A Great Time to Be in Grayton

The past 10 days or so have been just great on the beach in SoWal. Crystal clear water, the roads aren't clogged, and there is lots of room on the beach.

The Gulf has been calm right up on the beach but a hard Northeast breeze made it bumpy offshore a few days. No problem for us beach fisher folk this time of year. Plenty of fish to be caught within a couple miles of the beach!

Back to Grayton Beach Bottom Fish

I have been back from Indian Pass for 10 days now and the culture shock has about wore off. Nothing works to remind me of how Florida used to be than coming from the Forgotten Coast back to SoWal on Labor Day weekend!

My last week at the Pass had the Tarpon bite pretty darn Hot. My daughter Darcy's 180 pounder was the biggest we got but Captain Tim Harvey had one to the boat that was 7 feet and 7 inches and well over 200 pounds. I hated to leave with the fish biting but I had trips booked back in Grayton and had to come back.

Hooking Big Time at Indian Pass

Been over at Indian Pass for almost two weeks now on the annual Tarpon and Triple Tail hunt. As always the 1st two days were spent cleaning and fixin' at the fish camp to get it ready for my anglers.

The evening of the second day my wife and I took the truck down to the beach to drive a bit and check out the Pass and Gulf. We hadn't gone a quarter mile and Mary said "I just saw a couple tarpon". I stopped the truck and we sat and watched a great feed right in the pass for about 15 minutes.

Headed for the Pass

It's that time off the summer when I leave Seagrove and head over to Indian Pass for a while. This will be my shortest time there chasing tarpons in 16 years. I gonna try to pack as many Tarpon, Tripletails and Scallops as I can into less than 3 weeks. Sounds like some busy fishing!

Here at Grayton the Vermillion Snapper bite has remained strong with limit catches about every trip. Still a few Mahi and Scamp around and the Kings seem to be showing back up in better numbers as well. Here are a few pics from the past week.



SoWal Snappers All Summer

I know it's been a while since I've posted a report but we've had lots of nice weather and I've been running hard. I took this afternoon off - no fixin' and repairing, no trip to the tackle store, boat supply or bait shop.

When I got done with the boat from this morning's trip I took a two-hour nap and now I am writing this fishing report. All the 14 hour days are starting to wear on an old guy! Gotta stay on top of my game. I have about nine more days here in Grayton/Seagrove and then I am off to Indian pass to chase Tarpons and Tripletails for a few weeks.

Filling up the Fish Board on Grayton Beach

We have had a great time filling up the fish board the past couple of weeks. The weather has been cooperative most days with gorgeous emerald green water and hot temps. The end of red snapper season (for 7 weeks) came with mixed emotions for those of us that go every day. I hate to have to throw back a big fish but I sure enjoy getting to chase some other critters for a while.

Record Blue Marlin at Sandestin's Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic 2015

For the captain and crew of Cotton Patch, the 13th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic (ECBC) was anything but unlucky. Lance Hill from Orange Beach, Alabama labored for almost six hours on Friday afternoon before reeling in an event record 899.6-pound blue marlin. The record billfish was measured at 134-inches with a girth of 74-inches to earn Team Cotton Patch first place and a payout of $195,277 for a tournament that doled out more than $1.5 million in winnings. The Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the host venue for the event which took place June 17-21.

Discover Roads Less Traveled: Summer Eco Adventures in Walton County

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the summer session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County. Voted Best Outdoor Adventure in the 2015 Perfect in South Walton- Best of the Best list, the summer tour line-up falls nothing short. Don’t miss the chance to get outdoors this summer and explore!


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