My wife and I stayed at the Gulf this weekend with family and we got a little fishing in. We had a pretty strong South East wind Saturday which made things difficult, but the fish were active! We caught enough Whiting for a nice meal Saturday night and they were great. The Ladyfish (Elops saurus)were aggressive and provided for some great sport!
Some of the Gulf Whiting or Gulf Kingfish (Menticirrhus littoralis) were pretty good size, much larger than I’ve found in the past. They are generally very plentiful along the Gulf Coast and frequently caught as they stay close to the waves and the beach. I actually caught a Northern Kingfish (Menticirrhus saxatilis) with its long first dorsal ray, but failed to get a picture….
Early Sunday morning I returned to the beach in pursuit of the Florida Pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) and managed to catch two small ones along with several more Gulf Whiting. The Pompano fight hard like the rest of their relatives, making for a very enjoyable encounter, especially on the light tackle I used.