Things are finally starting to heat up offshore, and the trolling is getting better and better as more pelagic fish move into our area. We have caught some schoolie mahi, some healthy blackfin tuna, and even a white marlin. The white marlin came into the spread under a black bart brasiliano, and then veered out and hit the long rigger ballyhoo with a chugger head on it. We haven’t caught a wahoo in a bit, but there should be some left out there if the guys in the shootout didn’t get them all. Trolling is my favorite type of fishing and therefore spring is our favorite time to fish out of Ponce Inlet. We have been running the bay boat out there while the big boat gets new Yamaha 300s installed, but that bay boat never ceases to amaze me 40 miles offshore. It’s quite the tank of a boat. Bottom fishing has been decent, with lots of vermillion and red snapper, as well as triggerfish, porgies, and almacos.
Inshore the fishing has been a tad slower for us, but seems to be getting better as the water warms up again. Redfish have been caught here and there, particularly on blue crabs. We have caught some really nice sheepshead in the last couple weeks, as well as a few black drum, and of course mangrove snapper. Running the beach for cobia has been successful for a few boats, but you really have to put your time in to find the good ones. We caught one on a vertical jig at 28 fathom, which tells me more numbers of them are showing up right about now. The windy weather has definitely been an issue when chasing manta rays, but nice glassy days are coming soon. If you want to get a taste of the fishing in Ponce Inlet, during our favorite time of the year, give us a call at 386-690-7406. Be safe out there guys.
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