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!
Sam's Bait and Tackle
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561