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  1. With September being here we can finally begin to think about cooler weather headed our way soon. As the water cools down, we will be targeting the pelagic coming back south for the winter. For this month, our main target will be Amberjack, since they are open in federal waters and Grouper (both Red and Gag). When targeting your red grouper, look for hard bottom with a decent bait show. You’ll be able to find your Gags and Aj’s on high relief ledges and wrecks. Its pretty easy to mark your Aj’s once you cross your structure. Most of the time they are the fish hanging high in a big group. The trip I want to tell you about this month was my last day of Red snapper season. On the last day of Red Snapper season, I had an 10- hour charter booked with 5 anglers. At the last minute, I had 3 of the guests cancel but I decided to run it anyway and ended up with one heck of a trip! The first spot we landed on had lanes, vermilions, and some decent sized Grouper coming up. After a steady bite, the water suddenly came alive and we had a nice school of peanut mahi show up. We were able to pick off a few before they moved on. We then moved a little deeper and started red snapper fishing. All the sudden, we had something hit a bottom rod, made some wild screams and then broke us off. Shortly after, the fish came up and we got to see 8-10’ tiger shark circling us for about 20 minutes or so. My charter guest thought twice about jumping into the water for a swim after seeing that monster of a shark! Eventually we got our fill of snapper and a few more red grouper, we decided to ride over to a spring hoping for some yellowtail snapper. Once we anchored up and had a nice chum slick going, the Barracudas decided to show up. We started dropping baits back to get down to the snapper but cuda’s weren’t having. Every bait we dropped got slammed and quickly broken off with their sharp teeth. We switched gears a rigged up some wire and let them put on a show! It seemed like they would eat the bait before it would even hit the water. We wrestled a few and made our way back to the dock. We ended up having a heck of a time out there so think twice before you cancel that trip, it may be one you don’t want to miss! Captain Philip Watson Anna Maria Island Offshore Fishing http://www.justfishfl.com
  2. August is just Plain Hot! Perfect for half and ¾ day runs to beat the heat and beat the storms. Most of our trips this time of year are 6 or 8 hours which allow us bottom fish for a few hours for your snapper and grouper species and finish off with amberjacks since the opener is August 1. Recently we had the Shelton crew aboard The Just Kickin Back, for a Half Day 6 Hour. Plan was to meet at the dock at 8 and push out. The crew being on vacation from Tennessee wanted some meat to take home and to get something pulling some drag. We started the trip in 40’ catching bait this time of the year is easy mark them on shallow hard bottom and use a sabiki rig tipped with squid . Second Stop was 75’ fishing hard bottom. With the crew Using Florida Fishing Products Osprey 4000 reels using a knocker rig with one ounce weight, 25lb test fluorocarbon and a #2 circle, Were pulling up Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Key West Grunts and Porgys faster than I could keep Up. After a solid box we moved off a little deeper to some hard bottom in 80’ looking for some grouper, Seemed that day every Red Grouper was 19 7/8” but we managed to pull and few keepers out along with some more snapper. Since the chores were done and we had meat for the freezer, we moved to a set of ledges in 85’ that hold some smaller Aj’s in the 30-45” range. Once we anchored and started chumming live white bait behind the boat. It didn’t take long at all for the Aj’s to surface and pop at baits on the surface. When setting up to fish like this I like using my 8’ star rods matched with Fin Nor 7500 Offshore Series rods Spooled with braid. Tie the knot of your choice from braid to 40-60lb fluorocarbon ending with a ½ oz jig head. I don’t really care about the weight as much as I care about the hook Strength as you never really know whats going to eat your bait in the chum, be prepared for a cobia, grouper, or tuna. Free line a live pinfish down into the school of jacks and hold on! They wont pass up a pinfish most days. Federal Amberjack Season is a Tricky one never knowing when they will open or close the season. Seems like its something they are still trying to figure out. Book sooner than later is you want to get out and catch some of these fish for the grill. Just Kickin’ Back Charters/ Captain Philip Watson, Offshore Fishing Charter Anna Maria Island Florida 941-226-1100 www.facebook.com/justfishfl http://www.justfishfl.com
  3. This time of the year mackerel go nuts off the coast. My favorite is live chumming these fish. Find some structure, it can be a bridge, wreck, or ledge. Anchor up and start chumming. Take your greenbacks and crush their backs, two to three at a time, and toss them behind the boat. Tackle wise I like to start off with 40lb flouro and a long shank hook. Once they get fired up I will switch it up to wire so we don't loose as many hooks. This time of year it is easy to get limits along Anna Maria Island. Captain Philip Watson Just Kickin Back Charters
  4. This tIme of the year the Snapper are in Full Force west of Anna Maria Island, Florida. Target Ledges, Rocks, Wrecks, or any large structure from 45' to 150' they are everywhere. I like to use 10-15' of 20lb flourocarbon while free-lining jig heads. The deeper i go i will beef up my leader. For Mangroves Snapper i like to chum heavy and use chunks of thread fins, sardines, Live white bait, and pinfish. Yellowtails will eat most chunk baits but free-lining live shrimp will really fire the bite up. YellowTails are holding on most artificial and wreck structures with high relief. Lanes and Red Snapper, Target Hard bottom using any bait really. I wold love to share more of my knowledge on these fish if anybody has any questions. Captain Philip Watson Just Kickin Back Charters
  5. I'm Captain Philip Watson, I Charter and Commercial fish out of Anna Maria Island Florida. I came to forums like these when I first started fishing and would like to start giving back some knowledge I have acquired over the last years. I'm mainly Offshore. I will be posting some helpful rigging and bait tips once or twice a month. If anybody would like specific advice on gulf coast species I would be glad to help out. Captain Philip Watson Just Kickin Back Charters
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