OFFSHORE- Rough weather early in the week kept just about everybody at the dock, but it is shaping up to look like a very fishable weekend! Dolphin should make a nice showing, and the east wind may even push them in a little closer than they have been. Look for floating debris, working birds, and weedlines to hopefully find the dolphin. Trolling an assorted spread of ballyhoo, bonita strips, squid, and trolling feathers is a good way to go for the dolphin. If your in 200-400' of water trolling for dolphin, consider putting a daisy chain way way back for a very good shot at blackfin tuna. The little football size blackfins are around and more than ready to bite a small trolling feather or daisy chain. The bonita, sharks, and a few kingfish are on the ledge and ready to keep the rods bent. Snapper fishing should improve as the water clears up. Look for the mutton snapper to be shallower than usual after the swell.
INSHORE- Snook season opens Monday, and the snook are around! Look for the snook to have mullet on the brain, as a few schools of finger mullet are starting to trickle down the coast. Topwater plugs (Like zara spooks) fished around mullet schools, seawalls, and other snookie hiding spots early and late in the day are a great choice this time of year. Snook are also on the bridges and blasting mullet schools at night. Fish a live mullet on the edge of the school or underneath to separate your bait from the others. Big swimbaits, flairhawk jigs, and Spooltek swimbaits are all great lure choices around the bridges as well right now. A few tarpon around, and some monster jacks cruising along ICW seawalls.
SURF/PIER- Trickles of mullet coming down the beach are a sign of very very good things to come! Look for snook, tarpon, jacks and sharks to be hanging around the mullet. A silver spoon, Rapala X-Rap, or Windcheater are all great lures to throw on the beach right now for a wide variety of species. Lots of blue runners around the pier right now. Shouldn't be long before the surf gets going with lots and lots of action!
Good Luck and enjoy the 3 day weekend everyone!
Thanks For Reading,