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 2015 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is set to get underway June 17-21, 2015, at the beautiful Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in the Florida Panhandle.
As usual, if I am on the hill writing a fishing report then the surf must be up. All the young kids with surfboards have been having a blast the past couple days as Tropical Storm Bill hot Texas and kicked up a swell way too big to be able to safely get a boat on and off the beach. The weather is beautiful and the Gulf is slick, once you get past that 5 foot surf on the bar! Hopefully we will all be back out chasing finny critters again tomorrow.
After a bit of a bumpy start, both weather-wise and the bite, we have settled in to some easy fishing with great limit catches of Red Snappers. The Amberjacks are STILL up in shore and we were chasing them after a snapper limit until they closed on June 1st.
Even though I have been staying away from the spots that hold big schools of 'em we still get surprised about everyday by a stray 'Jack biting a snapper bait. The groupers that had seemed to be in hiding most of the Spring suddenly started biting hot on this full moon phase.
Stinky’s Bait Shack has a name that belies its great selection of beach and water fare. It is the kind of place you sometimes stumble upon that is completely unexpected. The guys and gals of Stinky’s know how to do it right. Owner and chef, Jim Richard, along with Bait Shack manager, Kelli Younkin, have put a ton of thought, backed by experience, into exactly what their shop should offer.
The long awaited opening of Red Snapper season for 2015 came Saturday morning with a navy of recreational anglers ready to go catch the first of many days worth of the hard-pulling, tasty critters.
The morning started calm and pretty and I did my traditional "crack of dawn" run with my son and some friends to put a quick limit of the first fish over the rail before running my charters for the day. The reds bit hot and we were back in on the beach catching live bait for my charters in 45 minutes. I picked up my first trip at 7:30 for these folks second annual opening day trip.
Fishing has really been great for the past ten days. The King Mackerel bite has been really on, there has been a push of Amberjacks up in fairly close with a lot of fish being over the 30-inch fork length minimum along with a few really BIG ones mixed in.
I just realized this afternoon it's been over 2 weeks since I wrote a fishin' report.... Oh well, better late than not at all. The weather has really been up and down the past couple weeks and the weather gurus have not been able to predict dark let alone how hard the wind will blow or if it will rain.
After having perfect weather for the busiest part of Spring Break we have turned kinda soggy this week. Not near as bad as what the the weather gurus have predicted though. I missed Sat, Sun. & Mon. due to rainy/windy conditions but got to run under dry but overcast skies the next 3 days even though the official forecast was 80% chance of rain.
Today is back to breezy and rain so I am on the hill again, tomorrow is anybody's guess 'cause the weatherman does not seem to have a clue.
I have been taking lots of families out fishing on spring break. It's a great thing to do with your kids, whether they are 10 or 22, it's fun, gives everybody some good family memories and ... some really good dinners! College kids to grammar schoolers - families that have fished with me for over 10 years and I have watched the kids grow.
The folks that have come this week for Spring Break certainly got the weather right. Man, it finally turned gorgeous! Upper seventies, blue skies and crystal blue-green water. This would pass for summer in a lot of the world!