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