Capt. Patrick Smith
The summer pattern continues big spawning snook in the inlets which should end soon with the fish heading back to their normal mangroves, bridges and seawalls. Targeting snook on the beaches should be good for another month and this is a great time to catch a monster on light tackle or fly in very shallow water. Remember to handle the big girls with care, support the belly and try to keep them out of the water for as short as possible. Night fishing has been good for my clients throwing flies and artificials with a good mixture of slot and under snook and 30lb or smaller tarpon.
The weather is about as hot as it gets but the fish haven’t minded much especially early in the day. Peacock bass have been eating everything offered from shad to shiners, artificial and flies. My anglers averaged 30+ fish per trip with most action coming between 8am and 10:30 multiple peacocks over 5lbs were caught this week. In addition to the peacock bass the clownknife fish and cichlids have been cooperating well also. The largemouth bite in Lake Ida and Osbourne has been slow but there are plenty of nice fish being caught out on lake O by the anglers taking their time and slowly punching matts and fishing heavy cover.