They’re caught and released now, but the snook will bite


The sea conditions will be calm enough for the offshore warriors to head for the tear and the reefs for the next few days. However, all may not be smooth.

There is expected to be a fair amount of rain in the forecast, so anglers should have their rain gear on and, more importantly, an eye on the sky for lightning.

Yet as Captain Squeeky Kelly once told me, “The fish are already wet.”

He wasn’t wrong. Lots of fish still bite in the rain, including the snook, which is now strictly caught and released until September 1, when the harvest season will reopen.

Coastal redfish and black drum and mahi mahi on the current edges and snapper on the offshore bottom structure will sting over the next few days.

Indian River County

At sea : The snapper fishery was stable in 70 to 90 feet of water. Try the SISA Reefs or Bethel Shoal, southeast of the entrance, with live pinfish, grunts, or threadfin on a sliding weight platform or chicken platform. To catch the snapper, use a long guide to keep the lead from scaring the fish.

Coastal: How does snook know when the season is closed? Sure enough, as soon as June 1 arrived and snook was put on the “catch and release only” list, they started biting around the creek and along the mangrove shores in Vero. Beach. For spotted sea trout, fish early. The fish feed about an hour before sunrise until dawn, then stop. Small surface water plugs and jigs can be bitten off.

Fresh water: The heat has come to the western lakes, as has the rain. Beware of lightning on the wide open spaces there. Deeper water fish and higher water temperatures cause fish to seek out cooler water.

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County of St. Lucia

At sea : Large mangrove snappers weighing up to 10 pounds are caught on Offshore bass and fishing club reefs. Use dead sardines or threaded fins to poke in 60 to 90 feet of water. For grouper, go further to 120-150 feet of water.

Coastal: Anglers can catch redfish in areas south of Round Island, around Old Inlet and as far as Tucker Cove. Use gold spoons or small swim baits. Trout bite in 2 to 4 feet of water, but only in low light conditions. Wading works best to catch them.

Surf: The battle with algae continues. When fishermen can find a clean beach, whiting can be caught. Be prepared to explore several beaches before you find one clear enough for fishing. Launch 150 feet from shore with pieces of shrimp or sand fleas on chicken platforms.

Martin County

At sea : There have been mahi mahi caught on the current edges in 120 to 180 feet of water. Use running and pistol techniques to find floating objects that may contain fish. Also have a rigged light spinning rod to easily cast bait against schoolboy sized dolphins, skipjack tuna or tripletail.

Coastal: Snook fishing takes place in midsummer, which means there are schools of fish hanging out around some of the entry points like the detached jetty and the tip on the south side of the entrance. Larger fish can still be caught and released around all the bridges and dikes of the St. Lucia River.

Lake Okeechobee

Bass fishing is getting tough on the big lake, said Captain Mike Shellen. The fish move to deeper water probably because the water temperature rises in the 80s every day. Use worms, shaking head jigs and senkos to lower the lures to the bottom where the fish maybe bite a little better.

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