Seasonal reminder: Remember, shook season is closed to harvest along Florida's Atlantic Coast until Feb. 1 2021; spotted sea trout is closed to harvest until Dec. 31; shallow water grouper season will close Jan. 1 until April 30, 2021; and new flounder rules will go into effect March 1 creating a fall harvest closure from Oct. 15 through Nov 30. He is using live shrimp or cut mullet to catch the drum, fishing near channel edges and drop-offs.
Terry Wilda of Big Easy charters out of Capt Hiram's Resort and Marina in Sebastian said the fishing on the reefs this week was wonderful. His anglers caught king fish, trigger fish and mangrove snapper in 70-90 feet of water.
Melbourne Beach has been a good place to get bites from pompano, whiting and croaked during the last half of the incoming tide. Spoons fished here will catch Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and blue runners, too.
Bluefish, lady fish, jacks, blue runners and Spanish mackerel are being caught on spoons and jigs. Pompano are along the beaches on both sides of the inlet taking Fish bites or sand fleas.
Inside the inlet, flounder can be caught on sliding sinker rigs with live mud minnows or shrimp. Then, as the temperature climbs above 72 degrees in the water, their feeding response turns back on again.
Trout and redfish will be on the flats during the middle parts of the day as the fish warm up. Cast into holes or channels and cuts to find fish which are seeking more stable water temperatures on cool days.
Crappie action is pretty good in most other lakes and in parts of the St. Johns River and canals. The South Florida twins out of Weston have spent much of their lives on the water, enjoying what’s right in their backyard.
The 25-year-olds found ways to balance their love of fishing with full-time classes and pole vaulting careers at the University of Miami, studying microbiology and immunology until graduating in December 2017. The sisters began documenting their fishing adventures on a blog in 2018, writing stories about their findings, offering tips and letting their audience get to know them better.
On an ice fishing trip that year, Emily decided she’d add a video component, not knowing how much fun she’d have filming, editing and publishing. The videos haven’t always been the “meat and potatoes” of their brand, Gale Force Twins.
The sisters talked to friends who are professional YouTubers and created a job for themselves filming and editing videos. This summer, before publishing a video of them docking a 35-foot boat in a 40-foot canal, the Gale twins had about 10,000 YouTube subscribers.
The twins natural ability to connect with viewers on the joys of fishing is clear. The twins taught themselves how to use Final Cut Pro, an Apple-based video editing software program, and they film their adventures on a GoPro or an iPhone 12, which features the wide lens they need to capture their footage.
Because of their vlogging, the Gale twins don’t have to charter any more outside their fishing camps and events, which started in August with an overnight trip to Yankee Capt's Pulley Ridge. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council would like to gain a better understanding of what’s happening on the water.
Learn more Modifications to Charter Vessel and Head boat Electronic Reporting Requirements Information: The FCC Commission listened to public testimony on and discussed the following marine fisheries' management items at the virtual Dec. 16-17 meeting.
Staff will continue monitoring oyster recovery and will evaluate whether harvest opportunities may be available prior to the end of 2025. A stock status update completed by FCC suggests that flounder on the Atlantic coast may be overfished and that there has been a general declining trend statewide.
Western Dry Rocks : The Commission discussed a draft proposal to seasonally protect a multi-species spawning aggregation site in the lower Florida Keys. The proposed draft rule, if approved at a future meeting, would prohibit fishing from May through June in a 1-square-mile area near Western Dry Rocks.
Diamondback terrapin/blue crab trap by catch reduction devices: The Commission approved a draft proposal and directed staff to continue looking into prohibiting the take and possession of diamondback terrapins and requiring a maximum entrance size or by catch reduction device (Birds). Spiny lobster: The Commission listened to a staff presentation on this fishery, including commercial harvesting methods, capital and other topics.
Alex Henderson and his friend, Antonio, caught this uncommon fats nook Sunday in the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River. NC State junior Avery Bishop’s shook was one of 35 caught in four days of fishing last week in Blind Pass with his dad, Mark, and cousin.
Chris Faust’s redfish sniffed out his cut lady fish bait in two feet of water at Foster’s Point, in Pine Island Sound. West Palm angler Bruce Icemen finally prevailed after this big crevasse jack tried cutting him off on mangrove roots and crab traps in the Two Pines back country, on his Wildly Charter with Capt.
George Grosselfinger reports lots of fun at Chino Island with gator trout, some even bigger than this fatty. Bruce Burton’s redfish was one of three caught Wednesday with his daughter-in-law, Alexa, and son Matthew, on their Get Hooked Charter along Estero Bay’s East Wall with Capt.
