03 Jan 2024

When Fishing is Slow Try Targeting Snapper To Finish the Trip

When Fishing is Slow Try Targeting Snapper To Finish the Trip
Pictured here is the Guzman charter with a table of tasty snapper morsels. Fishing was slow on this particular charter but at the end we were able to bend the rod on a few nice vermilion snapper. The winter months are the best for catching these types of snappers and 200 feet of water is the target depth. We use a chicken rig which is comprised of 2 to 3 circle hooks and a lead at the bottom. We put fresh bait such as squid or cut fish on the hooks. Simply drop down into the spot. You can locate snapper on your bottom machine in around 200 feet of water and the ledge runs north and south along our coast. Lots of times you'll also catch porgy and triggerfish which are both great eating and also hang around the ledge in 200 feet. Vermilion snapper are also found around wrecks and reefs. The best way to locate the snapper schools is to troll for wahoo, sailfish and tuna in the morning but keep an eye on the bottom machine. Most of the trolling for those species is done in around 200 feet so you can find them while you're trolling.
Early in the week the wahoo bite was really on fire with the full moon but has tapered off a bit towards the end of this week.
The sword fishing offshore was epic this week has multiple boats caught swords over 200 pounds. The swordfishing should stay good for the next month as the migratory pattern pushes them right off our inlet. The best bait this week was bonito which is used with a single 10/0 stainless hook. 1700 feet of water was the best depth this week. 
Pictured here is Ellie May White with her first ever swordfish off Hillsboro Inlet. 
For an up-to-the-minute fishing report please tune in to 105.9 the Paul Castronovo Papas pilar fishing report on Fridays at 6:35 AM. You can also call the store to get set up with Bait and Tackle at RJ Boyle Studio at 954-420-5001.
Tight lines!
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