Friday, December 6, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report for 11/24-12/6/13

I'm sorry I didn't get a report for the week of thanksgiving, but the weather didn't allow much so there just wasn't a lot to be said. The big Redfish did bite pretty well on Turkey Day as well as the day before. Most were caught within a mile of Perdido Pass while trolling with deep diving plugs.

This past week saw the offshore weather window everyone has been waiting on. We had four days of good weather and it really helped the cabin fever around here.

Most boats heading out to bottom fish scored great catches of large Vermillion Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Amberjack, Scamp and many others including some surprise Cobia. Fishing natural bottom areas to the south-east seemed favorable and spots like Yellow Gravel and the Trysler Grounds were top producers.

Out further, the Tuna bite was outstanding. Most of the Yellowfin catches came from rigs such as the Marlin, Ram Powell, Nakika and a few others. Chunking was the dominant method although some fish were taken live baiting and trolling. Besides Yellowfin, Blackfin were in huge numbers and there were some very nice Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) caught as well. Billfish are still around too although the reports on catches are certainly less this time of year.

Inshore, the Sheepshead have certainly shown up in big numbers. The jetties at Perdido Pass, the bridge pilings and most deeper inshore structure will hold good numbers of Sheepshead right now. Top baits will be live shrimp, ghost shrimp and fiddler crabs.

The Speckled Trout had moved up in the rivers and upper parts of the bays, but the warmer weather over the weekend may have them a bit scattered until colder weather moves in and send them back into deeper holes. Mirrolure 18MRs and 17MRs as well as VUDU Shrimp and Gulp shrimp have been very productive. If artificial lures aren't your thing, a live shrimp suspended under a pooping cork will usually work great for river fish. Expect Redfish to get in on the inshore action too as well as Black Drum and Sheepshead.

The surf bite has slowed down a bit with the colder water, but there is still great numbers of whiting along the beaches. Fresh dead shrimp, Ghost Shrimp and sand fleas will all take whiting. The Pompano are still around but not in the numbers they were prior to Thanksgiving. Look for warmer weather patterns to turn the Pomps on throughout the winter.

I fished Sun-Tuesday offshore aboard back-to-back overnight trips to the rigs. On Sunday, I headed out with Dr Kearley along his son Daniel and girlfriend Lauren. We hit the "Beer Can" first but it was dead so we headed to Ram Powell where we had great action with Yellowfin Tuna to 85lbs and loads of Blackfin Tuna. One highlight of the trip was a triple header we had trolling the afternoon. We had made a close pass to the rig and hooked up with a Blue Marlin, a Wahoo and a nice Yellowfin Tuna...all at once! The Blue ended up chafing the lighter leader we were using for the tunas and won its freedom and the Wahoo managed to throw the hooks but the Tuna was not so lucky.

After cleaning up on Monday morning, I hopped on another , owned by Don Peace, to head out for more Tuna action. The bite was more of the same and even with the rougher seas, we scored six Yellowfin to 70lbs and loads of Blackfin.

Most of the fish we caught both nights were by chunking although we did hit a few trolling.

I'm planning on staying inshore this coming week. I hope to have something good to write up next week.

Chris Vecsey
Sam's Bait and Tackle
251-981-4245
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561



Thursday, November 21, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report for 11/15-11/21/13

The wind was relentless again for the past week and greatly limited the fishing. One thing is for sure though, there's always somewhere to fish and something to fish for.

The Redfish are still the main target for nearshore anglers fishing from the surf or just offshore. Huge schools of Menhaden (pogies) are migrating down the beaches and in turn attracting large schools of bull redfish. Trolling deep diving plugs is a good way to locate the reds when surface action isn't visible, but most mornings have seen great surface action which enables a "run and gun" approach. Running to feeding schools of reds and then casting various jigs, spoons and plugs is a great way to spend a fall morning. If the fish hold deep and trolling doesn't produce strikes, try locating large bait schools with your depthfinder just off of the beach in 20-30ft of water. The schools will mark as big "clouds" usually mid depth or on the bottom (check photo below). Drift around these bait schools working curl-tail and bucktail jigs near the bottom. Cut Menhaden or Mullet will work as well but be prepared for a lot of by-catch in the form of Gaff-topsail Catfish and small sharks.

