🎣 Florida Fishing Reports 🐟 Week of 6-29-2020
🎣 Sebastian Inlet District Week of June 29 🐟 Tarpon, Red Drum, Snapper and more! "Fishing has been pretty good on the North and South jetties, in the inlet channel and around the western flood shoals. Reports of large Redfish have been streaming in. Use your live shrimp to target them as a favorite bait and remember your FWC bag and size limits.
Anglers have also reported catching Mangrove Snapper, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel. You’ll find the Mangrove Snapper migrating throughout the inlet and in the backwaters biting on live shrimp. Try the jetties for targeting Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel. Cut bait is the way to go for both or use your silver spoons for the Bluefish and your Gotcha lures for the Spanish Mackerel. We hear that schools of large Tarpon have been running the beach, hitting on live bait, swim bait, plugs and spoons. You’ll find some Jacks mixed in too."
🎣 White's Tackle Fishing Report 6-29-2020 🐟 Stuart Florida "Good Morning, Offshore over the weekend was slow with a few dolphin scattered around in 100 to 200ft with a few sails mixed in live bait was the bait of choice. The snapper bite has been good on 60 to 80ft with a few fish over 10lbs around with a few decent grouper around . The weather looks good the next few days so hopefully you can make it out. The beach fishing has been good with a few tarpon and big jack in the bait schools to the south of Ft Pierce with a few small kings mixed in. Inshore the trout and red bite has been steady around first light to the north around harbor branch to Vero shores with a soft baits and top water. The snapper bite around the bridge and channel edges."
🎣 Traveling through Florida this July 4th weekend? 🐟 Here’s what you need to know about beach closures and mask mandates "A guide on where to go in Florida, based on mask requirements and beach openings. With a long weekend ahead of us, Floridians may be considering a short in-state trip — especially since states including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are requiring visitors from Florida to quarantine for two weeks. So where can you go, what’s open and are masks required? It depends on the city. Here’s an overview of openings, restrictions and guidelines across the Sunshine State."
🎣 South Florida Weekly Fishing Report 🐟 July 2, 2020 Palm Beach Post "Along the beaches in the Jensen area, there have been lots of tarpon rolling and busting while chasing glass minnows. There have also been big schools of jack crevalle on the prowl. Use a topwater lure, something big and noisy, like a Zara Spook, and work it fast to get there attention. After that hold on tight. The bridges spanning the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers have been a bit slow recently as the water is a little funky. That said, there have been a few black drum caught at the quarter bridge. Along the beaches in Jupiter, there have also been good numbers of tarpon chasing glass minnows. The Jupiter beaches are also seeing large numbers of snook. Though there are plenty at, and in, the inlet and in the Loxahatchee River, there seem to be a lot on the beaches this year. If you’re looking to catch a few walk the beaches and try one of the LIVETARGET lures that resemble local baitfish. Then cast into the trough and bring it in slowly, right up to your feet. Most of the fish are being caught within 30 feet of shore. There has been good action for croaker and whiting along the Jupiter beaches using small pieces of shrimp in the first trough. Anglers fishing the Boynton Inlet have been catching snook, tarpon, Cubera snapper, permit and black tip sharks."
🎣 Fishing Report 🐟 Offshore, Ponce Inlet producing best catch Daytona Beach News Journal "The local summer fishing pattern means getting up early to go fishing to avoid the heat. Surf, Piers. Gene Lytwyn filed this report from The Fishin’ Hole in downtown Daytona Beach. “Surf fishing is producing some whiting, along with a stray bluefish, pompano and bonnet head shark,” he said. “Fishing pompano rigs, baited with shrimp or Fishbites, during an incoming tide cycle, is usually best.” Roy Mattson (royssurffishing.com) said Flagler Beach Pier anglers are still waiting for a kingfish run. In the meantime, they are catching flounder, black drum, spadefish and pompano. Mattson said the tackle of choice right now is a banana rig. Capt. Mike Vickers Jr. (hammockbaitandtackle.com) said Flagler County is seeing whiting, sharks, black drum, some flounder and a few pompano and trout."
🎣 FISHING REPORT St Augustine 🐟 Feds tag 4-day red snapper season "It’s been wide open on the beaches and local reefs and wrecks for king mackerel this week. But if you want to be certain to find fish, head out and get behind a shrimp boat. This is about the worst month in years for finding pogy pods — other than in Salt Run. One charter captain figures the shrimp boats are the only game in town for hungry kingfish, tarpon and sharks. The boats are shoveling bycatch off the decks and the fish are following behind. Captain Guy Spear reports a 50-pound kingfish caught on a spinning reel with dead squid on a trip out Thursday. But the tarpon are thicker than most all the charter guys have seen in years — or ever. It’s just crazy out there. And while we’re on the subject of crazy, let’s talk about federal red snapper management. They announced this week a four-day red snapper season set for June 10-12 and July 17. It will be the usual one fish per person per day and there are no upper or lower slot limits. That will again ensure anglers will understandably target only the big sow snapper over 20 pounds. These are the fish that will lay as many as 75 million eggs a season — or 4 billion eggs in a lifetime. If that’s called a fishery management plan..."
🎣 July 3 fishing report from Byron Stout 🐟 This Fourth of July weekend will be hotter than the proverbial firecracker. And there should be fishing fireworks as well. "LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Roland Martin Marina manager Ramon Iglesias reports great summer bassing, but "The summer heat will definitely play a factor, so the morning bite is the best bite." He sent in a shot of Jess, Louie and Joe Bartoletti from Chicago with a summertime whopper that took a wild shiner on an outside grass line in Pelican Bay, with Capt. Bo White. Over at Roland Martin Marine Center, Brad Lytle reports bass have been biting around the East and West Wall areas out of Clewiston, north along Observation Shoal, and in the Tin House Cove area on the north shore. The drill is to start with a white or clear Spook (zig-zagging topwater) and switch to soft plastic as the sun rises. Six-inch Senkos, Speed Worms, swimbaits have been good in watermelon red, junebug, black/blue flake, Houdini, Copperfield, Lane Toad and White Lightning, and swim jigs in bluegill patterns have been productive. Bluegill have been biting on crickets and Beetlespins along the Shoal, around Rim Canal lily pad patches, and at Ritta Island."
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