By Ryan Van Fleet

This Week’s Fishing Report

We are starting to see some big vermilion snappers in the deeper water, as well as yellow eye snappers, on the deeper rock piles from 220 to 450 feet.

Also, I’ve been hearing reports and seeing some large schools of ballyhoo along the reef line, and some sailfish. 

The black grouper fishing has been pretty good, and larger flag yellowtails are showing up along the reef. My favorite depth for fishing both species is between 75 and 100 feet of water.

The colder it gets, the better the black grouper fishing gets. And remember, black grouper season closes Jan. 1, so keep an eye out for colder days.

This Week’s Tip

Trolling Tip!—Wahoo Fishing

Don’t be afraid to troll ballyhoo or lures without wire leaders when targeting wahoo. Running long shank hooks or double hooks will keep you connected. I prefer 60-pound mono or fluorocarbon leader to No. 9 long shank hooks when trolling ballyhoo for wahoo.

Also, don’t forget to download the free Good Karma Sportfishing app. It has everything from reef weather, solar/lunar, exclusive fishing reports and more.

Massive black grouper caught with client. CONTRIBUTED

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