Pier/Beach Fishing

Smoker King and Cobia

4/25/2017

 


It was a week of highs and lows as the King bite was similar. The first over 30# King hit the deck and on a X-Rap. Big Spanish were moving through along with a few Bonito. Several schools of big Jacks passed the pier and a few Cobia were in the mix. Sheepshead were on the pilings and Pompano were thick in the shallows.

 

The King bite was all over the place from hot to non-existent. The first half of the week was definitely better as good numbers of Kings were caught. Sunday and Wednesday were the hot bite days with “Turbo” Cigar minnows, Speedos and Spanish Sardine hanging around. Sunday morning the bite went off. Danny, Nori and Tommy put nice Kings on the deck. Wednesday the bait was thick all day and the bite reflected that. Ana and
Marty caught good Kings and then Travis put the big fish of the season on the deck using his X-Rap. It was the first “Smoker” and tipped the scales at 33-pounds. 




 


Spanish were more than willing to cooperate and some of the biggest ones this year moved in. Several “Axe Handle” size fish were caught weighing up to 4.5-pounds. They were eating bait, spoons, bubble rigs and “Gotchas”.

 

Cobia sightings were a little better with a big fish landed and a couple of undersized ones released. Early Thursday afternoon the rail was lined with Cobia anglers searching the water for that elusive “Brown fish” when David got to yell “first shot”. A well-placed cast, a couple of jigging actions and the fish dove on the jig. Cheers rang out as Dave’s rod bowed to the weight on the other end. It was a nice fish! We were all cheering and jeering Dave as he struggled with the powerful Cobia. After several trips around the Tee and a close call with a piling, Dave was successful, bringing his quarry to the gaff. (Watch close in the second video as the fish skirts the side of the piling.) Kudos to Casey for a quick and well placed gaff job. Congratulations Dave on your catch. My scales only go to 50 and the fish was just shy of topping out my scale. 



Check out the video


 

 


 
Water temps have steadily increased.
 
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
04
23
6:54 am
SSW
15.0
17.1
-
-
-
-
29.83
-
73.2
77.7
-
-
-
-
04
23
6:48 am
SSW
15.9
17.1
-
-
-
-
29.83
-
73.2
77.7
-
-
-
-
04
23
6:42 am
S
15.0
17.1
-
-
-
-
29.83
-
73.2
77.7
-
-
-
-
04
23
6:36 am
S
14.0
14.0
-
-
-
-
29.83
-
73.2
77.7
-
-
-
-
04
23
6:30 am
SSW
12.0
14.0
-
-
-
-
29.83
-
73.2
77.9
-
-
-
-
04
23
6:24 am
SSW
12.0
14.0
-
-
-
-
29.83
-
73.2
77.9
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the rest of the week are: We are beginning the week with a Neap tide.
 
 

Wednesday     7:42pm Low     0.0     10:22am High   1.2
Thursday         8:54pm Low   - 0.1     10:50am High   1.4
Friday            10:08pm Low   - 0.2     11:29am High   1.5
Saturday        11:21pm Low   - 0.2     12:14pm High   1.6
Sunday                                                 1:04pm High   1.6
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 

 
TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY
SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1
TO 2 FEET. PROTECTED WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY
SOUTH WINDS 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET. PROTECTED WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
 


Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 



Kings, Spanish, Pompano and a Cobia

4/19/2017
 
 
We had a more consistent week with Kings hitting the deck most days. Spanish were plentiful with a few “Axe Handles” in the mix. A couple of Cobia were hooked and the Pompano bite was excellent both in the mornings and afternoons. We even had bait several days. A look back to last year revealed the bite was better with more fish per day and more species caught.
 
“Smoker” Kings have been missing in the catch but a couple were spotted on the sand bar. The presence of bait, Cigs and Speedos, seemed to change the game as we had several multiple fish days. It was not what we would say was a hot bite but fairly consistent throughout the week. The big fish of the week were in the low 20-pound class. “Schoolies” and “Snakes” made the bulk of catches. David got things started Monday with a 22-pound fish. Then Rob put two on the deck Tuesday. Hugh and Brenda filled in mid-week and Nory closed the week Saturday. 




