Grouper caught on a dead sardine bottom fishing for snapper, Photo Courtesy of Reel Intense Fishing
With the mullet run being the highlight of the past couple of weeks, most fishing has been geared toward snook, large tarpon, and amberjack chasing schools through inlets, inshore, on the beach, and at the Juno Pier. Your trustiest bait is live mullet itself, which can be found during low light periods of the day away from boat traffic. If you’re looking for a little more fun in exchange for less reliability, using top water plugs creates some exciting action as snook will strike these much harder, sometimes becoming airborne exploding on the surface.
Reef anglers should be catching some kingfish and snapper this time of year, but this week has been abnormally slow. Smaller tastier kings are plenty, and trolling with feathers at the 120’ drop off point is a surefire way to snag some. To deceive the keen eyesight of snapper, Captain Weston Russell of Reel Intense Fishing Charters recommends using a long leader and black hooks.
Offshore fishing has been light this week, and the full moon surprisingly didn’t seem to produce much. The dolphin bite has been cooling off, but anglers have been catching a few football-sized blackfin tuna in 200-300’ of water. Juno Bait recommends trolling with small feathers and daisy chains for tuna, and dolphin has been going after bonita strips with black skirts if you find a good weed patch.
Friday, 9/28: Sunny with a 20% chance of thunderstorms, High of 89 degrees, East winds at 10-15 knots, 2-3’ seas at 10 second periods, Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
Saturday, 9/29: Cloudy with a 20% chance of thunderstorms, High of 88 degrees, East Northeast winds at 10-15 knots, 2-4’ seas, occasional 5’ at 5 second periods, Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
Sunday, 9/30: Mostly Sunny with a 40% chance of thunderstorms, High of 88 degrees, East Northeast winds at 15-20 knots, seas 5-7’, occasional 9’ at , Intracoastal waters choppy.
As usual, have a safe, fun weekend on the South Florida water, and send any good pictures or stories to Lacey@wfpcc.com for a chance to be featured!