Friday, November 8, 2013

Orange Beach Fishing Report for 11/1-11/7/13

We've been hammered by high winds in the past week and its really restricted where we fish. The inshore bite has been good though and the weather rarely disables us from fishing inside. The Black Snapper bite is still very good around Perdido Pass and around most structure just inside the pass. Live shrimp and small baitfish will work very well. Along with the snapper, flounder and redfish have made a very strong showing. The flounder have been in good numbers in Perdido Pass and out along the beaches. Live bull minnows and shrimp have been best. Redfish are pretty much everywhere, from the upper creeks to offshore. The bull reds have been schooling just off the beaches in great numbers this past week giving good action to surf anglers and boaters. Boaters can get in on big numbers of reds crashing bait by running the beaches and looking for birds as well as feeding fish up top. Casting various jigs, spoons and flies into the mix will usually result in  an immediate hookup. For days when you can't find the fish, troll deep diving plugs in 20-25ft of water and watch the depthfinder for bait schools or schooled reds. From the surf, casting chunks of fresh mullet will work very well. Expect sharks of all sizes to hit the same baits put out for the reds.

Other than reds, Pompano and Whiting are in good numbers and good size. I fished Sunday morning in Gulf Shores and although the bite wasn't red hot, I did land a 4lb Pompano and nice Whiting. The best baits have been sand fleas and fresh shrimp but I would keep a rod rigged with a Pompano Jig as well (I landed the large Pompano on the jig). For jig fishing, focus on working the washouts along the beach where they form a decent rip current. Pompano and Whiting work these areas to feed on sand fleas and other food sources exposed by the stronger currents washing the sand out. Work the jigs near the bottom along the washout. Pink and Orange are usually top colors for jigs.

No recent bluewater reports right now, but before someone turned on the wind, the Tuna bite was still hot at the rigs and Wahoo and White Marlin were showing up in good numbers near the Elbow and Steps.

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