Austin Foye shows off one of his many nice catches this week while fishing with Capt. Christian Sommer while using a DOA shrimp .(Photo: Submitted)

Did the fish bite during the historic eclipse of 2017? Absolutely, for those wetting a line both shallow and deep. Slightly shadowed from the blazing August sun, snook were foraging on sardines, pompano were snapping up crustaceans, and red grouper were biting nearly everything dropped to depth.

It’s safe to say the action was business as usual during the event yet unique for those prospecting the local waters. Swapping out those expensive polarized fishing glasses for a pair of certified safe cardboard viewing glasses certainly had to feel a bit odd. Nevertheless, plenty of fish came over the rail during a day the nation will soon not forget.

Playing or timing the tides has been crucial to redfish, snook and pompano success. Large tidal fluctuations coupled with tremendous amounts of continuous freshwater runoff are forcing anglers and guides to ply their trade during moderate portions of the ebb and flow. Clean green water has also assisted in keeping the lines tight, especially in the passes, along the beaches and within the middle bay systems.

Out on the Gulf grounds, the pelagic and reef fish bites have been solid. Large schools of ravenous Spanish mackerel continue to stack up over and around the many nearshore fish havens. Located within eight miles of the coastline or in water depths less than 38 feet most locations are producing plenty of action early and late in the fishing day.

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Out beyond the 8-mile mark,

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