Niki Harvey’s shook was one of several caught Saturday on live thread herrings while fishing Wiggins Pass with her husband, Rodney, and friends Char and Rick Mercer. Tom Fowler ran 80 miles offshore to find this scamp grouper that weighed a whopping 18 pounds.
Venice angler Olen Thomas and Dan Cars of Gulf Coast Kayak used paddle tail jigs under cracker corks to catch pompano like this, plus nice trout Saturday in north Malacca Pass. Photo courtesy Lear’s Economy Tackle Denver angler Mary Harp ole caught her Big O bass with Roland Martin’s Marina Capt.
Ten-year-old Elijah Bowman tempted this whopper lane snapper with a dead white bait, 30 miles off Daniel with his dad, Jeff Chit wood. State sampling for red tide showed the noxious algae present in 34 locations in Lee County, including a potentially fish-killing concentration at Captive Island.
Offshore, inshore and freshwater reports all were very good, for groupers and snappers, shook, redfish and trout, and bass and crappie. Tom Fowler ran 80 miles offshore to find this scamp grouper that weighed a whopping 18 pounds.
Tom Fowler, Dennis DeWitt, Alan Bismuth, and three friends limited on red grouper and also caught 20 nice lane snapper, a gag, and a whopping 18-pound scamp. They ran 80 miles offshore and were dropping metal jigs, sardines, and squid, according to Lear’s Economy Tackle.
Jeff Chit wood and his son, 10-year-old Elijah Bowman, fished 30 miles off Daniel in depths from 65 to 70 feet Sunday, boxing a few mangrove and lane snappers, while releasing short red and gag groupers. The three anglers in the Rebel party, from northern Virginia, all took home keeper red grouper, plus a bunch of lanes, some unusually fat mangrove snapper, and a few vermilion snapper and porgies on their trip to depths of 65 to 70 feet, west-southwest of Coca Grande Pass with King Fisher Capt.
Niki Harvey’s shook was one of several caught Saturday on live thread herrings while fishing Wiggins Pass with her husband, Rodney, and friends Char and Rick Mercer. He sent in a shot of Alexa, Bruce, and Matthew Burton with a nice redfish caught on the bay’s East Wall.
Alex Henderson and his friend, Antonio, caught this uncommon fats nook Sunday in the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River. Fats nook are more common on Florida ’s East Coast, and this pair might have wandered over during recent water releases from Lake Okeechobee, via the St. Lucie River.
Over four days they combined for 35 snooks, two redfish, and lots of sheepsheads in Blind Pass, mostly on live shrimp and Flair Hawk Jigs. George “Artificial Only” Grosselfinger sent the only report of possible red tide problems, which he suspects have made bigger shook sluggish and less aggressive at striking his favorite top water baits.
The good news is he’s still finding them, and he’s also been catching trout from 23 to 25 inches on paddle tail jigs thrown around Chino Island. Chris Faust with a nice red that sniffed out his cut lady fish bait in two feet of water at Foster’s Point.
Venice angler Olen Thomas and Dan Cars of Gulf Coast Kayak used paddle tail jigs under cracker corks to catch pompano like this, plus nice trout Saturday in north Malacca Pass. They were casting paddle tail jigs under clacking cork rigs around oyster bars and on shallow grass flats, according to Lear’s.
Gregg McKee reports a week of the best tailing redfish tides he’s seen in years around Malacca. He’s also pulling in more gator trout than ever in northern Malacca Pass near Charlotte Harbor, where West Palm angler Bruce Icemen had the battle of his life with a big jack on fly, in the Two Pines back country at the northeast corner of the pass.
Chris Gagnon was the highlight of the week for King Fisher bay boats out of Fishermen’s Village. Trout have thinned out on the harbor’s east side flats, but haven’t yet gotten concentrated in the canals of Junta Golda Isles, where they find warmer waters during cold snaps.
Guides Joey Drape and Cody McClelland found 25-fish limits of specks, plus a few bluegills for their respective parties of two and three, on Tuesday. But best of all was the report of 100 specks biting in a one-hour spree Wednesday, around sundown, at the Ann Ole sky Park Pier.
Denver angler Mary Harp ole caught her Big O bass with Roland Martin’s Marina Capt. Jose Bettencourt reports nice size bass have been biting swim jigs and swim baits around Grassy Island and flipping heavy jigs on the outside grass lines along Observation Shoal has been good for nice pres pawn fish, for those who love to fool their bass with fake baits.
Crappie fishing also has been very good with jigs or minnows dunked in the Monkey Box area at the south end of Fish eating Bay. Ten-year-old Elijah Bowman tempted this whopper lane snapper with a dead white bait, 30 miles off Daniel with his dad, Jeff Chit wood.