A lot of things changed since last week. Jackets were put on, shorts were put away and our firewood sales picked up. The fishing changed too and although the offshore windows are fewer and further between, the inshore bite is more than making up for it. Bull Redfish are here and in big numbers. The past few days have seen great action with big reds from inside Perdido Pass and all down the beaches, from the surf and from boat. Boaters have it easy right now. The large schools of Reds have been balling bait near the surface and have been easy to spot by looking for large groups of Pelicans and other seabirds diving into the frenzy. Casting various artificial lures and natural baits will get hookups swiftly. I prefer lures with single hooks like bucktail or soft plastic jigs, spoons w/ single hooks and flies. This makes unhooking and releasing easier on both you and the fish. Remember, you can keep one Redfish exceeding 26" per person in Alabama waters and most beach-run fish will exceed this mark. When the tell-tale surface action is absent, trolling deep-diving plugs and planer/spoon combinations will find Reds deep. Pull these in depths of 20-30ft at a speed of around 4 knots and watch the depthfinder for baits schools or groups of Redfish. Once Reds are located trolling, you can cast lures on lighter tackle to reach the fish that are holding deep.
Flounder are still fairly thick around the passes, both Perdido Pass in OB and West Pass in Gulf Shores (Little Lagoon Pass). Fishing live bull minnows or small croakers will work very well as does bouncing soft plastic lures along the bottom.
The surf has been rough for the most part, but has given up some decent mornings for Whiting and Pompano. Ghost Shrimp and fresh dead shrimp have been top choices when the weather has cooperated.
Offshore reports have been lacking due to the rough seas, but there were a few boats that made it out for tuna this past week in fishable conditions. The Tuna bite was on at rigs like Ram-Powell, Horn Mountain and NaKika. Most fish were taken by chunking with few fish hitting trolled baits. I didn't hear any reports of billfish and there were some nice Wahoo caught along the 100 fathom line.
I fished Sunday-Tuesday inshore. It was a NEAP tide so I figured it may be a little slower. On Sunday I fished docks for Flounder for a couple hours and only managed one decent flatfish around 18" and some really fat White Trout. I fished Salt Water Assassin 4" sea shad in "space guppy" on a 1/4oz jighead.
Monday had a plan A of hitting the beach in the morning for Pompano but rough surf killed that idea so I got on a friend's boat instead and we went prospecting for Pompano just inside of Perdido Pass. We had a hard time finding them at first, but once we did it was great action. We landed 13 Pompano, several nice Spanish Mackerel, Black Snapper and some Bluefish. Almost all the fish hit live shrimp or fresh dead shrimp suspended off of the bottom. The highlight of this trip was definitely the 5.75lb Pompano my friend Donald landed (check our FB page for pics).
We went back Tuesday but the wind really changed the game and didn't allow us to drift where we needed to. We still caught two Pompano and missed a few more and also landed several nice Spanish Mackerel before the wind cranked up and blew us out of there.
Its going to warm up this weekend and hopefully some opportunities will open up to get offshore. I'll be out there if it does.
Sam's Bait and Tackle
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561