The Hookin’ Mayo Fish & Game Report for the last week of July is here. The weather has been anything but cooperative but with some perseverance and a little luck fish can be found.
Bayou Lacombe – Water clarity is poor at best, but keeper Largemouth can be found holding tight to structure along the shore line. Silver spoons and mullet wake baits are producing in the grass beds. Channel cats can be found if you are brave enough to venture into a trenasse or two.
Bay Eloi – The wind switching to the Southeast has helped clear the water up drastically. While the trout are still running a little small here, you can increase your odds of finding a nice box of fish by using artificial lures over live shrimp. Category 5 Outdoors’ Suicide Croaker in the “Shadow” color pattern is producing decent fish. Double sparkle beetles under a popping cork are also fruitful if you can find birds working schools of bait.
Venice – Blackfin & yellowfin tuna, barracuda, and wahoo can be found around West Neptune, Who Dat, and the City Rigs. Chunking is working best for the YF’s. Jigging is the key for monster blackfin. Cuda and wahoo are crushing pink diving baits like the Nomad DTX 220mm in “Phantom”, or you can keep it simple with a pink and white islander. Scamp and Vermillion snapper are holding heavy on the salt dome to the east of the rigs. Live hardtails on an 8oz. Carolina rig are producing decent fish.
And for those of us Hookin’ Mayo in other areas along the Gulf Coast:
Dauphin Island – Huge lemonfish are running in great numbers along the beach and near shore rigs, as well as, monstrous Spanish mackerel can be found feeding over the inshore reefs on the back of the island. Silver spoons are working for both the Spanish and cobia. Peavy Island is holding some fat slot reds. Live croakers and finger mullet are a winning combination over the oyster beds and in Peavy Cut. Now is also the time to get some sharkin’ in from the beach if that’s your thing. A fresh, bloody piece of bluefish or skipjack has produced several blacktips and hammerheads over the last few days. Just make sure those sand spikes are a few feet down in the ground unless you’re in the market for some new tackle.
Amberjack season is opening August 1st in both Louisiana and Alabama waters this weekend. Get Ready!!!