The annual CCA South Walton Kids Fishing Tournament takes place on Sunday April 18th at Grayton Beach, Florida. Sponsored by the Coastal Conversation Association Florida, the fun begins at 12:00 p.m. Online registration is open.
The 7th Annual Stinky's Beach to Bay Tournament begins September 27 and runs through November 15. Early registration starts September 18th. You can register at Stinky's Bait Shack or online at stinkysfishcamp.com. Be sure to take note of changes to rules and regulations.
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Do you love the REAL Florida? Do you love OLD Florida? Then a visit to Camp Helen State Park on the east end of South Walton is a must.
The protected sanctuary is sandwiched between our largest coastal dune lake, Lake Powell, and the gulf. Camp Helen is a true gem not to be missed, with amazing views from high bluffs, rustic foot bridges over still waters, forested trails teeming with wildlife, and a bit of Florida history to boot.
The big fish news the past 10 days has been the Mahi!
While Panama city had a touch of Red Tide that seemed to make national news, we have had the prettiest water of the year off Grayton. Clear deep blue "offshore " water within 5 miles of the beach some days. Patchy grass lines that move in and out, no big islands of grass or thick lines but a distinct tide line that has had a lot of Mahi scattered along it.
Been awhile since I wrote but I just got back from Indian Pass this week to a "real" computer.
As always we had a big time over there but the Tarpons were scarce until right when we left. Naturally, they showed up thick after my last charter... We caught plenty of fish though. Quite a few Tripletails, I tagged 40 in my first 7 trips and we kept quite a few for dinners too.
Hard to believe it's getting towards the end of July and Red Snapper season is over for 2018.
We have had a really great run of nice weather, I think I got to run 27 days in row until a blow 2 days ago. All that pretty weather had some fantastic fishing adventures and catches. I can't put up but a few pictures so don't get upset if you had a great catch and didn't make the fish report... just another reason to go again!
Whew, 4th of July and it's busy! I took the afternoon off to fix broke stuff and get off a very crowded beach.
Fishing is still good, lots of Red Snappers. We even had a REAL one this morning, about 25 pounds. Not that many big ones but plenty of good fish. The kings have been biting good, a few black Snappers, a grouper bite or three 'bout every trip. They are still the hardest fish to land, first you gotta hook 'em, then keep 'em out of the bottom and then... beat the sharks back to the boat.
The opening of Red Snapper season in federal waters on June 1st had me running the "pointed nosed boat" with the Federal permit out 12 to 17 miles.
We had some great catches, but boy, that was a lot of driving! June 11th had 'em open in State waters and getting to take the cat boat out only a couple miles sure makes life easier on this old captain!
June 1st is the official start of summer for most folks. Also the end of Triggerfish and Amberjack season for a couple months. BUT, the start of Red Snapper and Gag Grouper!
Red Snapper opened up for Federally permitted charter boats on the 1st so I am driving the "pointed nosed boat" with the permit until at least the 11th when snappers open to the general public. I got to run 2 trips on opening day and we got nice limits of Red Snappers on both the morning 4 hr and the afternoon 3 hr. Too rough today so I am having to wait to go chase 'em for a day or 2.