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