- Published: Thursday, 13 August 2015 08:45
Now that Amberjack are back on the menu we can better justify a trip out to one of the bridge spans. To get keepers you will have to release a few shorts but what better way to get some cardio in? If you want to ensure you can get the bite going, bring along something you can chum with, but too much chum and you may attract too much attention from barracudas and sharks. "Less is more". Plenty of king mackerel close in and way out. If you want to troll for wahoo and dolphin the word is it'll take about twenty miles from the "hill". Bottom fishing has been a little tough, not because they aren't biting but because the triggers, red snapper and sharks are picking it off before you can present it to a grouper or legal snapper. (Trigger fish and red snapper are closed to harvest currently).
Still a little slow here, best reports came from the early crowd. During the day you will have to be patient because what action there has been came in spurts. A fair amount of spanish mackerel, bluefish, lady fish and small sharks were reported. On the lesser side some redfish, a few flounder and big tarpon were seen and or caught.
I have to say it's a tough bite in the bay for the most part. Up around Deerpoint and way back in North bay we hear some speckled trout can be found early and late. Finger mullet were the preferred bait. Later in the day, if you take some shrimp and work some of the bridge pilings or deeper docks you will likely find some mangrove snapper or a few sheep head. With cut bait or live minnows in these same places you may find a few flounder or some red or black drum but don't be surprised if you get bit off by a small shark, they seem to be everywhere!