If temperatures rise in the next few days according to predictions, the trout fishing just might kick into high gear for bay anglers.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center said speckled trout have been showing up in the ship channel, and “if we get a couple of 100-degree days, they’ll start showing up better.” As it is, guides in the flats have been bringing in limits of redfish. Large gafftop are biting at night for anglers fishing from piers. Surf anglers are reeling in pompanos and whiting, Keehlisen said. Sheepshead still are taking hooks cast from the south jetty.
At Deep Sea Headquarters, Paula Housman said a 12-hour offshore trip racked up grouper, dorado, vermilion snapper and Atlantic sharpnose shark. Bay anglers still are catching whiting and gafftop. Housman said they’re expecting a lot of anglers this weekend, “and we’ll see what they bring in.”
Folks fishing from Horace Caldwell Pier are catching a lot of bonnethead shark, according to Blake Wallingsford, who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier. He said he also saw a 3.5-foot blacktip shark caught. He’s hearing from anglers that they’re catching a bunch of whiting, some pompano and sheepshead as well.
At Dolphin Dock, Eric Peschke said the La Pesca returned from a special permit red snapper trip with a limit. Also taking the bait are Atlantic sharpnose shark, big group and, of course, vermilion snapper. Bay anglers experienced a change today with gafftop and trout taking bait as well as red drum. “Hopefully the weather holds” for the weekend, Peschke said
Bob Roberts at Fisherman’s Wharf said fishing is looking good. A nine-hour trip that came in Friday afternoon caught its limit of Atlantic sharpnose shark. A special-permit red snapper trip is heading for federal waters on Saturday morning. If the trend continues, Roberts said they likely will come in with limits. Bay anglers are bringing in redfish and a few drum, and sheepshead and Spanish mackerel are biting off the north jetty.
So, if you want to catch fish, drop a line this weekend.