 



Spanish were marauding all week chopping our fresh bait, hitting Gotchas and almost anything else that we threw. Getting your limit was not a problem if you wanted. There were many “Axe Handle” size fish in the mix with a few huge Spanish too. There were a couple lost that were five pounds or bigger. Paul shows one he caught that hit a turbo Cig. 


 
As good as the Mackerel bite was, the Cobia bite was just the opposite. Anglers strained their eyes all week for a few opportunities to cast their jigs. Michael B. finally got that chance and hit the mark with a fish about 30 pounds only to have the line break as the fish fought its way to the back-east corner of the Tee. Friday morning, Tyler saw a swirl and made a lucky cast to find a brown fish. It would be the only one decked for the week. 


 
The best bite was in the shallows as the Pompano bite was phenomenal. Both mornings and late afternoons, the bite was excellent. Numerous limit catches were had during the week. Bait on set rigs as well as jigs got the job done. Rowell shows a couple of the ones he caught and Bobby shows a few of his fish pictured on his cooler lid. (see: Rowell-5064; Bobby)


 

A few Sheepshead have returned and finally were willing to bite. The catches were slim but at least a few were decked. Mike got three for dinner one afternoon.  
 
Species caught this week:
King Mackerel, Cobia, Pompano, Red Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead. We had Cigar minnows, Speedos and Ballyhoo. Squid continue to be thick despite the Spanish. We caught them consistently on Sabiki rigs while catching Cigs and Speedos.
 
Temps have recovered to mid-70-degree range.
 
4/10/2017

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
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
04
16
6:54 am
E
8.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.19
-
66.4
73.0
-
-
-
-
04
16
6:48 am
E
7.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
30.19
-
66.6
73.0
-
-
-
-
04
16
6:42 am
E
7.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.19
-
66.4
73.0
-
-
-
-
04
16
6:36 am
E
7.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.19
-
66.6
73.0
-
-
-
-
04
16
6:30 am
ENE
7.0
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.19
-
66.6
73.0
-
-
-
-
04
16
6:24 am
E
7.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.19
-
67.1
73.0
-
-
-
-

 
Tides for the rest of the week are: We are beginning the week with a Neap tide.
 
 
Thursday         2:47am Low    0.0     5:01pm High   1.1
Friday              3:21am Low    0.1     6:33pm High   1.0
Saturday          3:48am Low    0.2     8:13pm High   0.9
Sunday            4:05am Low    0.4   10:44am High   0.7
                        3:53pm Low    0.5     9:59pm High   0.8
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 

 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
SOUTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS BECOMING EAST 5 TO
10 KNOTS IN THE LATE EVENING. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET.
PROTECTED WATERS MOSTLY SMOOTH.
 
THURSDAY
SOUTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. PROTECTED
WATERS MOSTLY SMOOTH.
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 






Kings have arrived

 

Our wait was finally over as the first Kings hit the deck this week. With the dredging and beach re- nourishment in full progress at the County Pier, the conditions were better than we expected. Later in the week the water turned to chocolate milk but improved in the afternoons. Schools of big Jacks cycled by and there were a couple of Cobia caught. Pompano were thick at times and Spanish were willing to bite almost anything. The only consistent bait continues to be schools of Ballyhoo passing through.

 

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday were our best King bite. Natural bait and X-Raps got the job done. X-Raps had the early edge but as the bite improved natural bait got more hits. I had thrown bait all day Tuesday and decided to throw in the towel about 5:30. Within 20 minutes, Dan broke the ice with a X-Rap fish. Then the doors seemed to open. Friday topped the week with at least a dozen Kings landed. There were no “Smokers” caught but decent fish up to 23-pounds were decked. Of course, several were lost to the piling god as well as pulled hooks.




