The big news in the ongoing political football of Red Snapper management (and fishing) is that the State of Florida just changed the rules in the middle of the game.
Red Snapper are the main item on just about everybody's fishing list this time of the year.
We are catching a few Groupers, Kings, Vermillions, Mahi, etc., but the main target and desire for most of my anglers are those coveted big Red Snaps. While there do not seem to be a record number of Red Snappers around there have been more than a few really nice ones and some that by any standards are just plain big.
The long awaited steady opening of Red Snappers finally came Saturday and there were lots caught.
Some pretty darn big ones too! Now if we can just get this weather to realize it's Summer time and it's supposed to be calm we'll have it all.
Prior to yesterday we have been catching lots of Vermillions along with Kings and Mahi as our target species with great catches of them as well.
The weather the past couple weeks has been more like what March should be than May.
We have had a lot of windy days with the breeze mainly out of the West rather than East as usual for this time of year. When it's been pretty it's been perfect but the opening weekend of Red Snapper season was anything but perfect.
Only a couple Grayton boats tried to fish on Saturday. Captain Mike of "Trigger Happy" went out and told me the next morning he felt like he had gone 10 rounds in the ring with Mike Tyson. It was rough!
Come on down to the river on May 13 from 10am to 4pm for the first ever Choctawhatchee River Fest at Morrison Springs, presented by Riverway South
Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities throughout the day in celebration of our magnificent river. Take a dip in the cool spring waters, throw a line and hook a fish by the riverside, hop aboard for a boat ride and experience nature's glory.
Well, after a short break for some knee surgery and recoup time I am back on the water fishing hard again.
I had to take a a break for a little over a week and missed a couple days of cobia season. That usually wouldn't have mattered much but the cobia have seemed to have pulled a disappearing act since I got back on the boat.
About 50 people attended the opening of Pilcher Park on Friday, April 7th. The crowd was was wowed by the gem of a park underneath the 331 bridge on the south shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay.
Walton County Commissioners joined the celebration along with representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation to dedicate the new Thomas Pilcher Park and the second span of the Clyde B. Wells Bridge.
It's o'fishily spring here at the beach. LOTS of folks down on Spring Break and I'm taking a lot families fishing.
Plenty of Vermillion Snappers and Pinks to catch which makes it easy to keep the kids happy. If they aren't getting a bite within a minute of hitting the bottom we're moving! It doesn't take much to keep kids happy fishing, just constant action.... and that's pretty easy to come by on the inshore reefs this time of year.
It’s always fun to watch the Pompano action heat up on SoWal Beaches at this time of year.
Experienced local anglers can be seen on the beach, or on a sandbar perched on “pompano ladders” sight-fishing for the perfect cast. Adding to the excitement each Spring are salty anglers and newcomers joining together in the spirit of camaraderie and competition for Stinky’s annual Pompano Tournament. This year's 7th annual edition runs from April 1st through May 15.
This Settles the Pompano Controversy (Letter to the Editor, Florida Sportsman, 1945)
I'm no writer in any sense of the word, but have read and heard about my friend the pompano not taking a bait 'till I've just got to squawk. I have been taking them on light tackle for over thirty years and saw it done before that.