-St Joe Bay-
With water temps in the 80's in the bay, the bite is tough. Fish early morning on the flats for Trout and Reds in 2-4 ft of water. Live Pinfish under a poppin' cork with 16"/20" of leader and a 2/0 circle hook is the way to go. Fish while the tide is moving for best results.
As the sun and temps get higher, move into the deeper grassy areas and channels. Here I'd fish on the bottom, I use a 1/2 oz egg sinker, about a foot of leader with a 2/0 circle hook. Work the deeper channels in 4-6 ft of water. Most of the bigger fish will hang just off those ledge's and ambush smaller fish as they swim by.
Flounder have been caught using live bull minnows dragging them on the bottom. The canal in MB, under the bridge in PSJ, or the PSJ Marina would all be good spots to try!
-Cape San Blas-
Not much has changed from last week's report. Shark fishing at night is still consistent. Most anglers are using fish heads and Sting Ray for bait and kayaking their baits out past the surf.
A few Pompano and Whiting have also been caught. Live sand fleas and fresh dead shrimp are your best bait for the day beach fishing. Don't be surprised if you catch 20/30 catfish right now too. Careful when removing the hook from the pesky fish. A poke from one of these suckers will leave ya in some pain.
Finishing up Red Snapper season this weekend! Most anglers are trying to get out one last time before the season ends. Some bigger sows still being caught in 80'+ of water. Still seeing plenty of Mangrove Snapper making their way to the boxes as well. Gags, Red Grouper, and Scamp are also still being caught in good numbers.
***A few Tournaments in the coming weeks. First up is the Offshore Classic out of Mexico Beach, July 27 & 28. You can register at the Mexico Beach Marina. The following weekend (Aug 4 & 5) is the 15th Annual Kingfish Shootout out of Carrabelle. Details for that tournament can be found at c-quartersmarina.com/shootout.
-St Joe Bay-