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Pier Open But Sand Jam 2020 Cancelled


 

 

Event Start Date: 2020/03/20

2020/03/20

In response to the COVID-19, Sand Jam 2020 has been cancelled along with Thunder Beach and other events. I am sure we can expect more guidelines and closures in the upcoming days but at this point, I have not heard any plans to close the piers. Of course, depending on the spread and effects realized over the next few weeks, we could see this change.


Our water is dark green Bay water. The temp has risen quickly and is above 70 degrees. Schools of Ballyhoo are streaming through but as of yet, there are no Cigar minnows or other bait schools hanging around the pier. Spanish Mackerel are here in huge numbers and anyone wanting a limit of them can accomplish that in just a few minutes. Sabiki rigs, Gotchas, Spoons and Mackerel rigs are all producing a bite.


Sheepshead have been here in numbers but for the most part, have been unwilling to bite. They are obviously in spawning mode. Sheepshead are fractional spawners so they only lay a portion of their eggs at a time. This is typically during March and April. Another obstacle are the hords of Pin fish pecking our baits off before the Sheepshead have a chance to eat. However, we have occasionally coaxed a bite and a limited few have been decked. Brad got his first ever sheepshead and followed that with another the next day. Mikel and I also got one in the net.

 

 


 

 

A few Red Drum were caught over the week both off the outer sand bar and in skinny water. Sight fishing was the best mode using fresh Sand Fleas. Just as with the Sheepshead, Pin fish were stealing bait almost as fast as it hit the water. Ghost Shrimp were a waist of time as the Pins had it picked clean before it could sink to the bottom. I managed four one afternoon with two over slot, one under slot and the fourth a 22” keeper. Paul invited it for dinner.

 

 

 

 


The Pompano bite is not on yet but a few fish are being seen. Casey chased them for hours and did get a reward for his efforts. A few others were caught but no big numbers yet.

 

 


Species caught: Red Drum, Pompano, Sheepshead, Squid, Spanish Mackerel and Blues. Bait:  Ballyhoo schools flooding through. 

 

Water temperature: 70-73

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

18

9:24 pm

SE

8.9

8.9

-

-


-

-

30.25

-

72.5

72.7

-

-

-

-

03

18

9:18 pm

SE

8.0

9.9

-

-


-

-

30.25

-

72.5

72.7

-

-

-

-

03

18

9:12 pm

SE

8.9

9.9

-

-


-

-

30.24

-

72.5

72.5

-

-

-

-

03

18

9:06 pm

SE

8.9

9.9

-

-


-

-

30.24

-

72.5

72.5

-

-

-

-



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Tides for the week: New Moon Tuesday Mar. 24, 2020 - Full Moon Tuesday Apr. 07, 2020    


                              Sunrise: 6:46am  Sunset: 6:54pm

Friday                   6:06am Low   -0.2       8:48pm High 1.0

Saturday              6:31am Low   -0.1        9:42pm High 1.0

Sunday                 6:26am Low   0.1      10:37pm High 0.9

Monday                6:05am Low   0.2       12:21pm High 0.5

                             4:26pm Low   0.4       11:36pm High 0.7 

Tuesday               6:01am Low   0.3        12:22pm High 0.6

                             5:42pm Low   0.3

Wednesday 25th.   5:44am Low   0.4        12:40am High 0.6

   6:51pm Low    0.2       12:20pm High 0.7                                                                

   Sunrise:6:39am  Sunset: 6:58pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is: 

FRIDAY NIGHT

South winds 5 to 10 knots in the evening becoming

light and variable winds. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period

5 seconds. Protected waters smooth.

SATURDAY

Light and variable winds becoming southwest 5 to

10 knots in the late morning and afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters smooth. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast

after midnight. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters smooth.

SUNDAY

East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south in the

afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters mostly smooth.

Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

SUNDAY NIGHT

South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.

Protected waters smooth. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms.

MONDAY

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.

Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


 (local forecast)

FRIRDAY  (77/67 rain  20% wind SSE-12)

SATURDAY (77/64 rain  40% wind  SW-09)

SUNDAY   (76/66 rain  20% wind ESE-08)

MONDAY   (76/65 rain  30% wind SSW-10)

TUESDAY  (76/68 rain  30% wind  SW-09)

WEDNESDAY(78/66 rain  20% wind  SW-14)


Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam