Aug - 11 trips fished of 14 booked (weather got me on some) plus I picked up a 52' Buddy Davis in North Carolina for a friend of mine and brought it back to St. Augustine, it's new home port (Get Shorty). I also ran the Widow's Mite for the NEFMA Corp Challenge this year and won it with a 2nd place Sail, 4th place wahoo, and 5th place kingfish. The fishing results for the month were: offshore - 41 kingfish,63 'cudas, 16 bonita, 28 sharks and 1 mahi // inshore - 6 reds, 32 black drum and 1 trout.
Sept. - 11 trips fished of 12 booked only 2 offshore and the rest in the ICW. The near shore (inside of 15 miles) trolling has just about gone away for the season though the striking fish are still there to be caught in 100+ feet of water (6,8 and 10 hour trips). The bottom fishing can be fantastic this time of year but most of the snapper are going to be short (15 to 19 inches). Inshore fishing has picked up dramaticly over the last two weeks. I've seen reds and trout in places I've not seen them in a couple of years as well as there normal haunts. Results for the month: offshore - 4 kings, 5 'cudas, 3 verms,11 black sea bass,4 trigger fish, 56 red snapper (mostly short) and 3 gag grouper // inshore (ICW) 51 redfish (mostly short 15-17") with fish to 26 7/8" and larger (39"), 9 trout, 26 mangrove snapper, 14 black drum and 19 flounder.
October and November fishing can be really great inshore and offshore. The sailfish and kings are in the 100 to 120 foot areas and the bottom fish are moving closer as the water cools. This is the time of year I get away from the live bait trolling and go to Bally-hoo and strip baits to cover a lot of water to find the fish concentrations. The ICW should be wide open and the water clear (baring a lot of rain).
Book a trip and lets see what you can catch.