 






Cobia have been a rare breed with only two small fish caught this week. Andrew, from Blue Ridge, Georgia decked the first one weighing in at 18-pounds. It was an unusual catch as it was on a bottom rig baited with a strip of a Cigar minnow. His line broke as the first gaff was attempted but the story didn’t end there. The line wrapped the gaff rope and held long enough for a second gaff to hit the mark. Talk about beginner’s luck! Wednesday another small Ling was spotted and Charles got the shot. After a short battle the fish was netted. Most Cobia are gaffed but this one had special meaning to Charles. He had committed his first Cobia this year, no matter what size, was going to be released in memory of his brother Ben. 


 


For the first time this year big Jacks (tackle busters) were marauding by the pier feeding on the Ballyhoo. Several were hooked with a few landed and more that won their battle with their disappointed anglers. It is tough to lose an $18 X-Rap to a Jack. Tommy landed his first ever pier Jack. 


 

All the action was not on the end of the pier as Pompano were thick at times. It seems as the sand is pumped onto the beach from the dredge, it was creating a chum line in the water. The Pompano have taken advantage of this as well as Pompano fishermen. Eugene, a frequent visitor from Atlanta, caught his share. 


 

As I was leaving Friday evening, the dredging and beach project at the County pier was almost complete. The piping is already in place just West of the City pier for their one mile re-nourishment. 


 

Species caught this week:

King Mackerel, Cobia, Jack Cravelle, Pompano, Red Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and Squid. Ballyhoo are still passing the pier.

 

Temps have been in the low to mid 70-degree range with a drop for the weekend as a cool front passed..

 

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

04

09

7:48 am

NE

6.0

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.14

-

55.4

68.7

-

-

-

-

04

09

7:42 am

NE

6.0

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.14

-

54.9

68.7

-

-

-

-

04

09

7:36 am

NE

6.0

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.14

-

55.2

68.9

-

-

-

-

04

09

7:30 am

NE

6.0

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.14

-

55.0

68.9

-

-

-

-

04

09

7:24 am

NE

6.0

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.14

-

55.6

68.9

-

-

-

-

04

09

7:18 am

NE

6.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

30.13

-

55.2

68.9

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

Tides for the rest of the week are: We are beginning the week with a Neap tide.

(http://www.almanac.com/content/spring-tides-neap-tides)

 

 

 

Monday:        4:35am Low    0.5    10:59am High   0.7

                      6:16pm Low    0.3

Tuesday:       3:20am Low    0.4      1:15am High   0.6

                      7:17pm Low    0.2    10:49am High   0.9

Wednesday   8:14pm Low    0.1    11:05am High   1.0

Thursday       9:13pm Low    0.1    11:28am High   1.1

Friday          10:15pm Low    0.1    11:56am High   1.2

Saturday      11:21pm Low    00     12:30pm High   1.2

Sunday                                           1:08pm  High   1.3

                     

 

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

 

MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

EAST WINDS 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET

WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 6 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 5 SECONDS.

PROTECTED WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.

 

TUESDAY NIGHT

EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.

PROTECTED WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.

 

WEDNESDAY

EAST WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.

PROTECTED WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

NORTHEAST WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO

3 FEET. PROTECTED WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.

 

THURSDAY

SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.

PROTECTED WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam





Still waiting for the first King
4/5/2017

 

 

Kings have been absent again this week but Cobia have been spotted and jigs presented. Sheepshead were MIA. Red Drum were  around but in small numbers. Pompano were hot at times and had lock jaw other times. Spanish Mackerel were thick.

 

Unlike the City Pier, we are still waiting for bait to arrive and the Kings to closely follow. However, a few Cobia were spotted and hooked only to leave their anglers with a big disappointment. Brad managed to hook a big one Tuesday that took him from the sandbar on the east side around the

Tee and to the back west corner before the jig pulled. It was a close one as the gaff barely missed the mark. The brown fish then rolled and sounded. Brad was getting it back to the surface but the hook popped out. Here is a shot of Brad all bowed up in the corner and then a video of the last few seconds of the fight.   


 


Pompano have been moving through in schools and as they cycled past the pier the barrage of jigs found their mark. Several anglers caught their limit. As I passed one morning, there were 4 hooked and 2 brought  over the rail in a double dip with the landing net. Ernie is leaning over the net to get his Pomp in this shot. 


