Fishing was Hot on Pier 60 in June. That’s when we get into our summer stride. With some early-June days offering squalls and cooler temperatures, which kept water temperatures in the mid-80’s for much of the month. As temperatures climb beyond 87 or so, it hurts the fishing.
We had plenty of Snook action this month, with the line-siders fought, caught, and released both mornings, evening, and late-nite. Snook were biting live shrimp, small minnows, LadyFish, and even cut baits. We should see the bite stay hot as the fish are post-spawn, and hungry to replenish and renew their reserves. Snook season is slated to open Sept. 1st.
Spanish Mackerel were seen daily here, and were biting both live baits fished under a float, or lures with a bit of flash- as in Got-Cha plugs or Gator spoons. Many Mackerel are taken on some of the larger Sabiki rigs we have in the tackle shop.
Crazy Jigs are weighted hooks with a teaser hook attached. You fish it by letting it flutter towards the bottom, then pulling it up sharply and allowing it to flutter down again. Something about it drives Pompano into striking it, as well as many other species, like Jack Crevalle, LadyFish, BlueFish, and even Flounder. Fishermen who tried this lure had good success here this month.
Cobia were seen with regularity, but all of the fish were undersized, and had to be released. With a 33″ to the fork minimum size, a keeper is a strong adversary, and may have been responsible for the several rods that were yanked over the side this month.
Flounder from keeper-sized 12″ up to 17″ or so were a regular catch here in June. Flounder will strike both lures and live baits, and even fresh cut fish like finger mullet or cut sardines.
White Grunt, Black SeaBass, SquirrelFish, CowFish, Scrawled FileFish, Spiny Porcupine Puffers, Atlantic SpadeFish, LadyFish, Whiting, and TriggerFish were all caught here this month.
Sheepshead were available this month, as they feed on the barnacle-encrusted pilings that support the pier. A small strong hook tipped with a piece of fresh shrimp or a small crab is key. Chum the fish into feeding, and then present your offering with as little weight as possible. The tell-tale movement of the line will be your cue to set the hook. The minimum size on Sheepshead is 12″ with a bag of 15, but we saw some whoppers over 18″ caught here in June.
Mangrove Snapper, or Mangos as they are locally known, made a good showing here in June. The Mango will feed on shrimp or cut bait, and will take a lure like the tandem grubtails, especially if tipped with a bit of fresh bait. The minimum size on the Mangrove Snapper is 10 inches, with a bag of 5. We have seen a fair number of Lane Snapper here as of late. Their habits are similar to the other snapper species. The size limit on Lane Snapper is 8″.
Spotted SeaTrout fishing was decent here, with most of the fish caught well after dark. There were daily exceptions to this, with a few keepers caught mid-morning or before sunset.
As we get further on into summer, the waters may get warm enough to curtail much of the bite during the middle of the day. We recommend fishing early in the morning and late at night. The middle of the day can get mighty hot, and the sun can toast you in a short time. Before sunset there’s usually a good feed going on, and then more so later at night, especially just before and after the tide changes. Peak water flows occur around the full moon and new moon periods. During those times fishing seems to be especially active, up to a few days either side of the full and new moon.
Pier 60 is open 24 hours all summer long. Your fishing day begins at 6 AM and goes until 6AM the following day. You can come and go, and no license is required.
Good Luck Fishing!