Here it is, June already. This is a great month for me personally with, Father’s Day, my birthday and my son Cash’s birthday who will be celebrating his 5th birthday all falling within a few days of each other…it’s going to be a great month!
Now as far as fishing is concerned, hopefully, it’s just as good and gets even better than it was for May. We had a great month and the fish really started to turn on. The Pogies have finally been consistent as we were getting them from the cruise basin in front of Bluepoints Marina all the way down to the pier. Just look where the fleet is in the morning…you cannot miss them. It seems I see someone every day struggling trying to throw a big box store 6 foot cast net…do yourself a favor and invest in a quality cast net.
From the beach to local reefs: Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Bonita, Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish have been around from 20 feet to about 40 feet. We have been having a lot of fun on light tackle with all these power hitting fish. Use live Pogies hooked through the nostrils on 50lb fluorocarbon leader with an 8/0 circle hook. If you are getting cut off a lot then time to put the wired stinger rigs on for those toothy Kings. Keep a jig ready for the Cobia. When you see or mark the bait out there be on the lookout for a Cobia as this is the time of year they start to show up on the bait pods just off the beach.
The near shore reefs such as Pelican Flats and 8A have been great for the early morning King bite. Use your stinger rigs and live Pogies for the best catch. During the past few weeks there have been a number of Wahoo caught up to 45lbs, chunky Black Fin Tuna, Mahi and a handful of Cobia all caught on King rigs in the same area.
From the reefs to offshore has been good as well. There were a solid few days of great catches of Mahi and we should still see a few more weeks of it. Many fish have been caught from 140-180 feet and some days past 500 feet…it’s just a day to day thing and up to the winds and weather as usual. The basic ballyhoo rigs and skirts have been the key. There have been a lot of Wahoo caught recently and we should still see many more to come in this month.
Bottom fishing has also been decent. I wish I can say the Grouper will continue to pick up but, usually once the season opens up they do tend to shut off until fall…Pinfish are great bait for them. Fish the offshore reefs such as 21 and 27 and if you know of any of the wrecks that would be a good place to start too. Don’t forget about the Amber-jacks…they’ve been great and should continue as well.
Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capt. Chris Cameron