I’ll get to the good part in a second, but let me recap what’s been going on in other areas. With the water clearing up (and calming down for a few days), the ocean flounder bite has heated up big time – they’re fat and fiesty this time of year. Gray Trout in the usual places and there are spanish where clean water can be found – and roaming around almost everywhere off of the beaches are ALBIES. Man, it’s going to be one hot fall/winter albie season! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
Today it was surprisingly calm – while it was supposed to blow hard out of the east it was almost windless this morning and the ocean was a beautiful calm. Again, it was supposed to pick up this afternoon but never did (I tell ya, i should have been a weatherman).
So, I learned around 11am that a few kings had been caught on the piers this morning – even in the dirty water. So if they’re catching them on the piers, i can definitely find them in their usual places. So around 2pm, I grabbed my trolling rods and downrigger and headed out – didn’t even waste any time trying to catch any pogies. I checked out some spanish and albies and then motored up to one of my favorite locations looking for blue water – and the clean blue water is here (just in time for Hurricane Jeanne or the remnants of ivan to wreck it)!
Bait was everywhere! The sabiki brough up little banded rudder fish, big bar jacks, little sardines and giant cigar minnows (my favorite bait!).
So i put out a couple rods – one on the downrigger, one on top and within 5 minutes both lines were screaming. I couldn’t keep the bait in the water and spent the entire time either fighting fish or putting lines out. In 90 mins I managed 5 bite-offs (including one very large king) and I landed four kings (an 11lb, two at approx. 15lbs and one 25lb king). The 11lb came home with me for dinner – all the other fish were released. 😀 😀 😀
On the way in I came across Capt. Rick Patterson and Capt Gordon Churchill in the inlet – they had a ball throwing topwaters to big spaniards and houndfish.
I have a few king trips planned for the next few weeks – so those boys are going to be excited to read this report.
For all those who claim the fishing is slow – BAH! With this second mullet blow, and nice weather – fall fishing is about to hit full swing!