Southeast Florida Fishing Report ? Week 1 ? August 2012

Southeast Florida Fishing Report ? Week 1 ? August  2012Offshore to the north, Wahoo, Kingfish and BFT were biting baits on the troll in 80-300 feet. In the Gulf Stream small Dorado were around weed lines, with bigger bulls and cows further out and on the east side of the stream. Bare and skirted Ballyhoo, and skirted lures produced well. On the dark side, the swordfish bite was consistent with some double markers coming in.On the reefs and wrecks, Bonito, Kingfish, Yellowtail Snapper, Mutton and Mangrove Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, jacks, occasional BFT and Cobia were taking cut bait, sardines, ballyhoo, pinfish and jigs in 80-240 feet.Near shore, along the beaches, piers, inlets and Intracoastal Waterway, Snook and Tarpon were around docks, bridges, inlets and along the beach. Artificial shrimp, DOA Shrimp on popping corks, topwater baits and spoons were baits of choice. On the piers, Pompano, Blue Runners, Jacks, Snappers, Spanish Mackerel and Tarpon were taking cut and natural baits, and artificial lures. Remember that Snook season is catch and release only until the season reopens September 1.In freshwater, the heavy rains brought water temperatures down a little with summer heat in the afternoons keeping fish in summer feeding. In the lakes water levels are stable with the bass bite erratic. Live shiners, frogs and other artificials produced the best results along the deeper grass lines, in the early morning and evening. In the afternoon heat, deeper open water had the best bite on topwater and divers. In the deeper canals, Peacock Bass and Largemouth Bass were taking swimbaits, plastic worms, other artificials and flies, with best bite in the morning and evenings.For those heading out or fishing the reefs remember to watch for divers in the water. The lobster season is now open.Tight Lines, Bent Poles, and Screaming Drags!!!Stay Salty My Friends!!!!

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