too. Bob decked a nice one he invited for dinner. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi, Bonito, Red Drum, Flounder,  Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Cigar minnows, Spanish Sardines, Threadfin Herring and Alewives.
 
Water temperature84
 
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SAL
psu
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nmi
TIDE
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07
01
6:24 am
E
4.1
8.9
-
-
-
-
29.96
-
76.8
83.8
-
-
-
-
07
01
6:18 am
E
7.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
29.96
-
76.8
83.8
-
-
-
-
07
01
6:12 am
E
7.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
29.96
-
76.5
83.8
-
-
-
-
07
01
6:06 am
E
7.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
76.5
84.0
-
-
-
-
07
01
6:00 am
E
8.0
12.0
-
-
-
-
29.95
-0.01
76.3
84.2
-
-
-
-
07
01
5:54 am
ENE
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
76.1
84.4
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    Full Moon  Thursday July 12th
 
Saturday            5:39pm Low   0.5      6:57am High   1.1
Sunday              5:43pm Low   0.3      7:04am High   1.3  Sunrise:5:48am  Sunset:7:47pm
 

SATURDAY (86/77 rain 40% wind W-9)
SUNDAY (87/77 rain 50% wind WSW-10)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




PCB Pier Report
6/27/2018



The fresh water continues to flood from the pass and other points all along the panhandle resulting in lower salinity. The June grass has increased significantly all week. The King and Spanish bite has been slow with mostly small fish. Small Bonitos and Nothern Mackerel are coming through in schools but are mostly feeding on tiny “rain minnows”. A few showed interest in small spoons and flies. Schools of Tarpon are passing, headed West but have shown little interest in feeding. Ladyfish and Hardtails are being caught all along the sides of the pier.
 
Small “schoolie” King Mackerel seem to be the norm this year. We still have not broken the 30 pound barrier and Summer is here. We did hook a couple of fish this week that appeared to be in the 20# range but they did not make their way to the deck. A look back at the same week 2017 revealed similar action and conditions. Even with the poor water, we caught several a day. The pictures show Vohn T, Danny, James, TJ and Tom C. with the fish they landed. Then there was “Flipper”. George had both fish he hooked Thursday taken by the Dolphins. 



 



Lots of small Bonito and Northern Mackerel were feeding on the rain minnows. They were difficult at best to entice a bite but a few were caught. Young McRae convinced this one to eat and was a happy angler. 



 
Austin was waiting for Tarpon to pass when a small Barracuda kept hanging off the front of the Tee. He tossed a topwater lure, gave it a jerk and to our surprise, he hit the Cuda in the side of the mouth. The fight was short but the gaffing was slow. I made numerous tries to stick the little Cuda only to have it bounce off the gaff. Finally, we succeeded and put it on the deck. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Ladyfish, Hardtails and a Barracuda. Bait: Cigar minnows, Spanish Sardines, Threadfin Herring and Alewives.
 
Water temperature81
 
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PTDY
in
ATMP
°F
WTMP
°F
DEWP
°F
SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
06
24
7:42 am
WSW
12.0
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.03
-
83.1
81.1
-
-
-
-
06
24
7:36 am
WSW
11.1
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.03
-
83.1
81.1
-
-
-
-
06
24
7:30 am
WSW
11.1
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.03
-
83.1
81.1
-
-
-
-
06
24
7:24 am
WSW
11.1
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.03
-
82.9
81.1
-
-
-
-
06
24
7:18 am
W
9.9
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.03
-
82.9
81.1
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    Wednesday, June 27th – Full Moon  Thursday July 12th - Full Moon

Thursday          9:11pm Low   -0.1    9:57am High   1.6
Friday               9:35pm Low   -0.1   10:35am High   1.6
Saturday           9:55pm Low   -0.1   11:14am High   1.6
Sunday            10:12pm Low   0.1   11:51am High   1.6  Sunrise:5:45am  Sunset:7:48pm
 

 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Mahi were back
6/18/2018
 
Mahi were back two days. Tarpon schools were coming through going west but none were caught. Alweives were here but not in the concentration as normal for this time of year. The water is around 82 degrees so no die-off yet to entice the Tarpon to eat. The King and Spanish bite was pathetic. Bonito were around but in fewer numbers and further off the pier. Above normal rains north of us has flooded  the bays with fresh water which is being flushed into our near shore environment. We have had dark bay water all week. One sole Jack Crevelle was decked. Cigar minnows have been in, mostly early mornings and Alewives were hit and miss.
 
