Fishing report: fishermen take advantage of the beautiful festive weather

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Kinsey Hough got this Big Bull Redfish while fishing with his father Kevin.

(Photo: Kevin Hough's photo)

Surely it was nice to see all the fishermen and women taking advantage of such a beautiful weekend during the holidays. The daytime temperatures were quite comfortable, while the limits of red fish and marine trout came from both the rivers and the planes of the Gulf coast. Ships were literally everywhere in and around the St. Marks area.

Many fished in the main channel itself as sea trout, red fish and other species stacked along the edges and deeper holes that sought comfort in the warmer waters of the river. Some fished in oyster bars, others fished at the mouth of streams and others sat in the middle of the navigation channel itself.

The rivers, like St Marks, lead to the gulf coast and offer both commercial and residential commerce. Boats of all sizes navigate in and out of the area through the canal.

At times like this, when the best fishing area is in the river, it can become dangerous. I recommend all sailors and fishermen to practice safety first. Do not assume that a 40 ’yacht heading to the sea during the day will slow down as it passes. The wake that these ships expel can be larger than any wave that can be found on the high seas. Not to mention that there are four or five consecutive rollers to follow. For scenarios like this, the Navigation Rules for vessels establish actions that navigators must take to avoid a collision. The US Government Printing Office UU. Publish the Navigation Rules and are available at any navigation supply store. All boat owners must have a copy, but it is mandatory that all vessels over 12 meters (39.4 feet) in length have one on board.

After the deep frost at the beginning of the week, (it is for Florida) the forecast of the weekend requires partly sunny skies with peaks that reach 70. This should push more fish to the rivers. The combination should be amazing, so go out and enjoy!

Until next week, "be safe, have fun and ALWAYS wear a life jacket while sailing."


Otto Hough of says "A little windy during the last days of Thanksgiving weekend, but the trout and the reds smile. The first icy mornings at the beginning of this week pushed a lot of trout, snapper and red high above the power plant in St. Marks, most of all the deep holes up to the Newport Bridge have had fish, sheep are caught near the old dry docks of Newport In Wakulla, the Reds have ventured river up to just below the lower bridge around Olin. With rising tidal flows before the full moon during the next weekend, along with a little more heat during the day, the dark mud plains outside the creek and the mouths of the rivers should provide a good deal of excitement in fishing. In the river and stream holes, soaking a live shrimp or cut mullet will make the trick more than one So much of the hole As the day warms up, so do those shallow floors along the entire coast. The tricks of Mirrolure Catch 2000 have been highly appreciated by trout when working on the shallow plains of the stream. Both the classic red head, the white body and the 808 hot colors have been smoking the trout. A slow shrinkage Cordell Redfin has also been much appreciated. The slow drag on the St. Marks and Aucilla rivers has been more productive when there is light boat traffic. At present, the clarity of the water is frankly impressive, as it provides a fantastic view of the attacks of trout and red fish in most hard baits below the surface. The marine conditions for this three-day stretch could not be much better considering that it is almost winter. Soft breezes from the east with relatively soft seas. Whether fishing in the rivers, in a stream, working on a tidal plain or chasing jaws outside, it should be an incredible time to catch the full moon. Get a live shrimp, cut the bait or lure the water somewhere to have fun in the waters of the Big Bend. As always, make the ramp tag work, navigate safely while using a self-inflating or, at least, have PFDs at hand. And then, just FISH!


Harry Smith of (Harry Smith Outdoors/8505913060/[email protected]) says: “Well, it looks like it's officially winter here in Big Bend. That means colder air temperatures, as well as water temperatures, are consolidating. As kayak fishermen who fish during this time of year, it is especially important to stay safe when rowing in these conditions; Especially what you wear. Here are some tips: # 1) USE YOUR PFD. Not only will it save your life, but it will also add some warmth to your core on these cold mornings. # 2) Stay away from cotton. When wet, cotton loses its insulating capacity and absorbs heat from its body. Instead, opt for wool or synthetic materials that remove moisture and keep it warm even when it is wet. # 3) The rain jacket and pants will help not only keep you dry from those annoying drips and splashes that we, as kayakers, seem we can never avoid, but it is also a great windbreaker of these annoying winter winds. # 4) Keep a change of clothes dry. In case you tip over and immerse yourself completely, you'll be glad to have them! Store them in a dry bag inside a hatch to make sure they stay dry. # 5) Layer. Start with a base layer, then an intermediate layer (the polar lining works well) and then an outer layer (this is where your raincoat comes in). Laying allows you to throw some clothes when the sun rises and the temperature rises. There you go. Follow these simple tips to stay safe, warm and comfortable while slowly rolling the templates into the deepest holes. Now go squeezing those lines!

L-R Mark Hillis and Mike Dasher with two of the many red fish caught and released while fishing with the guide Junior Dice.

