School is out let the fun in the sun begin and most importantly try and stay dry. Anglers grab the family and get the drag screaming on those reels. South east winds help bring the pelagics closer to our shores, producing outstanding fishing action.
The bonita schools are thick offshore near wrecks and drop offs. Though many anglers consider the bonitas a pain at times they sure put up a big fight. These pesky fish are a blast on light tackle as well as on fly. Fly fisherman can experience drag screaming action at its finest, chumming can bring in 20 to 50 fish next to the boat creating a feeding frenzy. This is time to put your tackle and favorite lures to the test.
Snook anglers the fishing is steady but the best is still to come, the full moon will trigger the spawning session. The docks and seawall are great areas to locate snook using live mullet or thread-fins. Top water heddon spooks create explosions when worked slowly during low light hours bone or white chartreuse head great colors. The inlets live thread-fins and pinfish on a lead sent to the bottom triggers the snook to feed also DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk shad in pearl and Bayou Tiger on a 3/8 ounce jig great tactic to produce strikes as well. The back bays and canals are still holding smaller fish which are schooling up in pods if 20 to 50 fish. Bridges are holding big females near lights and shadow lines, trolled jigs or hard baits and flies work great for these monsters.
Tarpon fanatics the beaches are starting to calm, allowing boats to navigate in search of rolling fish. The bigger fish weighing 50 to 100 pounds are in depths from 10 to 25 feet of water, sunrise is the best time to target these fish. A live mullet, thread-fin or pinfish worked near the bottom great bait to get the rod bent. The silver kings in the back bays and deeper channels offer steady action for light tackle anglers. These juvenile fish are averaging 5 to 30 pounds in size, schooling in pods of 10 to 15 fish. Live greenies or pinfish and DOA C.A.L. 3 inch shad in pearl or ale wife worked on the bottom will provoke many strikes.
The grass flats are offering great numbers of snook, trout, jacks, drum and snapper. The best method is to freeline a live bait near pot holes channel edges or bait schools for best results. The grass flats produce the best action on an outgoing tide. The big trout and snook can be sight fished during low tide with DOA C.A.L. 3 inch shad on a 1/8 ounce jig head.
The peacock bass action as well as the largemouth bass and other exotic speceis are chewing live baits, DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk baits and flies in there vicinity. The peacock bass are very aggressive along dock and seawalls, striking any fast moving lure or bait with in there reach. Popper flies work great for the peacock bass and as well for the largemouth bass. Those looking to have consistent action live shiners are the best bet but artificial lure create for explosive strikes and excitement tricking these fish with a artificial bait.
Well that is the fishing report for the past week, hope you all enjoyed. Remember you cant catch them from the couch , so get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 561-644-4371