A couple of great white sharks are enjoying the warmth of the Gulf of Mexico at present. Those had been captured, weighed and measured in northern waters by SEARCH, and they ping their location when surfacing.

Rose was located about 60 miles off Sanibel, Florida on March 9. She was tagged at 10 1/2 feet. On the same day, Maple pinged in near St. George Island in the Gulf. She is 11 feet and 1264 pounds. There has been a big problem with red tide in the Gulf, as tons of dead fish have been removed from Ft. Myers Beach. From what I have seen on TV, most appear to be bottom fish rather than pelagics that may be able to swim away from pockets of that disease.

Fish Bound was able to get out for trophy tautog from Ocean City, Md. one day this week. While the bite was tender, Pat Sciba was able to release a personal record 18+-pounder. Five other tog over 10 pounds, up to a 14-pound male, were also caught on that trip. See photo at bottom.

The Friday forecast is for a northeast wind at just 5 knots before shifting to southeast in the afternoon. The big change comes after midnight Friday with northeast winds gusting to 30 knots plus rain.

Chuck Many had gone four straight days without fishing, but came back quickly as the big red drum pictured below hit on his first cast at Hilton Head, S.C.

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