Pink tides and blue-light nights, yes Mother Nature sure is putting on her summer displays in all areas out there on the briny, with new shows opening daily. Workups, topwater kingfish, tuna, marlin, and snapper; thrills 'n spills are all on the program depending on what show you're looking for.
Kingfish on top – there have been some good kingfish action out there lately with some great sizes too. Out wider in the gulf has seen better rewards this week than previously – it's best to get up early and get out there though as midday doldrums has seen many hours of little action between full-on feed modes. Timing seems to be the most important thing at the moment, so make a note of the bites times for your runs out, and casting times.
Game fishing is gathering momentum well; up and down both coasts keen big gamers are out there searching for top ocean predators, and there have been some good fish caught on both sides. It is early days, but the season is looking good. Calm winds are the predominant factor for most boats; fortunately, there are is more calm imminent. Whether you're after tuna (skipjack, albacore or yellowfin) or marlin having that well-mannered Squidwing in tow is a reliable way to get hooked up, rigger or shotgun, easy.
Small game fishing within the gulf is awaiting the arrival of many skipjack. Those amazingly coloured speedsters are inbound, and they can 'Just Say No' like the best of them! So if you start seeing silver blips on the sea surface and start questioning your eyesight, it could be skipjack. Troll a Lil' Squidwings (around five or six knots) and enjoy that reel lighting up, or, if there is a good school around, throw a little micro jig (something like a Pocket Rocket) – it works a treat, and on light gear, enjoy the reel screaming thrills because blistering speed is their thing!
The western side of the gulf has been a bit quiet on the gannet front for a few days. Eastern areas east of the cable zone have provided better pickings for workup popups. On Tuesday, there was a workout out behind the Noises off an astounding size, yet the following evening the activity was somewhere else, keeping workup hunters working for their rewards. There have been long periods of seemingly complete stillness with zero bite, however, if you see several gannets just sitting there, try throwing down your best temptation as there are likely to be some good snapper in the area. You need to pick the right little tidbit, and you can get them to bite alright. Tungsten micro jigs are ideal for when out deeper, lead micro jigs are well suited to the mid-grounds or even the ultra-light zinc alloy Boss microjig for even slower descent… be ready for the strike on the drop!
Enjoy your summer fishing and making memories.