Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking Bud and his grandson Chandler out for some Sheepshead fishing on the reefs. The seas were flat calm and other than the boat being covered in ice, it was a pleasant ride out.
When we first got there we had to move around a little bit to find the right piece of structure, but once we did the Sheepshead starting going in the fish box. Chandler was the master angler of the day, clearly out-fishing his grandfather and I. He caught his biggest Sheepshead of the day on a live shrimp.
The Sea Bass were thick, and it’s hard to imagine how the feds can say that they are overfished. What I didn’t expect was to see a Red Snapper only 8 miles offshore even though they are supposedly overfished as well and we haven’t had an open season on them in 3 years.
I talked to several of my guide friends when I got back to the dock and they all had great days fishing inshore. It looks like things are back on after the nasty tides and wind last weekend.
I’m starting to book a lot of fishing charters for March and April, so if you are thinking of coming down you might want to book early to get the best dates.