The weather has been up and down, but I've been able to move the trips to better days. There is not much open to keep in the gulf ,so I have been doing well inshore. We mostly caught mangrove snapper, and a few other species.
Fishing report from Jonathan R.
in Destin, Florida
Grunt, Vermillion Snapper
Fishing is always more difficult with the weather in the winter, so if you’re looking for a constant bite we recommend spring but with that being said the tuna bite is really good so to each their own! We fish year round
Trolling- plenty of Bonita around, blackfin Tuna are close in right now between 5-15 miles of the pass! Mahi can be found further offshore on weedlines! King mackerel are a hard bite this time of year but can be found near shore
Bottom Fishing- Vermillions are in abundance right now and have some decent size to them too, triggerfish are on structure but finding a keeper may be another task! Plenty of perch and Ruby lips running around so if a fish fry is what you’re after then that will be too easy to get! Grouper bite is good right now as well as Almaco Jacks
Fishing report from Jim V.
in Clearwater, Florida
Inshore has been on fire with redfish bite back on track, sheepshead are showing up in strong numbers. Offshore kingfish, Spanish, hog snapper and gags are close to shore. Best time of year to fish!!
Water has cooled off a bit and the bite has fired up. A lot of slot and over-slot Redfish up to 40". Trout bite is also getting into full swing. Grouper bite has been good for the last week. Limit of quality fish hitting the deck.
Late summer/early fall fishing is starting to heat up. Getting a weather window to make the trip out has been a challenge. However, when able to get offshore, we are catching a variety of species with the second half of trigger fish season open and now Amberjack opening back, I expect a lot of great offshore catches over the next few weeks. Deep drop fishing for vermillion snapper, porgies, and various grouper species has been on fire. For those who like our top water action, the waters have been boiling with skipjacks and Mahi. Now is the time to get out there and catch them up before they move out to their winter waters.
Fishing report from Gage B.
in Clearwater, Florida
Grunt, Lane Snapper, Red Grouper
Red snapper season was amazing with that just ending we are pushing more into the red grouper bite 80ft and out have been holding some quality fish, hogfish are showing up in the 30ft and out bottom.