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Fishing this week remains strong for Snook, redfish, Seatrout, Jacks, & Tarpon. Freelined mullet is still going to be the bait of choice as we are approaching the tail end of the mullet run. Fishing around structure will be best for Snook & reds. Open water with shallow grass flats will yield more trout. Deep water bends or channels will be a great place to soak a large mullet for a bigger tarpon. Shrimp fishing remains strong when bottom fishing around structure. You can expect plenty of snapper, redfish, flounder, ladyfish, sheepshead, blackdrum, & some pompano in the mix.
Spanish mackerel are starting to make a showing off local beaches & nearshore reefs. Also plenty of Jacks, pompano, snapper, sheepshead, bluefish, & even a few permit. Fishing jigs or spoons will work best for macks & blues. Shrimp or crabs will work for a variety of other critters when doing this style of fishing. Bonitas are around in full force, just look for crashing water, cast a spoon or jig into the middle of the breaking water & hold on! Make sure to get them in quickly as the sharks aren’t far behind.
With approaching cold fronts & north winds, our main focus should be mahi & sails. Trolling ballyhoo in depths of 80-150′ will more than likely produce a box full of dinner. Also mixed in are plenty of cobia, blackfin tuna, bonita, kingfish, & a few wahoo. If the trolling isn’t red hot or the action seems to have leveled off, switch gears and break out the bottom rods. Bottom fishing has been good using chicken rigs with squid on the 6 & 8 mile reef for snapper, cobia, kingfish, porgies, grunts, grouper, & black seabass.