Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Sunday, June 13, 2010:
I hope folks with email and tell me I’m wrong but the fishing in general has really sucked – during what is often one the finest stretches of nearshore angling, late spring.
I’ll contradict that by noting the 49-6 bass taken in the surf by Dante Soriente, as a contestant in Simply Bassin’ 2010. He now leads that 8-week contest. He was using a live bunker he snagged during a spook-in on the south end.
There were also a goodly number of stripers entered into the High Point Fire Co.’s striper Shootout, a boating event. The better bass were many up north – and a chore to troll up.
The Gov’s fluke event also showed a decent number of better flatties weighed in from boats out of our ports.
Those highpoints noted, I’ll pass on nearly a dozen reports about pretty damn suckacious fishing, including some flukers who didn’t have a problem with a low ratio of keepers – they didn’t even catch any undersized fish. Sure, this boat and that stepped in it and had a few nice take-hone flatties but that was the raw exception this weekend, despite ideal fishing conditions. And, per usual, the sharpies, including charters, showed adequate catches, based on sharpie captains.
Bluefishing is flaring here and there. The action is up a bit, with large cocktails (4- to 6 pounders) showing in goodly numbers during heated hooking sessions. Those are top-notch dining fish, even better than the 2- to 3-pounders.
I realize that rundown is covering a lot of ground but there were tons of anglers out there this very nice weekend. You’ll always have mix reports based on sheer numbers alone.
For those who seek skates and dogs, they’re showing in the surf. Hey, the garbagefish.com 2nd annual tourney, targeting sea robins, skates and dogs, runs from July 1 through July 31. There will be $2,500 in prize money. Check out the website for details.
The bay water is looking better. Hopefully that’s a sign that anophagefferens bloom will quickly be diluted by freshwater water and a healthy tidal turnover of bay waters.
HC UPDATE: They’re just finishing the replenishment of the north section of Harvey Cedars. I was there today and the work is going on fast and furious, with July 4th breathing down the contractors’ necks. Opportunely, there are provisions for beachgoers, namely a walkway up near the duneline. Folks can enter the beach from all HC road ends, then go north or south to bypass the moving work zone.
Admittedly, it’s a tough walk to reach the water where the beach has been redone. It sure gives this solitudenous sense of a wide and wonderful beach lands. In fact, if you like beaching away from the bustling crowd of Otherplaces, LBI, visit Harvey Cedars this summer. In fact, that lay of luscious beachland might be real appealing for some folks in Surf City, where they’ll be sunning on each and other’s backs this summer, due to reduced beach sizes.
Fishing banned off Pensacola Beach
by Dara Kam
State officials closed fishing along a 23-mile stretch from the Alabama/Florida line to the Pensacola water tower.
Federal waters have been closed for at least a week, and the new ban includes water from the shoreline to nine miles out.
A two-mile wide and 40-mile long plume of weathered oil - gooey blobs ranging in color from bright orange to chocolate brown - continues to loom about nine miles south of the Pensacola Pass that leads into Pensacola Bay, a major artery that connects to the Gulf of Mexico.
And another oil sheen of non-weathered oil is three miles south of the Pensacola Pass.
Officials are struggling to place boom and use skimmer-dragging boats to keep the oil from reaching the inland waters.
Oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster has already leached into inland waters in nearby Perdido Pass, an inlet that connects the Perdido River to the Gulf.
The fishing ban goes into effect at midnight tonight. Recreational catch-and-release fishing is still allowed, and oysters, mussels and clams are not included in the ban.
Despite the closure, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto assures that Florida seafood from the Gulf is safe to eat.
“The oil spill in the Gulf is still far from most of Florida’s vast coastlines, and while the FWC continues to carefully track oil spill developments and prepare for possible impacts, Florida’s abundant saltwater fisheries remain in good health and the fish you buy in a commercial outlet or restaurant are safe and wholesome to eat,” Barreto said in a press release. “The FWC encourages residents and visitors to go fishing in Florida and to enjoy fresh Florida seafood.”
Three trips this week as we start shifting into summer mode a bit earlier than usual. Monday saw the Wendolowski party (Audrey, John, Walt Tatko and buddy LJ) out on a bay expedition in search of a few fluke. While the stiff winds and slimeweed conspired to limit the fluke catch, the bluefish continued to be plentiful in the back and provided action through the morning. These are the nice 2-5 pound blues that are perfect for the table and right now they're gorging themselves on grass shrimp, adding a very tasty flavoring to the fish. A lot of folks say they don't like to eat blues, but these are the ones to try.
Friday I had Karl Stefan back with buddies Curt, Tony and John. Deciding to give stripers one more shot, the guys landed five bass from 18 to 22 pounds on live bunker. Karl releases everything he catches, and was rewarded by landing the largest fish of the morning just outside the inlet. We also got to see a couple of unique inshore sights when a jumbo tuna launched itself into the air fifty yards in front of us as we were heading north, ended up smack dab in the middle of a dolphin feeding frenzy once we located the bunker, then finally got to see a couple of small whales ravaging the bunker schools almost within casting distance of the beach. All this in 20-30 feet of water. Neat stuff.
Saturday I had regular Vince Barba out with his friend Deena and 8 year olds Devon and Emily for a fun day in the back and their first ever fishing adventure. The fish cooperated all morning, with the girls all landing numerous fluke on bucktails (including Deena's 22 incher that took bragging rights) before we switched over to targeting blues. When we got back to the dock, there was a full cooler of fluke and bluefish that were quickly turned into big bags of tasty filets... and hopefully fun memories that will last a lifetime.
Until next week.
Capt. Jack Shea