 

The Spanish bite has been off the chain. Several days you could get your limit in less than an hour. They were hitting everything. Bubble Rigs, Spoons, Gotchas and bait did the trick. This has probably been the best Spanish bite in a long time. Brenda, Hugh and Nate sent me a shot of their catches for Wednesday and Thursday. 


 

Species caught this week:

Pompano, Red Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and Squid. Large schools of Ballyhoo have been passing all week and quite a few were caught.

 

The City Pier station NOAA chart has been missing the water temp but it was repaired early week. Temps have been rising all week and have crossed the 70-degree threshold a couple of times.

 

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

04

02

6:24 pm

ESE

15.0

15.9

-

-

-

-

29.94

-

73.4

74.1

-

-

-

-

04

02

6:18 pm

SE

13.0

14.0

-

-

-

-

29.95

-

73.4

74.1

-

-

-

-

04

02

6:12 pm

SE

13.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

29.96

-

73.2

73.9

-

-

-

-

04

02

6:06 pm

SE

13.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

29.96

-

73.2

73.9

-

-

-

-

04

02

6:00 pm

SE

14.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

-0.05

73.2

73.9

-

-

-

-

04

02

5:54 pm

SE

13.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

-

73.4

73.9

-

-

-

-

Tides for the rest of the week are: Sunday will finish us with a Neap tide.

(http://www.almanac.com/content/spring-tides-neap-tides)

 

 

 

Thursday      4:39am Low     0.0    7:34pm High   1.0

Friday           5:04am Low     0.1    8:52pm High   0.9

Saturday       5:44am Low    0.3   11:57am High   0.6

                     3:21pm Low     0.5   10:07pm High   0.8

Sunday         5:04am Low    0.4    10:59am High   0.7

                     5:04pm Low    0.4     11:26pm High  0.7

                    

 

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

 

 

THURSDAY

NORTHWEST WINDS 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH

OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 8 FEET. PROTECTED WATERS CHOPPY. SLIGHT

CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.

 

THURSDAY NIGHT

NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO

5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 6 FEET. PROTECTED WATERS

CHOPPY.

 

FRIDAY

NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH

OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 6 FEET. PROTECTED WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam







City Pier has caught both Kings and Cobia
3/28/2017

Someone please explain how 3.25 miles of coastline can separate the fish as we have seen between the City and County piers. The City pier has had Cigar Minnows most of the week and there have been multiple Kings caught as well as a Cobia. The County is still waiting to deck the first of both. Pompano were caught almost every day on jigs with “tippers”. Reds are still around but in much fewer numbers. Spanish are yet to come back and Sheepshead are rare. So when will the County join the Spring run?
 
Cobia anglers continue to keep their eyes peeled watching for the “brown fish” only to have the few that were spotted to completely rebuff their offerings. Hopefully it will happen this week and next report will be loaded with pictures…
 
Pompano have been moving through the skinny water in schools all week. A couple of anglers got their limit but had to work the water all day to do it. Slick did just that on Wednesday and got his first limit of the year. A quantity of fish were landed up to around three pounds. Jigs tipped with Sand Fleas (Mole Crabs) was the winner bait. 


 
Red Drum are around but in better numbers early mornings. They have tended to disappear by afternoons. Fresh Squid will almost guarantee you a bite provided you present it close enough to the school. They have been super spooky so casting past the school and gently moving your bait in range has been a must. They are still BIG so don’t expect to have a Blackened Red fish dinner. Of course, a landing net is a required piece of equipment so you can land and safely release your fish. 


 


Sheepshead have almost disappeared and only a couple were spotted each day. However, Tony made the trip down from Atlanta Monday and again showed us that if you put in the time and be patient, you can find them. He fished all day and I mean from dawn to dark! I got out just in time to net his first one mid-day. He reported two additional catches just as the sun was setting. Now that is patience. To my knowledge, his were the only ones for the week. 


 
Squid anglers continue to taper off in numbers but the Squid remain. There have been good catches most of the week with some large ones in the mix. Dan took home several big enough to stuff. It will not be long before the water temp and return of Mackerel will scatter the Squid so don’t miss out. 



