November Surf Report

October was an anglers dream. Just pick a species, go to the surf and catch snook, tarpon, pompano, bluefish, lady fish, mutton snappers, spanish mackeral and jacks most anywhere. The first migrations integrated with N.East Swells showered us with acres of bait. A tremendous month by anybodies standards.

Now those great weather patterns have stalled. Tropical storm Kate has achieved hurricane status and we were spared by a high pressure northern front. Kate has deflected offshore towards Bermuda. We are currently witnessing record high air temps and fishing is off. As always migratory fishing will change with colder water temps. As a result of the passing depression and the upcoming northern fronts, the rip currents shooting south bound are bringing cooler waters our way.

Due to a slow fishing month I delayed this report until activity has increased. Its Nov. 23rd and the air temps have fallen 20 degrees over night. We are in the midst of out first Northern old fashioned type gale gusty off the wall real front. Earlier in the week shore bound currents increased and water temps dropped a few degrees. Beach fishing improved remarkably.

Spanish mackeral are starting to appear in the early mornings. These fish are big. The two to three pound range. Currently the prime areas to catch them are The Coral Cove Park on Jupiter, Island and the south side of the Jupiter Inlet jetty on the beach. Arm your self with spoons, jigs and Gotcha lures and you won't have any problem catching them!

The bluefish, jacks and ladyfish are attacking everything in their south bound journey. Early mornings the same spanish mackeral locales will be stacked with bluefish. My ultimate favorite fish is of course the pompano. The silver migratory that merely travels 1200 miles to tour our backyard. They are not in large numbers but its only the beginning. the pomps are averaging 1.5 pounds and are currently biting in certain periods of the day. The oncoming full moon is influencing a 2 bite agenda. It doesn't matter what tide it is the 6:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. bite is a constant go for the next week. The second bite is currently 3 p.m. thru sunset. The best areas to fish are walkways #43 thru #50 just south of the Jupiter Reef Club, Loggerhead Park and Celestial Way in Juno Beach.

We are in a heavy surf advisory currently and to be successful you better be equipped! Spider or sputnik sinkers are a must. If that 5 ounce pyramid sinker is rolling down the coast you won't be able to catch any bottom fish. If the surf is over head high and the rip is pulling your spider sinkers out then consider the beach not likely to catch fish. Don't give up. The pier is always a good option. Shorter rods and the same surf rigs work great on the pier. In heavy seas you want to position your self outside the sand bar swell break. Pomps will run that course from the north and traverse around the T of the pier and back to the south outside the bar in rough weather. They seldom go under the pier. Cast a good distance away from the pier [like at least 100 feet] . Make sure you don't just sit your rod on the pier rail and fish another rod for macks or blues. Stay dedicated and focused on trying to catch pompano. Use the blanched fleas and or frozen clams as your bait. This is the time of the year that 10 to 20 pound jack crevalles and permits are in the mix. So holding the rod is the safe way to fish. When you get a bite on a pompano rig there is no need to set the hook. Just reel in and please keep the line tight. The circle and or kahle hooks will do their job.

We have so many options coming up as the season begins. Plus, plus, the croakers and tasty whiting are mixed with the pomps. To me a whiting is the best plus in the ocean! Don't forget to try Fish Bites as that special added attractor when the bite is slow. When the current rips off your usual bait your fishing on credit. Put your sand flea on and then hook on a 1 inch strip of scented fish bites. Which scent you ask? Well its best to buy several bags of scents and colors and become the best fisherman you can possibly be. If your ready and you will catch fish. Tis the season!

Tight Lines' Pompano Rich

"The Rise of Kingfish"
By George Lott

In late summer when the bait is just starting to go north, we have a kingfish run here in south Florida. My father told me that in the past years this run hasn't been as good as it was 15 to 25 years ago do to the netting that went on in the 80's and early 90's. Since then netting has been banned in Florida and the kingfish population is on the rise.

