Welcome to September as we slide through the last of the summertime fishing and look forward to the fall fisheries.
Offshore, dolphin fishing is hit or miss. If there are dolphin around this time of year, they tend to be larger gaffers and slammers.
As always, weed lines and birds are what you’re looking for. The regular assortment of ballyhoo and live baits, along with your favorite dolphin trolling lures, all work to fill the fish box.
We also see a lot of wahoo in September. Although they’re not of great size, they’re still quite tasty on the grill. So, it pays to have a couple of wire-rigged trolling plugs or some planer-ballyhoo combination lures ready to fish deep, whether with a drail, planer or downrigger.
If you’re out for the day and there’s just nothing happening offshore, come back to the reef and fish for the snappers. There are still plenty of yellowtails, mangroves and muttons to be had.
Lots of chum and baits such as shrimp, pieces of ballyhoo or small live pinfish all work well on the reef for the yellowtails and mangroves.
The muttons are hanging on the artificial reefs and wrecks, with regular size pinfish the bait of choice here. In these same areas, you’ll also find amberjack and loads of large jack crevalle, which are tons of fun on light tackle.
Florida Bay is still chock full of spiny lobsters along with throngs of bug-hunters diving for them. Remember, here in Monroe County, the limit is six per person, not twelve. It’s always a good idea to pick up a copy of the regulations to have a complete understanding of all the rules.
SeaSquared is expanding!
We are pleased to announce we have added a new boat to the SeaSquared fleet. In addition to our Parker 28-foot center console, we also have a Pursuit 27-foot center console. This boat is a real workhorse. At 9’ 6” wide, she has ample 360-degree fishing room for up to six anglers. Her name is the KLIMAX and she is skippered by Capt. Chris Klimas, who provides all the same types of fishing trips that we run on the Parker. We hope you’ll give us a call to fish on the KLIMAX soon!
Click here for pictures of all of this week’s great catches and smiling anglers!August 21, 2013 Capt. Chris Johnson SeaSquared Charters Marathon Florida Keys 305-743-5305
Capt. Chris Johnson is a member of the Yamaha National Fishing Team and specializes in offshore, reef/wreck, gulf/bay, shark and tarpon fishing with SeaSquared Charters out of Porky’s Bayside Restaurant and Marina in Marathon. You can reach him at 305.743.5305, https://seasquaredcharters.com. For daily fishing reports with pictures, please click over to http://Facebook.com/MarathonFishing.