Water temp is around 70 degrees, the bite is on! We’ve been catching a few pompano for the last two weeks, some of them are very nice 4+ pound fish. So needless to say these next few weeks should be pompano heaven.
Anywhere on the beach will do to set up. The sandbar runs East and West from one tip of the island to the other. Look for a break in it ideally as that’s where the fish will be moving from the inner channel to the outer channel. You don’t have to get wet, the fish feed on both sides of the sandbar in the trough.
Standard gear: a surf rod 8 – 10 feet, large capacity spinning reel with 15 – 25 lb mono, sand spikes, pompano rigs with circle hook, at least a 2 ounce pyramid sinkers with fishbites in sand flea, shrimp or crab flavors.
Yes folks that is a pompano caught on a fishbite. Also without a doubt pick up your 10 lb spinning outfit and cast Doc’s Goofy Jigs and Nylures working them slow bumping them off the bottom.
Spanish mackerel are also being caught to the east using a gotcha plug, spoons and Goofy jigs. Most of them have been small this week but we expect the larger ones to follow shortly.
Our captains have been having nice catches of redfish and trout as they should be because they are OUR CAPTAINS – we only have the best for our customers!
Coming soon —Nekid Ball Jigz catches all species (pompano/flounder slayer)
Stay tuned more details to follow…
Pompano with Doc’s Goofy Jig
Now that the water temp is in the 80’s every species is here.
Surf fishing has been real productive as it will stay until winter. Everything from whiting, pompano, reds, trout, Spanish mackerel, flounder and sharks with all your usual baits – mirrolures, spoons fishbites, etc.
There is an artificial bait called Doc’s Goofy Jig which I can’t say enough about. Doc is 80+ years old makes a lead keel jig that literally catches every species from pompano to tarpon. We carry a fully stocked section from 1/4 to 3/4 ounce with a variety of his jigs. They are deadly so stop in and get some.
There is plenty of flounder around a good and exciting way to get your flatty is to book one of our night time gigging trips.
Our captains are catching their limits daily, checkout out our facebook page for recent catches at SGIsland Outfitters.
As far as the tarpon they are plentiful and should remain in the area throughout the summer.
Stop by and ask us what’s catching today and let us Hook You Up!
Water temperature is 64 degrees and on the rise. Pompano fishing has started, some nice big ones are being caught – females are full of roe. We are catching them on our Island Outfitters pompano circle rigs tipped with fishbites and bumping nylures off the bottom. We are proud to announce that we are dealers of the famous Doc’s Goofy Jigs which are Pompano slayers (along with mackerel and other species).
Redfish are being caught on the beach, in the bay, on the flats and off the bridges. We have had some great catches of specs too all along the oyster bars.
Sheephead are plentiful and big!
The “mack” attack is on … get your gotcha plugs and spoons here.
Put off all your other “chores” and come fishing April is the magic month!
This is Captain Larry – We’ll hook you up!
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!