What can we expect to find during July? Good question. Bait should start to show up in better numbers as the water warms up. It has been extremely tough getting on the Pogie pods lately. One of the baits that have overwhelmed the shore has been horn bellies. You can catch them on sabikis. I know what your thinking….they don’t work. Well, we have caught our limits of Jack and Grouper on them for a few weeks now and slow trolled them on the beach and caught a number of Kings. I have also seen Tarpon smacking them on the beach. So, to the myth that people say they don’t work all I can say is, they do… One thing I have noticed is that they have to be very big for them to swim correctly.
Bottom fishing offshore has been ok. Chicken rigging for Triggers and other smaller fish has been decent. Find your drop offs and wrecks. Our chicken rig is tied with 40lb leader, two dropper loops, with an 8oz weight or whatever works to get your line to stay down. If you are using mono you will need to use a heavier weight, braid, a lighter weight. On one hook put a squid the other a sardine. While one is chicken rigging on the other you can drop down a live bait of your choice, pin, croaker, pogie and go for that Jack or Grouper. For those rigs use heavy mono in the 100lb class to a 3 way swivel and make sure you are using circle hooks. I see many charter guests trying to set the hook in 150-200 feet of water. NO! lol… start reeling as fast as you can that’s the trick.
As soon as the bait shows up we should start seeing the Kings again. July is the time that the beach usually comes alive. As a charter captain I can’t wait for that to happen. Keeping the rods bent and having a great time with families on the beach with Bonita, Kings, Tarpon, Jacks, Cuda and Sharks are awesome. Watching the youngsters fight a screaming Bonita is priceless (That’s what it’s all about). I can’t tell you how many times they turn and say…that’s bigger than a trout. Lol
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