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
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561

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