- Published: Monday, 22 August 2016 10:22
The daytime bite was a little tough last week but seems to be improving lately. Better reports on king mackerel, big spanish and bonito. Way out in bluer waters wahoo and dolphin reports are improving too. Bottom fishing is still proving to be worthwhile even though you cannot keep amberjack in federal waters, or trigger fish or red snapper in either state or federal waters. Other species like grouper, black snapper, vermillion snapper, white snapper, lane snapper, black sea bass, and bee liners are there to help fill the void. On a side note, recreational anglers and non Federal permit holders get another shot at red snapper Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (including Labor Day) for the months of September and October. Visit Myfwc.com for more info on State waters and gulfcouncil.org for Federal.
Early in the morning some redfish have been reported patrolling the trough, a few whiting are getting caught and blues, ladys and spanish are coming through in spurts. Also a few tarpon and jacks are still getting spotted in the less traveled areas.
Still a lot of runoff from the recent rains, not really getting a high tide in the bay because of it. However the fish are still there and hungry. Bring your A game, scents, chum and bright colors will all help to make your offering get noticed in the dark brown waters. Lots of lady fish busting the surface gobbling up menhaden and drawing the attention of the pelicans and seagulls. They can be fun to catch and if nothing else they make good cut bait and chum. Plenty of mangrove snapper, good numbers of redfish, and a few flounder and sheep head around. Try the larger docks, bridge pilings, under boats anchored long term and marinas. If you are out there early enough (or late enough) you can get into some trout, a lot of juveniles but every now and then you'll luck into a few adults. Bigger baits will help on that front, not saying a small shrimp won't catch a big trout but a nice finger mullet will stand a better chance.