Happy fishing! Check out this week's fishing report

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Two young men set out to fish in Eastpoint, Florida.

(Photo: Alicia Devine / Tallahassee Democrat)

While we were running back to the boat ramp last weekend after a cold day of fishing, we found a group of sailors trying to straighten a rental canoe that had just tipped over. When we stopped, they had emptied most of the water and two men struggled to re-enter. No one was injured, but his pride was safely damaged. With air and water temperatures at 50 degrees, they would need dry clothes and a warm fire very soon.

It's ironic, since our own kayak guru, Harry Smith, had just written about safety and how to prepare for such an emergency by operating a canoe, kayak or paddle board. Apparently, these two boys did not read the advice Harry had given them, since neither of them wore life jackets and struggled to return to their now straightened canoe.

All our taxpayers would agree that safety is the number 1 priority in water. Especially during the colder months, since the water temperature drops to 50 degrees. Once it has fallen overboard, hypothermia will not take long.

Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than heat can cause, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F. Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature drops below 95 F. Hypothermia is often caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water. The main treatments for hypothermia are methods to warm the body to a normal temperature.

When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs cannot function normally. If left untreated, hypothermia can lead to a complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and eventually death. Our old friend here Otto Hough cannot emphasize enough the importance of using an inflatable PFD during this time of the year. If you follow it, you've seen it published again and again. In addition, those really warm winter days can be misleading, since the bright Florida sun has sailors throwing layers from dawn onwards. Although the maximum daytime levels can reach 70, the water is still very cold and makes it extremely difficult to return to a jet ski if it falls. Simply put, take special care during the winter months. So until next week, be sure, have fun and ALWAYS wear your life jacket.

Cliff "JR" Mundinger


Otto Hough, from MyHometownfishing.com, says: “The weekend bite of the full moon before the full moon by trout and red puts a series of smiles on the face of most fishermen who fish in the River and stream holes. Trouts are found in the holes of the St. Marks River, far above the power station. Some fishermen were lucky last weekend to get entangled with some red bulls that hit their drag plugs in the lower parts of the St. Marks River. On the Aucilla River, Gator-class trout jumped regularly over long-range bombers. In both rivers, the supply of live shrimp was much appreciated by almost all species hung in the heat of the deep holes. Outside, the jaws were not exactly on fire, but the fishermen who found that species found a good number. Apparently, each rock pile of shallow water outside the refuge's buoy is quite covered with sea bass, also known as black sea bass. Have a lot of fun stirring up a mess of these tasty fish using medium-acting rotating combos with a 1 to 1.5-ounce buck tail template with a 3-inch pearl / chartreuse drink! shrimp.

The big bowheads fought a lot with the light tackle. A definite explosion for children or, in my case, grandchildren. The tidal flows from the negative minimums in the middle of the morning to the mid-afternoon and afternoon hours will be significant at the back of the full moon. More than four feet of water will return during the first rising tides of each day. Fortunately, the winds that rose during the middle of the week will have decreased considerably by the time the weekend arrives, and the chances of rain will be almost nil, which will make the conditions pleasant in the Big Pond. With the good movement of water during the morning, rising tide until the afternoon, along with slightly warmer water temperatures, many catches should occur around the mouths of streams and rivers.

As for chasing the jaws, shallow water temperatures located in the upper 50 to 60 low will help stimulate the bite, although not aggressive bites. Dropping a frozen LY on the living background will be welcome by any jaw that hangs around the structure or rocks. At this time of the year, if slow trawling (Rapala CDMag14s, CDMag18s or Mann & # 39; s Stretch 15s or 20s) on live bottoms and rock piles, pay dividends to reduce the speed a bit to 4.2 to 4.5 mph. Such a slight drop in the lure speed of 4.6 to 4.8 mph tends to help increase the blows, since colder waters make the gags a little less aggressive chasing the lure before the blow. Fishermen running to Rotary Reef have found a significant number of quality gags. There is no reason to expect an appreciable difference during this full moon weekend. Wherever the boat goes over the waters of the Big Bend in the next few days, use those self-inflating PFDs or, at least, make sure that regular PFDs are easily accessible to everyone on board. Boat wisely. Boat safely. Only FISH!


