Reel Report: Rain, more high water, wind could make it tough on most central Gulf Coast fishermen
The awesome speckled trout in the shallows around Dauphin Island and into the Mississippi Sound should not be as greatly impacted by recent heavy rain as the fishing in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Bass fishing in the bays near the Mobile Bay Causeway should hold up despite the rain, if the wind doesn’t whip them into a coffee-color froth. (File photo/Jon Hauge) There’s no easy way to say it: fishing is going to be tough over the next week for most folks along the central Gulf Coast.Local inshore guide Bobby Abruscato does provide one small ray of hope, saying that the awesome speckled trout bite he and others have been experiencing on shell-lined shallows from the Shoals to the Mississippi Sound’s north shore should rebound quicker than most areas.I really not sure how long it will take the Mobile-Tensaw Delta to rebound.Rises on the Tombigbee and Alabama rivers are forecast to send the Mobile River back up to a 7.6-foot crest at Barry Steam Plant on Monday. Unfortunately, the National Weather Service predicts the river will stay at this level for several days before beginning yet another excruciatingly slow fall. The Pascagoula River is also forecast to rise, cresting at 22.5 feet on Saturday at Merrill.The disconcerting thing about these forecasts is that do not include all of the rain that fell Wednesday night into Thursday let alone that precipitation expected to fall Friday.The bottom line is that actual river heights and resulting impacts on fishing could be more long-lasting than expected. Local runoff could make it hard to fish places like Dog River, Fowl River and Fish River for up to a week.Luckily, Abruscato said the water around Dauphin Island and into Mississippi Sound had become so salty and green,air jordan 13, that he does not expect drastic changes to occur.The biggest issue through Wednesday for fishermen planning a trip south will be the wind.After the low moves out of the area Thursday, a cool/cold wind was expected to clock from the northeast on Friday to the west and northwest through Tuesday and blow at varying speeds from 13 to 27 mph.Fishermen may be able to find comfortable fishing conditions on the lee side of some of the smaller islands in the Mississippi Sound, but they may risk losing a tooth or two making the run.On that north wind,air jordan retro 11, the east side of Coffee Island out of Bayou La Batre could be one of those rare spots where folks won’t take a beating getting there and the island will provide some protection from the wind.The entire east side of the island is basically a big oyster shell reef in less than 6 feet of water. The reef’s boundaries are marked with multiple pilings.Topwater plugs early and live shrimp and DOAs under popping corks later in the day are the top bait choices.If you can make it out there and the wind hasn’t muddied the water too much, Abruscato said the Shoals are holding nice specks, too. A lot of folks have been wading while throwing topwater plugs and MirrOlures,air jordan 12. Abruscato added that redfish are still thick on the stumps along Grand Bay’ north shore and that hoards of white trout could show up any day around the platforms in lower Mobile Bay.Wayne Miller said the river rises will obviously impact fishing from the mid-Delta north as water and the fish once again move into the woods.The lower Delta bays along the Causeway should hold up, he said, if the wind doesn’t whip them into a coffee-color froth.Chris Vescey at Sam’s in Orange Beach said cobia are still running the beaches in decent numbers, although there aren’t as many migrating through as there were a couple of weeks ago. These fish are still being taken on a variety of both live baits and artificials. Vescey fished the beachfront for several hours on Monday and caught two fish west of Perdido Pass. His crew lost two others as well. All four of the fish ate feather jigs. The north wind should flatten the Gulf within a mile of Alabama’s beaches over the next few days,air jordan 11, creating perfect cobia sight-casting conditions.Both king and Spanish mackerel are still being caught just offshore as well. Trolling spoons and swimming plugs will take both mackerel. Schooling Spanish can be caught by casting small spoons and jigs on lighter gear, he said.The pompano bite has been very good in the surf in the past week. Fresh dead shrimp and sand fleas have worked best,air jordan.Vescey said to expect sheepshead and whiting to be mixed in.
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