-St Joe Bay-
Not much new to report this week. Trout and Reds in the flats, and around some of the deeper channels as the day progresses. Flounder are still being caught around the grass beds and pot holes. Bull minnows will be your best bait. Drag it slow along the bottom for best results!
So, we get asked a whole bunch of questions in the store. One of them is "Where's a good spot to catch some trout and red fish"? Most of these anglers have no boat and are wade fisherman. There's really no good answer to this question. We don't wanna say go here and you go there and still, no fish. So here's a good general answer that will hopefully help you increase your catch rate. Generally, the fish will be hanging around grassy areas that have easy access to deeper water. Not always, but a good rule of thumb. High tide, fish move up into the flats to feed on bait fish and small crustacean's. As the tide starts to drop the fish move into deeper water, which may be in the 2' - 6' range. Knowing the tide and what the water is doing will help you have a better understanding of where the fish should be. Always keep an eye out for fish busting the water, or birds diving, usually a good indicator bait is present and so are bigger predator fish. Take multiple lures, top water plugs, a few spoons (Gold) and a poppin' cork. Walk slowly and try to make as little disturbance as you can. Vibrations or loud talking can spook fish in shallow water. Move around, fish multiple spots, and most importantly have fun! Hope some of this information will help while your fishing in St Joe Bay.
Red Snapper Season is in FULL swing! Most anglers have been catching their limit in less than an hour. Gags haven't been hard to find either, but the size everyone seems to keep seeing are between 19"-23", just under that min size limit. There has been some nicer ones come from 20+ miles Offshore.
Plenty of king fish are being caught offshore of MB. Anglers aren't having too much trouble getting their limit in just a few hours. Live bait rigs or Duster rigs
trolled around 3 & 5 knots should be the ticket!
Keep an eye out for pop up storms while out on the water. Usually you can jump around and miss them. Always keep an eye on the sky and know how long it will take you to get to safe harbor if the need arises. Until next week, good luck and fish on!