Fall Bite is ON
Jesse, of Ocean Stinger Fishing Charters, reports that spanish mackerel and false albacore are still hanging out a few miles off the beach, and both of these fish can be targeted by casting small metal jigs on a 20-30 lb. fluorocarbon leader. Trolling is producing the best spanish bite using #1 Clarkspoons behind #1 planer rigs. Look for diving birds and bait marking on top of structure to find the majority of the fish.
The king bite has been heating up, and anglers should fish live bait or slow trolled dead cigar minnows to find fish in the 10-20 lb. range. The bigger kings have fallen for larger baits such as Drone spoons on #2 planers with 30’ leaders. Anglers can expect to also hook a stray mahi while trolling in the same area.
The bite in the Gulf Stream has been solid, with the blackfin tuna bite being the best. Expect wahoo mixed in. Look for the tuna along temperature breaks, ledges, and around bait. Most bites are coming on skirted ballyhoo, like Fathom rigs in black/purple or blue/black, though matching the rig color to the water color will produce the best results.
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