|A perfectly placed gaff puts the angler's dinner in the box.|
Well spring is gone and summer-like temperatures and winds are interfering with many types of fishing.
Offshore most boats were encountering dolphin – some several relatively large. Generally they were found outside the 28 Fathom curve on out to 240 feet in the clearer water.
Remember, dolphin like to feed in areas where the water is clear down to at least 100 feet. However, winds over the past few weeks have been limiting the number of smaller boats going out into the ocean. There are scattered reports of blue marlin and sailfish but still no reports of white marlin. King mackerel are still hitting, but inshore of the dolphin.
On the bottom, catches of grouper and a variety of snappers are still good as are black sea bass, red porgy and triggerfish.
Bluefish up to ten pounds have been landed in the surf. Also the whiting and drum bite has been good in the early morning hours.
Capt. Fred Robert reports catches of large redfish in the inlet. Ladyfish are being caught nearly anywhere near and in the inlet. In the river and creeks several very large trout have been taken as have a few snook. Speaking of snook, the season on the east coast is closed from June first through the end of August. In the river, night fishing under the dock lights continues to be good for trout, snook, and ladyfish. In the lagoon, Rich Le Blond reported that on the north side of George's bar there has been good redfish fishing - some quite large. Top water plugs in the early morning seem to be the ticket. Trout right now seem skittish.
In the Tomoka Area, Capt. Kent Gibbens has been finding a few redfish and trout. He also spotted some tarpon rolling in the river. There are reports of good sized mangrove (gray) snappers as well as flounder on the bridges north of Ormond Beach. In the river there are reports of trout hitting the DOA shrimp.
Remember Stone crab season is closed until the middle of October.
It has been written – “Throw back the little ones!” So whether you charter, ride a head boat, run your own vessel, stay in the river, surf fish, or fish from shore or a bridge - there are fish to be caught. Fishing is not a matter of life or death, it is so much more important than that…….