Inshore fishing action is great. We are catching a lot of red fish and snook right now. Red fish are schooling up along the outer points and islands. Look for mullet schools; the reds are mixed in with them.
Red fish are holding in schools of 10 to 20 per school and will be more prevalent come September. Plan to fish during a moving tide. I like the incoming tide and first part of the outgoing tide. Live green backs and pin fish are my bait of choice.
Snook are holding just about anywhere along Florida’s Adventure Coast. Fish a moving tide for them as well. Live green backs are also the way to go for the snook.
We see sea trout making their way back into the shallow flats to their fall and winter home. Live bait or lures are great for trout fishing. Soft plastic little johns rigged on a 1/8-ounce jig head or a soft plastic fluke works great too.
A little farther out, at 10 to 12-foot depth, the Spanish mackerel are on the rocks along with grunts, mangrove snapper, flounder, and grouper. Anchor up-current from the rocks and set a chum bag out for the macks and mangroves or fish the bottom for grouper and grunts. Big live pin fish or green backs are working well for the grouper and cut squid is the ticket for grunts.
Scallops are still available out there in 4 to 8 feet of water. Find the pack of boats and you are in a successful area. Make sure to fly the divers down flag when in the water swimming.
The Fall season for gag grouper will start October 1 and runs through December 31. This is when we target those hard-fighting, great-eating fish daily. We do what is known as shallow water grouper digging. This is done in 6 to 14-foot depth between Aripeka and Chassahowitzka.