SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY HERE…
Seeing how my flip flops melted to my feet the other day, I guess it’s safe to say summer is officially here. Fortunately, we have been having some fishing almost as hot as a the air temperature.
One example again last month, the amberjack was the star of the fishing offshore of Port Canaveral. The aj’s were found from the 27 fathom ridge out to the cones and deep wrecks. The fish ranged in size from barely a keeper on up to fifty or so pounds. There were a few grouper in the same areas too. I wouldn’t say there were a bunch of them, but there were enough to keep things interesting.
I would expect this good bottom fishing to continue into July as long as the summer thermocline doesn’t move in and shut things down. Take plenty of big live baits for the grouper and amberjack. Also, pack plenty of patience for the elusive American red snapper and the ever present nuisance sandbar sharks. If you have room, take some of the National Marine Fisheries people for a one way boat ride. Looks like they dropped the ball again in n the red snapper stock assessment. No telling when we are going to be able to keep them again. That’s all I’m going to say about it, I get so Worked up just thinking about NMFS ineptness.
The slow trolling last month was steady, but nothing to write home about. There were a few kings with an occasional cobia and mahi and thrown in. Bait was also a bit of an issue with the pogies being here one day and gone the next.
I’m hoping July will bring a shot of fish to the inshore reefs and wrecks. Either way, there should be a scattering of kingfish, mahi, cobia and possibly a sail it two. If the bait is around, don’t over stuff the live well. The water is warm and they get beat up quick. With a few less in the well, they will be better baits later in n the day.
The trolling last month isn’t really even worth mentioning and I would expect that trend to remain relatively unchanged next month.
The fishing just of the beach this month could be something to look forward to. As long as the water is clean, there should be some kingfish, tarpon, jacks and sharks to supply plenty of action. And, you can stay close to home in case the afternoon thunderstorms come to break up the party!
Whatever the case, get out there and enjoy some of the summertime weather!
See ya on the pond!!