June 1st 2018 Fishing Report
CONDITIONS: Looks like the effects of Alberto have past ……at least the rainfall, variable wind conditions and the threat of floods. But what we are left with is a huge immersion of fresh water mixed into the salt which has significantly dropped the salinity levels. We’ll have to see how that plays out over this whole week. But the general weather conditions that confront us this this week are generally favorable. There are a few isolated period of threatening T-storms that are rather weak and scattered. The winds for the week will be mainly W and WSW and moderate with the exception of a couple afternoons late week. That will tend to moderate any water tumult caused by last week’s storm. The tides, too, will be moderate the eases in strength as it moves past last week’s high tide. Don’t have an accurate water temp effect the week ahead but predict all that storm driven fresh water may depress this week’s temperatures into the 75 to 77 range which would be a 5 degree average drop from what we had before the storm. An aside……this is an early start for tropical conditions on the Paradise Coast which should put all of us on the caution for a tough, dangerous 2018 Hurricane System.
BACKWATER: Will forecast that the conditions that were producing fairly good action of the spring species of snapper and mackerel will kick back in as soon a the barometer begins moving north consistently…….and that the water clarity moves towards clear. Might find the better spots now as close to the max current flow as possible are occurring. Look for action on spots like the current points in Rookery Bay or working the docks along Hurricane Pass. The snapper should stay close to their annual pinnacle of action and be taking small shrimp worked in the moderate current either way. And then in spots like Addison Bay current points there should be the same level of action with a good possibility of black drum showing on spots vacated earlier this year by the sheepshead. The drum will go for a bait moved slowly along the floor of the deeper cut just off the tide flow. And finally, don’t be afraid to try any of the three passes as the mid morning flood tide begins for mackerel which move to bait from their nearshore holding spots in search of bait schools. Best on mackerel is a tipped jig worked up in top water in a moderate chum effort.
NEARSHORE: Should be a recovery week. Just how fast that process proceeds will this an iffy week. Can try the Capri Pass just off the turn of tide early morning working tipped jigs under chum in vicinity of the barges trying for pelagics which would be the first group of species to return to the feed as the conditions return to normal. Factors would be moderate that give the activity here the week after a tropical storm but our area was really on the fringe of the severe conditions north of us. Other chances would be on the nearshore reefs i.e. the Walton Reef off Caxambas Pass and the legend Five Mile Reef and few miles further SW. Would suggest working the bottom here with weighted jigs under chum for snapper et al.
OFFSHORE: Not nearly the impact here from the water intrusion but more the lingering effect of the winds that were in the storm last week. Good bet to postpone your trips to the latter part of the week to allow time and fair weather to settle the water surface down. As far as the fishing goes, should recover quickly with good snapper action, both lane and mangrove, on the closer in reefs and wrecks. Setting up current and working tipped weighted jigs into the chum slick should get you good to very good action. Further west, on the deeper wrecks that hold bait schools, there should be solid action on pelagics especially kings and cobia with a few permit mixed in. Live bait is the ticket for all three: live runner on wire for kings; sight cast threadfin for the cobia; and small live crabs for the permit. All of that after early insertion of chum.