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Florida Gulf Coast Fishing Report: Friday, July 5th, 2024

Saltwater Fishing (Unsplash)
Saltwater Fishing (Unsplash)

Get ready for a busy day on the water! The Fourth of July holiday means heavy boat traffic, so be aware of your surroundings and prioritize safety.

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect:

  • Weather: Expect negative low tides due to the recent new moon. Be sure to check tide charts before heading out.
  • Offshore: The offshore bite continues to be excellent! Captains are reporting success with red snapper, mangrove snapper, vermilion snapper, lane snapper, yellowtail snapper, mahi-mahi, African pompano, sailfish, blackfin tuna, wahoo, and scattered kingfish. The productive depth range for larger fish seems to be between 120 and 150 feet. Look for weed lines with Sargassum or other flotsam for mahi.

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Here are some additional tips for a successful trip:

  • Target areas with structure: Look for reefs, wrecks, and artificial reefs where fish like to congregate.
  • Use a variety of baits: Live bait, cut bait, and jigs can all be effective depending on the target species.
  • Be patient: Fishing is not always a fast-paced activity. Take your time, enjoy the scenery, and be persistent.
  • Follow all fishing regulations: Be sure to check bag limits and size restrictions for the species you are targeting.

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