Judging by the reports from the past week, there must be a jailbreak going on because the Convicts (aka sheepshead) have been absolutely on fire. Reports of fish in the 2-8# range have been rampid, with great catch numbers of 5-25 fish per trip. Live fiddlers and live shrimp are two of the best baits you can use, and target the sheepshead around jetties, bridge pilings, and almost any heavy structure in 6-20ft of water right now. The fall trout bite has hit high gear, with great reports on live minnows and shrimp, Zman DieZel minnows, and Slayer soft baits fished around shell banks in 3-6ft of water. And never over-look the ever popular "Trout Trick" as well for good numbers of specks. Reds have shown signs of schooling in larger numbers on the shallow low tide flats, where a chunk of cut mullet or a Gulp! Shrimp are always hard to be when casting to these schooling fish.
While the fall sailfish bite continues to just be kind of so-so, the acres of blackfin tuna holding along the ledge have provided anglers with a lot of fast paced action. Wanna try something different for the blackfins? Try throwing a large "chugger" style topwater lure on a spinning reel into the school of tuna for some heart stopping explosions. Run into a case where the tuna are holding deep and wont come up to the surface to feed? No problem as long as you carry your jigging equipment and some butterfly jigs to drop down to where the tuna are holding. Still seeing some quality wahoo coming to our scales in the 45-70# range, with most being found in 140-250ft of water. Bottom fishing in 80-125ft continues to produce plenty of vermillions, triggers, large sea bass and some decent grouper. Cut squid and cigar minnows are always a must have for some bottom fishing, but dont forget your sabiki rigs so you can jig up some live baits while out there to send down for those finicky grouper.
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