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23.6lb King and a big Cuda


 

 

Event Start Date: 2020/05/14

2020/05/14

The water has been beautiful with cooler than normal weather all week. More Manatee and Manta Rays entertained pier guests.  Bait has been around but not thick like we would expect. The Pompano bite seems to be over and replaced by Red Drum. A few Spanish Mackerel and a scattering of Kings were decked during the week. Except for Friday when at least 4 Kings were decked, it seemed they were rationed to one a day. Friday also produced a few Bonita, Spanish, one Cobia and tons of Ladyfish. The elusive Flounder made an appearance with 3 caught during the week. Several Baracuda have been hanging around the pier and one took the bait. June grass is forming early and by yesterday it was making fishing the shallows difficult.


Anthony was fishing with several other anglers when he decided to tempt one of the Baracuda that were prowling the pier. A big lively Hardtail was more than the Cuda could resist and the fight was on. Anthony checked one more species off his bucket list with this one.

 


 

This year’s King season has been strange as the numbers of hooked/caught fish have been low. However, there have been a few nice ones decked. Nick H. got his day started early with a nice 17.3 pound fish Friday. Johnny L. had worked his baits several days with little action until Monday afternoon when this 23.6 pound beachcomer came streaking in. Congrats on a couple of nice catches. Thanks Marty for the pictures.

 

 


 

Friday seemed to be the best day as Dan came out to search for a Cobia. Nothing was showing until he brought his children out for support. Lady luck was with them as this 37 incher inhaled his jig.

 

 


Red Drum have kept us entertained all week. They were here most everyday although you had to be persistent to wait for the bite. Both slot and over-slot fish were decked but more slot fish than normal were caught. Fresh sand fleas and live Cigar minnows were the go to bait. Mark and his Son Conner were here on vacation and I had the pleasure of helping them target Reds. The wait was tough on Conner but it paid off as he got to fight two over-slot Reds. Gordon, Robert, Mark F. and I got to get in on the action too.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Over the next several reports, I plan to include a section on “meet your Parks and Recreation staff”. We have a fantastic pier and that facility, along with numerous other recreational facilities, have to be managed and maintained for our enjoyment. Without the men and women that are charged with this task, we would not have them to enjoy. Patrons may have noticed a new face at M. B. Miller pier over the past few weeks. Travis B. has joined the Bay County Parks and Recreation Staff. Travis’ official title is Parks Division Manager and has the responsibility of not only our pier but all management and maintenance for Beach Parks, Beach accesses, Lifeguards, Special Events and all recreation. He comes to Bay County from Catoosa County Georgia where he was their manager. Travis has had a frequent presence on our pier. He has been evaluating maintenance and operation, communicating with locals and visitors on the pier. He is trying to implement change where needed to improve our experience while utilizing the facility. His biggest challenge is restoring all parks back to pre-hurricane Michael condition. After that, he hopes to: create a regular preventative maintenance schedule,  enhance all recreational programs to include fitness opportunities and local leagues, improve boat launches and docks, add Kayak friendly launches and sponsor local tournaments.  He would like to see Food trucks in our parking lot and a new larger and angler friendly gate at the pier. Long range possibilities might be an automated entry system for pass holders. Travis has a big list but we need to remember change will not happen overnight. However, some progress has happened as you will notice we now have a yellow stripe at the end Tee to limit down rigs and sabikis off the front. When you see Travis, please welcome him to our community and thank him for his and his staff’s efforts.

 

 

 

We bear responsibility in the condition of our pier as we must police ourselves. Too frequently, I witness total disregard for cleanliness by cutting bait on the rail and benches. Trash cans are conveniently placed but too many people continue to drop trash where ever they are standing. I even witnessed where someone had cleaned a fish in the sink of the bathroom that is adjacent to the cutting table. It is up to us to help pier staff keep our pier clean and safe. 


Water temperature: 69-71

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

6:24 am

NE

8.0

9.9

-

-

-

-

30.15

-

64.0

71.1

-

-

-

-

05

13

6:18 am

NE

7.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

30.15

-

63.9

71.1

-

-

-

-

05

13

6:12 am

NE

6.0

9.9

-

-

-

-

30.14

-

64.0

71.1

-

-

-

-

05

13

6:06 am

ENE

8.0

9.9

-

-

-

-

30.14

-

64.9

71.1

-

-

-

-

05

13

6:00 am

ENE

8.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

30.14

+0.00

65.1

71.2

-

-

-

-


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Tides for the week: New Moon Friday May 22, 2020  Full Moon Friday June 05, 2020  

                               Sunrise: 5:45am  Sunset: 7:30pm

Thursday 14th.      2:04am Low   0.0        2:40pm High 1.3

Friday                   2:24am Low   0.2        3:18pm High 1.1

Saturday               2:08am Low   0.3        3:55pm High 0.9

Sunday                 1:58am Low   0.5        9:17pm High 0.9

                              6:13pm Low   0.7        8:18pm High 0.7

Monday                1:34am Low   0.6        9:09am High 1.0

                             5:11pm Low   0.5

Tuesday               5:52pm Low   0.3        9:11am High 1.1

Wednesday 20th.   6:37pm Low   0.2        9:06am High 1.3

  Sunrise:5:45am  Sunset: 7:34pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

(local forecast)

THURSDAY (81/69 rain  10% wind  SE-14)

FRIRDAY  (82/68 rain  10% wind SSE-10)

SATURDAY (83/68 rain  10% wind SSE-09)

SUNDAY   (84/68 rain  10% wind   S-10)

MONDAY   (83/69 rain  20% wind WSW-11)

TUESDAY  (84/67 rain  10% wind WNW-11)

WEDNESDAY(84/66 rain  10% wind  SE-09)



Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam