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John's Pass Fishing Report: Dirty Water Inshore Means Black Drum & Sheepshead

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On: Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 9:14AM | By: Captain Mark Hubbard

Jack Mastandrea, a camper with the Florida Fantasy Fishing Camp

Inshore- The inshore waters have become quite dirty due to the enormous amount of rain we have had the past three weeks. Because of the darker waters the black drum and sheepshead are the more active inshore species. The redfish also thrive in these brackish murky waters and can be found using cut bait. We love to use cut ladyfish and let them ripen in the sun before fishing. The smellier baits will help the fish find your bait in the dirty waters. The black drum love eating crabs, so in this dirty water we recommend cutting the crabs in half and let them sit in the sun before fishing, helping the scent to attract in the fish. Snook are still biting well at night and early morning on live pinfish around the structure. We're also catching them around the fish filleting tables during the day, especially when the crew is tossing in the carcasses which chum in the fish and bait.

Near shore- The near shore grouper bite has been hit or miss. Our ten-hours are averaging between fifteen to twenty-five keeper red grouper. The gags have been a bit tougher and we're averaging more like ten to fifteen of them. The mangroves are biting well too, along with yellowtail, grey snapper, hogfish, and porgies. We're getting large hogfish on either live shrimp or fresh dead shrimp using half-ounce knocker rigs with 10-20 feet of fluorocarbon leader to get them to bite. The tripletail has returned to the area, hiding under the local floating flotsam. You can catch these great eating fish by drifting by the floating trash, buoys, or grass and tossing over live shrimp or small pieces of sardines. Permits are also back in the area over large structure and can even be found tailing around these areas. We are using live pass crabs or blue crabs and sight casting to these unique fish from our private charter boat. Sharks are in the area strong and are biting well. Our private charter boat while doing shark trips is catching 7-foot tiger sharks, 8-foot hammerheads, 8-foot lemon sharks, and more!

Offshore- Our 39-hour returned from the middle grounds with a nice load of amberjack, snapper and grouper. The mangrove snapper bite was hot when we started and they bit well most of the night for us. When the sun rose the mangrove snapper bite tapered off. Amberjack were aggressive and loaded up on the large structure. We caught tons of them off a deepwater wreck and nearly limited-out in one stop. We had 26 anglers so we needed 52 jacks to limit-out and the trip ended with 48 of them in the fish boxes. The grouper bite was a bit soft on this recent 39-hour but we did get more than a dozen scamp, half-dozen red grouper and a half-dozen gag grouper. We also caught plenty of heads and tails like the porgies, vermillion, and others.

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