June 16 to June 22nd Fishing Report
CONDITIONS: Seems as though we are entrenched in a wet late spring. Unusual to see such a persistent pattern of almost daily rain……which has fostered the hordes of mosquitoes that descend on most any creature foolish enough to poke their head outdoors. For the anglers, it’s the incessant rains that are creating a double dose of trouble; first, it’s altering the water quality in the backwaters to an occluded stained tannic brown which cuts down on the fish’s ability to locate lures / bait…..and secondly, without a breeze to scatter the skeeters and no-see-sums, the comfort level in the backwaters is zilch. This week sees a continuation of that pattern. Most every day we will see a period (or periods) of rain delivered in thunderstorms. Some of the storms will be dangerous (show up red and yellow) on the forecast screens…..so make sure you check before you kick the outboard into gear. On top of that, we are heading to another super full moon late week. The morning outgoing tides late week will deliver tides in excess of four feet. Fishing in that racing water will not only be difficult to fish…..it will be difficult to even hold anchor.
BACKWATER: Confronted with the weather and galloping tides this week, strongly suggest taking the time to carve out a plan before you head into the backwaters that is timed right and concentrates on “best possibilities”. TIMING: Try and schedule your venture into the bushes to coincide with reasonable tidal flow…….the bigger fish (believe it or not) don’t like to work hard to find a meal. For them, holding against a racing tide is distressful……so they hold off their feed until the water slows down (both tides). Recommend working your spots half hour before and after slack water. Disregard this recommendation and the species runts will help empty your bait bucket. VARY FISHING LOCATIONS AND DEPTHS: The water is HOT…….83 degrees as we finished a backwater trip this morning. And after mid morning the sun’s rays penetrate deep and add another layer of annoyance to the fish. So….suggest you work spots that are shaded or in deeper cooler water. You may be surprised. Good chance opportunities this week: The bigger mangrove snapper are definitely here and active all along the shoreline edges where their is current and shade. Good venues; Hurricane Pass; Rookery Bay; Henderson Creek; Upper Addison Bay working a shrimp tipped jig head with a little motion tight to the bottom. Pompano continue to show briefly on the first hour of the incoming in Hurricane Pass but are taken more frequently along the deeper edges of the Pass instead of in the middle current flow. Johnson Bay has good action on fun-to-catch smaller snook (all to be released) and, if targeting, please use circle hooks to enable injury free release.
NEARSHORE: Be wary of weather if venturing out here. Better action in the deeper cooler water. Have had several reports that the heretofore missing pelagics (mackerel / bluefish etc) are sporadically showing on the Capri Pass barges at the beginning of either tide. Work them with tipped top water jigs pulled quickly right up on the surface over a serious chum effort. Am told the bite doesn’t last long so be there right on the turn. Just north of the Capri Barges there is the south end of the Keeywadin Reef that has been experiencing some black tip shark action in the 20-25′ depths working a chunk of cut bait to the bottom on wire leader under a good chum effort. The black tip sharks are one of the only sharks that produce good / excellent table fare…..but get them prepared and on ice immediately.
OFFSHORE: Even with the storms and rain forecasts this week, it looks like the gusty afternoon winds are gone…..so expect some comfort level if you venture deep BUT check and location and direction of the storm cells before you go. Deep wrecks are producing some excellent action on yellowtail snapper to 16″. Need a great chum effort to get them going and then freeline a tad of the chum itself on a #6 hook right into the slick with the bail open. The yellow tail will jump on the bait and not try to swallow for a moment or two…..and that’s when you close the bail and hang on. Great action.