Daily fishing report – Offshore fishing has been slow this past week. The Red Tide has caused us to run way offshore. Half-day trips have brought small fish and few keepers. Hard-bottom areas that have been holding good fish in 45 feet were void of life.
Mike Hubbard worked 100 feet of water Sunday and caught one keeper gag grouper, a half-dozen mangrove snappers and a few nice scamp. For the foreseeable future, it looks as if bottom fishing is going to be best in 100-130 feet. On our past two trips out of John’s Pass, we lost our live bait while traveling through the Red Tide. To save your live bait, shut off your bait well while running the first few miles. Once you get 10 miles out you should have passed the Red Tide; then put your bait well back on and continue to push offshore.
Blue-water fishing is in full swing and is a good option. Light easterly winds this week will allow you to run out to the Elbow area and troll up some tuna, wahoo and dolphin. When going offshore, always leave a float plan with someone onshore. Stick to your plan and make sure you carry extra safety gear, EPIRBs, life rafts, etc.
–Larry “Huffy” Hoffman charters out of John’s Pass, Treasure Island. Call 727 709-9396 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org