With the temperatures dropping the last or first cold front of the year let me tell ya the bite is on fire!!! Not! Folks this week’s bite has been tough. We have caught fish but man we worked for it. Captain Mike and I ran a trip on Thursday together and we caught keeper snook, redfish, and trout with a couple of small flounder in the mix but it was a struggle to put together a string of fish. We have another front coming through this afternoon and judging the condition of the fish we caught the bite should be happening this morning ahead of the front. The snook we caught earlier in the week were railed out, kinda looked like the Olsen twins, way too skinny so they should eat. You’ve got to have a plan, not necessarily a good plan but a plan none the less.
The grouper bite continues to be great when the wind and waves will let you out we are also getting reports of black fin tuna out in the 90’ range. The bite in the bay is going off as well as grouper trolling Guru Vance Tice of Tight Lines Tackle is absolutely smoking the grouper along the ship channel. With the water temps in the mid seventies our fall kingfish run is in full swing with plenty of schoolies to be had along the beaches and the occasional smoker mixed in. One of my favorite baits for the kings is when we catch a smaller sized Spanish mackerel put that guy out he won’t live long if there’s a smoker in the vicinity so be sure to have a reel with plenty of line capacity and run the drag at about four pounds of pressure to prevent the hooks from pulling.
Be sure to tune in to News Channel 8 on Saturday mornings at 6:30 and Sunday’s at eleven for The Reel Animals Fishing Show, and call in to WDAE 620 The Sports Animal on Sunday’s from 7-9am to win some cool fish gear on our call in radio show. Until next time do yourself a favor and take a kid fishin’