Rough water and scattered severe thunderstorms have put a damper on fishing this past week. Despite the gloomy skies, some anglers kicked off their Fourth of July the most American way, catching their limit of Snapper and chasing Tarpon.
Offshore: It's still Snapper season until the 20th, so get them while you can! Kings, Vermillion, and Bonita are all biting. Inshore: Trout bite has been good either really late at night or really early morning. Redfish are back in the backwaters. Catch Flounder during low tide with soft plastics like Gulp bait or Z-man. Flounder also love Bull minnows as bait.
Surf: Break back out the Sandflea Rake, the Pompano are biting again. Catch them with a Pompano Jig rigged with Fishbites, shrimp or their favorite food Sandfleas! There are still a bunch of little sharks hanging around in the surf after sunset.
Nearshore: Tarpon Tarpon Tarpon! They're here in droves. Look for them in deeper waters and channels using a Tsunami swimbait or a Hogy swimbait. To...
Tarpon, Tarpon and more tarpon along the beaches and at the pier. Most of the tarpon on boats are caught on live baits and the ones on the pier are caught on swim baits. This is also the last week to catch red snappers this year unless the stock assessments come back good and they give us some extra days. It will close midnight Friday 20th, so go get them while you can.
Deep Drop Bottom Fishing
Swordfish bite is back on this week for daytime swordfishing. We have seen a few nice hauls of Tilefish, Snowy Grouper and Barrel Grouper.
Of course, the snapper bite is still good in depths 125-300ft, red and gag grouper in natural bottom 190-350ft. Plenty of bull Mingo snappers fishing rock bottom on reefs. Again this year there has been more Cobia caught bottom fishing in July than there was during Cobia season. Black snapper is still good if you chum.
Kings seem to have finally turned on, troll live baits, Yozuriand Rapala Lures, and Troll them with...
We are pretty much into our standard summer weather and fishing pattern right now, so that means that unless you’re offshore and fishing during the middle of the day you’re probably not catching. The water temperature affects inshore making it next to impossible the catch anything past 10 am and for those fishing the beach and the pier the heat brings the tarpon and the June grass.
If you’re looking to do more catching than fishing in the sound and bays, go early, go late or go at night. It’s not universal, but the bite slows down greatly past 11am and only picks up in the evenings once it’s cooled off. Specks, reds, black drum, black snapper, and Spanish are the most targeted species right. Spanish, specks and reds are mostly being caught in 3 to 8 feet of water on the deeper parts on the flats on the north side of the sound. The top presentation has been live croakers under a popping cork with live finger mullet coming in a close second. Black drum, redfish, and black snapper are...
Bayou Bash Tournament this Saturday. Registration begins Friday at St Joe Marina from 8am-5pm, 5pm-8pm at Dockside Tiki Deck, & Saturday morning from 5am-9am at the Marina. Categories are Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, and Mangrove Snapper. Fishing begins at first light on July 14 and weigh in starts at 4pm, all anglers must be in line to weigh no later than 6pm. Good Luck to all those fishing! -St Joe Bay- On to the fishing report for the week. Trout bite has slowed a bit in the flats. Reds are still being caught, but they're scattered. Try fishing topwater for the first few hours of the morning. If unsuccessful try a Pinfish under a poppin' cork, it's been pretty productive. Also, free-lined Pinfish works well around the grassy areas of the flats. Flounder have been caught around the marina. Drag a bull minnow on the bottom for best results. If none are available, ZMan MinnowZ& Gulp work just as well. -Cape San Blas- Shark fishing has been very...