It's been a busy early summer so far. The fishing, both inshore and offshore as been very good to outstanding.
Inshore the reds, drum and a few trout have been biting consistantly on live and dead shrimp while the flounder have yet to make a good run. For a couple of weeks in early May the bluefish and ladyfish were almost a nusance there were so many of them. We were going through 12 dozen live shrimp on a 4 hour trip and it was hard to get a bait through them to get to the trout and reds. Now, 4 Jun, the reds and drum are biting well on any tide change with the better trout bite on the incoming tide.
Offshore over the last couple of weeks the amberjacks and cobia really made a showing with limits of both common on every trip. Now, 4 Jun, the king mackeral are here in force with the AJ's and Cob's backing off a little. We still can't keep Red Snapper until approx 4 Dec as the govm't thinks there are not enough of them so it's catch and release on them. We can keep all other types of snapper as well as grouper, trigger fish and black seabass. So bottom fishing is not shut down entirely (the trolling is better this time of year anyway). Saw a sailfish free jumping yesterday so there are some of those arround, we were in 75 feet of water about 14 miles offshore also had one kingfish over 25 pounds and lost another large one to the 'cuda's that was just as big or maybe a little bigger.
The Gulf oil spill is not effecting us yet though it seems all the bottlenose dolphin in the world are over here now. They are fun to watch but sometimes when they show up the bite slow down so we just move to another spot.