April 29, 2013 -
Due to a late spring the fishing is now just getting right. Water temperatures are hovering around 72 degrees, this is optimal for pompano. We have been having some nice catches on days that have not been too windy. The pomps have been running from one end of the island to the other on the beach inside the sand bar through the trough.
While pompano fishing we’ve been catching some nice Spanish mackerel especially at the east end.
Reds, black drum and trout are being caught on the beach as well.
On the flats some gator trout have been landed! Try some top water on those flat mornings on the bay for some nice reds and trout. During the middle of the day we prefer suspension plugs and plastics.
What’s nice about SGI is when it’s blowing on one side it’s generally calm on the other. So get out there and catch em up!
Surf side – Pompano starting to be caught as the month moves on and the water clears up I expect a good pompano run. Fishing the surf with fishbites and pompano rigs and casting pompano jigs should do the trick. There are also a lot of nice mackerel being caught on spoons, gotcha plugs and top water plugs. That should continue through the month.
Bay side – We’ve been catching a lot of trout and redfish early and late in the day use top water lures, midday use suspension lures, spoons and jigs under a popping cork, (which is a good way to locate your trout). There has been a bit of grass so you should rig your plastics weedless. As the month progresses you can catch some gator trout as we usually do in the fall.
In the Cut – Big redfish will be holed up before they make a move offshore to spawn. Drift through the cut with a live pinfish, shrimp or a 4 inch gulp on a heavier jig head should catch you a bull red.
This regions fishing is in full swing—
Pompano, trout, mackerel and redfish are all being caught on the beach. And off the old bridge (which has been converted to a fishing pier) you can catch sheephead, flounder, trout and redfish as well. Wade fishing has been excellent.
On the beach fish a double #2 circle hook rig with floats baited up with sand fleas, fish bites or bait of your choice. Leave your surf rod in a sand spike and grab another light spin outfit (10 lb line 7-8 foot fast rod) to cast jigs for pompano and redfish, spoons and gotcha plugs for spanish and mirrolures (52Ms) or your favorite crank bait for big trout.
On the pier fish the whole water column top to bottom, wade fishing same thing (top water, suspension baits, spoons and jigs for trout and redfish.
Our waters are highly accessible for kayak fishing either on the beachside or the bay. Great reports for all inshore species come in daily. A lot of nice redfish and big trout are being kayaked as well!
Be sure to use at least 20 lb fluorocarbon on your terminal ends as it is invisible and a lot more abrasion proof than monofilament. A two foot section will suffice.
This is Capt Larry Troy owner of Island Outfitters on St George Island – Let us Hook you up!