Inshore the usual species are being caught at the rocks and by the docks. Many captains have been catching flounder in the river on various baits. Tarpon are being caught at the rocks, and live bait works the best for them. A freelined mullet or pogy on 5/0 circle hook tends to be candy for the silver kings. People are also catching mackerel at the rocks but usually at specific times. I have spent most of the week offshore so I have more info on that side of the ocean.
Mahi have been found with ballyhoo on chugger heads in 300-450 ft of water. A white marlin was hooked and tail walked across my spread before crashing into the birdie and daisy chain I had out. I lost tension and he spit the hook. I don’t know his weight but he was easily six feet tall without the bill as he walked across water. The billfish were found a little further out. Try any normal hex shaped trolling lure for the marlin. The ballyhoo will work also. In deep water, snowy grouper were caught with squid on a circle hook, but choose squid that is thick with ink and gunk, not the washed out stuff. Any bottom rig can work for bottom fishing these grouper. Recently they were being found in about 300 feet of water. Please note you can only keep one snowy grouper per boat. If you plan on catching a bunch of these, please purchase a seaqualizer. This device brings bottom fish back down to the depths and prevents them from dying unnecesarily. Seas look to remain in the 1-2 foot range all week. Showers should hold off until maybe Friday. Winds should remain less than 10 knots. Have fun, be safe, and good luck out there.
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