-St Joe Bay-
Temps are still high, water temps in the mid to high 80's. Fishing early morning on the flats for Trout and Reds is the best way to start the day. I'd use a live Pinfish under a poppin' cork with 16"/20" of leader and a 2/0 circle hook. Check the tide before ya head out, I like fishing an incoming tide best.
If you insist on fishing throughout the length of the day, plan on moving to deeper sections of the bay. Use a bottom rig at this point. Most likely those bigger fish are gonna stay closer to the bottom as the water and air temps rise. Try using a 1/2 oz egg weight with a 2/0 circle hook and about 14" of leader.
Flounder have been caught using live bull minnows. Drag your bait along the bottom. Early morning or late afternoon/evening will be your most productive times.
-Cape San Blas-
Catfish is this week's main beach catch. Tons of these pesky sucker's have been caught off the beaches. Unfortunately, right now not a lot is happening off the beaches unless you're into shark fishing.
Night shark fishing is still productive. Most anglers are having success with Bonita and Sting Rays. Kayak your bait out a few hundred yards for best results.
Well hopefully everyone got their fill of Red Snapper! Grouper is still open. AJ's and Trigger open back up Aug 1. Plenty of Kings, Spanish and Mahi are being caught around the buoy line and some of the wrecks. Flatlining cigar minnows has been working pretty good for some bigger Kings. Trolling is always good to cover a lot of water, but it's important to make sure your baits are swimming correctly. If your bait is helicoptering behind the boat, you're just wasting fuel.
This weekend is the Offshore Classic out of Mexico Beach (27th & 28th). Weigh in each day is between 4 and 5:30 pm CST.
Until next week, good luck and fish on!
-St Joe Bay-