 
Species caught this week:
Sheepshead, Pompano, Red Drum, Spanish Mackerel and Squid. Schools of Ballyhoo have been passing all week.
 
The City Pier station NOAA chart has been missing the water temp but it was repaired early week. Temps have been rising all week and have crossed the 70-degree threshold a couple of times.
 
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
03
26
5:12 am
SSE
9.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.04
-
67.5
69.8
-
-
-
-
03
26
5:06 am
SSE
8.9
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.04
-
67.3
69.8
-
-
-
-
03
26
5:00 am
SSE
8.9
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.04
-0.03
67.5
69.8
-
-
-
-
03
26
4:54 am
SSE
8.9
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
67.3
69.8
-
-
-
-
03
26
4:48 am
SSE
9.9
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
67.5
69.8
-
-
-
-
03
26
4:42 am
SSE
8.9
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
67.6
69.8
-
-
-
-
03
26
4:36 am
SE
8.9
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
67.6
69.8
-
-
-
-
03
26
4:30 am
SE
9.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
67.6
69.8
-
-
-
-
03
26
4:24 am
SE
9.9
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
67.6
69.8
-
-
-
-
03
26
4:18 am
SE
12.0
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
67.5
69.8
-
-
-
-
03
26
4:12 am
SE
12.0
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
67.6
69.8
-
-
-
-
03
26
4:06 am
SE
11.1
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.05
-
67.5
70.0
-
-
-
-
 
Tides for the rest of the week are: Sunday will finish us with a Neap tide.
 
 
 

Wednesday  5:21am Low    0.4     1:52am High   0.6
                      8:08pm Low    0.1   11:44am High   0.9
Thursday      9:41pm Low    0.0   12:08pm High   1.0
Friday         11:20pm Low   -0.1   12:45pm High   1.2
Saturday                                        1:32pm High   1.3
Sunday       12:52am Low   -0.2     2:28pm High   1.3
                    
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 

WEDNESDAY
SOUTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET.
PROTECTED WATERS MOSTLY SMOOTH.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO
2 FEET. PROTECTED WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
 
THURSDAY
SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
PROTECTED WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam



Still no Cobia 

3/22/2017
 
 
 
Water temperatures took a hit with the passing cold front and so did the bite. There were no Cobia this week. A quick review of last year showed two Cobia had hit the deck. Ernie hammered the first one with a 33# St. Patrick’s Day fish and Matt M. followed the next day with a 35# Ling. However, the Red Drum kept us entertained. Sheepshead all but disappeared, a few Pomps came through and we had a passing school of Spanish that got hammered by a pod of Dolphin.
 
 
 
Red Drum were our main stay and they were hanging around in big schools. Fresh Squid continued to be the bait of choice but they would hit Ghost Shrimp if you had them. Several anglers experienced the power of these fish and the battle did not end well for them. However, many were rewarded as quite a few “Bulls” were landed and promptly released. Paul, landed two this week with the second one giving him the battle of his life. It took him from the first Tee almost to the end before we could get it into the net. Paul turns 86 early July and still puts a lot of us to shame! 


 

Reds were not the only thing caught as Eugene made the long ride down from Atlanta to land a nice Sheepshead. Of course, it ate a Ghost Shrimp. I managed to get one and have another take me into the pilings. That was it for Sheepshead as they seemed to disappear as the water temp dropped. 


 
Mid-week and then late week saw a few Pompano in the mix. Matt showed us how to catch them Wednesday. Then Saturday, Ron who is approaching the end of his Winter visit here, landed his first Pompano of the year. 


 
Species caught this week:
Sheepshead, Pompano, Red Drum, Spanish Mackerel and Squid. No bait fish..  
 
Water temps took a hit with the cold front and dropped just below 60 degrees but had recovered some by Saturday afternoon. The City Pier station NOAA chart has been partially down and still does not have the current water temp displaying.
 
