A meta-analysis of the effects of bottom fishing
revealed that less than one-half of the studies addressing this topic examined the long-term recovery of the benthic community (Collie et al.
Exciting day trip options include Coron Island Tour, Calauit Safari, Bottom Fishing
and Island Hopping.
We didn't add a live bait up high--kingfish being notably scarce at the time of year we fished--but in the Gulf it's common to fish a nose-hooked sardine, pinfish or other bait on a flatline with a trace of wire leader while you're bottom fishing
If the current allows, the farther offshore you concentrate your bottom fishing
the bigger your fish will be.
Offshore bottom fishing
is as good as it gets, and the pelagic species like wahoo, mahi and billfish are beginning to show.
Note: Circle hooks are required when bottom fishing
for reef species with natural bait in the Gulf of Mexico.
These fish will often swim up behind the boat when bottom fishing
, so having a jig or live bait ready is a good idea.
Some of the options might not sound appealing to fishermen--but neither does the BIG OPTION, which could take the form of complete closure of all bottom fishing
off Northeast Florida (this was seriously considered in 2011).
JC Carlson with his 53-pound cobia he caught bottom fishing
off Marathon with his dad Jack Carlson.
The bottom fishing
is as good as it gets and most people will be fishing for snapper.
Moreover, the fish demonstrates a point Jason had been making: That sitting tight on a bottom fishing
spot can sometimes be more productive than bouncing from place to place.
I will then go anchor and start bottom fishing
for snapper and grouper.