2018-05-01 / Fish Stories

Does it seem sorta fishy? Great news!

Well, I think the March winds waited until April to show up. The temperatures have been real sporadic and the winds have made getting off shore a little difficult lately.

Things are about to turn for the best and this weather pattern should soon get into its summer routine. The water temperatures are starting to get around the 70-degree mark and the large schools of baitfish are showing up.

The cobia fishing has been the slowest in years, and many are attributing it to the inconsistent weather patterns. Others are complaining of the population being overfished. I’m sure there will be some new regulations placed on them in the near future.

Inshore, the redfish are showing up well around the larger docks and jetties. These fish love hanging in the deeper holes around these structures. There are plenty of inshore guides in the area that will be happy to take you out and fight a few of these inshore giants.


Clay Sims and friends enjoy showing off their catch of tuna recently caught aboard the Entertainer. Clay Sims and friends enjoy showing off their catch of tuna recently caught aboard the Entertainer. Near shore there are a few King Mackerel and a lot of Spanish Mackerel showing up. The Spanish have been on fire near the pass entrance and around the battle ship Massachusetts. These fish are a great fight on light spinning tackle and are not bad on the table.

When the weather window allows us to get offshore, the bottom fishing has been on fire. Our staple snapper is the Vermilion Snapper, and they are showing up on every wreck in the gulf. The limit is 10 per person per day, and it’s not very difficult to catch a limit on a half-day trip.

Also the Gray Triggerfish season is open throughout the month of May and will close during June and July. Even though the limit is easily caught at one per person, there’s no better eating in my opinion.

May 1 is the opening for the Greater Amberjack. These are the most powerful fighting fish that you will encounter while wreck fishing. They range in size from 30 to 100 pounds and a 20-pounder will put most anglers on their knees. These fish are many times referred to as a reef donkey.

The offshore blue water scene has been hot as well. Once again the window of opportunity has been slim, but there have been some great catches offshore lately.

Last week, Capt. Scooter Porto aboard the Reel Addiction caught not only three Blue Marlin in a single day, but he also caught a 634-pound Giant Bluefin Tuna. This is a fishing trip of lifetime for this area. Congrats to the entire crew.

Capt. Rusty Smith aboard the Entertainer made a couple of successful overnight trips and did well on the Black-fin and Yellow-fin Tuna. Once again, they earned every fish caught in the rough weather conditions that they endured.

Maybe a fishing trip is still on your bucket list. If so, give us a shout or check us out on the web at www.entertainercharter.com and let us hook you up. As we always say aboard the Entertainer, “may the good fishing be yours!”

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