Bonita! Bonita! Bonita! Sumer time Bonita fishing is at its finest right now. Plenty of big Bonita on the ledge and in shallow from Loran tower to Juno Beach. Time to stock up your freezer with bonita strips and chunks for the rest of the year. Trolling just about anything especially small feathers or tinsels will definitely produce plenty of bites. Jigging or live bait is also an effective way to bend a few rods with some hot bonita action!
Mahi have finally begun to show up offshore but remains inconsistent from day to day. Some days have produced excellent Mahi fishing out deep (600 feet+) while others have been productive closer in. Look for weed mats or floating debris offshore. Trolling ballyhoo or pitching live or cut bait near the mats has been the best results.
Blue Marlin: Have the big guns ready and a marlin bait rigged also as there have been a handful of Blue Marlin patrolling the same waters there have been a few resident Sailfish around to be caught with some days better than others. We’ve been catching the occasional Sail on the troll or by pitching live bait at free jumpers when spotted. Clean blue water and a good strong current will be the most likely place to look.
Kingfish remain in decent numbers from around 70’ to around 140’. A live sardine down deep or trolling a planer with a mullet, bonita strip, or spoon should do the trick. Make sure to fish a wire leader to prevent a bite off and be sure to rig heavy enough in case you’re lucky enough to have a Wahoo grab it instead.
Blackfin tuna have been showing up in 250’ to 300’. Pushbutton hill has been a good place to start looking for tuna. Trolling small squid chains or feathers is producing. If you can stay on a hungry school of tuna vertical jigging has also been good. Throwing some live chum such as glass minnows will also help to keep the tasty tuna under the boat.
Have fun out there and be safe! Keep an eye to the sky and try to steer clear of any dangerous looking thunderstorms that pop up this time of year!
-Capt. John Bobnar,
Loose Cannon Fishing Charters
The doldrums of summer are here and that means the heat and the afternoon storms to go with it will be a major factor in how and when we fish. For the inshore waters around Stuart and Ft.Pierce, fishing early is going to be the key for trout and reds starting at first light with topwater presentations and moving to jigs and subsurface baits shortly thereafter.
Once the sun is up and the temperature begins to rise the fish will be in the structure so fish the docks and mangrove shoreline to find the fish hiding from the heat. Some fish will also move to deeper and cooler water so fishing the deeper flats and channel edges around the spoil islands should also produce some fish. There have been some nice numbers of trout being caught particularly on the west side of the Indian river around savannah road and the power lines. Fish dark colored soft plastics on a 1/4 ounce jighead and cover a lot of ground by fan casting an area before moving on.
In the inlets the snook bite is still strong. These fish can be caught on live bait, artificials, and are being caught particularly well on fly right now. The fishing in St.Lucie inlet has been producing a lot of nice fish near the south jetty and the submerged rock piles on the south side as well as at hole in the wall. The big breeders are making their way to the beaches to spawn so fishing the beach with spoolteks, crystal minnows or whitebait patterned flies is the way to go for the early morning or late afternoon beach bite.
Stay mobile and walk until you spot a fish and cast ahead of her as not to spook her.
Fishing around bait pods on the beach will of course be more productive so if you can find a school of bait and diving birds do not pass up this opportunity to get some sure action.
-Capt. Joe Ferranti,
Loose Cannon Fishing Charters