Fishing this month has been both a challenge and a success. The loop current has brought massive weed lines to the area., starting at about
180 ft of water all the way to 11,000 ft on the continental shelf. The weed lines were mostly void of fish except for here and there, an occasional
Mahi and Tuna. While traveling from spot spot, keep a look out for crashing Bonita or Tuna.
Snapper season has been a hit with nice catches from 150-400 ft. The key to catching the bigger Red Snapper is to get anchored up and \
cut small pieces of sardine and throw it in the water, letting it sink for a little bit, grab a flat line rod with 40-60 lb Top Shot, with a 6 or 6 ott hook.
Using a small piece of sardine on your hook, let the flat line out slowly, never pulling tight on the line. The bigger Red Snapper will be halfway
up in the water column. When the fish hits, the line with fly off the reel at a high rate of speed. Slam it in gear and you're on. The bigger fish tend to
live up in the column and shadow the bottom feeders. We have found using this technique, we are catching the larger of the fish off the spots.
Also, while using this same technique, we are catching a lot of other fish, including Mango Snapper and Tuna.
Sharks have been thick as of late, from the middlegrounds, west out to 450 ft, south all the way to West of Boca. Using a little bit heavier of tackle
on your Grouper set up, an 9000 or above spinner will help you retrieve the fish quicker, so the shark cannot get it. I am finding I am having to\move
from spot to spot more often to avoid them. But sometimes, it's impossible to shake them, so saving bait fish and throwing them in the water, giving the
shark an easier target while trying to retrieve our fish.
Some have had trouble finding the elusive Gag Grouper. But we have found some decent numbers in the middlegrounds, out to the southwest to around
170 ft of water. 144-185 ft is an ideal target area for finding Gags right now. Deep water has been on fire as well, from 240 to 480 ft. But there has been
current to deal with. We have been dealing with a surface current going one direction and a bottom current going the opposite direction. In this case, it\is
much easier to anchor instead of drift fishing. Almost anywhere to the West, in 300-500 ft, we have seen large schools of little Tuni, Bonita, and large
Black Fin Tuna. Make sure you have a bigger spinner set up with a heavy top water or medium vertical jig, so you have the ability to cast a long distance
to present a bait to the fish without spooking them.