Fishing In SoWal Is Just Great!

The title is the easy answer to a whole pile of questions. The weather has been on one of the longest runs of darn near perfect I can remember - the June grass has (finally) left the beach leaving crystal emerald water and the fishin' aint shabby either!

Every Friday brings yet another opening day of snapper season and lots of boats out capturing 'em.

SoWal Fishing Paradise

Perfect weather, crystal-clear water, great fishing and we even get to eat a few snappers. South Walton in October has got to be one of the best places on the planet !

The weekend red snapper season continues to find lots of big red critters hangin' on all the beach boats' boards.

Special Red Snapper Season Opens At Grayton Beach

Calm seas, perfect skies and clear water made for a successful reopening of the 2010 red snapper season on Friday, as local fishing boat captains and their lucky crews launched from Grayton beach shortly after sunrise.

A few hours later, happy anglers returned with their catch in hopes of claiming cash prizes. Grayton Beach fisherman Edmond Alexander organized the event and served as scale master.

Special Snapper Season Kicks Off At Grayton Beach

As you may know, the 2010 Snapper Season will reopen in the Gulf on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Friday, October 1 through Sunday, November 21.

This is an effort by the Feds and the State of Florida to make up for the shortest Federally-imposed Snapper Season ever – 45 days – that was shortened even more by the oil spill. The reopened season is an effort to bring fishermen and visitors back to the beaches this fall.

Triggers, Mahi, And Coming Soon - Snappers!

The best news on the Gulf fishing scene is the that the triggers have started to move in.

After a a summer of having to catch ten to keep one of legal size, it's nice to be finding quite a few bigger ones and coming in with a nice mess of what I consider to be one of the best eating fish there is.

These folks had a blast catching Mackerel and Triggers. Yep, the kids out-fished the parents !

Pretty Days, Empty Beaches, Big Fishes

The beach has been just beautiful and there is hardly anyone in town who doesn't live here. I finished up my boat and tackle projects mid-afternoon today and went down and sat on the beach for an hour.

Boy! No wonder everybody comes here on vacation, that was nice!

While I have been rebuilding reels and working on the boat the past couple days I did run offshore four days in a row on some very beautiful weather days.

Same Fish, Different Season

Yesterday morning it was almost cool at daylight! The days are getting shorter and it won't be long before all the big Fall fish runs start. I saw the first schools of mullet in the surf today!

Right after my last report I got to take a family scallopin' over at St Joe Bay and then spend a couple days doing it myself.

The weather was overcast which kinda hurts the visibility but there were plenty of scallops.

Empty Beaches, Great Fishing & Snappers To Come

The annual migration of the tourist families back North has happened with the onset of a new school year. The beaches are empty and as much as everyone who lives here enjoys having the visitors it sure is nice to have "our" beach back to ourselves! I got to take 4 days off and went over to Indian Pass and St Joe bay for a break. The Scallopin' was great and I had a blast swimming in the Bay 3 days in a row and eating some Fine fresh Scallop dinners.


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