The big story right now is is the cobia. The cobia run is in full swing. The fish are on the beach and are averaging 40-60 pounds with a few larger fish being caught. Live eels are the way to go but other fish baits and jigs will get the job done as well. The spanish are thick right now and they can be caught trolling or casting plugs anywhere near the sandbar and near and in the passes. The Kings have shown up in the surf as well, with local piers catching some fish in the 30-40 pound range. Also, the bait has shown up around the pass and nearshore in the 50-60′ areas.
The offshore bite has continued to be excellent. Mingos, Triggers, Scamp, Red Grouper, Porgies, and AJ’s have been consistent and of above average size. The kings have also shown up so make sure you have a flat line out while bottom fishing. The water temp today (4/11) 5 miles offshore was right at 68. Look for some nearshore mahi/sailfish action in the next few weeks, especially by the offshore kayak anglers.
The tuna bite has been good at the rigs. The water temp at the elbow, nipple, and spur is very close to or right at where it needs to be. The next few weeks should be great fishing for pelagics off the panhandle. Be sure to check out the latest Hilton’s or Roff’s report before you go. There should be good reports of wahoo, mahi, tuna, and billfish in the near future.
Captain Adam Peeples
One Shot Fishing Charters, LLC.