June 16, 2020
Summer is HERE! Fishing has fired off with a bang. With the rise in water temperature, the normal summer targets have arrived! The artificial reefs have exploded with life over the last few weeks. We have had a phenomenal Atlantic Bonito bite this past spring/early summer. Don’t get these fish confused with their similar-looking cousin the False Albacore. Each year along the Crystal Coast we get a run Atlantic Bonito for usually around 3-4 weeks depending on the weather. These fish are powerful drag peeling fun and to top it off they are great table fare whether you eat sashimi style or seared on the grill. We have been catching them trolling Yozuri deep divers or casting/ jigging Stingsilvers. Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel have shown up thick right off the beach, all the 2-3lb fish you could want. Trolling Clark spoons or casting jigs to feeding schools will get them in the box. For the bigger Spanish, we have done a few live bait trips which have produced some 5+ pound Spanish Mackerel. Definitely not hot and heavy yet but, I expect the big Spanish bite to improve as we get deeper into summer. King Mackerel are moving closer to the beaches as well. Had a beautiful weather window last week and pushed off in the 5-10 mile range to check out some reefs and hard bottoms. We found plenty of 10-20lb kings on live baits and artificial and some monster Amberjacks.
For the inside waters, Redfish are schooling up in the local marshes and creeks. Any marsh bank or oyster bed has been holding a good amount of slot fish. Just last week we found a school of 50-60 Redfish around an oysterbed with a mix of size 18” up to some 26” bruisers. Bridges and docks are holding a variety of fish as well including Black Drum and Sheepshead. We are already seeing sheepshead over the 5lb mark so we expect sheepshead fishing to be off the charts this year! The endangered flounder somehow keep finding our hooks in the same areas but unfortunately, we will have to wait till August 16th to put them on ice. If you are capable of getting on the water as well as practicing social distance, it is time to get on the water! Whether you’re an experienced fisherman looking for the fish of a lifetime or your first time fishing coastal waters. Book today, and find your Reely Livin' moment!