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
03
12
7:54 am
NNE
9.9
15.0
-
-
-
-
30.14
-
56.5
-
-
-
-
-
03
12
7:48 am
NNE
9.9
15.9
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
56.7
-
-
-
-
-
03
12
7:42 am
NNE
11.1
15.0
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
56.8
-
-
-
-
-
03
12
7:36 am
NNE
11.1
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
57.0
-
-
-
-
-
03
12
7:30 am
NNE
7.0
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.14
-
57.4
-
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the rest of the week are: Sunday will finish us with a Neap tide.
 
 
 
Monday:       2:44am Low   -0.1   3:48pm High   1.0
Tuesday:      3:33am Low   -0.1   4:56pm High   1.0
Wednesday  4:13am Low  - 0.1     6:11pm High   1.1
Thursday      4:49am Low   -0.1     7:23pm High   1.0
Friday           5:20am Low   -0.1     8:32pm High   1.0
Saturday       5:47am Low    0.0     9:39pm High   1.0
Sunday         6:09am Low    0.1   12:58pm High   0.4
                     3:17pm Low    0.3   10:48pm High   0.9
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 

 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING NORTHEAST
10 TO 15 KNOTS EARLY IN THE MORNING. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. PROTECTED
WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
 
THURSDAY
EAST WINDS 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
PROTECTED WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




PCB Pier Report 

3/15/2017
 
 
Cobia anglers are lining the rail in hopes of being the one to call “first shot” and that call was made this week with no takers. A couple more Cobia were spotted but so far, they are not interested in biting. Red Drum and Sheepshead have kept other anglers busy and we closed the week with our first Cigar minnows and a decent Spanish Mackerel bite. There were even two big Black Drum hooked and brought to the surface only to make another run into the pilings to their freedom. Slick and Steve enjoyed the battle even though they didn’t win.
 
Monday was windy with rough water so I settled on fishing the trough and sitting on the bench, soaking fresh whole Squid. The day was long, waiting for a bite, but patience paid off. About 4:30, a bite began. Blues, small Shark, a Catfish, a Bull Red and then something different. My line began moving sideways and I brought up a decent size Flounder. Then another bite with the fish running fast through the water. To my complete surprise, it was a Pompano. I have never heard of a Pomp eating Squid before and would have dismissed anyone saying that they caught one on Squid as a fabrication. However, now I’ll have to add this to my “never before” list. 


 
Bull Reds have been stacked from the first Tee out just past the outer sandbar all week. Fresh Squid would almost guarantee you a bite but getting them landed was another story. Many anglers learned the power these fish have and their tactic of wrapping you in the pilings resulting in cut lines. Several of us managed to get lucky and land some bruisers. Bill, Alex, Bob, Rob and I all were schooled this week but got these up for a quick picture before releasing them for a future fight: 


 





Sheepshead have been around but the bite was scarce until Wednesday. Wednesday and Thursday were banner days and the bite was on like we haven’t seen all year. Several anglers caught multiple fish but Bob took the honors with 10 in one day. Of course, Ghost Shrimp was the go to bait but live Shrimp worked too. I got another big one that looked like a twin to the 10.6# I got last week. Several other big ones were decked as well. Here are a few pictures of our bounty: 





  

We ended the week Saturday with the first Cigar Minnows for the year. Squid continued to be thick and the combination of the small Cigs and Squid brought the Spanish in. The bite turned on for the first decent Spanish Mackerel bite for March. Our young anglers even got in on the action as Trey got his first pier Spanish. 


 
I don’t usually mix catches from a previous week but this one needed to be here. I didn’t get this picture from last Saturday until the report had been filed. Billy caught this “Doormat” on a Bull Minnow in very skinny water. We don’t get to many 22” Flounder. (see: Billy)
 
Species caught this week:
Sheepshead, Bonito, Pompano, Red Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Flounder, Shark, Catfish and Squid. A few schools of Ballyhoo are passing and the first Cigar minnows showed Saturday.  
 
Water temps were 62 early week but the tide chart indicates we hit 70 degrees Sunday morning March 12. The City Pier station NOAA chart has been partially down and still does not have the current water temp displaying.
 
