September started out hot as late summer here can be, and the fishing was hot as well. From the first week of the month we saw anglers catching a variety of good fish, including lots of keeper Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Spotted SeaTrout, and large over-slot RedFish. We also had Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, and HogFish caught. In addition, Sheepshead were taken by those who tried fishing next to the pilings with small hooks and bits of shrimp.
Many small Cobia were caught and released this month, with all the larger fish outmauouvering the anglers. Black SeaBass were frequently caught, but only a few keepers over 10″ were taken home.
During the middle of the month we had some squalls, which dampened the fishermen, but didn’t hurt the fishing too much. We had a lot of fishing action before the storms, with Pompano, Croaker, LadyFish, and more species landed. Lots of small Gag Grouper are feeding around the rubble and pilings off the end of the pier.
The normal Spanish Mackerel daytime bite has been sporadic. Some days we see them with some abundance, and other days we don’t. The waters have been black with small fry surrounding the pier, and this attracts schools of Jack Crevalle and Blue Runners. Once small fish are surrounded, the feeding frenzy ensues, and for a few minutes we see a “Jack Attack”.
Snook season opened Sept. 1st. and since that time we have not seen any slot-sized fish of 28-33 inches kept. A few undersize Snook have been seen in shallow waters underneath the pier in the swim zone, and it appears that the larger fish have moved into the passes and bay already.
Spotted SeaTrout have shown up in some numbers, with a few fish taken during daytime hours. The best time for the Spotted SeaTrout by far has been late at night. The later it gets, the more fish are seen. An hour before dawn there are hundreds, if not thousands of Spotted Trout working the lights. Small lures can be used to good effect, while live baits always are a good bet too.
A Red Tide outbreak and bloom was reported in the Gulf of Mexico to our north. We have been monitoring it, and it did not enter our waters to any noticeable extent. We have seen no fish kills here, or seen any other signs of an outbreak.
We are pleased to tell everyone that our fishing hours have been extended this year. We will be open 24 hours for 9 months of the year.
March 1st – November 30th we are open 24 hours for fishing.
Dec 1st- Feb 28th – Sun-Thurs 6 AM -9:30 PM Fri-Sat 24 Hours
Good Luck Fishing!