Started this glass-calm day off trying to get a little flattie action in the outside waters, and unfortunately, when i pulled up to some of favorite live-bottoms, the water was brown and murky. But we still gave it a shot and boy was I glad. Two days ago I reported the flounder were not all that aggressive – but something’s changed. We were boating 2-3lb fish left and right – ended up netting over 20 legal fish, some GIANT lizardfish and, even in the murky water, several kings/spanish grab the mullet minnows and cut the line. The flounder were STARVING and the hook-ups constant. My clients were happy happy happy.
The interesting note today was that 100% of the fish were southern flounder while just a week ago (before the storm) the majority of my catches were summer flounder (the species more prevelant in the ocean) and slowly tappering off. The storm run-off must have forced some of the fish out of the inlet – and back on to the structure.
After I dropped my clients off, I finished off the day by running offshore to see if i could find some clear water for kigns and the like – you could actually reach a point 6 miles from the inlet where the water went from brown to blue (pictured below. It’s very hard to tell from the picture, but the white line of foam is the divider…
The bite offshore was slow with few boats reporting any hookups – however, I did manage to “chum up” a big school of 40-60lb AJs – i got several good chances at them and hooked up a few on bucktails to produce this unique Amberjack sound:
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz – ping!
Your reel screams before they break you off on the wreck. This lasted about 5-10 minutes before the school vanished – which is quite odd, they tend to hang around for a long time. After this, i sped home, hit a flounder spot and brought home three for dinner and got a good photo of one of those stupid ponies.