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Anglers reeling in nice variety from bays, offshore
Variety is the name of the game for anglers going into the weekend.
However, the seaweed continued to plague anglers fishing off Horace Caldwell Pier, according to Blake Wallingsford who works at Keepers, a shop on the pier. He said those who do drop lines are catching shark. There’s still a lot of “dirty water” and hardheads, he said.
At Dolphin Dock, Gary Carter said offshore trips continue to bring in lots of red snapper. They are fishing with a special permit that allows them to keep the fish caught in federal waters. Without the permit, they can only be caught in state waters within nine miles of shore. Carter said they’re starting to get into kingfish, grouper, Atlantic sharpnose shark and ling. “Nice looking trips” Carter said. Gafftop dominate catches brought in by bay anglers.
Brenda Owens at Deep Sea Headquarters said their boats are bringing back kingfish and shark, including an 88-pound blacktip that was caught on an eight-hour trip. In the bays, anglers are hooking mostly redfish and some trout. Their open bay boat has been catching gafftop and a few whiting. With their special permit, they’re bringing in red snapper, vermillion snapper, kingfish, some nice ling, shark and some small dorado.
Sharon Keehlisen at Woody’s Sports Center reports that surf anglers are catching pompano and a lot of speckled trout anywhere from 5.5 and 8.5 pounders. The other day, four guys in four hours caught their limits of trout using live shrimp and live croaker, Keehlisen said. At Roberts Point Park, evening anglers are reeling in large gafftop using squid for bait. Bay guides are bringing in limits of black drum, redfish and some speckled trout. Anglers on the Island Queen are weighing in with sand trout, gafftop, redfish and small shark. Offshore catches include kingfish, ling and small shark.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, Bobby Roberts said, “We’ve had a good bit of people and a good bit of fish.” On the 11.5-hour trips, catches include vermillion snapper, lane snapper, grouper and ling (cobia). The eight-hour drift fishing trips are returning with kingfish, shark and dorado. The five-hour trips are coming in with kings, shark, ling and dorado. Bay guides are racking up black drum – the smaller ones that Roberts calls butterfly drum – and redfish. Some trout have been brought in, but not many, Roberts said. North jetty anglers are seeing pompano, Spanish mackerel, redfish and trout take bait, he said.