Between having bay water and lower salinity, the King bite was almost absent. Early week, Tom C. got things started with a rattle trap. It was a early morning strike and would be with the only 20 plus pound fish for the week. Tom’s fish took a long run and was completely spent as he brought the 23 pound King to the gaff. Then Wednesday, Ricky, visiting from Louisiana, put a 13 pound 8 ounce King on the deck. That would be the best fish as several others were caught but were “schoolies”.  


 
The Spanish Mackerel bite was no better. A few were caught each day but the numbers were small and the bites were spread throughout the day. Natural bait or lures were about equal for strikes.
 
A few Mahi made a return early week. One was caught Tuesday and three on Wednesday. Tom C. not only got the big King for the week but one of the 4 Mahi that were caught. This angler landed two of the three on Wednesday: 


 
Doug, another visiting angler, was casting a Rapala off the west corner of the Tee when it got hammered. As line began to peel off the spool, we thought he had a big Bonito. After a few back and forth trips around the Tee, we finally saw color. The big Jack was giving Doug quite a fight on light tackle. After a near cut off in the pilings, he was able to get the 20 pound 8 ounce fish to the gaff. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi, Bonito, Ladyfish, Hardtails and a Jack Crevelle. Bait: Cigar minnows and Alewives.
 
Water temperature82
 
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06
17
7:12 am
S
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.10
-
81.0
81.7
-
-
-
-
06
17
7:06 am
S
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.10
-
81.0
81.7
-
-
-
-
06
17
7:00 am
S
5.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.10
+0.03
81.0
81.7
-
-
-
-
06
17
6:54 am
SSW
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.10
-
80.8
81.7
-
-
-
-
06
17
6:48 am
S
5.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
81.0
81.7
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    Wednesday, June 13th – New Moon  Wednesday June 27th - Full Moon
 
Monday                                             1:34pm High   1.5  Sunrise:5:41am  Sunset:7:47pm
Tuesday         12:01am Low   0.1      1:56pm High   1.2
                       11:59pm Low   0.3
Wednesday    11:43pm Low   0.3      1:54pm High   1.0
Thursday        10:23pm Low   0.6      7:37am High   1.7
Friday               5:41pm Low   0.4      7:36am High   1.1
Saturday           6:14pm Low   0.2      7:52am High   1.3
Sunday             6:51pm Low   0.1      8:12am High   1.4  Sunrise:5:43am  Sunset:7:48pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)

MONDAY NIGHT
Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast
after midnight. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds.
Protected waters mostly smooth. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
TUESDAY (88/76 rain 20% wind WNW-7)
East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest 10
knots in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant period
4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
TUESDAY NIGHT
West winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Protected waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY
Southwest winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to
2 feet. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
WEDNESDAY (85/77 rain 20% wind WSW-8)
FRIDAY (85/78 rain 20% wind W-9)
SATURDAY (85/77 rain 40% wind WSW-8)
SUNDAY (86/77 rain 30% wind W-7)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 




Kings over 20 pounds
6/15/2018
 
The water was dark and dirty at the beginning of the week but cleared over time. Alewives have arrived but not yet in the concentration we expect ahead of the Tarpon run. Tarpon have been moving through and are finally moving West. The King bite is still slow but at least we got a few bigger ones. Spanish were here but in small numbers. Small Bonito have been thick and active. Hardtails and Lady fish are plentiful. We even got a few Pompano.
 
