Fishing Report - Southeast Florida ? Week 2 ? September 2012

Fishing Report - Southeast Florida ? Week 2 ? September 2012
Southeast Florida Fishing Report ? Week 2 ? September 2012

Offshore on the troll, Kingfish, BFT, Bonito, Wahoo and Dorado were in 100-320 feet. Wahoo and Dorado were north of HBI. BFT were further out. Dorado were found around flotsam and weed lines. Williamson soft bird combos, Naked/skirted Ballyhoo, skirted strip baits, and artificials got the job done. The swordfish bite has slowed down during the week.

On the reefs and wrecks, Kingfish, Yellowtail and Mutton Snapper, Blue Runners, Cobia, Jacks, Grouper, Pompano and Bonito were in 40-140 feet. A good chum slick brought up the fish. Bites came on cut baits, sardines, mullet, pilchards and tipped jigs. For those diving, lobster remains plentiful including a recent lobster walk in the shallows of the beach in Lauderdale by the Sea.

(FWC Photo LBTS lobster walk)

Near shore, along the beaches, piers, inlets and the Intracoastal Waterway, Blue fish, Blue Runners, Spanish mackerel, Pompano, Snappers, Jacks, Snook and tarpon were biting mullet, shrimp, pilchards, cut baits and lures. The best Snook action was around docks, bridges at night with mullet, shrimp, pilchards, cut baits, spoons and lures being baits of choice. Remember a Snook permit is required to harvest the daily bag limit of one per person within the 28-32 inch slot.

In freshwater, the Big O and smaller lakes are producing some impressive catches. An angler spending a day on the water can expect 50 or more fish a day. The sustained higher water level has bass moving further in and out of the grass. Fishing the grass lines, outside the grass drop-offs and in the grass produced the best results. Live shiners, spinner baits in the early hours, swim baits, plastic worms and crawfish called in the strikes. Live shiners were the bait of choice for Big Largemouth reaching the 10 pound range.  In canals the Largemouth, Peacock Bass, Bream and Tilapia were biting live baits, small lures and jigs. The best times were early to mid-morning before the heat and afternoon storms moved in.

Tight Lines, Bent Poles, and Screaming Drags!!!
Stay Salty My Friends!!!!
            
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