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 12/26/2019 09:12 AM
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Cole

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Weird. Bait and birds everywhere, but very few fish being caught. And holy shark! The place was swarming with them. A guy plunked a bait next to the north jetty and hooked a solid Bull, which he eventually got to the beach. Another guy on the south side said they were getting sharks every other cast with bucktails at night on outgoing for pretty much the entire month of December.

We ended up with a Blue, a 29 inch Red and a 25.5 inch snook, all on cut Threadfin Herring. The snook lit up for a guy using live Pig fish right at dark on the beginning of incoming, unfortunately, our bait died - hence the cut bait - before the fish got interested. All the action was at the base of the south jetty at the beginning of incoming.
 12/26/2019 09:28 AM
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Thanks Cole, stoked somebody finally went fishing again!

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 12/26/2019 07:49 PM
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Originally posted by: Cole

Weird. Bait and birds everywhere, but very few fish being caught. And holy shark! The place was swarming with them. A guy plunked a bait next to the north jetty and hooked a solid Bull, which he eventually got to the beach. Another guy on the south side said they were getting sharks every other cast with bucktails at night on outgoing for pretty much the entire month of December.



We ended up with a Blue, a 29 inch Red and a 25.5 inch snook, all on cut Threadfin Herring. The snook lit up for a guy using live Pig fish right at dark on the beginning of incoming, unfortunately, our bait died - hence the cut bait - before the fish got interested. All the action was at the base of the south jetty at the beginning of incoming.


I went the first really cold day we had with hard NW winds, 2-3 weeks ago. Caught 1 keeper flounder on a mud minnow, a big pompano on a jing inside the inlet near the filet station and loads of blues and mackeral outside south jetty. Was on my boat trying all over. Havent been fishing since. I figured the brown/grey water would be sharky.
 12/26/2019 09:07 PM
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Cole

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The weird silty water is very strange? Is there something going on in the river?
 12/26/2019 10:14 PM
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HAPDigital

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It's been wonky since that dredging project.
 12/27/2019 10:42 AM
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Cole

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Yes, the silt. I figured that would have ebbed and flowed itself away by now, guess not.
 12/29/2019 06:29 AM
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Wow, this Xmas break has been terrible for me. Weather has been trash. Was going to hit the surf to fish but now we have a heavy southerly push, usually makes fishing bad. What's with the southerly flow in December??
 12/29/2019 08:32 AM
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Originally posted by: HAPDigital

Wow, this Xmas break has been terrible for me. Weather has been trash. Was going to hit the surf to fish but now we have a heavy southerly push, usually makes fishing bad. What's with the southerly flow in December??


I have been thinking the same thing. It's nearly January 1 and we have constant flow out of the tropics?

And speaking of strange, was there even a run of flounder this year?
 12/29/2019 10:16 AM
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HAPDigital

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The flounder have been there since November but they are really small, only a few door mats in the mix.
 12/30/2019 06:10 AM
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Cool you got a snook on the cutbait, no mangroves!?

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 12/30/2019 07:08 AM
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Originally posted by: stokedpanda

Cool you got a snook on the cutbait, no mangroves!?


Mangrove bite at the inlet is heavy in the summer. Can even get muttons if you know where. I'm not telling...
 12/30/2019 09:43 AM
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Originally posted by: stokedpanda

Cool you got a snook on the cutbait, no mangroves!?


Yea, I was surprised too. lol

Most of the bait was big; full sized Thread Fin, Menhaden, Pilchards. The smaller snook and Reds were following the Blues as they minced the bait that was too big for them to eat. I've caught some monster Reds in the 40 to 50 inch range by fishing beneath the marauding schools of Blues.

Giving it a go again today.
 12/30/2019 06:32 PM
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Cole

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That was a bust. Too much fresh water from the canal and the most No-see-ums I have ever seen anywhere in the world. OH MY GOD!
 12/30/2019 10:00 PM
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Originally posted by: Cole

That was a bust. Too much fresh water from the canal and the most No-see-ums I have ever seen anywhere in the world. OH MY GOD!


All Xmas break I was thinking I should go but didn't. I even got a ton of pompano rigs and lures from family for xmas. Glad I stayed at home.

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 12/31/2019 08:22 AM
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It was 80 degrees at 8 PM. I don't think the fish quite know what to do when the temperatures are 10 degrees above normal and the amount of fresh water is equal to that of summer.
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OMG we are getting more south winds. South winds are a spring thang. WTF?
 01/05/2020 05:46 AM
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Two snook last night, both in slot size, but would have been released anyway. Drifted palm sized Pilchards for an hour at dark with only one hit. The snook came on a bucktail and a Bomber after dark. The guys are the end of the south were chucking big Striper lures and getting a few monster snook.

The skilled guys were getting some good Sheepshead around the rocks - bits of clam, Sandfleas, but the Blues, Reds and even Jack were nonexistent. Tom in the bait shop said there was an all-time run of Pompano four days ago. I didn't see a single one caught yesterday.

Two guys were flipping small mullet by the steel, never saw them get a flounder.... or a hit for that matter.

Edited: 01/05/2020 at 05:48 AM by Cole
 01/09/2020 05:53 AM
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Cole

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Now we have the Southerly flow in January.
 01/10/2020 03:34 AM
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RioSirju

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Yikes all the wind should slow down by Monday /Tuesday. Still going to try a little beach fishing high tide this morning let's see what happens.
 01/11/2020 09:49 AM
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The good ol brown south mush. Come get yer catfeeesh....


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