Just a quick report summarizing a week’s worth of fishing targeting primarily snook. Remember it’s catch and release only for now and please try to land and release snook as safely as possible , as this is breeding time for them. When fishing off a bridge or pier, always use a landing net to land the snook and use the net to release them as well.
Deerfield pier anglers have been catching some nice slot sized snook mostly during the times of dawn and dusk using big pilchards.
Same goes for surf fishing. Snook and other gamefish such as tarpon and big jacks have had busting bait schools right along the shoreline. Bait has been easy to load up on, and with a big friskie pilchard on a cricle hook, no snook is going to resist.
The boca inlet has also had some HUGE snook as well, many overslot. There have been some mangrove snappers also feeding on small sardines and live shrimp on a jighead but many inlet regulars haven’t been putting enough time into them. They ARE there, just have to look around.
That’s about it, sorry no pics though. My camera broke but now it’s fixed so next time I will have them.
Tight lines everyone!
“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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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.
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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December is the month that begins our shorebound waning time before the spring run and things will slow some by the end of the month, but we will still see great catches this month and then again everything seems late so we may see the fishing good well into December hard to predict mother nature.
All the piers from the North to the South will see the chance to get nice size Cobia, King Mackerel and Bonita. Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and some Pompano will be caught also.
The piers with rocky bottom should be producing Mangrove, Mutton, Dog snappers along with Margates. My suggestion for the snapper would be ballyhoo plugs fished on a typical bottom rig, with the ballyhoo moving in this month the muttons should be zeroed in on them. Another little tip is if you see a school of ballyhoo and its lingering around the jetty or pier, cast a bait out to the center of the school. I always find mutton snappers under the ballyhoo the snapper are feeding on any and all pieces that drop from predatory fish (Bonita, Kings and large Spanish Macks) that are feeding on them.
Inlets and the bridges around inlets should have Snook, Tarpon, and you may also get Sheephead or large Cuberra Snapper using a troll rite jighead with a large shrimp. Work the edges of the drop offs from the shore on the incoming and out going tide hour before and a hour after.
Bait along the coast will be small Pilchard, Sardines, lingering mullet and goggle eyess. Some of the piers may have some pinfish and now the ballyhoo will begin to move in thicker.