The Snook Nook FISHING REPORT Always Bring Your Camera!

September 2015




                  Yes it is hot, yes that is the way Tarpon like it, yes the Snook are with them.  Plenty o bait to keep them
happy and you can see them on the cruise.  Surf anglers you need to be there for sun up casting spoon or a floating
plug, watch for the bait to flee and you will know where they are.  Make sure your spools are full and thirty pound
leader three feet of that is the place to start.   Conditions are perfect for the morning anglers as long as the temps
stay high these fish will be with us.  Now you have caught one you know you cant keep them so step into the water
and release them as quickly as possible and yes the Snook will be over the slot, plenty of big Snook.  After the sun is
up these fish will go deep, so now you know where and how all want to hear is about the release.  Plenty of Whiting
for the rest of the day and that is the one you want to take home.  Baked, fried, hot or cold they are the best. Those
fish that look like a Pompano are Palometa, food value is excellent but small.
             Lots of big Trout from Nettles Island north, swimming baits are getting the attention.  Big fish are fun to
catch but low on the food value.   Small Trout are the ones to keep and it seems they are every where but early
is the time or fish the shaded water.  Under the docks or any where the trees cast a shadow, slow your receive
to a crawl.  Inlet has been the home of big Tarpon on the north side and the Snook to the south again lots of big
fish, no special time just lots of moving water.  Plenty of Snapper from many locations, that pier across the street
from the House of Refuge has been a great location but any bridge has been busy.  Still nothing on Triple Tail and
I know they are there.  Drift up to the channel makers and watch, they love the sun.   Snook has been busy after sun
down, with all the light lines from the bridge and perfect water temps it is hard to miss.   Fish a bait you can feel hit
the bottom moving it slowly and the only problem will be the slot.  Keep in mind they feed into the current.   Some
Reds on the west side just not as many Trout but they are in the mix.
            Dolphin are deep, 500’ and deeper, lots of Dolphin on clumps of weeds.  Not to say they are not up closer
but if Dolphin is your target fish deep.  Good mix of Sails in the area but deep is Dolphin.  Nice King fish bite in
60/80’ on trolled and live baits and lots of small dolphin so I guess it depends on the angler.  Bottom bite has
been very busy Mangroves, Muttons  and AJ’s has kept anglers busy with Sardines being the favored baits and
squid a close second.  I know 500’ is deep but I also know you will be back, have a great week..........Henry

fishing 9/13/15

               Dolphin, Dolphin and more but all were deep.  it may have been 600’ or 800’ but anglers were fishing deep.
We talked with anglers that put them in the boat and those that were still out looking all I can say is were you looking
in the same areas.  Anglers were looking at weed lines and seeing bait and that is where they started.  This was the time
for live baits and then you could  cut up the sardines and feed them. These fish are holding on the grass lines and little
patience will get them.    Looking in that 60/80’ that is the time to troll, plenty of big Kings and the Wahoo will surprise you,
run a bait deep and you will bend a rod.  Plenty of small Dolphin to play with, do us both a favor and release them as quickly
as possible, let them grow to a reasonable size.   Muttons and  Mangroves a plenty from 40’ using sardines.  Pick a reef and
get a bait down, preferred  an anchor but drifting will get plenty.  Sail fish are every where from shallow to deep and they like
a trolled bait, release quickly, cut the leader and I will buy the hook..
             Surf is busy with baits, lots d baits.  Water is warm so the Snook and Tarpon are here to test your equipment and you.
You can see the fish rolling, best time is early before sun up, when you seen the bait jumping you will know where to fish.
Been a lot of fish at the beach, Whiting, Croaker and a few  Pompano with Spanish Macs to keep busy and to take home.
All make excellent table fare especially the Whiting.
            Low light, early or late if it numbers is the target be there early.   Top water in the skinny water, some thing make a
little noise, chugggers or rattlers give the fish something to hold their attention.  After sun up look to fish deeper water or
shaded water,  slow down you retrieve.   On the north side of Nettles Island start up close and as the sun rises fish the deeper
water plenty of Trout with a mix of Reds and a few Flounder to keep busy.  That west side has been the Reds location with a
good mix of Trout but early is most important.   So where are the Snook, pick a bridge any where the water is moving, they are
feeding face into the current.   Jigs have toped the list, red tail hawks casted up into the current let it touch bottom and now is the
time to lift it lightly and let the current do the work.  Tarpon, plenty in the morning but they are to much work this old man, serious
tackle testers. A long catch list this week with all the reasons  I should have went this week but slept in but I will catch up
this week.I hope..........................................................HENRY

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