We have been missing decent Kings as a majority of them have beem “Scoolies and Dinks”. That trend continued this week. However, three fish over 20 pounds hit the deck and a fourth that was 18 pounds 7 ounces. Bart, visiting from Thomasville, Ga. was drifting his bait off the west corner when it got slammed. This would be his first pier King and locals helped coach him through the fight. He successfully brought the 21 pound 7 ounce fish to gaff. To say he was excited would be an understatement. No doubt he was hooked and will be back. Just a few minutes before Bart’s fish, I had landed an 18 pound 7 ounce fish. The luck continued Tuesday when my Alewife got hit. At first I didn’t think it was a King as the bite was strange but when the fish realized it was hooked the drag began to scream. This fish would be the big fish for the week at 24 pounds 14 ounces. Gabriel, from Alabama was throwing a X-Rap and got a vicious strike. It wasn’t big but a fun catch. A few casts later he got a lesson in pier fishing as his $18.00 X-Rap was lost. The “story of luck” came Wednesday when Blasito from Fort Benning, Ga. was throwing for Bonito with a bubble and fly rig. As line began peeling off the spool, he realized it was not a Bonito. The fight took longer as his rod/reel combo was small. A quick gaff and the 20 pound 7 ounce King was on the deck. What a surprise as the fly was inside the fish’s mouth and the leader was 50# mono. Thursday and Friday were mostly dead but the “Dinks” returned Saturday. Five under 10 pounds were caught. 



 


Spanish Mackerel were around but not in big numbers. Small cigar minnows with a mono leader was the best option to get bit. They were “keeper” size but no “Axe Handles” were caught.
     
Schools if small Bonito were plentiful all week. They were marauding the rain minnows.  A “00” Clark spoon or fly behind a bubble or lead seemed to be the best option to get their attention. The bite was best early morning and late afternoon. The average size was between 2 and 4 pounds. Phillip got the only bigger Bonito which was between 8 and 10 polunds. 


 
Anyone wanting to fill their coolers with Hardtail and Lady fish were not disappointed. They were thick and coming up 5 and 6 at a time on the bigger “sabiki” rigs.
 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Ladyfish, Hardtails and a few Pompano. Bait: Cigar minnows and Alewives.
 
Water temperature83
 
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DD
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WDIR
WSPD
kts
GST
kts
WVHT
ft
DPD
sec
APD
sec
MWD
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PTDY
in
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SAL
psu
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nmi
TIDE
ft
06
10
8:12 am
NNW
1.9
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
81.1
83.1
-
-
-
-
06
10
8:06 am
W
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
81.7
83.1
-
-
-
-
06
10
8:00 am
W
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.06
+0.03
81.9
83.1
-
-
-
-
06
10
7:54 am
W
5.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
81.5
83.1
-
-
-
-
06
10
7:48 am
W
5.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
81.5
83.1
-
-
-
-
06
10
7:42 am
W
7.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
30.06
-
81.5
83.1
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    Wednesday, June 13th – New Moon  Wednesday June 27th - Full Moon
 

Friday            10:18pm Low    -0.4   11:12am High   1.9
Saturday        11:04pm Low    -0.3   12:06pm High   1.8
Sunday          11:41pm Low    -0.1    12:255p High   1.7  Sunrise:5:41am  Sunset:7:47pm
 

 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam



Alberto a disappointment
6/6/2018
 
Our first storm, Alberto, came and went without and significane effect. There was rain and wind but fishing saw no improvement during or after. King and Spanish Mackerel were scarce all week. Bonito were around in schools feeding on tiny rain minnows. Late week, the Bonito turned on  when presented a small fly behind a bubble or small spoons. A few shark were prowling. Hardtails and Ladyfish were the only consistent bite. Bait was hit or miss but mostly miss.
 
I am only aware of 3 Kings caught all week. Two were small and then Saturday, Brenda reported the only decent King hit the deck at 18.6 pounds.
 
Bonito action was mostly in the afternoons. As the week progressed, the bite got a little better with a few anglers landing as many as 8 fish. They ranged 3 to 5 pounds like this one Parker caught, but still fun to catch. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Red Drum, Ladyfish, Hardtails and Blues. Bait: Bait was scarce but a few Cigar minnows, Threadfin Herring and Alewives were around.
 
