Nice looking fresh ballyhoo available this weekend, $12/Dozen.
OFFSHORE- Offshore fishing pressure has been on the light side the last few weeks, but the fishing has been good. The fall push of dolphin has been starting, and those putting in the time are finding some decent schools of fish. While they may be anywhere up or down the line, most of the dolphin have been between 300-600′ of water. Weedlines, structure, rips, and floating debris will all be holding dolphin, but they are almost as likely to be out swimming freely in open water. This is the time to cover some water and put out the trolling spread. Trolled ballyhoo, small trolling feathers and jethead lures, and trolling squid will all account for a few fish. Keep a few small baits out for the little football size blackfin tuna swimming around. The bonita are starting to thin out, and the sailfish will begin to slide in to the ledge as the northeast winds start to blow. Wahoo catches will not be like August, but a few are still hanging around. Split-tail mullet are a great choice for the wahoo this time of year. Inside of the ledge the snapper fishing has been good. Find the cleaner water and put the time in, some snapper will no doubt end up in the box. Sardines, squid, and bonita chunks will all be good bottom fishing baits.
INSHORE- The mullet are still flowing inshore, and the snook and tarpon are liking the easy meals. Find the mullet schools and you will find the fish, its really that easy inshore right now. I still like lures in low light periods and at night, live bait during the higher light periods. While the snook fishing is the highlight inshore this month, others are around as well. Tarpon, jacks, and a few redfish are following the mullet schools as well. The local bridges are still holding a few mangrove snapper, sandperch, and blackdrum. Lastly on the inshore front, the toady cult is starting to move…you know who you are.
Surf/Pier- The surf/pier fishing has been very good over the past few weeks. We still have good schools of bait around, lots of fish, and some nicer weather. While the bluefish are starting to show, they haven’t run everything out of town just yet. Snook fishing along the beach and at the pier is still good. The pompano are starting to show. Sandfleas, shrimp, clams, and Doc’s Goofy Jigs will be your top bait choices for the pompano. Bluefish and spanish mackerel will really start to fill in nicely over the next few weeks.
Good Luck Everyone,