On The Water...with Captain Alan. Anglers aboard the Magic are encountering some of this year’s best Snook fishing. Big breeder...
Fishing aboard the MAGIC during March produced lots of action with most anglers catching a wide variety of fish. The biggest obstacle for both anglers and yours truly was without a doubt the never ending winds that blew 15 to 20 knots day after day. While the winds limited to some degree where and how we fished, it had little effect on the bite itself which at times was absolutely awesome. The only real slowdown in action took place during the first two or three days following each of our cold fronts, after that the bite was back on. Early in the month when water temperatures were in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s some of the best fishing could be found along the edges of deep grass flats. This is where anglers caught Gator Trout up to 24″, Pompano and Bluefish. As the water temps edged ever so slowly upward we began to see Spanish Mackerel move up inside the bay. Several anglers boated Macks that were well over the 26″ mark. Pompano also made a impact during March with an impressive number of fish measuring over 18″ in length. Ladyfish are always a terrific standbuy on windy days as they can provide lots of drag screaming fun and as usual we were not disappointed. A few anglers even hooked over 100 plus fish in a single trip. Big pass was another good place to hide from the wind and it was very productive when fished at the top or bottom of each tide. The pass held a wide variety of fish and anglers aboard the MAGIC caught good numbers of Snapper, Sheephead, Grouper, Ladyfish, Bluefish and Pompano. By late in the month we started to see and catch Snook as they moved out of there winter homes and up on the flats. The best action however was found around lighted docks after dark using live shrimp or throwing small white flies.
With the arrival of April the winds will hopefully begin to ease and fishing should continue to heat up. look for lots of spring time action along our beaches and in our bays. Schools of Spanish Mackerel, Little Tunny and Kingfish will arrive gulf-side in large numbers. Trout, Jacks, Snook, Redfish and much more will thrill anglers throughout all of our bays.
THE ONBOARD, catch of the month goes to six year old Riley Scott for his first Spanish Mackerel. He was the youngest angler to fish with Captain Alan during March… Great job Riley!!!