By Capt. Larry Pentel, Dead Fish Charters
It sure has been nice to leave the longsleeves in the closet and have to go buy more sunscreen. Seems like it took ’till the 1st of May for winter to finally give up trying this year. The fish are on the same schedule they have been for thousands of years and don’t seem to care about a little extra rain on any given day. Luckily for me and my anglers our finny quarry has been pretty predictible and we get lots of shots at filling up the box every day.
The Vermilion bite has been nothing short of fantastic up till yesterday, they may have just been to full to eat anymore or they may be starting to move back offshore and spread out. My anglers asked if the fish always bit that fast and I had to honestly answer “no, it’s kinda slow today…..” The schools of Amberjacks have moved up in close on their Springtime travels and while most of the fish are short of keeper size there have been quite a few mixed in that my folks just haven’t been able to stop. Still a good many cobia around with some BIG fish showing up on top of the AJ schools. We have had 3 fine ones on this week just by being ready for when they show. All were larger fish and it’s hard to have an angler ready for a tricky 70+ lb critters moves when they are on their first trip out and have been catching snappers ! The Kings have been scattered the past week but there have been some big Mackerel. We have had a couple on that dumped the fly pole and landed one pushing 40# this week. Still some legal Triggers about and a lot of Scamps around as well. Inshore Scamp fishing is finese fishing with light tackle and tricky for those not experienced but we have been steady getting one or two on most trips.
As is normal, I am writting a fishin’ report ’cause it’s bumpy out this AM. Looks like a couple days off from fishing and time to work on the tackle.
There should be scattered cobia around for the next month or so. The Kings are here ’till the end of November, red hot one day and MIA the next. Triggers remain legal in Florida State wtaers up to June 1st (closed in Federal water now). Red Grouper and Scamp Grouper around for the patient fisherfolks. Plenty of Aj’s to give you a good pull and…………..Red Snapper open in State water in 2 weeks! Lots of fishing to look forward to.
Speaking about looking forward. I am going over to Indian Pass the end of July this year to chase Tarpon and Tripletails for most of August. While I won’t be able to run any trips off Grayton at that time I do have openings for any one that wants a shot at a Silver King or loves to sight fish. The bunkhouse is still available ( free of charge) for anyone wanting to come over and stay the night prior to fishing the forgotten coast with me.