Inshore fishing has been productive this week with the main game being slot sized Snook. The mullet are around, but the majority of them have pushed out recently. When the mullet are thick, it is much more difficult to present your lure in a way that it stands out to the fish. The Snook, unlike many other predatory species around right now, key in on one single baitfish before eating it, so when there is less bait around, your bait or lure stands out and has a higher chance of getting popped by that Snook.
This week the bite picked up across the board. Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) are being caught everywhere from the ledge out to 1200’. The deeper you go, the bigger they are. While there are many reports of anglers catching slingers and gaffers along the ledge, the big ones have been out past 600’. Most anglers are finding success trolling a mix of naked and skirted ballyhoo. There have been some impressive Snapper (Mutton) coming over the rail all week. The magic depths for the big ones have been in 150’-200’ with either sardines or live pilchards. Snapper (Yellowtail) and Snapper (Mangrove) have been in closer just on top of the ledge, and although they have not been huge, they are being caught in good numbers. The surprise catches this week has been Cobia. Cobia are being caught near the breakers in 70’-90’ in good numbers with a few bruisers mixed in with them. Anglers got tight jigging with Shimano Butterfly or Coltsniper jigs working the bottom while drifting. Live google eyes on the bottom got the big ones to bite.
Bridges have been the best places to start looking, especially on the outgoing tide this week. Flair Hawk jigs, paddle and straight tail swimbaits, lipped plugs and live mullet are all top choices for bridge fishing right now. The fish reported have been biting in small windows around the changing tides, so spend some time on the water to really dial in when that feeding window will occur. The inlets have had good Snook action this week as well, with a few Tarpon and schools of Jack Crevalle mixed in. Look for the Jack Crevalle and Tarpon to be feeding closer to the surface while the Snook are on the bottom. Snapper (Mangrove) fishing has been decent this week on the bridges at night on cut mullet and frozen shrimp on a sliding egg sinker rig with some large keepers in the mix.