Fishing

No Time For Anything but Fishin'

It's that time of the year when I have no time for anything but fishin'!

The weather is great, the fish are biting and there are lots of folks that want to go on the water. I am up at 3:30, on the beach at 5, finishing up around 7 and in bed by 8:30.

It's been a while since I wrote a report but this is still gonna be kinda thin on words... I have been running the "other" boat with the federal permit so I can fish my folks past the 9 fence when the fish decide that's where we need to be.

Big Fish and Big Fun at Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic Jun 22-26

It’s time for big fish, big prizes and family fun on the Emerald Coast of Florida! Recognized as one of the elite big-game fishing tournaments in the world, the 2016 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is set to get underway June 22-26 at the beautiful Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in the Florida Panhandle. 

Even More Fish to Fry in SoWal

May 7th was the opening day of Red snapper season in Florida state waters and that has given us yet another species to be able to target again. Open only on weekends till the 28th but it sure is nice to get to change up my fishing styles from day to day.

The Kings have come back, still plenty of Vermillions around, Triggers, LOTS of short Amberjacks with just a few keepers mixed in, Cobia still showing up pretty regular and we found some Tuna and Mahi this past week too.

Bonus Fish Are Back in SoWal

Fishing is coming back around towards the summer season with more and more species showing up in close to shore. As I said in my last report, the arrival of the big bait schools up in close is quickly followed by the pelagic predators.

We have been seeing Kings around just about every day as well as bigger Spanish, Bonita, even a few Black Snappers on the close in spots. The sharks have showed up thick as well. If you hook a good fish and don't get it in quick there as a good chance you won't get it in at all.

Breakin' Into Full Boxes

The weather has still been back forth a bunch with the prognosticators wrong about as often as right. The other morning had a small craft advisory and it was the prettiest day we've had in weeks. I've had to cancel a few days when the forecast was for "nice" as well.. oh well, as Mark Twain said, "everybody talks about the weather but no one ever seems to do anything about it".

CCA Kid's Fishing Tournament Returns to Grayton Beach Apr 24

The 11th Annual CCA Kid’s Fishing Tournament will take place on beautiful Grayton Beach on Sunday, April 24 from noon to 4pm. Make plans for a great day of fishing, fun and learning. The annual fishing tournament hosted by Coastal Conservation Association Florida - South Walton Chapter is a great opportunity for parents and young anglers to enjoy!

Stinky's Pompano Tournament Apr 2 - May 15

It's time to register and sharpen your hooks for Stinky's Outfitter & Bait Shack 6th Annual Pompano Tournament, sponsored by SoWal.com. The Captains' Party is on April 1st - LIVE @ the Shack with Forrest Williams Band from 6-9 p.m. Register on or before April 1st and receive free food & drink tickets to Stinky's 9th Anniversary Celebration! Bring it!

Surf's Up Spring Break Is On In SoWal

It's a sunny, warm spring break this week but the surf is huge ! I got 4 days in a row in last week and then another 2 this past weekend but the Gulf started getting rough Monday and the current forecast has the surf to big to go fishing for the foreseeable future. On the bright side, while it was nice it was beautiful and now there is no question about not being able to go. I hate it when it's "marginal" and I second guess myself all day if I cancel someones fishing trip.

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