It's hot out, and the sea has been more on the rough side hindering catches this week. The pier bite has reflected this lull with anglers only pulling up Blues and very little of anything else. Inshore there have been a few reports of nice sized Trout and Redfish, but with the lack of live shrimp in stock, the bite is sure to slow. Although there are a few soft plastics that seem to work better than others, it's hard to substitute for the real thing. All the slow bite aside, without a line in the water you can't catch anything.
Inshore: A few Trout and Redfish being caught on Mirro Lures, DOA's or Vudu Shrimp under a Popping Cork. Live shrimp works the best; unfortunately right now it hard to find live shrimp in stock.
Nearshore: Bonita are being snagged along with Vermillion and Red Snapper near wrecks just inside of the nine-mile mark. Use Northern Mackerel, Cigar Minnows, or Squid as bait. Kings and Spanish few and far between but some are being caught using Gotcha plugs or...
The docks have been covered in red, Red Snapper that is. The season opened June 11th and the bite has been very good. One thing I have noticed is that Snapper hasn't been biting in areas under 80ft or so, 100ft to 250ft has been much better fishing. Bait catching has also been slow, because of the current and water conditions the bait has a better bite on the bottom, so having 2-3oz leads to catch bait is a must.
Kings are off and on unless you get 12 to 18 miles offshore then there is a pretty steady bite, Chicken Dolphin are scattered about along with plenty of Bonita. Use Yozuri Crystal Minnows or Rapala Xraps.
Wahoo, Dolphin, and Tuna from the nipple over to the steps and dumping grounds; steady Marlin action around the spur. You can’t beat the old tried and true red/white or blue/white Islander Lures rigged with ballyhoo. Daytime Swordfish bite steady fishing large squid, whole Northern Mackerel or Bonita strips.
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This weekend is lion fish awareness and removal in Pensacola. This invasive species has become a nuisance around our off shore reefs and multiplying at a fast pace. Most are caught diving for them useing a spear gun. You can also catch them on hook and line just be extremely careful when removing them from the hook. Lion fish have a poision in their fins which can cause extreme pain if stuck by one. On the other hand their meat is very mild and makes for some great table fare. Just remember to remove the fins using gloves and a sturdy pair of pliers before filleting them.Be safe and enjoy your fishing trip.If you catch a lion fish send us your pic to firstname.lastname@example.org
-St Joe Bay- Not much new to report this week. Trout and Reds in the flats, and around some of the deeper channels as the day progresses. Flounder are still being caught around the grass beds and pot holes. Bull minnows will be your best bait. Drag it slow along the bottom for best results! So, we get asked a whole bunch of questions in the store. One of them is "Where's a good spot to catch some trout and red fish"? Most of these anglers have no boat and are wade fisherman. There's really no good answer to this question. We don't wanna say go here and you go there and still, no fish. So here's a good general answer that will hopefully help you increase your catch rate. Generally, the fish will be hanging around grassy areas that have easy access to deeper water. Not always, but a good rule of thumb. High tide, fish move up into the flats to feed on bait fish and small crustacean's. As the tide starts to drop the fish move into deeper water, which may be in the 2' - 6' range. Knowing the...