This year and last year I haven't noticed many big kingfish in the 50lb range, but what I have noticed is that there are tons of king mackerel in the 5 to 20lb.range. Although I have heard about the occasional "Smoker" this past August I heard of probably a thousand or more "snakes" caught. Almost anyone that I talked to that went fishing out in the ocean this pat summer, was catching kingfish on anything from jigs, live and dead bait, and event trolled lures. This summer I caught about a half dozen on trolled ballyhoo and live bait like greenies, goggle-eyes, sardines, and menhaden
The kingfish tend to congregate around drop offs and wrecks in any where from about 20 to 125ft. of water. They tend to live in schools, although the 40 to 55lb. smokers have been said to swim in pairs. They feed on anything from squid to large baitfish such as goggle-eyes and blue runners.

There is an arsenal of angling methods used to catch these fish. The way I like to use most is live chumming, because it is more hands on and sometimes is known to catch more fish. Another method that I have used while fishing with my dad is slow trolling a big bait like a blue runner out of and outrigger. This sometimes results in a bigger fish. This is how I caught my biggest fish. You can also fish off of a pier. Nice sized kingfish are known to come right in by the pier and feed on the baits that are at the pier for safety.

You can use lots of different kinds of tackle when fishing for kingfish. You can use light tackle in the 12 to 20lb. range. I prefer to use a 20 to 30lb. rod Lott Bros custom rod with a shimano TLD 15, spooled with 475 yds of 20lb. test line. I also use a G-Loomis 15 to 25lb. rod with the same reel. Kingfish can also be caught on standup gear. I suggest using anything in the 15 to 40lb. range, just in case you hook into a "Smoker."

This is one of the most fun fish to fish for in my area during the summer. I would recommend this to anyone young or old. HAPPY FISHING. <*)))><

Summertime Speedsters
By Mike Beebe

As the heat of September continues to cook, so does the South Florida Wahoo season. Although Wahoo are caught year-round, the most numbers and the largest fish are targeted from June through September. Wahoo are a member of the pelagic family of fish. They are super fast swinmmers, strong fighters, and great to eat no matter how you cook them. With the exception of some billfish, Wahoo are one of the only fish to have a single species tournament, such as The Bahamas Wahoo Championship.

Key factors such as bait supply along our coast (i.e large schools of bonito and flying fish), and water temperatures in the 80+ degree mark attract fish. Another key factor is a good north current, which is usually present in the summer, along with a full moon.

As the dolphin bite slows down, offshore fisherman look for an alternate plan. Surface rigs give way to sub surface fishing with downriggers, planers, and the ever-popular wire-line. Techniques change, such as trolling speed, depth, and time, which all vary from angler to angler. Highspeed artificial lures do well when trolled at 10 knots or above, and large well-rigged natural baits such as split-tail mullet, bonito strips, or horse ballyhoo trolled between 5 and 9 knots seem to be the most productive. Wahoo will hit a variety of bait at various speeds, but the most important factor is well-presented or good swimming bait. If it doesn't look good to you, Wahoo probably won't like it either.

A Wahoo's mouth is a cutting machine. The hinge of the mouth passes its serrated teeth and depending on the size, the scissor like action can sever a full size bonito in half in one quick bit. Wire leader is a must for Wahoo fishing, with number 9 being the preferred size, or 175 lb cable when using lures.

Since Wahoo are known for long, lightning fast runs, line capacity and smooth drags are most important when choosing your tackle. 4/0 sized reels with 40lb monofilament will handle most situations just fine, however most serious Wahoo fisherman choose 6/0 or 50lb class outfits for either surface or subsurface baits.

Wahoo are pack feeders, and on any day, with good conditions, more than one bite can occur in single area. A GPS waypoint or certain depth and landmarks allow one to work a productive area. Telltale signs of fish such as active baitfish (i.e. bonito or flying fish) and good clean water make for a good place to start.

A good amout of Wahoo seem and caught have cut a hooked bonito in half and then returned for the other piece. Most of the fish that do this are over 50 lbs. Last summer, I I weighed a Wahoo for another angler with a similar story tipping the scale at 72 lbs.

Working at Lott Brothers tackle shop in North Palm Beach, I can definitely tell you the Wahoo holds the most burnt drag, burned thumb, lure crushing, line breaking, reel spooling, one that got away stories than any other fish.




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