On an half day trip we fished from the edge of Sea Horse reef to out as far as 50 ft in depth. Out past marker 1 on the southeast side of sea horse, in 12-15 ft dept, the mackerel are as thick as thieves.
We just used a chum block, also had 1 or 2 lines on a Cajun Thunder cork, 100# leader, #5 circle hook and 1 or 2 lines using 1/4 oz sinker and the same leader & hook, and we had all the fun you can stand, we caught about 125 lbs of Mack’s, some lady fish, lost a king but had loads of fun.
On our next half day trip trip we headed out for some snapper and grouper, seas were about 4-5ft, so we stopped at 50 ft, we manged to keep 5 Gags and 3 Red Grouper, Sea Bass and the famous Cedar Key Snapper(grunt). The bait was, live pins, cut mackerel, sardines and all of them worked well.
On another half day?trip , tried for some inshore Grouper in 26 ft water, no one home, just a few shorts, but plenty of Cedar Key Snapper and Sea Bass, well till next time.
First I want to tell you what I think about the Oil spill threat.
It doesn’t look like it’s going to impact our coast on it’s own. But, if a big storm or hurricane developed in the Gulf, all bets are off. Having said all that, personally, I’m hoping and praying that we are not impacted by the oil and preparing for the worst. I think that is what our State, as well our County officials are doing.
As an individual there is a lot of info to sort through. Taylor county emergency services seems to be as good as any.
Fishing the last couple of weeks has been typical summer time (warm water) patterns. Fish shallow for Trout and Reds early in the day. Deeper flats will produce Trout in the heat of day. Slow presentation and some days a GULP is what works. The bonus catch is worth the effort even when the trout bite is slow.
Flounder, Sea bass, Mackerel and a shot at a keeper Cobia make the 6-12 foot flats productive and fun because of the variety. I recommend at least a 20 lb leader to keep offs to a minimum. Steel leader will reduce your Trout strikes.
Offshore fishing has been very productive now that Red Snapper are boxable. Offshore Captains have had a good week.
We have Scallops on our flats and no oil. Requests are being submitted to open the season early. I do not have word yet. Give us call or watch the news for an announcement.
Thanks For Checking In, Pray For Our Coast If You Will.