Tarpon, Tarpon and more tarpon along the beaches and at the pier. Most of the tarpon on boats are caught on live baits and the ones on the pier are caught on swim baits. This is also the last week to catch red snappers this year unless the stock assessments come back good and they give us some extra days. It will close midnight Friday 20th, so go get them while you can.
Deep Drop Bottom Fishing
Swordfish bite is back on this week for daytime swordfishing. We have seen a few nice hauls of Tilefish, Snowy Grouper and Barrel Grouper.
Of course, the snapper bite is still good in depths 125-300ft, red and gag grouper in natural bottom 190-350ft. Plenty of bull Mingo snappers fishing rock bottom on reefs. Again this year there has been more Cobia caught bottom fishing in July than there was during Cobia season. Black snapper is still good if you chum.
Kings seem to have finally turned on, troll live baits, Yozuri and Rapala Lures, and Troll them with planners, trolling leads or downriggers 10-50ft deep for better action in the heat. Chicken dolphin and Bonita seem to be plentiful.
The wahoo and dolphin bite is good along the ledges and temperature breaks. Tuna near the rigs are good and the Blue Marlin bite is good. Look for the White Marlin to kick off in a few weeks.
The tarpon bite has been off the hook good at first light and at dusk and even some evenings. During the day mostly Hardtails, Ladyfish, and a few oversized Reds, Kings are biting occasionally but few and far between.
Sharks are plentiful at dusk and early evening, mostly Bulls, Spinner and Sandbar sharks with occasional Hammerheads. Ladyfish and hardtails throughout the day, these make for great shark baits later, a few Whiting on fresh shrimp.
Trout and Reds are biting early mornings and at dusk on topwater baits, during the day you will need soft plastics to fish deeper or off live baits. As always you can have good luck in this heat fishing at night under the dock lights. The guys gigging Flounder have started to get a few.