Gulf Coast Fishing Report
The weather gods have decided to give us a little break this week allowing ample opportunity to get offshore!
Tuesday January 30th several boats made it offshore to finally hit the tall water for some jigging on the North West Gulf Coast. Henry Everett out of Pensacola, FL reported several Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack and other species caught while jigging for bottom fish. Other boats took advantage of the window and made the run to the Lumps which is the place to be for tripe digit Tuna right now. February and March are historically the best times to hit the Orange Beach, AL to Venice Louisiana Tuna scene and this year we are already seeing some giants over 200lbs make it to the docks! Others hit the rigs and managed nice boxes of Schoolie size Yellow Fin up to 80lbs. A good tip for those jigging near the gas and oil platforms is to locate the smaller schools of larger fish typically on the down current side 30-100 yards off the rig. This will sometimes net you more quality fish while putting distance between your fish and the predators like sharks that stay closer to the rigs waiting for a free meal!!
Further West some friends set out of Louisiana reporting a fired up morning bite on the wahoo and a fairly slow bottom bite with bait and jigs but ended the day with a box of filets to take home.
Tyler Mistich out of Louisiana also reported a great day of Crappie fishing on the black and purple Crappie jigs.
As we roll into Thursday and Friday things are going to heat up on the Gulf Coast. The weather looks great and the further off of the post full moon bite we get the fishing should accelerate dramatically.
JYGPROFISHING Ambassadors Dylan and Blaine will be making the run on their 22’ Sea Pro for a shot at the Giant Yellowfin and they won’t be alone! Several others will be taking advantage of the Deep drop opportunity so stay tuned and follow @jygprofishing on FB, Instagram, and YouTube to see how and where to catch these fish!
Report by Ryan Smith/@gulf_coast_slow_jigging