For those of you that have been waiting to catch something other than Kings and Tarpon or perhaps I should say, take some fish home for dinner… wait no longer as the fall run is upon us.
This is the time of year to target the fish that migrated north in the spring and are now migrating back south (if in fact that’s what’s going on). Dolphin, Wahoo and Sailfish are starting to show up. We have already seen many Dolphins hit the fish boards at Bluepoints Marina. So far there has not been anything huge but a few decent ones for sure. King fishing will start to heat up again soon although November is historically when the larger schools come in; October is when they start showing up.
The fall run in general is not as great as the spring run but, it’s still decent fishing. It seems like many fish are being caught shallow and on slow trolled live Pogies while King fishing. We had guys catch a stray Wahoo and Sailfish in 25 feet water off the pier few weeks ago. Now is the time to start rigging your Ballyhoo and concentrating on the temperature breaks and weed lines again. Start out in 100 feet or so then go deeper. Don’t pass fish to find fish. Be sure to put out some naked Ballyhoo for the Sails and don’t forget the shotgun rig…wire rigged and sent way out there.
Continue to use live Pogies and Mullet working the regular reefs. Don’t pass up the wrecks. Chances are if there are piles of bait on it, then something’s there. I had a slow day last week and decided to go try a wreck. The water was boiling with small sardines. My first pass through it was doubled up with a fat King and Bonita…then it was a Bonita fire-fight…It was a lot of fun!
Beach fishing is heating up as well. I know many are taking advantage of the nice weather and bait on the beaches right now catching, Pompano, Flounder, Snook and Whiting. Tarpon fishing from the beach is going off good too. A few nights ago a good friend of mine had a Bonita chunk devoured by a 175lb Tarpon just outside the surf.
Until next time… Good Luck & Tight Lines,
Capt. Chris Cameron