Not much has changed since me last report and it’s looking like this whole summer will be about getting out there when you see a weather window. So keep an eye on the weather at all times, avoid the outdoors when lightning is present, and bring a light rain jacket or like me just wear quick drying clothing.
Reds, specks and flounder are all over the place right now. You can find them on the shallow flats when the tide is high and deeper docks and drop offs when it’s low. If you can throw a cast net or set out a minnow trap small live pinfish, croakers, and finger mullet are the top baits right now. Whether fished on the bottom with a Carolina rig or under a popping cork, both presentations will entice the fish to eat. Those of you who know me know that I pretty much fish artificial baits exclusively and I have found that the top baits right now for trout and redfish are suspending twitch baits. Soft plastics drug and skipped along the bottom are my go to artificial bait for flounder, but this presentation also catches plenty of trout and redfish.
The tropical depression last week cleared up the beach so I’m getting a few more reports of pompano, redfish and sharks being landed from the beach and the pier. King mackerel and tarpon are the top target right now, although a few mahi every now and then are making it interesting for pier fishermen. The lack of June grass along the beach won’t last so get out there if you can because it will be back before you know it.
The offshore fishing continues to be outstanding. State waters continue to produce limits of red snapper and if you have the weekends off federal waters are open to harvest red snapper as well. Federal waters are also producing good numbers of wahoo, mahi, and blackfin tuna for those trolling along the edge and beyond. The reefs along the southwest and southeast edges are also producing a few gag and red groupers along with plenty of stud vermillion snapper. Within state waters around the near shore reefs and wrecks the targets will be kings, blackfin, sailfish, and mahi trolling. Bottom fishermen are targeting grouper, red snapper, black snapper, mingo snapper, and red porgy.
Until next time, tight lines!
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