In the surf, whiting and Pompano are in good numbers but ideal days have been spotty. Fishing the nearshore trough with sand fleas and ghost shrimp has been best. Sheepshead are becoming a more coming by-catch as well and their numbers have been improving around the jetties and other inshore structures. Live shrimp, Ghost Shrimp and Fiddler crabs will all work for Sheepshead.

I still don't have any offshore reports as of this time due to weather. Its been consistently rough offshore for nearly three weeks with very few windows to make a run offshore.

I was only able to fish 1 day this week. On Tuesday, a friend and I fished just offshore for Redfish in the morning and were greeted by a stout wind out of the ENE. It made for a choppy morning but the winds subsided decently by early afternoon. We found plenty of bait in loose schools in 25-30ft of water but it was "happy" bait without any larger predators pursuing it other than a group of pelicans that occasionally dove in. We drifted while working jigs near the bottom and this was the only way we scored fish. I fished 6" Gulp grubs on a 1oz jighead and just allowed the jig to bump bottom on the retrieve.

The wind is still going to blow pretty good for the next week it looks like, but once again, there's always somewhere for something


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report for 11/8-11/14

A lot of things changed since last week. Jackets were put on, shorts were put away and our firewood sales picked up. The fishing changed too and although the offshore windows are fewer and further between, the inshore bite is more than making up for it. Bull Redfish are here and in big numbers. The past few days have seen great action with big reds from inside Perdido Pass and all down the beaches, from the surf and from boat. Boaters have it easy right now. The large schools of Reds have been balling bait near the surface and have been easy to spot by looking for large groups of Pelicans and other seabirds diving into the frenzy. Casting various artificial lures and natural baits will get hookups swiftly. I prefer lures with single hooks like bucktail or soft plastic jigs, spoons w/ single hooks and flies. This makes unhooking and releasing easier on both you and the fish. Remember, you can keep one Redfish exceeding 26" per person in Alabama waters and most beach-run fish will exceed this mark. When the tell-tale surface action is absent, trolling deep-diving plugs and planer/spoon combinations will find Reds deep. Pull these in depths of 20-30ft at a speed of around 4 knots and watch the depthfinder for baits schools or groups of Redfish. Once Reds are located trolling, you can cast lures on lighter tackle to reach the fish that are holding deep.

Flounder are still fairly thick around the passes, both Perdido Pass in OB and West Pass in Gulf Shores (Little Lagoon Pass). Fishing live bull minnows or small croakers will work very well as does bouncing soft plastic lures along the bottom.

The surf has been rough for the most part, but has given up some decent mornings for Whiting and Pompano. Ghost Shrimp and fresh dead shrimp have been top choices when the weather has cooperated.

Offshore reports have been lacking due to the rough seas, but there were a few boats that made it out for tuna this past week in fishable conditions. The Tuna bite was on at rigs like Ram-Powell, Horn Mountain and NaKika. Most fish were taken by chunking with few fish hitting trolled baits. I didn't hear any reports of billfish and there were some nice Wahoo caught along the 100 fathom line.

I fished Sunday-Tuesday inshore. It was a NEAP tide so I figured it may be a little slower. On Sunday I fished docks for Flounder for a couple hours and only managed one decent flatfish around 18" and some really fat White Trout. I fished Salt Water Assassin 4" sea shad in "space guppy" on a 1/4oz jighead.

Monday had a plan A of hitting the beach in the morning for Pompano but rough surf killed that idea so I got on a friend's boat instead and we went prospecting for Pompano just inside of Perdido Pass. We had a hard time finding them at first, but once we did it was great action. We landed 13 Pompano, several nice Spanish Mackerel, Black Snapper and some Bluefish. Almost all the fish hit live shrimp or fresh dead shrimp suspended off of the bottom. The highlight of this trip was definitely the 5.75lb Pompano my friend Donald landed (check our FB page for pics).

We went back Tuesday but the wind really changed the game and didn't allow us to drift where we needed to. We still caught two Pompano and missed a few more and also landed several nice Spanish Mackerel before the wind cranked up and blew us out of there.

