October 1, 2013
Anglers fishing the pass report catches of spanish mackerel, snook, redfish, black drum, jack crevalle, sea trout, and mangrove snapper. Live bait is still in abundance near the bridge, so don't forget to bring your cast net! Live Bait Box shrimp fished with a light weight has produced excellent results. Spoons and other flashy artificial lures have worked best in enticing a strike near the bridge.
J N Ding Darling
The Wildlife Drive was to be closed for renovation/maintenance until October 1, 2013. Update (10/1): The Wildlife drive will remain closed until government shutdown ends.
Lots of activity around the causeway islands lately, including catches of sheepshead and snapper under B and C span bridges, spanish mackerel along the shores, and one tarpon caught on live bait. Large pompano have been caught in Pine Island Sound, and therefore can be expected along the causeway islands.
Snook and redfish can be caught at the pier in the morning hours, but seem to decrease as the day goes on. Anglers report snapper, spanish mackerel, and sheepshead being caught near the pilings on live Bait Box shrimp fished on a drop rig. Bait is abundant and is easily caught under the pier with a cast net, or at the end of the pier with a sabiki rig.
Pine Island Sound
The local fish houses have reported "loads of pompano" being caught in the sound recently. Trout and spanish mackerel numbers have also remained steady in this area, especially outside J.N. Ding Darling refuge. Redfish have also been reported in and around the Wulfert flats, and have been striking on nearly anything thrown in their path.
Bowman's Beach Fishing around Bowman's Beach has been consistent with snook running the bank line, as well as whiting and mackerel in the surf. Anglers report strikes on frozen cut-bait like greenbacks and finger mullet. Spoons and other reflective lures are also a good choice in the morning, while live and cut baits seem to do better in the evening. Bowman's is also a popular shark fishing spot for anglers trying to land large sharks from shore. Lighthouse Beach Blue crabs have been abundant around the lighthouse recently. Anglers with fishing licenses are allowed 10 gallons of blue crab per day; a limit easily reached by many. Spanish mackerel and jack crevalle have been in large numbers around the lighthouse beaches and fishing pier, and often will strike bait before other fish species. If you find yourself losing bait at an alarming rate, and are unable to secure a hook set, these species are most likely to be at fault. Anglers report using small pieces of frozen cut bait, or smaller hooks, will increase chances of setting your hook. Knapp's Point Large snook have been sighted patrolling the shallows around Knapp's Point. Live bait fish and spoons have produced the most strikes from these fish, while spanish mackerel have been striking on almost anything. A few sightings of tarpon have been reported rolling approximately 400 to 500 yards from shore. West Gulf The beaches along West Gulf Drive have been a staple for snook fishermen, as large over-slot snook have been seen and caught regularly. Whiting and spanish mackerel have also been landed along this stretch of shore. Baitfish have been plentiful, especially greenbacks, and are easily landed with a cast net. Shark fishing in this area has slowed down recently, but is expected to pick back up soon. Turner Beach Fishing has been excellent along Turner Beach for snook and redfish. Black drum have also made an appearance along the rocks near the bridge during this past week. Live baitfish seem to be the bait of choice. Lots of different kinds of baitfish have been running along the coast including greenbacks, pilchards, finger mullet, and glass minnows. Redfish have been active along the rocky shore near Wulfert Channel and will hit most live baitfish and crabs. Jack crevalle and spanish mackerel have also been highly active in this area, and are often the first to strike.
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