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  1. aquaticbiology

    aquaticbiology fishlips

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    in case y'all haven't seen this:


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    Destin Monthly Fishing Report:


    Report for 09/01/2006

    Surf Fishing

    Pompano will be making a comeback this month; there will be nice sized fish as well as lots of throwbacks. You need to keep in mind that the pompano did there summer spawn about 10 to 12 weeks ago and there are a lot of juvenile pompano and that the limits have changed to keeper size being 11 inches now form nose to fork of tail. Surely if you pompano fish you will catch some of the juveniles, just make sure you release these fish unharmed so they can grow larger and have a chance to reproduce themselves. There will still be good shark action in the evenings and some nice sized blue fish. Oh yeah and the small jack cravelle should be showing up in real good numbers if you want to have some fun on light tackle or a fly rod.

    Pier Fishing

    We should see a increase in the numbers of kings from the pier this month mostly in the afternoons. Also when we go on the new moon and especially the full moon this month there will be good chances of a few blackfin tuna from the pier. Spanish will be the mainstay of action on the pier, they like bubble rigs with colored straws, Yozuri Crystal Vibes and Seastriker gotchas and Jigfish. Sometime this month I would also expect there to be some flounder action mostly in the later afternoon and on tide changes

    Jetty Fishing

    Large to medium redfish attack the jetties on both tide changes. This is a excellent opportunity to get them on a fly rod with a sinking line and either a crab or spoon pattern fly. Carry plenty of flies as the reds are large and can easily break you off in the rocks and the Spanish mackerel and blues also take the same flies and will cut them off. I would use a 30lb shock leader but this wont stop the Spanish from cutting off you fly but does keep the reds on longer. Black snapper will be good on live shrimp fished close to the rocks. If you want to spin fish for the reds the Seastriker Jigfish, Yozuri Crystal Vibes and Rattle traps produce quality action.

    Bottom Fishing

    Snapper will move a lot this month looking for better supplies of food and cooler water temps. I find September to be a good time to find the red snapper and red grouper on the shallower reefs and wrecks to the east south east of Destin. Places like the Grayton reef and Seagrove rock near shore or the hard rock bottoms to the east. Amberjack will hang out on the larger metal man made reefs just off the edge. A good supple of live hardtails and live threadfin herring are a must of the quality bites. Grouper have moved to the deepwater looking for better food and water temperature. They are in mostly 180-350 foot depths. The current can be very strong this time of year and sometimes you will find that more than the usual 1oz for every 10ft of water depth of lead is required to hold the bottom while grouper fishing. Also with the fish being so deep a electric reel sure make life so much more enjoyable in the summer heat.

    Trolling

    Slow trolling for kings and Blackfin tuna in or near the southeast rocks, broken bottom and pier rubble can produce some wonderful summer action if you really want some of the action from these near shore blackfin tuna you are going to have to sacrifice some hooks and a few kings. As we all know for kings a wire leader is a must but for blackfin tune this doesn?t work well. You need a 3-4 foot 40lb fluorocarbon leader and a live bait slow trolled either on the surface or on a downrigger. The best action is the first hour of daylight and the last two hours of daylight when visibility for the tuna is at a minimum. You will lose some hooks to the kings fishing this way but the end result is worth while if you get a blackfin and not have to go more than a few miles from shore.

    Offshore Fishing

    Well this is the month to pile up some numbers on marlin especially white marlin is you have the patience to hook them up. White marlin take over the area from the nipple across the flats and out to the squiggles and over to the spur. The white marlin get thick at times but can be very difficult to hook even though some days you might get 6-12 chances a day. If you want to improve your hook up percentage try the Central American sailfish trick of using circle hooks. Rig a naked medium ballyhoo and run on your riggers with a very light rubber band. Also it works well to have a pitch bait ready. With the circle hook rig let the white marlin pick up the ballyhoo and run to a 10 count and then slowly push the strike lever ever so slowly pointing the rod at the fish until he jumps. Once the fish jumps or comes tight discontinue pushing the lever any farther as the fish will be hooked and ready to fight. You almost never miss one using this method.

    Bay Fishing

    Redfish are the easy targets this month around the Destin Bridge, Coast Guard jetty and Midbay Bridge. Live pinfish, spoons and trolling Rapalas work good. Many of the fish are over sized and have to go back but make great sport. It is really advised that you replace treble hooks on lures to single hooks so the fish can be released easier. The single hooks will not affect the amount of fish hooked and even in some cases increase hook ups as the lures work so much better and attract more fish this way. Large specks can be found in the evenings if you take time to get live finger mullet and pig fish for bait.



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  2. Landlocked

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    How long do you think those pomps will hang around?

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  3. Jdarg

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    You post one time today and it is about a freakin' fish. We miss you too.:roll: :razz:
     
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    pomps around till Nov. before the water temps fall below 70.
     
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    Good news! Many thanks
     
  6. redfisher

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    the jacks are already here and I think the pomp will be done early...way before the temp drop
     

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