Its going to warm up this weekend and hopefully some opportunities will open up to get offshore. I'll be out there if it does.

Chris Vecsey
Sam's Bait and Tackle
251-981-4245
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561

Friday, November 8, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report for 11/1-11/7/13

We've been hammered by high winds in the past week and its really restricted where we fish. The inshore bite has been good though and the weather rarely disables us from fishing inside. The Black Snapper bite is still very good around Perdido Pass and around most structure just inside the pass. Live shrimp and small baitfish will work very well. Along with the snapper, flounder and redfish have made a very strong showing. The flounder have been in good numbers in Perdido Pass and out along the beaches. Live bull minnows and shrimp have been best. Redfish are pretty much everywhere, from the upper creeks to offshore. The bull reds have been schooling just off the beaches in great numbers this past week giving good action to surf anglers and boaters. Boaters can get in on big numbers of reds crashing bait by running the beaches and looking for birds as well as feeding fish up top. Casting various jigs, spoons and flies into the mix will usually result in  an immediate hookup. For days when you can't find the fish, troll deep diving plugs in 20-25ft of water and watch the depthfinder for bait schools or schooled reds. From the surf, casting chunks of fresh mullet will work very well. Expect sharks of all sizes to hit the same baits put out for the reds.

Other than reds, Pompano and Whiting are in good numbers and good size. I fished Sunday morning in Gulf Shores and although the bite wasn't red hot, I did land a 4lb Pompano and nice Whiting. The best baits have been sand fleas and fresh shrimp but I would keep a rod rigged with a Pompano Jig as well (I landed the large Pompano on the jig). For jig fishing, focus on working the washouts along the beach where they form a decent rip current. Pompano and Whiting work these areas to feed on sand fleas and other food sources exposed by the stronger currents washing the sand out. Work the jigs near the bottom along the washout. Pink and Orange are usually top colors for jigs.

No recent bluewater reports right now, but before someone turned on the wind, the Tuna bite was still hot at the rigs and Wahoo and White Marlin were showing up in good numbers near the Elbow and Steps.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report for 10/25-10/31

The weather cooperated this past week to allow a fair amount of fishing inshore and offshore. The Black Snapper bite was still very good inshore around the jetties and bridge at Perdido Pass. They were in good numbers around deeper piers and other structure inshore as well. Live shrimp, small croakers and finger mullet will all work well for the inshore snapper. The Flounder bite has turned on as well around the pass and on the beach. Plenty are being caught with both live and artificial baits as well as gigging of course. Gigging on the beach has been very effective on clear nights with a north wind blowing the surf flat after passing fronts.

In the surf, sheepshead are starting to show up and Pompano and Whiting have been regular catches. Fresh sand fleas, ghost shrimp and small pieces of fresh dead shrimp have been best when placed deep in the first trough.

Just outside the bar, Spanish mackerel and bonito have made some great light tackle action. Just run along the beaches and look for the schools of feeding fish and the birds that usually hold over them. Small spoons, got-cha plugs and small, slab style spoons will get the most action on them as well as fly gear. With fly selection, pick very small baitfish patterns. Expect some great mornings along the beach after Friday nights cold front rolls in. Kings are still there too, but not in the huge numbers they would typically be in this time of year. Trolling some larger lures like Mann's stretch plugs will help your numbers on kings.

Not far beyond the beaches and within 10 miles, the most popular subject has been large schools of Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). Dolphin do venture in close at random parts of the year usually from May-October, but the numbers this season have been relatively high. Plenty are being caught up to 20lbs (average 2-5lbs) by trolling cigar minnows, small ballyhoo and small skirted lures while working tidelines and over offshore structure. Look for weedlines and large weed patches as well and then cast small live baits or pieces of cut bait and jigs to schooled up Mahi.

Out around the rigs, the tuna bite has been very solid. Many overnighters here recently have payed off with big scores of Yellowfin Tuna including some big fish pushing near 200lbs. Along with the Tuna, the billfish and Wahoo bite remains solid from the rigs and along natural bottom contours.

