Amberjack and Triggerfish season is drawing to an end for a few months, the good news is gag grouper and red snapper will be opening. On another front, the tarpon have started to turn on near shore and at the pier.
Tarpon Fishing---Tarpon have finally started to bite both near shore for boaters and off the pier. They can be sight fished similar to Cobia fishing. The boat fisherman have the best luck with live cigar minnows, herring, and threadfin herring. On the pier, the majority are caught with Hogy Swimbaits. That said Hogy swim baits will work from a boat and live baits will work at the pier. For a live bait rig make a 24in 60 Yozuri fluorocarbon leader with a 6/0 or 7/0 Owner Mutu Light circle hook.
Deep Drop Fishing—Daytime swordfish are the prime target but there are plenty of Tilefish, Barrel Grouper, Snowy Grouper and Long Tail Seabass. We are now stocking Red Goat Fish in 5lb boxes for bait and they are $9.99. These are bait fish found in depths of 800 to 1800ft and make good deep water baits.
Bottom Fishing---Amberjack are taking Shimano Butterfly and Flat Fall jigs and being caught best in depts. Of 120-250ft over wrecks. Black snapper are very good over natural bottom, Try live chumming with menhaden that you cast net in the bay. Of course, Triggerfish and Mingo snapper are taking cut squid and Mackerel. Try cutting you bait the night before and salting your bait to make them tougher.
Offshore Trolling---Wahoo, Dolphin, Tuna an Marlin are all biting regular, Our Destin boats had a great weekend in the Orange Beach Tournament taking most of the big money in the Blue Marlin and Wahoo categories, The Wynsong caught a 110lb wahoo on a Blue and White Islander rigged with a Ballyhoo.
Near Shore Trolling----Kings are being caught at a good pace on Yozuri Vibe, Yozuri Crystal Minnows and Rapala X-rap Lures. Lots of chicken dolphin on live cigar minnows or Gotcha Troll lures with the single hook not the regular one with treble hooks.
Surf Fishing---mostly Ladyfish, Hardtails and some Pompano. Plenty of sharks at night on but Bonita or cut Ladyfish.