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GANDERGANDER Posts: 393 Deckhand
Gone coastal from Michigan to SGI arrived last Saturday afternoon. Emptied the truck and hit the beach! A few whiting and way to many croakers to count in the cold dirty water by the rental. Cleaned 5 whiting and kept a couple croakers for cut bait. 
Sunday AM took a bluefish out front and a couple small whiting. Went to the park to find cleaner water. Did but not many fish about. Got one pompano and daughter lost something BIG on a cut bait rig. Couldn’t turn it so tightened down the drag as it passed the sandbar headed for Cozumel. 30# leader broke at the hook. Ugh. 
Monday back to the park. Very uneventful. Other members of our party fished out front and took a pompano and a Spanish.


  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 14,454 Moderator

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • Nick NikonNick Nikon Posts: 3,846 Captain
    Early season is always a gamble, especially during this season.

    Pompano and Fishbites go together like cream and coffee.

    Especially at sunrise ... well done.

  • skywayskyway St. Pete FLPosts: 389 Deckhand
    Thanks for the report!
  • GANDERGANDER Posts: 393 Deckhand
    The last two days about as advertised. Cold dirty water yesterday shut off the earlier good fishing. Lots of croakers and small whiting. Ran cut bait for reds and got this sharp nose shark. 

    Slow otherwise. 
    Went to SP this morning. Sis in law wanted to look for shells. 45 degrees w/ a 17 mph wind! Felt like a Michigan spring morning!!
    Returned to fish after lunch and had two hefty sharks cut us off and nothing else save a couple whiting. Water was cold but clear there. 
    It was somewhat slow fishing this week due to weather but had good times with great people. Looking fwd to returning next spring! 
    Now back home for some habitat work and scouting for the turkey opener in 2 weeks. 
    Take care all!
  • swampdogswampdog Central FloridaPosts: 2,722 Captain
    Nice report overall. Looks like the little person enjoyed seeing and touching a real shark. 
  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 14,454 Moderator
    Hate the weather didn't cooperate. Have a safe trip back.

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • illinoisfishermanillinoisfisherman Posts: 5,347 Admiral
    Drive safely and go back soon and often. 
  • billybob11billybob11 Posts: 784 Officer
    Thanks for sharing 
  • Nick NikonNick Nikon Posts: 3,846 Captain

    Many of us have been missing SGI for a year.
    Glad it turned out well for you, despite the weather.

    Next time, you might try driving out to the East End.
    ( If your vehicle is up to it ... the "road" is a work in progress. )
    There's a small parking lot, and unfettered access to miles of beach.

    The fishing can be excellent, but timing can be an issue.
    The only way to get out there by dawn is to be camping in the park.
    Otherwise, you'll have to wait until the gates open, and work the tide.

    The campground is booked a year in advance, with good reason.
    You're halfway between the beach, and the bay, with good fishing in both.
    Wade fishing on the Bay side is for Trout & Reds in and around the grass beds.
    The surf side is Pompano central, with a side of Whiting, and everything else.
    ( Traditional start of the run is Tax Day ... 4/13 ... but every year is different. )

    Have a safe trip home.

    ( It's never too early to plan your next trip. )
  • skywayskyway St. Pete FLPosts: 389 Deckhand
  • Spanky DunlapSpanky Dunlap Posts: 701 Officer
    Nick has some good tips for you. The backside at the RV campground can be good at times. 

    The road to the East End was destroyed by Hurricane Michael and has yet to be reopened to cars. I see people riding their bikes down there to fish. It would be a long sandy ride I would think. 

  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 14,454 Moderator
    It'd be hard to haul those red fish back. :)

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • GANDERGANDER Posts: 393 Deckhand
    edited April 11 #16
    Sorry it took a week to get back here...lots to do upon return.
    Traffic coming home was a bear in the usual spots, flying in others. Amazing that my loaded V8 F150 averages 18 mpg doing 80 mph! Thankfully shoveling snow wasn’t required to get in the driveway when we got home!!

    Nick, this was our 11th stay on SGI. We had been fishing the east end once the road was stabilized. Beautiful spot and did well on Spanish. Hurricane changed that as auto access is still prohibited. A local told us that the reason it’s still closed is that some yahoo went out there with a 4WD and tore around the bird habitat and made a mess of things. On our next trip to the park after hearing that, we asked the attendant on duty and he said they don’t know why it’s not open or when it might be reopened. Seemed a bit of a calculated, cryptic reply...
    We’ve fished bayside in the park and caught reds, trout, lady fish, Spanish and a couple flounder over the years. Messed w the crabs at the end of 9th street. Eaten at the local joints and slaked our thirst at the watering holes. Eaten plenty of shrimp while there and have hauled hundreds of pounds home to enjoy until the next trip. All those activities thanks to you good folks here and your recommendations! 
    Ken, we would love to make it down there more often and on our own vs my school schedule. That day is likely less than 2 years away!! I hope you and yours get coastal soon as well. Didn’t fish down to Lanark w Chris to see your place this time. 
    Thanks again to all of you in the NW for your assistance, well wishes and your own reports that I will enjoy reading and live vicariously through until next spring! 
    Already got going on some food plot prep and turkey season starts here next Saturday. Never a dull moment!
    Take care all!

  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 14,454 Moderator
    Thanks Eric. I always look forward to your annual reports. 

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

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