I fished a couple days nearshore this past week. Most notable was Mondays trip out on my pathfinder to do some flyfishing and jigging within 10 miles on some shallower structures. The bite wasn't red-hot on the structure like it was last week but I still managed some nice snapper on the flyrod and caught AJs and a small Cobia jigging. I moved out further and found the mahi schooled up pretty good taking quite a few from 4-14lbs and losing an est. 20lb fish next to the boat. It was a pretty successful trip considering I was by myself.

The weather this coming week doesn't look promising but I'm hoping I can at least get out for some inshore fun at some point before my next report.

Chris Vecsey
Sam's Bait and Tackle
251-981-4245
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report for 10/18-10/24/13

We definitely had a shift in the weather this past week, but the fishing remained very good. Inshore, the flounder really started to move from inshore waters into the lower bays and out into the passes and along the beaches. Good numbers are being taken by working boat docks and fishing along the rocks and seawall in Perdido Pass. Live bullminnows, small croakers, finger mullet, shrimp and a variety of soft plastic baits are all good options for flounder. Expect decent numbers of Black (Mangrove) Snapper in the same areas you are fishing flounder. They will generally hit the same baits too.

Bull Reds aren't super thick just yet off of the beaches, but they are starting to show up around the pass and are being caught surf fishing using mostly cut mullet. Expect the reds to show up in good numbers over the next couple weeks and keep your eyes out for large schools feeding on bait schools just offshore.

Spanish and King mackerel are still running the beaches although the King bite has been spotty. Trolling is still the best bet for taking Kings, while casting spoons, got-cha plugs and straw rigs will take Spanish from the shore and from the boat.

Offshore, all species of bottom fish excluding Red Snapper and Triggerfish are in season and are being caught regularly. This includes Amberjack, Black and Vermillion Snappers, all species of Grouper (Gag season closes Dec 3rd), Cobia and many others. Fishing natural bottom spots will score best with big grouper, while large artificial structures have accounted for the most Amberjack and Cobia.

The Tuna bite has been exceptional at the rigs to the SW. Most methods have produced as well and with water temps cooling, expect the bite to continue strong. Along with the Tuna, there have been great numbers of billfish and Wahoo coming from the rigs as well.

To the SE around the Nipple, Elbow, Spur and surrounding areas, the Wahoo bite has improved and there are still good numbers of Blue and White Marlin being released too.

I didn't get out for any blue water action this past week as planned, but spent some time fishing within 10 miles of the pass. On Monday, I headed out with some friends on my pathfinder to try to get back on the Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) which have been in great numbers close in for the past two weeks. There have been a few Sailfish caught nearshore as well so we planned for that too. In the end, we never raised any Sailfish, but we did get into the Dolphin on a couple of occasions and boated 35 of them. We caught them trolling at first and then brought the school in and caught them on light tackle and fly gear.

On Tuesday I was supposed to go out on a buddy's boat to do some trolling for billfish and Wahoo. We had an issue with the boatlift and unfortunately could not get the boat off of the lift! Plan B was to take my boat out again and do some Amberjack fishing and try to locate the Dolphin again. We weren't able to locate the Dolphin on this trip, but we got into great numbers of Amberjack on some spots within 12 miles. We caught the Ajs on live bait, jigs and flies until we had a thorough beating. The sharks took a pretty heavy toll on our fish and on our tackle too and we certainly had to do a lot of re-rigging while we were out.

Hopefully, the forecast will hold true for the next five days and give us some more windows to fish. I plan on typing up something good next week!

Chris Vecsey
Sam's Bait and Tackle
251-981-4245
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report for the last two weeks

Well, we endured some unfavorable weather at the start of the month but the past week more than made up for it and allowed most folks to have a perfect second week of the fall snapper season. I fished with some customers of ours on Frank Chase's 33' Blackfin Weezer out of Pt Clear on Sunday. We got a hefty load of Red Snapper from 10-20lbs. We also hooked some much larger fish that ended up breaking us off in the structure. I did some inshore fishing Monday just running around and fishing various spots and managed some decent Black Snapper, an undersized Gag Grouper and some bluefish.