Water temperature80
MM
DD
TIME
(EDT)
WDIR
WSPD
kts
GST
kts
WVHT
ft
DPD
sec
APD
sec
MWD
PRES
in
PTDY
in
ATMP
°F
WTMP
°F
DEWP
°F
SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
06
03
8:24 am
WNW
8.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
80.8
79.7
-
-
-
-
06
03
8:18 am
WNW
8.9
9.9
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
80.8
79.7
-
-
-
-
06
03
8:12 am
WNW
8.9
9.9
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
80.6
79.7
-
-
-
-
06
03
8:06 am
W
8.9
9.9
-
-
-
-
29.95
-
80.6
79.7
-
-
-
-
06
03
8:00 am
W
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.94
+0.03
80.6
79.9
-
-
-
-
06
03
7:54 am
W
9.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.94
-
80.6
79.9
-
-
-
-
06
03
7:48 am
WNW
9.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.94
-
80.6
80.1
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    Wednesday, June 13th – New Moon  Wednesday June 27th - Full Moon
 
Wednesday     12:11am Low    0.2    2:29pm High   1.1
Thursday         12:26am Low    0.3    2:56pm High   0.9
Friday              12:17am Low    0.5    8:27am High   1.0
                        11:18pm Low    0.6
Saturday           5:59pm Low     0.4    8:22am High   1.1
Sunday             6:05pm Low     0.2    8:24am High   1.3  Sunrise:5:41am  Sunset:7:44pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
 

 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
West winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Protected waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY (88/74 rain 20% wind WNW-9)
West winds 10 knots. Seas 1 foot. Protected
waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
FRIDAY (88/74 rain 10% wind SE-7)
SATURDAY (86/75 rain 20% wind SSE-9)
SUNDAY (86/76 rain 20% wind SW-10)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
 
Sam
 




PCB Pier Update
Several small Cobia and more Mahi.
5/29/2018
 
It is getting late in the season for Cobia but several small Cobia were caught with more seen this week. The biggest was 29 inches. Tarpon schools are passing regularly but are headed east and not interested in biting. Numbers of small Kings and Spanish kept us from getting bored. A few Mahi are occasionally showing but Ladyfish and Hardtails are plentiful. Lots of Bonito were here chasing rain minnows but were hard to catch. Lastly, we prepare for our first Tropical Storm with Squalls and very rough surf conditions for early next week. Water clarity will suffer  but for how long we will just have to wait and see. Hopefully it will blow in a few bigger fish.
 
Bigger fish have been rare so far with 28 pounds being our biggest King for the year. This week was no different. A majority of Kings hooked were under 10 pounds. Only two decent size Kings were decked. I got lucky with a 23 pound 2 ounce fish Wednesday and Carson B. landed a 13 pound 13 ounce King on Friday. Carson and Anna, brother and sister, got back to back Kings Friday. Most were caught on bait but a few hit plugs. 


 


This was three weeks in a row that Mahi have been caught. All were small but good table fare. Matt was in the right place at the right time to score one. 


 
We had a poor Cobia season but a few small ones were still around this week. At least four were caught. They were hanging with the Remora. Sonny caught his first pier Cobia that measured 25 inches. It was safely released. Dave B. got another one that was 29 inches. 


 
Friday and Saturday late afternoons, the Bonito came in in  a fenzy. Numerous fish were caught.
 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Mahi,  Red Drum, Cobia, Ladyfish, Hardtails and Blues. Bait: Cigar minnows, Speedos, Spanish Sardine and Alewives.
 
Water temperature81
MM
DD
TIME
(EDT)
WDIR
WSPD
kts
GST
kts
WVHT
ft
DPD
sec
APD
sec
MWD
PRES
in
PTDY
in
ATMP
°F
WTMP
°F
DEWP
°F
SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
05
27
10:12 am
NE
9.9
17.1
-
-
-
-
29.84
-
77.0
81.1
-
-
-
-
05
27
10:06 am
NE
12.0
15.9
-
-
-
-
29.84
-
76.5
81.1
-
-
-
-
05
27
10:00 am
NE
12.0
15.9
-
-
-
-
29.84
+0.00
76.3
81.1
-
-
-
-
05
27
9:54 am
NE
8.9
17.1
-
-
-
-
29.84
-
76.5
81.1
-
-
-
-
05
27
9:48 am
NE
11.1
15.0
-
-
-
-
29.85
-
76.1
81.1
-
-
-
-
05
27
9:42 am
ENE
8.0
15.9
-
-
-
-
29.85
-
76.1
81.1
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    Tuesday, May 29th – Full Moon
 