(Photo: photo by Jeff Griggs)


Captain Randy Cnota of ( reports "For me, it's not always about harvesting red fish, however I do it from time to time because they are quite tasty. What attracts me to these fish so often is how much I enjoy using artificial lures to get bites … both the size of a groove and the great bulls.The northern winds have been constantly expelling water from our bay systems and these changes have positioned many red bulls in more waters deep, the passage and the bridges are the main areas to aim for a red bull action! The conditions will always dictate which approach works best and there are more techniques to explain that space will allow me here, but the good news is that the red bulls will probably fall into almost any lure that looks remotely like a crippled bait fish. The trick is to be able to present that lure in the right place, deep down Rightness, at the right time. Winds, temperatures and tides play an important role in when and where the bulls will be day to day, but when I look for bulls, I spend most of my time looking for deeper areas of the bays. Deep jigging, in its many different forms, is by far my most productive way to get bites from the depths. Caution: this is addictive! When a 40-inch red bull tries to tear the cane from your hand, and it almost does! … you are hooked. From time to time you will catch a fish the size of an archer this way, but don't always count on him. The trout are predictably placed in the streams and the mouths of the streams and the numbers have been quite good. Live shrimp will be hard to beat for the bigger ones to take, but these guys will also fall in love with a variety of artificial lures. Good fishing, God bless you and Merry Christmas!


Here we go again. Just in time for the weekend, another cold front. The forecast of Saturday and Sunday on the high seas has winds of 15 to 20 knots from the east, which makes the seas 3 to 5 feet and rough. If you are looking to fish Gag Grouper, get sick on Friday as the forecast is 1 foot from the sea.

The jaws are still close, so find any structure and, if you can't, you can find bottom fish with live bait or frozen bait. Troll a 25 or 30 tranche if none is available or as an option. You can also use cut bait to attract Black Sea Bass and miscellaneous Snapper.

In the bay, the low tide will be early in the morning and will give a good rising tide until the afternoon. Silver Trout can be found just west of the low height on the SGI bridge. Using small pieces of fresh shrimp in the background works well. The cut still has nice reds mixed with a sheep's head, some black drums and many smaller black sea bass. Derive live bait or fresh shrimp for best results. In East Bay, look for deep holes in the river and streams for Seatrout, Redfish and Sheepshead. Fresh shrimp at the bottom are hard to beat when fishing in these areas. Remember, it is much colder in the water when you run at 30 mph than at the dock, so bring a lot of hot equipment. Have an excellent weekend!

Captain Russ Knapp – 850 653 5072


Captain Pat McGriff of One More Cast (, [email protected] (850) 838-7541) reports: "The trout were biting the last three hours of high tide, and the last two were better during the weekend. ”Of course you had to throw and catch a fish between boats that ride on top of you and that pass constantly as if it were a Mardi-Gras parade. I don't remember seeing so many ships on a Friday that was not" Good Friday "until Saturday came. Sheesh Mareesh … what a bunch of boats. We got a limit for my charter on Sunday, although it took me all afternoon to do it. We caught most of our fish in live shrimp in Back Bays, while I caught several nice trouts in the Bite-A-Bait fighters in pattern BB36. Water temperatures have dropped from 65 to 66 degrees, last Sunday, to 56 degrees from Wednesday of this week. Several people have found trout and red that moved on just inside the creeks with this last frost. I would expect most of those fish to return from the streams over the weekend, but not far from them. Throw them at MirrOdines, Catch 2000 & # 39; s, Soft-Dines and Paul Brown Devils this weekend and don't be surprised if they don't respond well to your Cork and Gulp offers, as they may be too cold to move so fast.


Captain Paul Tire reports: “The fishing for sea bass on Lake Seminole was excellent during the month of November and is expected to continue until December. The basses feed heavily on Shad getting fat for the winter. The spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jerk ceits have been productive fisheries around the grass lines. Fishing with rays and hybrids has been very good in recent weeks and is expected to continue until December. Fish-type fishing is also excellent and they are educated in 10 & # 39; a 12 & # 39; of water in the structure, near the old river channel. Minnows and Jigs have been productive for those. For a fishing adventure in Lake Seminole this fall, call 850-264-7534 Instagram @ lakeseminolefishingadventures Facebook @paultyrefishing!


Cold temperatures throughout the region make the bass move a little slow. But everything is good since seasonally we are on the right track. It does not compare with recent years, but this is the norm since I have memory. The good thing about the cold weather is what makes the lake. Kill weeds and other vegetation and that is something that Lake Jackson needs from now until February. Don't worry, since there is so much that it will take all the cold you can do so that the lake can recover. As for sea bass fishing, it is quite good. Last year at this time we were catching hundreds of males from 14 "to 16". Those same fish are healthy and have grown an inch or two or three. This time of year also provides the ability to use different lures and baits that we cannot use during the warmer months, mainly due to the amount of grass in the entire lake. The deepest holes and the edges of the ship's lane will be serious using those points as ambush points. As the sun warms up, the bass will feed aggressively and that is when we can break hard plastic baits with triple hooks. Spasmodic baits, wake baits and crank baits should be part of each navigator's arsenal at this time. The crank baits will be different from those that you may be used to using in other lakes related to the shelf, since it will not be necessary to dredge the bottom. The bottom of Lake Jackson can be taken in depth from 1 & # 39; to 6 & # 39; at this time. If you try to use something that is deeper, you will probably have a hard time unless you are in the middle of the sink hole. Speaking of the sink hole, you can find and catch a lot of garbage (also known as mottled perch) simply by crossing the open sea with small fish. Find the right depth, place your bait just above the fish and hold on. Not only are they fun to catch but they are also one of the best meals you will have!

Until next week, be sure, have fun and ALWAYS wear a life jacket.

Cliff "JR" Mundinger (


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