What is being caught right now? Inshore fishing has been hot, and it is only anticipated to get much better as more and more mullet begin to push through. The bite has been good at a variety of different locations this week giving Snook anglers a ton of different options and techniques. The inlets are still producing very good Snook action, the mullet is starting to show up and there has been plenty of rain to keep things interesting at the spillways. Swimbaits that match the size of the mullet and flair hawk jigs have been the top producing lures for the Snook recently. While it is hard for them to turn down a good shrimp imitation flowing through a light line at night. The Snook have really been stacked up on the bridges at night during the outgoing tide. There have been a decent number of Tarpon and big Jack Crevalle mixed right in with the Snook so don’t be surprised to hook some by catch while Snook fishing this week!
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) fishing has been decent this week. The east winds all week seemed to push a bulk of the fish a little closer. Many catches have been reported coming from 300’-500’ of water this week versus the 1000’+ fishing reports we have been seeing lots of in previous weeks. The schools have been somewhat scattered throughout that depth and most of them are on the smaller side so trolling small feathers tipped with squid or bonita strips is a great choice right now. Make sure to locate some fishy water before sending your lines out. Look for signs of life like floating debris, areas holding bait, temperature changes and current breaks. Some Wahoo have been reported from the same structure that the Dolphin have been on. If you find some floating debris, have a flutter fall jig ready to drop down and look for that Wahoo bite down deep. The King Mackerel (Kingfish) have been biting well in 120’ of water and around the ledge. Slow trolling diving plugs or drifting with dead sardines are both great techniques to put some Kings in your cooler this week.
The Juno Pier saw some good fishing opportunities this week. A few nice King Mackerel (Kingfish) were caught along with some Bonita off the end of the pier on casting jigs like diamond jigs and Shimano Coltsnipers and on plugs like the Rapala X-rap as well. Some Spanish Mackerel were caught this week at the pier and on the beach too, but they did not seem to be around in big numbers like we have been seeing. Snook fishing along the beach was good all week with guys throwing small lures and paddle tail swimbaits that imitate a small pilchard. Anglers using lures in the 3-4” range have been having the most success. The Snook bite was reported to be a bit off this week on the pier, but a fair number of nice fish still made their way into the net. There is a lot of small baitfish around right now and the Snook seem to be really keyed in on them along the beaches.