Fishing Report by Capt. John Bobnar & Capt. Joe Ferranti
Loose Cannon Fishing Charters
Mahi fishing continues to be 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 an east wind to help push in the mahi, weed mats, and debris from offshore. Trolling ballyhoo or pitching live or cut bait near the mats should get them chewing. 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. Bottom fishing has been productive on the reefs and wrecks. We’ve been catching large mutton snapper on loran tower ledge. Drop a whole sardine or grunt head down to improve your chances of snagging a big mutton. Trigger, lane and vermillion snapper have also been biting on most of the wrecks and reefs in the area. A standard chicken rig with cut squid or shrimp should provide plenty of action! Have fun out there and be safe! With hurricane season in full swing expect major weather changes to impact the fishing from day to day. Prayers to Texas and all the victims of hurricane Harvey.
-Capt. John Bobnar, Loose Cannon Fishing Charters
Snook season is set to open september 1st. The beginning of the season is a great time to catch some of the bigger fish as they swim the shallows of area beaches to spawn. A great way to target these big snook is by staying mobile and walking the beach in the calm of the early morning and waiting until you see a fish to cast to her. Look for beaches that are holding bait and start there. Walk the beach rigged up with a swim bait such as a live target mullet or spooltek and wait to see the fish swimming in the trough.Cast well ahead of the fish and bring it in front of her to elicit the strkie. Fly fishing is also a great tactic for the beach as well when there are smaller baits around such as pilchards, small minnows and other white baits. These snook can also still be caught in the inlet around hole in the wall and near the jetties. Live bait works best but plugs and swim baits will do the trick as well. The bridge fishing has been pretty steady as well with first light jigs producing a lot of fish. Let your jig hit the bottom and bounce it along slowly as the biggest fish sit right on the bottom waiting for a meal to come to them. The trout and the redfish bite has been tough south of ft.pierce due to the lack seagrasses but there are still some to be caught. The difference is you have to fish them in the structure like you are used to doing for snook. Live shrimp on a jig head will work as well as soft plastic shrimp imitations like gulps or voodoo shrimp. From fort pierce north you can still find some trout, reds, and snook in the flats fishing live shrimp. Fish early as when the water warms uptake fish take cover. After the sun is up move to the channel edges around the spoil islands. There have ben some nice fish being caught around the north of harbor branch.
-Capt. Joe Ferranti, Loose Cannon Fishing Charters