Fishing

Mahi Madness in South Walton

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.

Changing Time Zones and Fishing Venues

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.

Changing Gears and Fish Seasons

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!

Red, White, and Blue on the Board

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.

Seeing Red (Snappers) in SoWal

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.

SoWal Summer Time Fishin' Finally

After a very long and cool Spring it's finally summer here at the beach!

The water and air temps are great, everybody's swimming and until today the weather and Gulf have been just perfect for fishing. The professional liars known as weathermen did it again this week... After forecasting doom and gloom all week while it has been clam, sunny and beautiful they called for today to be nice and calm.... naturally it has squalled several times and the Gulf is sloppy choppy.

Spring Fishing at SoWal Beach

It's definitely Spring Break time here at the beach.

Lots of families on vacation, lots of traffic and lots of fish in the box. I have been mainly taking out family groups with school age kids the past couple weeks and we have been wearing 'em out catching Triggerfish, Vermillions and Pinks. So far we have been able to limit out on Triggers every trip but it is starting to get harder to find enough over the 15" fork length with LOTS of just short being thrown back.

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