- Published: Monday, 18 July 2016 08:40
A great pelagic bite right now but you have to go early, the full moon is having it's effect on the bite. Better yet go at night. King mackerel and bonito are being reported close enough to the beach to be caught from the piers and offshore over and around the wrecks and reefs. And if you can get out of sight of land dolphin, wahoo and a few black fin tuna are a good bet too, From the bottom side plenty of species we cannot keep like AJ's, trigger fish, and red snapper but beyond them there are plenty of those we can. You just have to change tactics and possibly locations. For instance chumming up black snapper at night from the outer edges of a wreck, or fishing a natural bottom spot with small chunks of bonito or squid for vermillion snapper. Furthermore when targeting grouper, the first drop you make on a wreck or reef should be with a large bait to see if there is one lurking below. Otherwise you take the chance that you might spook the boss back in his/ her hidey hole.
Catches here include jack crevalle, whiting, redfish, spanish, bonito, blues, tarpon, and lots of small sharks. Early is key here too.
Around the pass and larger bridges several sightings of tarpon rolling in the current. It is a blast to jump 'em, large swim baits, live lady fish, mullet or crabs are all go to's for bait.
A good morning trout bite, unfortunately lots of them are small but good to see the nursery is still working. A few keepers are being caught, but you have to be there before dawn, dusk or at night. Pretty good redfish bite too, early some pups and lower slot can be found in the grass beds fairly shallow, but once the sun gets overhead you will have to do your prospecting in deeper waters and try using some chum. You may also find some sheep head and black drum in these same areas. Also work some of the drop offs and deeper docks for flounder, a few nice ones are being reported.