2017-08-01 / Fish Stories

Gettin’ the dirt on fishing

This season, so far, will go down in the history books as the one with the worst water conditions for the entire summer. Generally, dirty water sticks around for two to three weeks, depending on the currents.

Due to the 20 inches of rainfall above normal in June, we are still seeing the aftereffects. The bays and sound look like dark brewed tea, and it doesn’t change, even 40 miles offshore.

Up until a few days ago, we had strong northwesterly currents pushing all the Mississippi River waters our way, along with our own dirty water. Finally, the currents are coming from the east, and that will surely clear things up.

The divers say that the top 30 feet of water offshore is dirty and then underneath that, the visibility opens up to 60-80 feet.

Despite these conditions, the fishing has been great. The red snapper season has been a little challenging, and we’ve had to fish a little harder to catch the larger fish.

The live bait situation in and around the pass has been slim, and that is one reason we have had to work harder. Live bait over frozen bait sure makes a difference in the bite. Most all the larger fish are caught on live baits.

The flip side of the dirty water has been great for the smaller boats fishing in and around the pass. The Spanish mackerel love the dirty water and they have been on fire.

Around the buoys and the Massachusetts, the Spanish are thriving every morning. A light spinning outfit and a gotcha lure or silver spoon will produce a cooler full.

On the bottom, farther offshore, the grouper and scamp bite is steady. It will definitely pick up as we start catching better live baits.

Also on a lot of the same bottom structures, the vermilion snapper are showing up in larger numbers. These snapper are red in color, just like their cousins, but you can keep 10 per person, year round. They do not get as large as the red snapper, but I think they are much better on the table.

The offshore fishing for tuna and marlin has been great. The catch is, you better be prepared to take a ride 100 to 120 miles offshore. That is where the blue water begins. A two-day trip is necessary right now.

A week of easterly currents will create a whole new gulf right in our front door. As the water conditions clear, the fishing only gets better.

I think our fall season is going to great.

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