We’re very busy at marina this week getting ready for our 20 year anniversary event on memorial day! I can’t believe we opened this place on Memorial Day weekend all the way back in 1999 — time flies! We’ve got a lot of fun planned, including free drawings for prizes, etc., so come by if you are in the area.
As for the fishing, it’s been pretty mellow, with not much action in particular to be excited about. It’s largely due to very hot conditions and the full moon spoiling the early day bite. By the time they are hungry it is almost too hot out there to fish! This early hot weather is not something we like to see.
Anyway, there is a mixed bag of fish hitting in the lagoon around us. Lady fish are plentiful, and will give a pretty good fight, but not much food value, at least to the people I know. There’s still some trout biting along the shore and around structure, but all the fish are looking for shade and cooler water. There are some deep holes around the islands, and the fish will hold there. Wade fishermen are doing better than those in boats right now. There are reports of some HUGE flounder from the wade guys, too, and we’re talking doormat-sized. However, while they are there, and you can see them, they are teasing by not biting on anything. I am told you can thunk them on the head with bait and they just flutter up and move away…
The inlet is still offering some big snook, but the redfish bite, while there, is not as active as in the past weeks, and you will have to work hard to get them to come up to you. Bait fish is the key. They are picky right now, and all they want is live fish. Snook will be out of season come the end of this month, and as can be typically expected, they will probably start biting like crazy after that.
A different kind of fishing is starting up now. We are seeing blue crabs along our docks and seawalls. Lots of people set some traps in the morning and go back later to see what is there. Others set traps off their docks. Its a different way to have some fun!
Memorial Day Weekend this week! Watch out for those boaters who only go on holiday weekends and fuel their boats with alcohol! Check your safety gear — the law enforcement will be out and checking everyone! Be safe out there and have a great kick off to the summer season!