The bite the last few weeks has been nothing short of phenomenal! From big tarpon in the river and the ocean to snook fishing and bull redfish on the flats, the possibilities have been endless.
With the approaching opening of snook season anglers are getting anxious to get their slot fish, snook are starting to make their move around the beaches and bait pods in good numbers, live baits such as pogies and croakers are great “go to’s.” When fishing along the surf, look for small troughs and sloughs and fish a weightless or minimal lead on incoming tide for the best results. There’s still plenty of fish around the inlets, as well, and can be caught using the same methods.
As the glass minnow schools ball up tight to the surf, this is a great time to take advantage of a swim bait bite. Artfical swimbaits such as hogy and savage gear fished around these glass minnow pods can result with large snook and tarpon and make for great fun. Make sure you’re using a larger setup to get these fish in to avoid killing them as the summer heat does a number on these fish with buildup of Latic acid in their backs. An 8ft heavy action rod with an 8-10k size reel and 50lb braid is a perfect matched combo. Anglers can find some great fishing in the next few weeks as fall approaches and I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy some of the best fishing of the year!