Got shrimp? Bring 5 or 6 dozen and a chum bag and I will show you the makings of a fish fry! Nearshore action has been great. Water temps have been staying around 68-72°F for the past week and the wind has been manageable to spend the days a few miles into the Gulf. In anywhere from 24-40 ft of water, you will find many species of snapper, grunts, sheepshead, other reef fish and a few grouper that are more than willing to bite! You want to get out there and fish those nearshore structures on both incoming and outgoing rides; I prefer incoming lately. Use 1/4 and 1/8 oz jigs with shrimp or a knocker rig and a 2/0 hook. Remember the clearer the water, the lighter the leader you may have to use. Getting the chum flowing behind the boat will keep the fish's attention. Don't be surprised to see barracuda or even amber jack checking out your supper as you bring them in the boat! This is a great way to get kids fishing and take the family out for a day. Enjoy the weather and be safe!
Capt. Randy Hutto
Florida Native Fishing Charter