Happy Fishing! Here is this week’s Big Bend fishing report

APALACHEE BAY

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!

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