The Livelier The Bait, The Better The Bite

Offshore fishing report

Brad Durham is holding up a very nice scamp grouper, which he caught while plain old bottom fishing with a live cigar minnow! Photo By Captain Judy Helmey
Brad Durham is holding up a very nice scamp grouper, which he caught while plain old bottom fishing with a live cigar minnow! Photo By Captain Judy Helmey

Trolling options near shore. Ocean menhaden have arrived and can be caught while you cast your net around beachfronts and as far out as three miles into the ocean. The secret to finding pogies (also known as menhaden) is to keep an eye to the sky for diving pelicans. Menhaden are called “Pelican candy!” This is the one bait that works when used live or dead. It also works when used as chum, meaning cut up or smashed up.

For using live menhaden as bait, I suggest light tackle rigs made with stinger hooks fished around the beach and the shipping channels. Big kings are known for migrating into these areas during the month of August. Steep drops such as those located in shipping channels (Savannah River Channel) hold lots of bait standing opportunities, and slow trolling in these areas usually yields big king mackerel bites. If you see Spanish mackerel on the surface it’s very likely that large kings are holding in the outskirts. Another good baiting option is to catch Spanish mackerel, rig it up quick, and let it swim.

 

 

Capt. Judy Helmey
Captain Judy Helmey of Miss Judy Charters provides inshore light tackle, fly fishing opportunities, offshore bottom and trolling, and Gulf Stream fishing. Please feel free to contact her by phone 1 912 897 4921, by email [email protected] Her site missjudycharters.com features over 30,000 fish catching pictures!