September is a great month for fishing and it’s also the end of Scallop Season. The last day to go scalloping in 2017 is September 24.
This year scallops are very plentiful and larger than they’ve been the last few years. North of Bayport, we are catching scallops in an average depth of four to six feet, depending on the tide.
Fishing is great. We have a wide variety of fish to target right now. Inshore, the red fish bite is strong on an early morning high outgoing tide. Live green backs have been the best bait for me.
Snook are in season September 1 to November 31. As a reminder, regulations state: length of twenty-eight to thirty-three inches and one catch per person per day. Snook are also found in the same areas as red fish. Target the outer points and creek mouths. A moving tide is all you need for a good snook bite. Live green backs work for the snook as well.
Near shore the trout bite is steady in ten to thirteen feet of water. Use a 1/4 to 3/8-ounce jog head with a Little Jon soft plastic in white, root beer or chartreuse colors. Bounce the jig across the bottom with a slight twitch of the rod tip.
Big mangrove snappers are all over the shallow rocks. We are quickly catching up to the limit on snappers every time we go out. The size of the snappers are twelve to twenty inches. For bait, use small green backs with a number four bait hook and fifteen-pound leader.
Spanish mackerel are mixed in along with some flounder and gag grouper.