Florida Sportsman Member: harbison Three P.M. friday afternoon, Madeira Beach is under a severe storm warning. As we board the Florida Fisherman ll at Hubbard’s Marina, we can not help but wonder will this overnight trip produce, ‘A Mountain of Fish,’ or be a complete wash-out?
Florida Sportsman Member: Keystroke There are some big fish out in the ocean along the beaches, feeding on all that little bait moving along the coast. The trick is to fool them into eating in that clear ocean water. Can’t wait till all the big girls find their way up through the inlet and visit us this fall.
Florida Sportsman member: GameTimeFT 15 minutes into trolling, the rod takes off! A cow jumped and we immediately saw that she was a nice size fish. As we bring her in, directly behind her we see the bull jumping. Once we get the cow in the cooler the other rod takes off!
Florida Sportsman member: Tidesright Onto the bonefish and permit, what many don’t know is that this time of year can be epic! Early fall brings good tides and hungry fish multiple permit days are not out of the question and bonefish can be found and caught in the mix as well.
Florida Sportsman member: Snaphappy When we arrived we were the first boat on the scene and there were fish busting everywhere! We started casting poppers and it was game on immediately. For the next two and half hours it was wide open. We boated 10 fish on poppers and 6 on live bait.
Florida Sportsman Member: syxx I’ve been fishing mostly fresh mullet that we catching first thing in the morning still in the backcountry. In the bays the trout and snapper fishing has been best out closer to the gulf. Here the water is cooler and also alive with various baitfish such as ballyhoo, pilchards, pinfish, mullet, and more.
Florida Sportsman member: Wave Warrior At first I thought, these things are frickin huge, but then I remembered reading an article in this month’s Florida Sportsman about not being afraid to use massive baits for Snook and Tarpon. So after filling the livewell with the smallest ones I could find, which were between 13 to 15 inches, I hooked one through the nostrils and chucked her out there.
Florida Sportsman member: InLimbo No further bite came after the first couple of hits. I said, “Maybe you should drop down a little more and she interrupted and said ‘no, no, no, she’s still there I know it,’ so I shut up and watched as we both concentrated on the rod tip then the rod tip just bent straight down…”
Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772 Now’s the time to get out there and pull on some bruiser snook! Been catching them in the river all the way to the beach. If you can find clear water on the beach sight fishing these big breeders is a blast (really gets the adrenaline pumping watching one eat).
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