Wednesday      9:22pm Low   -0.1    10:03am High  1.6
Thursday          9:54pm Low   -0.1    10:39am High  1.6
Friday             10:24pm Low   -0.1    11:19am High  1.6
Saturday         10:53pm Low    0.0    12:00pm High  1.6
Sunday           11:21pm Low    0.0    12:40pm High  1.5  Sunrise:5:41am  Sunset:7:41pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
 

WEDNESDAY (83/76 rain 90% wind SSW11)
South winds 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with
occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 6 seconds.
Protected waters a moderate chop. Showers and thunderstorms
likely.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
South winds 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet
with occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 7 seconds.
Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY(84/77 rain 60% wind SSW-12)
South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with
occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 8 seconds.
Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
FRIDAY (84/77 rain 60% wind WSW-12)
SATURDAY (86/78 rain 50% wind W-16)
SUNDAY (87/78 rain 60% wind WSW-16)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
 Sam




PCB Pier Update

5/22/2018
 
Kings, Mahi, Spanish and even a Jack Crevelle were on the catch menu this week. We almost had a repeat of last week with Kings and Mahi being caught almost every day. The bite was slow but at least there was a bite. Hordes of Ladyfish and Hardtails were constant and anglers filled their coolers. A few Red Drum kept the bottom fishing interesting. Bait was good early week with Cigar minnows, Speedos and Alewives but got scarce at the end of the week. We are still waiting for our first Sailfish.
 
Monday started with a school of big Jack Crevelle passing the end Tee. Two anglers got hits but only one hook-up. Jay’s Cig was inhaled and the battle was on. We thought all was lost as the Jack powered it’s way around a piling but Jay was able to drag it back to the gaff. A few minutes later, Greg and Kelly, visiting anglers, got slammed by Kings. Both were able to bring their fish to the gaff.  


 


Tuesday and Wednesday, the lady anglers showed their skills. Kari, from Talking Rock, Ga., did a great job fighting her King. She was a happy angler when she decked the fish. Then Wednesday, Megan from PA showed her King who was boss. She would have no part in letting her fish run. She powered it to the pier and had it dangling in the air as the gaff went down. The men could not be shown up so Al put a King on the deck and Jason got his first Mahi in his cooler. 





Thursday, there were a few small Kings but Mahi and Red Drum were the catches for the day. David G. hit the mark with a nice Mahi. This was his second in a week. Then, Dan S. caught a beast of a Red Drum. It was hooked in the tongue and looked very bloody but was revived and swam off to fight again. 


 


Friday was our best day for Kings both in numbers and in size. We had good wind and choppy water. Most of the bite was on the SE corner and on natural bait. Most of the fish were small but the two biggest fish of the week were decked. Long L. had a nice fish hit. He worked his fish around the Tee several times but successfully landed the 18 pound King. Then Charles C. got slammed. His fish fought hard too forcing Charles to work it from side to side of the Tee before bringing the big fish for the week to the gaff. It weighed 22 pounds. A few minutes later, we herd Steven calling for help. He had a Bull Red on the back side of the Tee and needed a net. Another Bull Red on the deck for a quick picture before it’s release. 


 


Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi,  Red Drum, Jack Crevelle, Ladyfish, Hardtails and Blues. Bait: Speedos, Alewives and Cigs.
 
Water temperature80
MM
DD
TIME
(EDT)
WDIR
WSPD
kts
GST
kts
WVHT
ft
DPD
sec
APD
sec
MWD
PRES
in
PTDY
in
ATMP
°F
WTMP
°F
DEWP
°F
SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
05
20
6:54 am
N
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.08
-
74.3
80.6
-
-
-
-
05
20
6:48 am
NNE
1.9
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.08
-
74.7
80.6
-
-
-
-
05
20
6:42 am
NE
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
74.5
80.6
-
-
-
-
05
20
6:36 am
ENE
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
74.5
80.6
-
-
-
-
05
20
6:30 am
NE
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
74.5
80.6
-
-
-
-
05
20
6:24 am
ENE
5.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.07
-
74.7
80.8
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    Tuesday, May 29th – Full Moon
 
