- Published: Wednesday, 29 July 2015 09:50
Gulf water temps have been in the low eighties for a while now and you have to put some distance between you and shore to get where it drops any at all. When you do find that cooler water is when you expect to get into big game fish but lately that hasn't necessarily been the case. Some good fish have been picked up in water you wouldn't expect, green warm and not so clear. So if you are out there and wanting to try your hand at wahoo, dolphin or even marlin don't discount the chances solely on water clarity etc. Plenty of kings and Bonita around but watch out for the Sharks, they seem to be everywhere lately. Also keep your eyes peeled for anything floating, a few triple tail were reported, they will hang around even the smallest things so long as it floats. On the bottom end of things most have said the bite has been kind of slow, even divers are saying fish seem somewhat scarce on local wrecks, (other than lion fish). Better reports have come from natural bottom and not wrecks. Gotta give it to the divers for at least trying to put a dent in the lion fish population, one I spoke to said he got sixty off one wreck and he says they really do taste good. After the first few he says cleaning them wasn't a chore at all.
On the days that there is some wave action the bite was better than those without. Big tarpon, lady fish, bluefish, and small sharks are there for sure but now and then some redfish and Spanish mackerel make an appearance.
Early in the morning and with the tide topping out way up in the back waters of the bay you'll see schools of LY's and menhaden all bunched up and getting struck by all manner of predators. Reds, blues and a few trout were found flat lining one of these under a cork, but when the sun got overhead it shut down. Working the deeper waters around the bridges yielded some sheep head, red and black drum and a few flounder. Mid day has been a little tough so be prepared to work for your bites.