- Published: Monday, 05 October 2015 08:43
In addition to all of the king mackerel you have some sailfish, some black fin tuna, and a bunch of mahi mahi. There is plenty of live bait around so you can count on being able to catch your own at the buoys. It's a good bet you'll be able to get a few Bonita out there too. Wreck fishing in state waters and on the weekends (till ) you can keep red snapper but, out past nine miles or during the week they are closed to harvest. Also trigger fish are closed in both waters, amberjack is closed in federal, and red grouper will close. With all that being said the bottom bite has been good most days, some reported having a hard time but then like someone threw a switch they started eating. I don't know how the red tide we have recently been hearing about will affect things but it hasn't been good so far. Maybe the stiff north winds will blow it out away from the coast.
Here it was good some days and slow others. Bluefish, spanish mackerel, a few pompano and flounder, and the occasional redfish were reported. The last couple of days has been hit hard by the red tide, hopefully things improve soon.
A decent trout and redfish bite in the shallows, top water and popping corks were the go to's. Pick a grass flat with a good tidal flow, or work one of the many points of land. A lot of the trout were short but there were a few keepers. Bring some bug repellant as the dog flies have showed up right on time, a fly swatter wouldn't hurt either. Big schools of menhaden were found in the West Bay area and schools of jack crevalle were in a full tilt frenzy. Flounder, sheep head, silver trout, mangrove snapper and Spanish made up most of the other reports. The red tide was a little slower to rear its ugly head in the bay but has done so now. Hopefully the cooler nights and north winds will make this a short lived event.