It's Snapper season!
The weather is clearing up or predicted to at least, and the store is packed with anglers looking to take advantage of this 40 day season!
If that doesn't get you excited maybe this will: Flounder is on its way back and Gag Grouper is in season too!
Kings and Spanish are still hanging around and a few cobias are being caught off wrecks.
The stormy weather and June grass have hindered surf fishing lately but it has cleared up for the most part on the east end.
Inshore: Reds are still being caught using a Popping cork. Flounder is starting to show up, catch them with Bull Minnows or use artificial bait such as Gulp Shrimp or DOA shrimp bouncing off the bottom.
Offshore: As you all know, it is Snapper season so everyone's focus is grabbing their limit. Remember you have to have a Gulf Reef Fish Angler License to fish for red snapper and the limit is 16" total length and 2 per person. Head over to the FWC website to pick up the license for free. Use frozen Northern Mackerel or Cigar Minnows for both Red Snapper and Grouper. Scamp and Kings are being caught as well as many anglers are trolling for Mahi or Dolphin. We've received a couple reports of Cobia being snagged off of wrecks.
Nearshore: Red Snapper, Vermillion, Kings, Spanish, and Bonita are all being caught within the nine-mile mark. Use Cigar minnows and Northern Mackerel for Snapper, Bonita, Kings, and Spanish. Use Squid for Vermillion. Troll for Kings with dusters.
Piers: Kings, Bonita, Spanish, and Pompano are all being caught off the piers. Bait is scarce but should be coming back slowly. Use Clark spoons, Gotcha plugs or Straw rig for Bonita, and Spanish. Use live Cigar Minnows or floating dead ones to catch Kings.
Surf: Fishing off the beach has been slow. The rough weather has made it hard to get a line out there. Small sharks are being caught past the second sandbar on squid. Whiting is being caught. Pompano is still being caught closer in on FishBites and frozen shrimp. Some June grass is hanging around still on the west end but has cleared for the most part on the east.