Yesterday, I made a short trip along with my friend Sam to do some light tackle/fly fishing just offshore. We were headed to a close-in private spot and found a large weed patch just 5 miles from the pass with small Mahi under it. We landed four of them before flipper came along and scared them away. We headed further out to another spot and caught some Red Snapper, Black Snapper and a nice 9lb Tripletail.

Storms started building up and we had to head in to make sure we both got to work on time. Not too bad for less than four hours on the water!

As far as the what others did over the past week......

The bluewater bite was epic!!! Great numbers of Yellowfin Tuna were caught around the rigs to the SW as well as Blue and White Marlin, Wahoo and some very nice Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). Most of the fish were caught trolling skirted and unskirted ballyhoo around the offshore platforms as well as in between rigs. I also heard very good reports of White Marlin and Wahoo around the Nipple and Elbow areas.

Further in, other anglers enjoyed the last week of Red Snapper season with excellent mixed bags of Snapper, Grouper, AJs and Triggerfish being taken. Several Charter boats also caught Wahoo while trolling to and from fishing spots between 10-20 miles offshore.

Red Snapper and Triggerfish are now out of season, but all species of Groupers, Amberjack, other Snapper species and pretty much every other species are still open for the taking. If you have any questions regarding how to get the bite on other types of fishing, feel free to call and talk to either myself or Mark any day of the week.

Chris Vecsey
Sam's Bait and Tackle
251-981-4245
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561

Friday, September 27, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report--- 9/13-9/27/13

The weather last week prevented me from doing much fishing (as well as most local anglers) so I just figured I'd roll the two weeks into one.....

We've definitely hit a seasonal shift. The night temperatures are in the low 70s again (69 last night) and water temps have come down with it. When this happens you can bet the inshore fishing will turn on and it definitely has. The redfish bite in particular has been very good both day and night. Live baits of shrimp, croakers, bull minnows, etc. will work as will many artificial baits fished around most inshore structures right now. I've had pretty good success early morning around grass patches and shallow drop-offs with topwater lures like Rapala Skitter Walk and Mirrolure Top Dog Jr. I've been fishing a falling tide and the bite has lasted until around 8:30AM or so at which time the reds fade from the shallows. Oddly, I haven't caught many Speckled Trout on the morning topwater outings, but they have been very thick under the lights. For the nighttime outings, I've been arming myself with a 7WT flyrod and a light spinning setup and heavily favoring the fly tackle. The Specks are fattening up with glass minnows right now so the smaller flies and lures have worked much better.

The inshore bite doesn't stop there either, the Flounder are starting to become more abundant in the lower bays and around the passes which means they will start heading out in to the gulf as fall progresses. Fishing around the jetties right now at Perdido Pass with bull minnows and small croakers should score some flatfish if fished right around the edges of the rocks. Expect Black Snapper to be there as well. I've had some very good action with Black Snapper inside the pass around deeper boat docks. Most of the fish I've caught have been averaging just below the 12" minimum size but there are more than enough keepers. Live shrimp and small croakers have been best for the snapper.

The offshore conditions have been tough with only a couple windows allowing boats to get out. The Tuna bite at the rigs has been very spotty. Its either 100mph or dead it seems. There were some very nice fish caught in the past two weeks out there including a couple Yellowfin in the 175-190lb range. The majority of the action has been trolling small ballyhoo, skirted and unskirted.

In case you forgot, Red Snapper season opens next week! We're very excited about another fall Snapper season for many reasons of course, but one main reason is that for the first time in a few years, all species of bottom fish in the Gulf will be open to harvest. This will make the offshore runs even more productive for those who plan accordingly and rig for multiple species. There are a good number of spots within 25 miles of the coast that will provide good action with Gag and Red Grouper, Amberjack, Triggerfish, Scamp and more in addition to the Snapper. Most of these fish can be taken on traditional bottom rigs such as "Carolina Rigs" with a sliding weight or two-hook "chicken rigs". It also pays to have a freeline or drift rig both lightly weighted or unweighted to allow a bait to suspend high in the water column. This is the best method for adding King Mackerel to the box as well as large Red Snapper. I prefer to fish my Snapper drift rigs with a small 1/2-1/4oz egg weight rigged "knocker" style where
the weight slides all the way down to the hook. This will carry a bait downward but will do so very slowly in the current like an injured baitfish.

