• Posted by Nick Honachefsky
  • On February 26, 2018
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Both the East and West coasts of Florida have some solid piers to fish from, mainly around inlet areas, all of which provide fantastic spots to launch a line not only for dinky species, but for some big time battles as well.

Last week, I hit South Beach Miami, and having had enough with multiple happy hours, I walked down Ocean Drive to the South Pointe Pier to toss a line. Knowing I wanted to start off with some simple tugs on the line, I set up with a basic egg slider rig with a 2-ounce sinker on the braided running line, a 75-pound Spro barrel swivel, then 24-inch length of 30-pound Seaguar Fluorocarbon to which a small size #4 Owner Octopus hook was tied via improved clinch knot.

For bait, I lanced on some slices of blue runner as well as squid tentacles. I cast into Government Cut and was immediately whacked by a bunch of parrotfish, scorpionfish, pufferfish, grunts and mangrove snappers, which were fun enough to get the groove flowing. My friend Austin Perilli joined me and tied on a ½-ounce Kalin’s leadhead tipped with a chartreuse Berkley Gulp! Jerk Shad, dropping it right down next to the bridge piling. After a few jigs, he got hit big time and was buckled down with a good 10 minute fight which took him out with the tide and back again, but ultimately snapped the 30-pound braided line on what was most likely a 25-pound class permit according to the locals who have seen it all.

On that pier, a bullet cast with a Williamson Gomoku jig swiftly reeled back could get you into Spanish mackerel, jack crevalles and barracuda. Pier sharpies will take small grunts and set them out on a liveline rig back into the Cut in order to tempt a hit from a tarpon, grouper or wandering snook. Night time anglers from the pier will drift live shrimp baits out on floats to intercept rolling schools of 30 to 100-pound class tarpon, which are barely ever landed, but fun enough to see jumping out of the water.

The main idea is that whenever you are traveling, search out the closest pier or causeway bridge as most times they will be fish magnets that not only will get your quick fix of rat-a-tat hits from smaller species, but hold the possibility of scoring with a trophy fish on your vacation as well.

Suggested Gear


Gulp! Jerk Shad

The Gulp! Saltwater Jerk Shad looks and swims like it is alive. This Gulp! product is 100% biodegradable and made of all natural ingredients. Berkley has developed this new lab-tested and field-proven saltwater formula for the inshore angler.



Power Swivels

These amazing swivels are made of high-grade stainless steel with a gunmetal black finish. They offer super smooth rotation and unbelievable strength and durability. SPRO Power Swivels are 1.5 times stronger than standard barrel swivels.



Egg Sinkers

Egg Sinkers are typically football shaped weights that can be used for an array of applications, from Carolina rigging for largemouth bass to rigging ballyhoo for white marlin, sailfish, tuna, and more. Available from TackleDirect ranging from 1/4oz to 12oz.



Ultimate Jigheads

Made with the highest quality Mustad hooks with black nickel finish. This allows this lure to be resistant to corrosion. The Uncle Josh Kalin Ultimate Jigheads are equipped with perfect balance which makes for the ultimate horizontal fall.



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