Friday, December 3, 2021

Bottom Fishing in Florida? Here Are Some Tips

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With calm seas and warmer water this time of year, time can be spent out in the Gulf of Mexico targeting other species than out typical inshore fish that we target most of the year.  

Whether you are a hobbyist angler or more experienced, you are probably looking for as many tips and as much info as possible as you plan your next Florida fishing trip. Well, in this issue we will go over the art of bottom fishing and fill you in on some tips on how to find more success on your next outing. 

What Is Bottom Fishing? 

Bottom fishing involves lowering a weighted hook or lure to the bottom of the water column. It sounds like a simple process, right? Well, there is much more to it, and if you aren’t careful it can become truly addicting the more you practice.  

Bottom fishing is a good way to catch the fish that are found closer to the seafloor. Your line is going to be led by a heavy lead sinker, followed by bait and the hook. Avoid using any more weight for bottom fishing than what is absolutely necessary.  

You just want to be able to get your bait to the bottom of the intended depth. Extra weight can make it harder for you to feel the bite of the fish, and it becomes more difficult to cast your line. When bottom fishing, you are more likely to find red snapper and grouper.  

Using Artificial or Natural Bait 

When you are trying to attract bottom feeders, you want to use natural bait because this is what these fish are more attracted to. Live bait such as pinfish, pilchards or threadfin hearing plays a big role in fishing. If live bait is not an option for you, then frozen bait can be quite productive also. Frozen baits such as shrimp, squid, octopus or even frozen whole mullet.   

Avoid Over-Jigging 

When you spend too much time jigging your bait, you might be doing more harm than good. You want to avoid lifting your bait off the seafloor for any amount of time. It may help on occasion, but you may find more success when you just leave it be and stop adding action. 

Not sure where to go bottom fishing in Florida? It never hurts to talk with the locals and even charter a boat to find the absolute best fishing spots possible for your next outing.  

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day on the waterWe can be reached at 239-571-1756 or 

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