Fish in Biscayne Bay have been showing up in large numbers. Mornings that are calm are producing large amounts of permit from 15 to 40 lbs. We’ve been chasing schools, which have, from 10 to 50 fish in them. Some mornings they are spookier than others. Last week Steve Shelley, of Homestead, FL caught 2 nice permit, one 20# and the other 25#. The bait of choice is that beautiful silver dollar crab that the permit can’t refuse.
The smaller bones 8 to 10 lbs have a little more to their school. The slimy bones are fast moving and sometimes are not ready to eat.
This past Sunday, May 30th we chased over 300 reds but caught only 5. Schools up to 100 fish are not uncommon. Most of these fish are ranging from 6 to 10 lbs. and some in the 15 lbs. mark. The bigger reds are singled out and not following the schools. Tarpon are rolling early in the mornings in some of the channels along with nice schools of jack crevales. I like fishing the tarpon and jacks on top water plugs as it makes for a fun morning. The snook and reds are also hitting top water plugs even at midday. We got 3 snook and 2 reds in three hours over the weekend. The snook average 8 lbs. and one redfish being 10#.
Now we just need to watch our fast moving thunderstorms. Getting out early and getting a good day of fishing in always elevates this problem. Until next time…