Florida Sportsman member: TimGleason Fishing has been surprisingly steady. Slot size and undersized snook have been steady in the predawn and dawn time frame. The redfish bite has been steady as well. Fishing isn’t on fire but a pick bite is better than water devoid of life like in the red tide areas.
Florida Sportsman Member: tefird21 There seemed to be a good bite going on north of Highborne in the Exumas, we nabbed a 31 and 23 pounder and a surprise 22 lb mahi high speeding. Our best day was when we ran 40 miles west of Compass Cay to the Tongue and landed a 66 and 37 in a doubleheader. Most of our trolling was at 12-15 knots.
Florida Sportsman member: ALV We caught a 29″ grouper on a Bomber Long A, about 300 feet back, probably six to eight feet down. That grouper came up 25 or so feet to attack the bomber (blue/white) and passed on the divers. We were also running a couple of Rapala Magnums (25 to 30 ft.). The water was so clear that earlier that day in 40+ feet, I watched a ladyfish plug rest on the bottom with a huge turtle and a remora swimming behind the turtle. Amazing.
Florida Sportsman Member: Jim311 The structure and rock in there was incredible, with swiss cheese oyster covered rock everywhere and it was holding fish. It was so skinny you couldn’t throw any bait but topwater. I fished until I ran out of water. I boated at least a dozen good reds with the biggest at 30 inches and lost at least half a dozen. All of the fish but two were caught on topwater.
Florida Sportsman Member: sololobo30 Tide was about high/switch and figured I’d see if we could box a gag or two. We fished an old spot that was on fire for a solid hour. We caught a limit of gags to 34″ and released three to four keepers, then got the mangs chewing. I caught all these fish on light spinning gear 20lb braid.
The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2017
Florida Sportsman Member: Capt Dan Medina As Darwin’s theory suggests, the biggest fish always comes on the smallest rod. This held true this trip as well, with the biggest grouper at 27″ coming on a 4000 penn battle with a 2/0 circle hook and 30 lb leader. A 25″ Grouper followed suit on the same combo.
Florida Sportsman member: rhino2000 I got out about 7 am and anchored up at about 80 feet. I put out some chum and had very little current. Had some fresh dead gogs and used a knocker rig and tortuga bottom rig. This cobia bit the tail half of the gog. Shockingly he was caught on a Penn Spinfisher 5500 with 30lb braid and 30lb flobo leader.
Florida Sportsman member: kayakerinkeywest I’m not much of a fly guy, but I knew this spot was action packed because at the moment the flats are packed full of glass minnows and pilchards. Any spot where the current running over the flats dumps into a channel, there will be fish waiting.
Florida Sportsman member: JaxJosh We started off in about 150 foot of water. Nice conditions and not too much current. The triggers were on fire along with pinkies and big beeliners. By the end of the day, we had over 70 big fat triggers. Also, chewing nicely were the muttons and mangoes. Amberjack were thick as thieves too. It was hard to get the grouper bites because they were so thick.
Florida Sportsman member: lunkerman I made the move to the gulp shrimp on a hookup jig. Popped from dock to dock and nailed a nice slot red. About 25″. I found a nice school of trout and got four keepers within ten casts. All really nice eating size at around 20-23″. At this point I’m thinking slam and look for my snook. A few minutes later I get the bite and he’s taking drag and it must be a snook….right? Finally get him out in the open and get a look and it’s not what I want but a cool surprise nonetheless.
The recreational harvest of greater amberjack in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) November 30, 2016.
Florida Sportsman member: lemaymiami Winter species, mackerel, speckled trout, and gag grouper are moving inshore daily, reds and snook are moving back up inside and tarpon are here one day then gone the next. Each day now is pretty much a mixed bag. This is Riley Pevec with her first pompano, caught in Whitewater Bay on a small jig.
Florida Sportsman member: ReelFinsFlorida After fishing several miles with a few fish here and there, we finally found an area where the fish were schooling up and biting! Jerk baits and the gambler EZ swimmer were the key lures. Overall we put together some nice decent bass to end the morning!
Florida Sportsman Member: Joyfly We landed a 31″ and 27″ gag in just a few hours. A third large gag was lost when it was cut off on the rocks. We were just off Dunedin in 30 feet of water. We pulled deep diving plugs about 150 feet back at about four knots. The bite was steady with good size gags.
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