This past weekend was a bit of a mess for surf and pier fishing with all of the seagrass, but reports are saying that it has cleared up for the most part. The lack of bait has slowed inshore, nearshore, and pier bite quite a bit, however some nice sized Kings have been spotted along with some small Mahi. Amberjacks have really shown up offshore as the end of the season nears. Hopefully, the bait comes back, and the grass stays away!
Inshore: A lot of Trout and Redfish with a few Bluefish here and there. Catch Trout and Redfish with live shrimp on a poppin cork, Paddle tails with a Jighead, and Mirro Lures. Look for Trout in grassy flats and shallow waters. Ladyfish and Hardtails have moved in with a few reports of Flounder. Very little Pinfish and other bait. The bite has been a bit slow, recently.
Nearshore and Pier: Again, very little bait around. The Kings and Spanish are still biting! A couple of very small Mahi spotted but not many.
Surf: Pompano has been running late in the...
There are two weeks left to catch Amberjack and Triggerfish for a while so I would take advantage and get some put away in the freezer while you can. With temps warming, even more, watch for the LY’s to start dying any day, this is a good thing as when this happens is when the Tarpon bite will turn on.
The daytime swordfish bite is staying steady whit more and more people getting it wired. Tilefish and Snowy Grouper action has been steady to good.
King Mackerel have been biting regularly over natural bottom and reef structure, still some reports of Blackfin Tuna and the Chicken Dolphin are quite steady.
Wahoo and Dolphin action is good, reports on Blue Marlin and White Marlin are also coming in. Look to troll temp breaks and water color changes. For this info, you can get a subscription to Roff’s, Rip Charts or Hiltons.
Black Snapper fly-lining live baits over natural bottom, Mingo Snapper, and Triggers; fishing cut...
A lot of firsts for the year have fallen in the last few weeks for anglers fishing the Navarre Pier. First blackfin, the first king, first Spanish, first pompano and first cobia are all in the history books. Folks fishing the surf have also been having pretty good luck with reds, pompano, and whiting. Not to be left out those fishing the bays are starting to see plenty of reds and specks on the flats. All in all, it truly looks like spring is here at least two weeks early.
The early spring has slot reds all over the shallow grass flats on the north side of the sound the bulls are hanging out in the drop-offs. Specks are also on these same drop-offs as they migrate out of the rivers and canals. Sheepshead are on many of the deeper docks and bridges in the sound, but can also be targeted around the power lines over in East Bay. The waters around the power lines are also holding slot reds as well as more than a few white trout. My most productive presentation this week has been to fish...
-St Joe Bay- With the conditions this week, not much was happening. Those that did get out and fish, had success catching Reds, Trout and some Flounder. Most of the fish coming off the flats around the heavily baited grass beds. Pin fish are everywhere, LY's too. That's your best bait right now. Either free line a live pin or LY, or Carolina rig it with your preferred circle hook. I like the 2/0 VMC Sure Set Circle Hook. Flounder are definitely thick in and around those grass edges. Work a live bull minnow or soft plastics resembling small bait fish. Anglers have been successful with the ZMan MinnowZwith a 3/8 or 1/4 oz jig head. White, Electric Chicken, & Hot Chartreuse are the hot colors. Other anglers are using D.O.A. Shad Tail. -Cape San Blas- Pretty much the same report as last week's. Pompano and Whiting! Sand Fleas on a Pompano Rig tipped with fishbiteswill be the most productive for Pompano. For Whiting use a whiting rig with live shrimp or fresh dead shrimp peeled, tip...