Water temps have fallen well down into the 60’s, but the fishing has definately not cooled down. The sheepshead bite has turned on full swing, and the timing could not be any better with the Haddrells Point 6-week sheepshead tournament in week 2 and in full swing. Lonnie East took the week 1 money with a 8.80#, but with 5 weeks to go it is still anyone’s game for the grand prize at the end of 6 weeks. In addition to the sheepshead, the redfish bite has been off the charts good for the most part. Reds are schooling in good numbers at low tide on the mud flats, but are also still holding around structure in strong numbers. Live shrimp, minnows, Gulp! jerkshads, and ZMAN PaddlerZ have all been deadly choices for baits to throw to them. The fall trout bite has still been a little bit inconsistent, but we have heard some reports of anglers trolling soft plastics along the banks near high tide and producing 15-25 fish in a trip. ZMAN MinnowZ, live shrimp under a rattle float, DOA shrimp, and the infamous Chicken on a Chain have all been solide bets for tangling with some specks.
Unfortunately with very strong NE winds blowing for quite some time now, most boats have remained in port the last week or two. The couple of boats I have spoken with reported back inconsistent numbers of sailfish being found in 250-450ft of water, but still some solid numbers of good sized wahoo being found right along the 180ft ledge. Though many of our bottom fish species are under a closure, grouper and triggerfish continue to be available in good numbers. Live pinfish, cigar minnows, and butterfly jigs fished in and around 120-160ft of water have all been producing some nice grouper.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point