Wednesday      1:46am Low     0.3     3:16pm High   0.9
Thursday          1:37pm Low     0.5     9:03am High   0.7
                         5:41pm Low     0.7     8:21pm High   0.7
Friday               1:06am Low     0.6     8:55pm High   1.1
                         6:12pm Low     0.4
Saturday           6:50pm Low    0.2     9:05am High   1.2
Sunday             7:31pm Low    0.1     9:15am High   1.3  Sunrise:5:43am  Sunset:7:38pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
  
WEDNESDAY (83/73 rain 40% wind-SSE-9)
South winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY
Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots.
Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers
and thunderstorms.
THURSDAY (85/73 rain 20% wind SSE-8)
FRIDAY (84/72 rain 20% wind SE-10)
SATURDAY (82/73 rain 80% wind ESE-13)
SUNDAY (83/74 rain 50% wind SSE-10)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam






Mahi and 20 pound Kings
5/16/2018
 
We managed to get through Thunder Beach only to welcome the Iron Man group. At least it only disrupted traffic on Saturday. The water was warm and clear all week. Decent on shore wind brought Mahi several days and a couple of 20 plus pound Kings. Spanish were plentiful along with a few Pompano and Red Drum. A few Flounder and Sheepshead made their way into coolers too. Be warned the Hardtails are here and the Sabikis are flying.
 
It was another decent week for Kings. The numbers were not great but a few fish each day kept us interested. Bait was around most of the week and commanded the better bite. A few strikes were had using X-Raps too. Lee got the Kings started on Monday with two on the deck. We would see our bigger fish on Thursday when Shawn decked a 25 pound 2 ounce and I got a 22 pound 5 ounce King. Both were on dead Cigar minnows. Then Tommy closed the week with a decent fish.  






Spanish Mackerel were thick with a good mix of “axe handles”. Again, the better fish were caught on bait. Lures were productive but typically the smaller fish seemed to hit them. Brenda shows one of the average fish that were being landed. 


 
The best news was that Mahi showed several days. None were very big but most were just above “chicken” size. They were filing through in singles and doubles. Most were caught on Cigar minnows but a couple did hit jigs and one was caught on a Gotcha.


 
The shallows produced a few Pompano and even a few Flounder. Matt W. holds one of the Flounder. Reports of at least three others were caught during the week. Bob R. put in hours trying for Sheepshead and it finally paid off. He managed to get three of the “Convicts” on the deck. A few Red Drum and lots of Hardtails and Ladyfish were caught as well. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi,  Red Drum, Pompano, Flounder. Sheepshead, Ladyfish, Hardtails and Blues. Bait: Speedos and Cigs.
 
Water temperature:
 
MM
DD
TIME
(EDT)
WDIR
WSPD
kts
GST
kts
WVHT
ft
DPD
sec
APD
sec
MWD
PRES
in
PTDY
in
ATMP
°F
WTMP
°F
DEWP
°F
SAL
psu
VIS
nmi
TIDE
ft
05
13
8:54 am
WNW
7.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
77.0
76.1
-
-
-
-
05
13
8:48 am
WNW
7.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
76.8
76.3
-
-
-
-
05
13
8:42 am
WNW
8.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
76.8
76.3
-
-
-
-
05
13
8:36 am
WNW
8.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
76.5
76.1
-
-
-
-
05
13
8:30 am
WNW
8.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
76.1
76.3
-
-
-
-
05
13
8:24 am
WNW
8.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
76.3
76.5
-
-
-
-
05
13
8:18 am
WNW
7.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.09
-
75.9
76.1
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week: Tuesday, May 15th - New Moon
                                  Tuesday, May 29th – Full Moon
 
Wednesday      9:18pm Low  - 0.2    10:22am High   1.6
Thursday        10:18pm Low   -0.3    11:09am High   1.7
Friday             11:16pm Low   -0.3    11:59am High   1.7
Saturday                                            12:49pm High   1.7
Sunday           12:11am Low   -0.3      1:36pm High   1.6  Sunrise:5:46am Sunset:7:33pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is: (local forecast)
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT and Thursday
South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas
2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY (82/73 rain 90% wind S-11)
FRIDAY (82/72 rain 50% wind S-11)
SATURDAY (83/72 rain 40% wind S-10)
SUNDAY (84/72 rain 40% wind S-10)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 






 











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