Summer Bottom Fishing

Report Date: August 15, 2016

Wow! I just realized that it has been way too long since my last fishing report. Since then, the dolphin fishing hasn’t improved much so we’ve been focusing our efforts on some trolling and bottom fishing. The trolling has been producing a lot of bonitos and a few kingfish. Even though the bonitos aren’t good eating, they always provide a solid fight and make excellent bait for the bottom fishing. We typically spend an hour or two trolling and then move on to either drifting or anchor fishing.

On days when conditions allow, I’ve been anchoring over the reefs and near wrecks in 50’-80’ and deploying the chum. The beauty of this type of fishing is that it usually gets better and better as time passes. It is amazing to see the food chain develop right before your eyes. First you see the ballyhoo show up and later the chubs. Once the chum slick is established we’ve been floating small bonito strips back and catching yellowtails and an occasional mutton snapper or grouper. Most of the grouper and muttons are eating live or fresh ballyhoo and large bonito strips fished near the bottom. Occasionally some very large jack crevalles eat the yellowtail baits and put the tackle and anglers to the test.

The deeper wrecks in 100’-140’ have also been producing a few muttons and grouper but not as consistently as I would like. We have also been catching a few sailfish, kingfish, bonitos, and blackfin tuna while fishing these depths. A few amberjack have also been caught on spots from 170’ and deeper. We’ve caught the jacks on live bait but as we all know vertical jigs work like magic too.

Todays’ trip was rescheduled due to some inclement weather that our anglers wanted no part of. Hopefully, we’ll be out there again tomorrow trying to catch a few fish. August is usually a slow month in the charter industry but due to repeat business and referrals we’ve really haven’t slowed down yet. Hopefully, we can keep fishing and posting some more fishing reports in the near future.

Finally, I’ll be conducting another seminar on “Fall Fishing” at Miami Bass Pro Shops (Dolphin Mall) on Saturday, September 10th at 3:00 p.m. More information will be available on my website and Facebook page as it becomes available. Hope to see everyone there.

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Tight Lines,

Capt. Orlando Muniz

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