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RED Hot August Fishing Report


Many anglers have been on the search for Snook and Redfish. Never heard of them? They are a common saltwater species and a popular inshore catch in Florida waters. These fish are a tough fight on light tackle. You can increase your hook ups by appealing to their senses. Snook are an opportunistic feeder, chasing down your pinfish or lure.

While redfish (red drum) feed similar to a carp, as they are in the drum family. They enjoy crustaceans ( shrimp and crab ) as well as cut and live bait. During my charters we use a little bit of everything, until we see what they are eating that day.

I've been working with Penn Fishing to product test some up coming reels!

Ladies aboard have enjoyed fishing with the Penn Passion Combo for the last month. Don't let the pink color fool you.

These reels have a full metal body, 5+1 sealed stainless steel ball bearing system,

HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers and stand up to some tough fish!

Sizes range from 2500 - 5000.

Look for them online in stores Fall 2017.

Nearshore the snapper bite has been very productive. Mangrove, lane and vermillion are the most common species. Depending on water clarity you can get these fish so charged up they will come up to the surface in your chum slick by the hundreds. I use a chum called "snapper up" for this exact reason. Chumming them to the surface increases your chances to get your fish to the boat. Snapper are notorious for breaking you off in reef structure once hooked. A delicious catch to bring back to the dock. Fish them on live bait or artificial. Other fun summer nearshore catches biting this week are spanish mackerel and barracuda.

Last but not least the Goliath Grouper! We fish this species year round but find they are most active during summer months as they enter their spawning season. Dan ( pictured ) had a blast nearshore hooking into his first reef monster. These gentle giants are a fun catch for any angler who wants to feel a serious PULL! Talk about heavy line, I use 600lb Bullbuster Line to catch these.

Contact me today to set up your fishing charter.

#Snook #redfish #pennpassion #pennfishing #GoliathGrouper #Snapper

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Captain Andrew Herzog
USCG Licensed & Insured 
6499 Gasparilla Road  Boca Grande, Florida
BigBullyEnterprises@Gmail.com   941-661-0304
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