The pelagics (migratory fish) are on the move in the Gulf of Mexico.
Over the last month or so we’ve seen several different species of fishes on their semi-annual migration. Some of the most sought after game fish in the world, i.e. Snook, Tarpon and Cobia, are being caught just off the Citrus County and Levy County Coasts. As well as the pelagics, several of our resident populations are alive and well, just waiting for the chance to inhale a bait.
Recently the Speckled Trout and Redfish bite has improved, as well as the Spanish Mackerel and Blues. Best bet for this time of year is the Grass Flats, about 5 miles north of the Withalacoochee River. Lots of Sea Trout in the Flats, and plenty of Reds in closer.
When fishing the Grass Flats for Trout, drag an entire Mullett around on an unattended line behind the boat. Use heavy line/leader with a 7 to 10/0 circle hook, and a small float (just enough to keep the bait up out of the grass). Great way to get yourself a ‘Silver King’.
Until next time…see you on the Gulf!
This Yankee Town & Big Bend Fishing Report is from Yankeetown Florida Fishing Guide Captain Nick
One of the best all around fish to catch in the Gulf of Mexico has to be the Sheepshead. Although we typically only see them in the Big Bend Region during the winter months, these pelagics show up every year in big numbers. Not only are they plentiful, they move around in tight schools which make getting your limit a snap, once you’ve found them.
We have several spots we fish for them, but like the Grouper, they prefer hard bottom and structure.
Years ago we would go from channel marker to marker scraping the barnacles to attract them. A sure fire method to find them, as well as keep them on the spot you are fishing. These days we typically run offshore a bit and fish for them on the rocks and wrecks off the Citrus and Levy County Coasts.
With all the fishing restrictions, especially this time of year, the Sheepshead is no doubt your best bet for filling the cooler. They’re great table fare, the bag or catch limit is 15 per angler, they typically run from 5 to 10 lbs. each, and are easy to hook once you’ve mastered the art of jigging.
As I have said before, “The measure of a successful fishing trip is directly proportionate to the weight of the cooler at the days end”.
See?you on the water.
This Yankee Town Fishing Report is from Yankeetown Florida Fishing Guide Captain Nick