This is the time of year when the weather is the main factor in your ability to catch fish. It is not that the fish are not there, but the seas can be a little too much for anyone to enjoy the day offshore. Don’t get me wrong, there are usually a couple of very nice days a week after a cold front comes through, it is just difficult to plan out a trip more than a week ahead. That being said, here is what you can expect to catch if you are able to hit a good weather window.
Most of the boats are going to go want to get out to the rocks, at least 35 miles for kingfish, sharks, beeliners and maybe even chum up some blackfin tuna. These fish are normally caught drift fishing, just be sure to keep your eye on the bottom machine for structure and bait. If you are able to drop some good live baits to some of your favorite wrecks, the amberjacks and maybe a grouper will be willing to cooperate.
A lot of the serious fisherman set their destination a little further out this time of year to the floaters. These oil rigs out past 100 miles can produce some excellent yellowfin tuna and blackfin catches. The tuna are normally caught at night around the floaters using a variety of different techniques, such as casting topwater plugs, jigging or chumming. There are private charter boats and party boats that regularly make these trips which can fill up your freezer for a year or just let you catch and release trophy after trophy. I will go into more detail next month on what one of these long range trips is like.
As always, make sure you give a float plan if you go fishing and be safe.
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