Another fun and successful method for catching both Snapper and Grouper is by jigging. We use a wide range of styles, sizes and colors of jigs but my favorite Snapper jigs are those made by Squidtail lures in both 5oz and 10oz. I prefer bright colors as well. I usually let the jig hit bottom and start out with a very subtle, light bouncing action just above bottom to try to entice Grouper and Scamp. After a full minute or so I'll start taking long upward sweeps of the rod, dropping the tip quickly to create slack in the line and allow the jig to flutter downward while picking up the slack with a couple turns of the handle. I'll repeat this motion until the jig is at the boat and then I'll drop and repeat the whole process. The faster motion is generally more effective on Snapper and Amberjack that will be feeding higher in the water column around the structure. Jigging can also be more enjoyable in the fact that there's no need for re-baiting.

If light tackle is your thing, then chumming over structure and raising Snapper to the surface is going to be the most rewarding. I love fly fishing for Snapper in-particular. Once chummed to the surface, you can sometimes actually pick out which fish you want! Chumming like this will also increase your chances with Cobia, which will still be in fair abundance over both artificial and natural bottom structures. Always have a pitch bait rigged for this opportunity. Cobia, large and small, will take a wide variety of baits and lures including large, feather jigs, plastic eels, live pinfish, cigar minnows, etc. You don't want to have to rig something after a fish has been spotted, you want to have something pre-rigged ahead of time. Most Cobia will hang out around the boat for some time, but occasionally they will show up, lose interest and leave which makes a quick response more critical.

What, where, when and how are not the only things to remember as you head out this season either. Remember to have your venting tool and dehooker on board with the rest of your gear. Also, Triggerfish are once again in season, but under the new bag limit of two per person at 14" fork length.

I'll be fishing over the weekend, mostly inshore, but I'll be out for Snapper Tuesday-Thursday weather permitting. Hopefully I'll have a good report to write :)

Chris Vecsey
Sam's Bait and Tackle
251-981-4245
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report for 9/5-9/12/13

Alright, I fell off of my routine with fishing reports and am getting back in the saddle again.

This past week offered some fantastic weather and a very welcomed break from the constant rain that it seemed like we had for the past couple months. I fished offshore Sunday with a couple of good customers. We fished to the Southeast around the Nipple and 131 area. The bite wasn't fast paced throughout the day but we did hook two Blue Marlin and landed a large Blackfin Tuna. Both Blues ended up throwing the hooks during the fights but its still a rush being connected to an angry Marlin. We had one short bite on a wahoo as well but it was short lived. We call these types of trips "rubber hook days" and it seems like you are going to have one before too long to "pay your dues".

Monday was an inshore day. I picked my friend James up from his condo in the afternoon for some inshore shark fishing. James is from England and visits almost every summer. I've been taking him fishing for over 11 years now. We fished for about two hours or so and caught a nice 5' Blacktip Shark. We released the Blacktip and it was quiet after that. No more bites so we packed it up and loaded the kayaks to continue our overnighter. We launched down Wilson Blvd in OB and hit docklights throughout terry's cove. We did very well, landing over 30 Speckled Trout, 11 Redfish, 6 Lookdowns and 5 Black Snapper. James was using spinning gear with Yo Zuri Pins Minnows and 14MR Mirrolures. I stuck with my flyrod the whole night and used #6 Clouser Minnows.

Once the sun came up we paddled to Walker Island and beached the kayaks to wade the flats there while throwing topwater lures. We managed a few very nice redfish and had some other very good strikes before the wind picked up and ran us out. After some much needed sleep, we went back out on my boat and scored some more Black Snapper and a couple more redfish.


I'll be posting my reports every Thursday from here on out. Feel free to call the shop if you have any fishing questions or just want to talk fishing.

