Warm Waters = Hot Fishing

July 31, 2015 by Ryan Gill

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The waters are just about as warm as they are going to get.  Some days reaching nearly 90 degrees.  This means the fish will be constantly moving looking for cooler waters and food.  The early morning bite has been great lately with big King Mackerel being caught trolling stretch 25 plugs and slow trolling live bait.  The Mahi-Mahi are starting to show up in good numbers too.  Although many of the Mahi-Mahi are of the small peanut variety there are also some nice cows mixed in and even a Bull on occasion.  These guys are hanging out near FADs (Fish attracting Devices) as well as hovering above reefs.  Small live bait (cigar minnows) and trolling skirts are the ticket for a Mahi-sammich. 

Bottom fishing has been very sporadic.  With a new moon it should pick up, but the last lunar phase was not as productive as normal.  On one day we had 30 keepers the next we had five.  Cut squid, live and cut cigar minnows is the norm, but small pin fish and croakers can generate a good black snapper bite too. 

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