With record temps pushing the water temps even higher, beat the heat by fishing early or at night. Our best inshore action on Redfish was early in the morning with good incoming water. Cut threadfin herring fished on ¼ ounce jig heads worked best. The fish were very skittish to our boat pressure so long casts were needed. As the sun got up we changed gears and worked the deeper flats for Spanish Mackerel and Speckled Trout. Small Pilchards under a cork worked well as did Gulp Shrimp in Natural color. Again a ¼ ounce jig worked well to get the baits down in the 6 to 8 foot water depths we were working.
Capt. Woody Gore reports having similar luck with the Redfish up around Weedon Island, also on the incoming tides. One of Capt. Woody's clients also hooked and landed a nice 35 inch Snook this week which is great to hear. The inshore Mangrove Snapper bite has been slower this year than last but we are starting to get some reports of some action.
The offshore scene has been steady as well. From 60 feet of water on out all reports have been good. The Mangrove Snapper bite has been the most impressive. Great reports coming in of nice limits of big Mangrove’s mixed in with Red and Gag Grouper. Frozen Sardines, Squid and live Pilchards and Pinfish all are working well. Last winters super cold temps have kept the deeper waters of the gulf cooler this summer and made for some great late summer offshore action.
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