Chris Vecsey
Sam's Bait and Tackle
251-981-4245
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report 5/9/13

I didn't get to fish much this past week due to some back issues, but I felt much better today and snuck out before work to hit some artificial reefs within 12 miles to target Triggerfish. It wasn't a red hot bite, but we did end up boating about 15-16 and had to throw a few back that were undersized. Along with the Triggers, we caught Red Snapper (of course) and a couple Amberjack. We caught the Triggers using lighter weight two-hook rigs with very small pieces of squid. The Amberjack hit jigs. I also hooked a large Tripletail on the ride out after spotting it under a floating log. The fish ate a DOA shrimp I threw at it and after a fun fight he eventually threw the hook.

Several boats made it out Tuna fishing Wednesday night and others are going tonight. I will report back what I hear since I won't be able to go myself.

Chris Vecsey
Sam's Bait and Tackle
251-981-4245
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561

Friday, May 3, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report 4/29-4/30/13

We had a couple of really nice days this past week and that allowed some folks to finally get offshore. Sunday was just a lazy day to cruise around, but I got out on Monday with a friend to do some Cobia fishing. We worked our way West from Perdido Pass and it didn't take long before we spotted the first fish of the day. We threw a jig at it and it pounced on it immediately! This was how the majority of the morning went and we ended up hooking four fish and boating two. We lost the other two due to a damaged rod tip fraying the line, which I have fixed for next time. Later that afternoon, we chummed on a artificial structure about 7 miles offshore and had fun catching and releasing Red Snapper on light tackle. I caught several on one of the flyrods as well. Our fun was cut short by several large sharks that began eating every snapper we hooked, so we decided to call it a day and let the sharks catch their own food. The two Cobia were approx. 30lbs and 55-60lbs.

On Tuesday I didn't have a lot of time to fish so I stayed inshore and took a couple friends inshore for a bit. We hit a couple spots and caught a nice Redfish, Sheepshead and some other assorted stuff. For less than an hour of fishing, we did alright.

From what I heard offshore, the Tuna bite has really picked up to the SW around the rigs. Nobody wanted to share "which" rigs, but thats just how it goes. There's been a very strong Northbound current from far offshore that has been bringing warm, blue, water in closer to the beaches. This has really helped kickstart a decent Wahoo bite around the Nipple and Elbow. There were some very nice Wahoo caught down the SE this past weekend, including one Wahoo over the 100lb mark caught on the Sea Hunter. Most are being taken trolling various lures and lure/ballyhoo combos.Along with Wahoo, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) have shown up as well and can be taken trolling, live baiting and casting lures and baits on lighter tackle.

Snapper season is less than a month away and now is a good time to come get stocked up ahead of time. Need help on what to get? Stop by and ask Mike, Mark or myself and we can help you with what you need.

Chris Vecsey
Sam's
251-981-4245
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report 4/25/13

The Pompano are still on fire! We had quite a few fish weighed in this past week in our 2nd Annual Alabama Pomp Stomp. We only have five days left in the tourney and most of this years competitors have been very hard at it. I will update the leaderboard later this evening

I fished this morning with a couple friends around Perdido Pass looking for Pompano and Sheepshead. The Pompano were there in good numbers, but the Sheepshead were a no show. We had good action with Pompano as well as Gray Snapper, Spanish Mackerel and a host of "less glamorous" species like Stingrays, Puffers and even a small Hammerhead Shark! All fish were on live shrimp.

I didn't get out much for other saltwater fishing this past week due to a itch for some Bass fishing, but there were plenty who did and gave me good reports.

For one, the Kings and Spanish Macks are getting more abundant with each passing front. There were very good numbers of them caught this past weekend by anglers trolling just off of the beaches. I heard of quite a few hitting the deck of the state pier as well. Most are being taken while trolling spoons, both on the surface and behind planers in 25-40ft of water.

The Cobia are still pouring down the beaches, but windy conditions only allowed larger vessels to chase after them lately. I heard of some very nice Cobia landed this past wekk though including two fish over 90lbs!

I'm going to sneak out Pompano fishing before work on Saturday. I'll post up soon afterward.