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
03
12
7:54 am
NNE
9.9
15.0
-
-
-
-
30.14
-
56.5
-
-
-
-
-
03
12
7:48 am
NNE
9.9
15.9
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
56.7
-
-
-
-
-
03
12
7:42 am
NNE
11.1
15.0
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
56.8
-
-
-
-
-
03
12
7:36 am
NNE
11.1
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
57.0
-
-
-
-
-
03
12
7:30 am
NNE
7.0
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.14
-
57.4
-
-
-
-
-
 
 

 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
 
THURSDAY
NORTH WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
PROTECTED WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
 
THURSDAY NIGHT
NORTHEAST WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 0 TO
1 FEET. PROTECTED WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
 
FRIDAY
EAST WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. PROTECTED
WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Cobia or King Mackerel-Which will happen first?

3/8/2017
 
Finally, March is here and Spring is just around the corner. Water temperatures have been like Spring for a while (69 degrees most of the week) but the Kings have yet to show. A big Cobia was reportedly sighted this week in skinny water but would not eat. Rail huggers are already increasing in numbers as they strain their eyes to spot Mr. Brown Suit. They have cleaned their equipment, gotten their jigs of choice and are now waiting to know: When, Who and How big the first Cobia will be. This will be determined soon.
 
Along with Cobia, the Kings should be returning this month. A few schools of Ballyhoo have passed the pier and even a few Tarpon have been spotted cruising and feeding on them. As the bait returns, so will the Kings. So, as I asked above which will hit the deck first, Cobia or King?
 
In the meantime, Red Drum, Pompano and Sheepshead will be the game and the game was good this week. Sunday turned out to be the best bite with Reds, Pompano and Sheepshead hitting the deck. Paul made the first catch with a decent Sheepshead. Then I had a battle on my hands before landing my personal best Sheepshead that tipped the scales at 10.6 pounds. Ghost Shrimp and live Shrimp got the job done. Before the bite stopped I had landed 6 Sheepshead, 5 Pompano (3 keeper size) and got broke-off on a Bull Red. The picture only shows 5 Sheepshead since the 6th “Sheepy” bit after I gave all away except one. The big Sheepshead went home as a special dinner guest. 


 

The rest of the week was more of the same except a much slower bite from the Sheepshead and the Pompano disappeared. Reds, however, were on with fresh caught Squid as a premium bait. Most hook-ups resulted in the angler being taken to school. Cut-offs, broken line, pulled hooks and even broken equipment were common as many of the Reds were 40-inches or better. Tony, a frequent guest from Atlanta, had a good day Thursday with 4 Sheepshead. Paul caught his first ever pier Red in spite of his rod breaking in the middle of the fight. He was still a happy man and headed to the tackle shop for better equipment. Bob put a couple of nice Sheepshead in the box and I caught an unusual 26-inch slot Red that had NO SPOTS. Rob landed a post sunset Red that ate a fresh Squid. 



 





Squid are still thick most evenings. The crowd has thinned some as some of our Northern visitors have had to return home. The Squid bite has started before dark several afternoons.
 
Looks like we are set to have a windy week. Will the Bonito show?
 
Species caught this week:
Sheepshead, Bonito, Pompano, Red Drum, Spanish Mackerel and Squid. A few schools of Ballyhoo are showing up.  
 
Water temps were 69-degrees most of the week but a cool front late week cooled the water to 66. The City Pier station NOAA chart has been partially down and still does not have the current water temp displaying.
 
MM
DD
TIME
(EST)
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
03
05
6:24 am
E
9.9
18.1
-
-
-
-
30.40
-
53.1
-
-
-
-
-
03
05
6:18 am
E
11.1
15.0
-
-
-
-
30.40
-
53.1
-
-
-
-
-
03
05
6:12 am
E
8.0
17.1
-
-
-
-
30.40
-
53.1
-
-
-
-
-
 
 
 
Tides for the rest of the week are:
 
Wednesday  4:37am Low   -0.4     6:54pm High   1.1                 
Thursday      5:16am Low   -0.3     7:59pm High   1.1
Friday           5:47am Low   -0.2     8:57pm High   1.0
Saturday       6:07am Low    0.0     9:50pm High   0.9
Sunday         Neap tide (http://www.almanac.com/content/spring-tides-neap-tides)
 
 

 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 



















 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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