Q:It has been a very long time since I gave a report on the fishing in my area but the Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo is now in full swing. We have had an awful lot of rain in the past few weeks with very large amounts of fresh water run-off. The amount of fresh water emptying out of our rivers into the bays has negatively affected the fishing that I like to do at the mouth of the Fish River and Weeks bay. But out in Mobile bay itself and the gulf, it does not seem to have caused any problems with the fishing. On May 10th there was a massive fish kill in Mobile Bay which consisted mostly of Red Drum (redfish) but it was not bad enough to affected the first day rodeo catches. Also one of the more famous fish at the rodeo, the red snapper, has been dropped this year because the season for them is closed. Yet the first day of the rodeo posted some fine results. Some of my favorite fish did quit well on the first day such as a 6.91 pound spotted sea trout (speck), 1.4 pound white trout, 27.56 pound ling, 6.56 pound sheepshead, 46.3 pound king mackerel, 16.35 pound scamp, 57.9 pound grouper, 4.8 pound flounder, 7.29 pound gafftop, 13.12 pound bonito, 36.59 pound black drum, and a 22.02 pound triple tail. We were also teased with the report of a 46+ pound redfish being caught but it was not checked in yesterday evening. The law on redfish says that it must be at least 16 inches long but not go over 26 inches. But you are allowed to catch one oversize fish per day and 46+ pounds would be definitely oversize and maybe even a state record. I will give more reports as the rodeo continues so for now the sun is fixing to come up and I need to be fishing. Thanx..... Santa
Q:i recently took a saltwater fishing trip of the shore of coco beach and caught 33 inch bonito i dont know much about the fish except its in the tuna family. i was wondering if anyone had any info on it and could tell me if mine would be considered big. here is a link to the pic http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/trophyroom/recent/single?bonnier_photos_maintype=34%7C20501&filter0=34&filter1=%2A%2AALL%2A%2A&filter2=%2A%2AALL%2A%2A&page=0
Q:Hey all, quick question. Last year I went out on one of the party boats in Belmar. We were going after Bluefish. I had no problem hooking up, but I lost about 8 rigs to the two fish I brought over the side. I checked the lines and every time the knot had come undone. My question is, in your opinion, what is the best (and strongest) knot in order to attach terminal tackle to the line (I usually use monofilament 20 lb test). Thanks.
Q:The "Idle Iron Policy." In a hasty response to the 2010 oil spill, the government issued the "Idle Iron Policy" in October of 2010 ordering all non producing rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico be plugged and any remaining structure be removed within five years. These strucutures have live coral growing on them and are critical marine habitat. These rigs are considered to be the largest artificial coral reefs in the world. Studies show that fish populations around the rigs are up to 60 percent higher. They are home to our federally protected redfish, the big breeders, and are a crucial asset in rebuilding the snapper numbers, not to mention the thousands of other benefits of live coral. As you read this, habitat is being destroyed in the Gulf at an alarming rate. We are doing irreparable damage. We can't damage the environment so badly with an oil spill, which killed, and is still killing, all kinds of coral and marine animals, and then in response destroy even more habitat. The government says that they are not destroying rigs with coral on them, but this is not true. For just one example google rig HI398. This rig has an established coral reef growing on it, and is slated for destruction. Please contact your congressman and tell him to support the "Rigs to Reefs" program. And to do it quick.