With September arriving so does a hurricane.    Vicious storm, the impact over here will be interesting.   My guess, not severe.   The east coast, around the center of the storm it could be bad.  This will not be the last one.   We are into peak time.   It is just simply that time of year.  

Other areas of the state, snook are “open” to harvest.

Think about imposing your own “no kill” policy and try to incorporate some other practices.   If you catch a snook:  don’t take it out of the water for eight minutes taking pictures.    Don’t “get a weight” of the fish.    Enjoy the species if you cross paths, but take extra steps to make sure those fish remain in the living population.  As the late Captain Mel used to say “The fish are our partners.”   We both believed that and the snook can really use our help right now.  

Pompano, stale in 2019.   We had five good days about a month ago.   The only good days.   Attempts, other areas, just haven’t worked into anything.  Reports of pompano on the east side of the Bay.    They move.  Another report, I tried it there and only got one.   Just an off year overall. 

If you try it:  The Silly Willy in yellow and a pink teaser, loop-knotted together.   This outfit bounced on the bottom catches pompano better than anything else out there.      There are opportunities, just not the really good opportunities like we had the past two years.  

Trout:  Nothing spectacular but they can be caught.   Trout are going to get a lot better as time passes and we get to “fall”.    Closed to harvest it will be interesting what happens with trout over the next ten months.  

The best action?   Baby grouper.   “Grass grouper” are available every year at around this time.   Not big, they hit lures hard and are fun to battle.  

Call to book a trip if you want to get in on the fun. 

As always: Be careful out there!

Neil Taylor
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