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Current Fishing Report

I went to the beach Wednesday afternoon to see if the prettier weather had improved the water temperature and puppy drum fishing, but the water was still down around 50 degrees and I did not find anything biting. I did hear that Ralph Casey found a couple of drum Thursday afternoon with the continued good weather, but he agreed that the fish were still cold and moving slowly. Today is beautiful and we may have better fishing on the beach if the water will warm just a little more.
I had the opportunity to join Farris ONeal, new owner of the charter boat Drumstick, yesterday for an offshore fishing trip. Bert Clark from Edwards Motel and Bill Gilbert from the Anchorage Inn & Marina were also on board. Farris and Bert had some great fishing a week or two earlier jigging for blackfin tuna, and we hoped to find tuna. While we were not able to find the tuna, we did have a lot of fun jigging amberjack and king mackerel. Bert even found a citation spanish mackerel mixed in with a school of small kings! It was a lot of fun since we were using spinning gear and light conventional outfits. At one point the kings were so thick we literally bailed a few with dead baits like a school of dolphin. We also stopped for a short while bottom fishing for a few black sea bass and I got lucky with a nice grouper.
Today is beautiful and I am hopeful that the puppy drum will be biting on the beach. I heard that Farris took the Drumstick out again today and found a couple of big bluefin tuna.
We're starting to try to keep the store open now, and we are looking forward to the first big drum of the season showing up within the next couple of weeks. Look for a little SW wind to get things going.
Have fun fishing!




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