Otto Hough (myhometownfishing.com) says, “In a word, scorcher! Triple digit heat indices over the past week or so, on into today, forced many an angler to start the fishing day very close to safelight to increase the odds of finding biting fish close to the hill. Once that sun climbed in the late morning sky, for all intents and purposes, the bite pretty much shutdown all week, signaling it was time to scoot to the hill to enjoy a little A/C along with a cool beverage.
Topwater, early in the day produced well in spite of the near bathtub waters in close. Water clarity for anglers sight fishing has become primo all along the coast, from Aucilla westward to Turkey Point Spit and points beyond. Those anglers running outside early in the day found the ‘endangered’ red snapper bite to be as hot as the temperature when dropping live bait in 60 to 90 feet of water. Limits of some fine 16 to 20-plus pounders came on board many boats. Very happy to report that lots of legal size tripletails are making their presence known, from the Ochlocknee on westward to St. Vincent Island. The ‘trips’ are here!
Fortunately, it appears Ma Nature is going to bring some welcome relief over the waters of the Big Bend by Saturday. Though somewhat cooler, if mid 90s are to be considered cooler temps, getting after the fish early will still enhance the chances of finding biting fish. Overnight radiational cooling tends to drop the bathtub water temps a couple of degrees before again pushing the mercury upward by late morning. It doesn’t seem like much, but that slight downturn of a couple of degrees in skinny water temps will help serve to stimulate the early morning pre-new moon trout bite. The reds aren’t quite as finicky when it comes to the water temps, but the bite has definitely been better in the morning.
Winds Friday and Saturday will primarily be moderate out of the southwest, with decrease in velocity along with a shift more out of the northwest by Sunday. Low tides along the coast happening near sunrise. That breeze out of the southwest will provide an opportunity for some good early morning drift lines during the rising morning tide into the lunchtime hour Friday and Saturday.
A couple of things for sure to remember when on the Big Pond. Stay hydrated while wearing SPF apparel along with hats and/or buffs. That summer sun is unrelenting! Skin cancer is preventable. Plus, when motoring, make a point to have all on board wear an auto-inflatable PFD. Boat wisely while adhering to all nautical rules that come along with boating. Remember, the helmsman is required to have that ‘kill switch’ lanyard attached when the big motor is whirring, plus there must be at least one throwable on the boat. Have fun enjoying all Appalachee Bay has to offer, inside and outside. Just FISH!”
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Captain Russ Knapp (850-653-5072) reports, “The weekly, who knows what it’s really going to be weather forecast looks fairly good with forecast seas 2 to 3 feet Saturday and 1 to 2 feet Sunday but a 30 to 40% chance of squalls both days. Squalls this time of year can be both fast movers and very strong so you will really need to pay attention when they start to pop up. The tides this weekend at the Cut aren’t half bad with 1.2′ lows around 6:30 AM followed by a 1.7′ high close to noon, capped off with a big fall in the afternoon to -0.2 at dusk with sunset at 8: 44 PM. As always recheck the weather before you cast off as things change fast especially this time of year and most big surprises on a boat aren’t of the good kind.”
In the bay, Capt. Dan Fortunas (850 980 0101) has been catching nice slot Redfish in the Cut fishing with both live bait and frozen finger Mullet hooked on a #2 Owners circle hook while the tide is falling. Capt. Dan also reports the Cut is being visited by some large Bull Sharks that would love to eat a Ladyfish free lined behind your boat. The flats continue to produce Speckled Trout but you need to find clean water and fish a Gulp Shrimp or DOA under a popping cork before or after the heat of the day.
Offshore, Capt. Clint Taylor (850 370 6631) says it’s all about Red Snapper with many really nice fish making their way to angler’s dinner plates. Capt. Clint reminds you that big live baits will reward you with big fish so bring the Sabiki rigs and invest a bit of time in catching good bait. The water is warm and Pelagic are here so don’t forget to put out a flat line whenever you are drifting or anchored up.
Tip of the week — keep a sharp eye out while in the Gulf and you may be lucky enough to find a Manta Ray cruising around and if you do, approach it slowly and let it come over to you. Manta Rays tend to be very curious people and if you treat them with respect they will often come right up to your boat and give you a great photo op.
Captain Pat McGriff of One More Cast guide service ([email protected]) reports, “We had some good trips last week including ten trout to 24” on Thursday with a 25” red as well for David Cooper and Adam (sorry, forgot the last name) all caught on live pinfish under Back Bay Thunders. Hardly saw a boat as it was the second day of scallop season opening. Water temps were up to 90 degrees late Thursday and Wednesday’s trip saw 89 degrees. in 4-6 feet of water and the reds were in 4.0 – 4.5 feet. Heard it was tough this week, but will have my first trip Thursday the 23rd.
Scallopers…… FLY YOUR DIVE FLAGS!!! It’s the LAW!”
Capt. Kevin Lanier of KC Sportfishing Mexico Beach, Fl (850 933 8804) reports, “Red Snapper is King in the Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe area right now. With the opener of the 2022 Recreational Red Snapper season this past Friday we are in full fishing mode here for the next 40 days.
There have been plenty of fish with limits almost every day.
It really does not matter what bait you put down; they will eat it. Sharks are already a big problem this summer. So, get your fish up and do not stop reeling
Grouper fishing has been just as good with a lot of really nice fish. Live bait is the key to these fish. Hand size Grunts or Pin Fish are your best option. Use an 8/0 to 10/0 hook for best results.
Fishing should stay hot for the next week if the weather stays good.
Make sure you stay hydrated! It has been very warm on the water the last few days. Much hotter than normal June days
Inshore fishing has been good as well with Flounder being the most sought-after prize right now.
Until next week, stay safe and go fishing.”
Capt. Paul Tire reports, “The Bass fishing on Lake Seminole has been very good the first half of June. The Topwater action has been incredible! The great topwater action will through continue July especially in the early morning and evening hours and on cloudy rainy days.
Buzzbaits and hollow belly Frogs have been very productive this month and will continue through the month of July! Buzzbaits is an effective lure to use cover water efficiencies to find the active areas that are holding Bass. Once I find a productive area holding Bass, the Frog is a great option to catch the bigger Bass.
We have had numerous customers catch their PB (personal best) this month creating some incredible memories!
The Crappie are settling into their summer time patterns and is an exciting way to introduce kids into fishing.
For a Lake Seminole Fishing Adventure for Shellcracker and/or Bass this April give me a call to check availability at 850-264-7534 , follow us on Instagram @Capt.paultyrefishing or email me at [email protected]