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Pompano-Pompano-Pompano will be here all Month the better days will be a NE wind at about 15 to 18 with a 3 to 5 foot seas, a little murky color to the water does not hurt. Bluefish should be in and out
most days, Spanish mackerel will also be along our coast, 2012 the best days for the Spanish Mackerel were the 3rd, 4th and 5th of November and it was an incredible run I wish we would see the same but I think that would be unrealistic because I have not seen something like that in many years, but who knows a storm can make all the difference and that is what it was last year.

We should also see a good snapper bite after any and all storms and rough water, the inlets and piers should all do well if we see the right conditions, just remember when it lays down is normally a good time to be fishing snapper.

King Mackerel, Cobia, Black tip Sharks are some of the larger species that will be cruising close to the coast.

Along the beach should be croakers, whitting, sand perch, margates, a chicken rig using #1 circle hooks and baited with pieces of shrimp should get plenty and this is a type of fishing the kids can do from the beach and a great way to spend a morning with the family and its not expensive. Keep in mind if you do decide to go to the beach to fish that a person over the age of 16 is required to have a shorebound fishing license.

What bait is around I would think it would be scarce as for Pilchard, Sardines, etc. Goggle eyes will be hanging out at the piers though and some of the last small schools of mullet should be heading south the first part of November.

“A little early by a few weeks but soon to be here”

Because these fish at this time are out for the hunger of it and the sport with the water just filled with food. At times I have seen so many Mullet for so far and you could see as the swells came in the hundreds of little heads and tails wishling around and as a big fish would creep up from below and they would all at once like a wave in a stadium move and at night watching with shoreline light seeing huge silver sides envolping waves of white from all the mullet splashing up for as far as you could see with the darkness of the night sky in the back ground and the sounds of the fish “remarkable and unforgetable”.
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This month migratory fish began to move in, as a result, the bait is not happy so it moves on out. Our resident backwater mullet begin to stir, most years as this starts the mullet does not seem to know if it’s going North or South, so on some days that pod of mullet can pass you a couple of times if your sitting on a pier or inlet. As the end of the month comes the mullet correct themselves and head steadily South. The wind starts to come out of the Northeast more and the surf current begins to head South more consistently and with that the mullet run is on, those Northern Mullet find their way arriving overnight. When the winds blows hard and holds them against the coast we get a better run with predatory fish in the pods. However, it’s not so good with a West wind which tends to push the mullet out. We never really know when that run will begin but last week of September or first two weeks of October is a good marker, a couple of close storms can bring it on even better and sooner, our water temps will begin to drop also.

All I can say is be ready! I like to have a 15lb or 20lb throwing rod to walk the beaches as they pass and throw Xraps, Spoons or even snag a live mullet and live-line it out, it’s a nice healthy way to fish walking that beach and you can cover some distance in no time. The walk back isn’t always fun but I have a great wife that will drop me off and move the car ahead, maybe I will see you on the beach between September and October, I always see familiar faces this time of year on the sand.
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Boatless fishing Forecast

Well this month its a hot one and fishing is best early morning and evening, we are only a month from the start of the bait and mullet migrations. From here out on those times when storms come close the snapper will move in and fishing will pick up for sure after the storms.

King Mackerel, Cobia, Bonita , Spanish and CeroMackerel will be in better Numbers to the north of the county on our northern piers. Southeren piers will see more Snapper, Yellow jacks, and we will see a few kings and Bonita, the Spanish Mackerel will not be thick but we should see them starting to show up. Mangroves have been thick under the piers and should continue through this month. This month can also be a good month for Barracuda, Tarpon. Permit from the beaches and the southern piers will be the special treat of this month.
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Here comes the heat, Summer brings us calmer water and southern currents along the surf, bait begins to hold on the piers and inlets, as we move through the month bait will increase in amount. We should see Threadfins, Pilchards and Goggleeyes, lingering mullet around also.

Fishing starts to get a little tougher as you must target your fish because very few species will be in abundance except Tarpon, the northern migration tarpon run should be in full swing through june and are a sportmans dream and some reaching 150 to 175 pounds and are beasts and almost impossible for a shorebound fisherman to get in but every so often everything is in your favor and you get that catch of a life time from shore.

Catching Tarpon from the Piers , Beaches and Inlets, from the Piers you can sight fish them with live Pilchard live lined, a nice size Mullet head lobed out from the beach will also work and at the inlets live or Dead will get you picked up.

Other fish that will begin to move in will be large cero mackerel, bonita “little tuny” and everyone’s favorite Mangrove snapper, the snapper will show best once the summer bait moves in thicker and the snapper will be stacked up under piers, docks or around structure inshore, best bet for the Mangrove snapper will be live shrimp, Silver-sides or any fresh cut white bait.

There will be Panfish in the surf and all will be easily caught on pieces of shrimp on a double chicken rig, your likely to catch Spots, Sand perch “Mojarras”, whiting, and maybe a straggler Pompano.

This time of year I bring fishing to the beach with me a snorkel and mask because if the fish aren’t hitting I’m a because the water is super clear and its hot on the beach.

Have a great June and get ready to take the kids fishing, summer break is almost here and they will have plenty of time so you need to make some time.

So your a fisherman and you know what brought that giant smile to your face once ago and so you want to take your children, family or Friends fishing and pass along a feeling of contentment, joy and the pure clean adrenaline rush of getting in that fish. Oh how I remember and still experience that feeling every time I catch a fish or have caught one. Its incredible and empowering. I have successfully caught and can feed myself or my family from the ocean and that I skillfully managed that fish onto my hook and into my cooler as Bruce Willis say’s Yippee kiyaa.

I get these questions a lot and thought this would be the best way to answer this now and in the future with this article.

I Just need to catch something and would prefer it to be edible
where and how do I catch some fish for my Family and or them catch fish??????

OKie Dokie.

Location:
Well Freshwater is not the best around me, Its contaminated so I suggest Saltwater, but even then there is still environmental issues you should make yourself aware of, most coastline seafood has levels of not so good chemicals so check with Florida State for your area.

Beach is my choice, you will have an array of fish to go for using a simple rig and Combo, most will be pan fish ranging from 1/4 of a pound to 3 pounds and bigger sometimes.

What might you catch, Edibles Croakers, Whiting, Grunts, Jack crevale, Blue runner, Snapper, Hog Fish. Seasonal Edibles, Pompano, Bluefish, Flounder, Red Fish. Not so Edible Lizardfish, Ladyfish.Bonefish. Assorted Sting rays, I am sure a few others.

Medium Rod and Reel or a 9 foot to 12 foot Surf Rod and reel, fully lined with 15lb or 20lb test minimum, you need pompano rigs with Circle or Khale 4, 2, 1/0, I like to have all three, you can also make your own Chicken rig, drop loop rig or pompano rig what ever you want to call it, use pyramid weight you will hold bottom better, you will also need sand spikes for your rods.

How to make your RIG:


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