It's hot out, and the sea has been more on the rough side hindering catches this week. The pier bite has reflected this lull with anglers only pulling up Blues and very little of anything else. Inshore there have been a few reports of nice sized Trout and Redfish, but with the lack of live shrimp in stock, the bite is sure to slow. Although there are a few soft plastics that seem to work better than others, it's hard to substitute for the real thing. All the slow bite aside, without a line in the water you can't catch anything.
Inshore: A few Trout and Redfish being caught on Mirro Lures, DOA's or Vudu Shrimp under a Popping Cork. Live shrimp works the best; unfortunately right now it hard to find live shrimp in stock.
Nearshore: Bonita are being snagged along with Vermillion and Red Snapper near wrecks just inside of the nine-mile mark. Use Northern Mackerel, Cigar Minnows, or Squid as bait. Kings and Spanish few and far between but some are being caught using Gotcha plugs or...
The docks have been covered in red, Red Snapper that is. The season opened June 11th and the bite has been very good. One thing I have noticed is that Snapper hasn't been biting in areas under 80ft or so, 100ft to 250ft has been much better fishing. Bait catching has also been slow, because of the current and water conditions the bait has a better bite on the bottom, so having 2-3oz leads to catch bait is a must.
Kings are off and on unless you get 12 to 18 miles offshore then there is a pretty steady bite, Chicken Dolphin are scattered about along with plenty of Bonita. Use Yozuri Crystal Minnows or Rapala Xraps.
Wahoo, Dolphin, and Tuna from the nipple over to the steps and dumping grounds; steady Marlin action around the spur. You can’t beat the old tried and true red/white or blue/white Islander Lures rigged with ballyhoo. Daytime Swordfish bite steady fishing large squid, whole Northern Mackerel or Bonita strips.
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This weekend is lion fish awareness and removal in Pensacola. This invasive species has become a nuisance around our off shore reefs and multiplying at a fast pace. Most are caught diving for them useing a spear gun. You can also catch them on hook and line just be extremely careful when removing them from the hook. Lion fish have a poision in their fins which can cause extreme pain if stuck by one. On the other hand their meat is very mild and makes for some great table fare. Just remember to remove the fins using gloves and a sturdy pair of pliers before filleting them.Be safe and enjoy your fishing trip.If you catch a lion fish send us your pic to email@example.com
-St Joe Bay- It has been a fairly consistent week of fishing in the bay. Trout and Reds are still being caught around the flats and just off the deeper ledges. Live Pinfish or LY's should do the trick. If you're an artificial only kinda angler, the Vudu 4.5" Mullet has been pretty successful for some anglers. Anglers choosing topwater baits have had success with the Rapala Skitter Walk. Flounder are still being caught around the grass edges and potholes. Anglers are also having some success around the canal and around the State Park, Bayside. Live bull minnows and some artificial paddle tails are doing the trick. Keep the bait on the bottom for best results! -Cape San Blas- Surf fishing hasn't been as productive, however, Whiting and a few Pompano have been pulled from the surf. Best results have come from around the stump hole and the State Park. Sand Fleas, Fresh Dead Shrimp (peeled) and fish bites have all been used for bait and have all been productive. Shark fishing at night...