Chris Vecsey
Sam's Bait and Tackle
251-981-4245
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report 4/15-4/17/13

It was a windy three days, but the inshore bite has been very good. The main target for myself and many others this past week was Pompano; in the surf, off the jetties and even in the bays. The Pomps have been a decent size too with many fish over 3lbs caught. My biggest this week was 3.4lbs but most were well over the 2lb mark. I caught all of my Pompano on live or fresh dead shrimp but many plenty were caught by others using ghost shrimp and sand fleas. Along with the Pompano, I had good action this week with Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, White Trout and Spanish Mackerel. Most of the Trout I caught were 17-20 inches with one fish over and a couple smaller. I caught them primarily along the Intercoastal Canal in several locations. The trout have been holding deep and were caught with Live Shrimp, soft plastic shrimp imitations and Mirrolure Mirrodines (18MR to be exact).

The Cobia bite didn't slow a bit either. I didn't get out to do any myself, but many others in larger boats did and weren't sorry for doing so. Many fish exceeding 70lbs hit the docks and the average sized fish seemed to exceed 50lbs. These fish are being taken on a variety of baits, but Live Eels are still getting most of the fish.

I haven't heard many offshore reports, probably due to the rough seas we've had, but summer is just around the corner and hopefully calm seas will accompany it.

I'll be keeping my eye on the weather and will hopefully have some more good reports this week.

Chris Vecsey
Sam's Bait and Tackle
251-981-4245
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report 4/13/13

It's beautiful out today! We've had a crowd in the store this morning for sure, most getting ready to go scout the beachfront for Cobia. I should have some reports later for sure. For now, this is what I heard about yesterday:

My friend Jeb Brantley along with a couple of his buddies caught three fish yesterday with one going over 70lbs. They fished just East of Perdido Pass. I heard of several othr private boats catching some nice fish as well. A boat out of Sportsman's Marina boated a fish that went 86lbs! They are here for sure.

We did not have anymore Pompano weighed in for our 2nd Annual Alabama Pomp Stomp. I did however here of some Pompano being caught down Johnsons Beach to the East and from West Beach in Gulf Shores. I should see some fish weighed in this afternoon once the morning crowd gets off of the beach.

A few boats left Perdido Pass Thursday and Friday night heading further offshore for Tuna and Billfish. The bite has been spotty, but some some quality fish have hit the docks here in the past two weeks. Most of the Tuna action has been from further Southwest, but the closer rigs including Petronius, Marlin and Beer Can have seen some good bites with Yellowfin Tuna and Blue Marlin.

I'll be inshore tomorrow morning for a bit with hopes of some big Speckled Trout. Monday will be a Cobia day as long as the weather holds and I'll be inshore fishing with some customers of ours Tuesday morning. I'll be posting up the results!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report April 12, 2013

Its been windy, but the fishing has been on fire in Orange Beach for the past few weeks. The Cobia bite has been the main talk lately although I personally haven't been able to commit much time to it due to weather. I went out for a few hours last Sunday (4/7) and did see one fish, but it dove and I was unable to find it again. I did hook up a nice Tripletail though. The guys who have been putting in the time have been rewarded. Many local Captains have already caught 20+ Cobia this year and its still heating up.

I've been on the beach a couple mornings in the last week as well and the Pompano bite had slowed down, but is still there. I'm taking most of my fish on ghost shrimp or small pieces of fresh dead. The fish have been deep, so I've been wading out slightly before making my cast. My bycatch in the surf is low, with whiting and sheepshead pretty scarce.

The Sheepshead may be few and far in the surf, but they're packed in around any inshore structure like the jetties at Perdido Pass or the bridge pilings. Live shrimp and Fiddler crabs have been doing a number on them but with their spring spawn almost over and water temps climbing, I feel it'll last another week or so before the 'heads start to thin out. Expect them to move further offshore at that point to places like three mile barge and the shallow rigs off of Ft Morgan.

The Speckled Trout bite has been decent as well and I've seen some very nice fish being caught by a few of the local Guides. A few fish have pushed the 8lb mark, but most have been 1-3lbs. Fishing deep with live croakers or large, live shrimp is the ticket to the bigger trout right now.

We have a few good weather days coming up and I plan on fishing Monday through Thursday. Check back in periodically for more reports!

Chris Vecsey
Sam's Bait and Tackle
251-981-4245
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561