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