Offshore / Inshore Action
By: Capt. Jim Green
"The temperature change has really been
Nice kings have been caught trolling #2 up to #3-1/2 spoons with heavy
trolling weights or #1 to #3 planners. Watch your bottom machine. Also
look for slicks on the surface. Birds sometimes give away their location.
Watch for surface action also. Sometimes you might see the mackerel
flipping on the surface. When trolling by this action remember to have
spoons at different depths. Sometimes the fish are near the surface and at
other times they are deep beneath the bait and mackerel. Try fishing
around the shrimp boats south of the islands. Troll behind the ones
dragging nets or around anchored ones. The cobia have been plentiful.
While chumming for the bull reds and sharks we have been picking up one or
two per trip. These fish are delicious but remember to return any under 33
have caught some big sharks, mostly black tips while chumming recently.
Use steel leaders if you are getting bit off a lot. I like to start using
125 or 150 lb. mono leaders about 3-4 feet long. Use a strong 6/0 hook.
Use sinkers depending on the current strength. You may want to put out a
line with no sinker and a few others with varying weight sinkers.
Keep using drift lines for the big snapper. Drift them back into your chum
slick. Try adding a small split shot or two if the current is too strong
to allow the bait to sink slowly. Fish some drop rigs also at various
depths until you find the fish. Live pinfish, white trout or whole frozen
pogies work well. If you are only catching small fish, try a different
depth or a different structure all-together. If you are getting bitten off
try a 3 foot section of steel leader. The kings are being caught on live
baits and pogies.
some live shrimp for the mangrove snapper. Sometimes they come up to your
chum right at the legs of a platform. Dropping a live shrimp in is usually
effective. Use as light of line as possible. I use a 20 lb. fluorocarbon
leader and a small strong hook. Sometimes they are very finicky and you
have to tie your line directly to the leader using a uni-knot eliminating
a swivel. If the current is too strong for free lining try a small split
shot. Although smaller than red snapper, these fish are strong. Have the
appropriate tackle to get the fish out of the structure quickly.
The trout should be hanging around the islands. The cooler temperatures
may help the top water action. Vary the retrieve while walking the dog. I
like to use a Top Dog, Top Dog Jr. or a Top Pup. Also try fishing the Back
Bay areas for trout.
I am looking through my fishing log from last year right now and it brings
back great memories. We caught some fine fish from October through the
lot of people are talking about hunting. Hunting is fine. I have bow
hunted everywhere from Georgia to Montana, but I still say there is a fish
to be caught 12 months in the year. If an archer really wants a challenge
try shooting a 6 foot long shark. I do not do many of these trips, but if
you are really good give me a call. We will write a story about you
Email me for some fine recipes. To plan a fishing trip you can email me or
call my toll-free cell number 1-888-625-5516.
Fair Winds & Following Seas,
Capt. Jim Green