Harry Smith by Harry Smith (Harry Smith Outdoors / www.hsmithoutdoors.com reports that "fishing is still strong in mid-December, but watch out for low tides and stronger winds as we sink deeper into winter, on our last trip, we launched with a low negative tide, another great advantage of fishing from kayaks, we drugged our boats in the flat mud and immediately started fishing, big trout crossing the floors hitting the upper water, the trout of the upper groove in the holes between the oyster bars hitting mirrordines and soft plastic reds were trapped in the holes in front of the mouths of the slowly bouncing streams in the background.As the tide rose and the sun rose, the oyster bars once visible they began to disappear. Reds and black drum found themselves rooted in the upper part of warm bars looking for an easy meal. You may have to get a little dirty and fight a little wind, but it will be worth it!


Captain Russ Knapp (805-653-5072) reports: “The forecast for the weekend seems good enough to vary. On Saturday, the winds are from the west from 10 to 15 mph with seas from 2 & # 39; to 3 & # 39 ;. You may want to bring rain clothes as there is the possibility of a shower or two until the end of the afternoon. Being Florida, you never know! Sunday is the best of both days if you have to choose one to go. The winds are a bit quieter and from NE to 5 to 10 mph respectively, seas 1 ’to 2’. In the bay, things follow a pattern of late autumn. Sea trout, red fish and sheep's head can be found in the lower parts of the streams and rivers in the east bay. If it's a nice sunny day, try the floors just outside the mouths of the streams with fresh or live shrimp, fish slowly in the background, being your best plan. The cut still keeps large reds with Black Drum and Sheepshead crossing. For best results, pass live bait or fresh shrimp. For Silver Trout anchor just west of the low height on the SGI bridge. Small pieces of fresh shrimp in the background should do the trick. The beach is producing whiting. Aim at these with a small hook with a small piece of shrimp fish nearby for a tasty dinner. On the high seas, your best plan is to reach the end on the reefs and fish Gag Grouper. Troll stretches 25 or 30 years to find the fish that throws live baits to the bottom. Smaller baits should also bring Mangrove Snapper and Black Sea Bass to check it out. ”


Captain Pat McGriff of One More Cast (www.onemorecast.net, [email protected] (850) 838-7541) reports "Trout fishing has really recovered this week with water temperatures rising every day from 54, last Friday, at 64 degrees today (Tuesday 10) We had limits on board the One More Cast guide service for the last three days of charter from Sunday to Tuesday, we brought 20 trouts and two reds for Nick and Andy McCulloch with Lindsay Maddox in Suwannee, Georgia We captured most of our trout with live shrimp, however, we got six in sockets (Gold Redfins, Perfect Renegades and Electric Chicken MirrOdines) and three in 5 ”Shads by Assassin. (Butt Naked, Pink Ghost and Stinky Pink ).

On Monday, I took Ron Smith from Melbourne, Florida, and we got an impressive amount of trout, including 7 trout over 20 "(two stayed), including a 24" sow released. We brought ten trouts with all but one fish over 18 ”without sacrificing people and we released another 11 trouts in total. All these fish arrived in the old Walmart Renegade plugs in Perfect and some in Clown. Ron's wife, Ann, joined us on Tuesday and we brought another good 15-trout mess and two 16 "flounder. We caught most of these fish in the 5" Assassin sheets that bounced off 1/16 oz. Of Bert Deener jig heads on a 4/0 light wire Gamakatsu hook (I just found these jig heads the other day in my rig pile and yet I had them for almost ten years. Well, I call Bert to order at least 3 dozens since he simply killed the trout in the last three days. Perfect for this winter trout fishing.) Oh, yes, Ron also caught the two flounder on the 5 "Butt Naked platform. Ron had two trout on the Forsaken and we also put five of the trouts in the boat with live shrimp under Back Bay Thunders. Our sting started in less than 2 feet of water around 9:00 am and ended at 4.5 feet at high tide at 1:00 pm My friend, Doug Garwood, came down from Dalton, Georgia, and has captured his trout limit every day from Saturday to Tuesday in the old Walmart renegades in various colors, Doug has caught trout at 1.7 feet up to 4.4 feet this week.


Captain Paul Tire says: “Sea bass fishing on Lake Seminole continues to be good the first week of December. The water temperature is in the low 60s and the bass still feed heavily on Shad. Reaction lures still produce good Spinnerbaits and Crankbaits fishing around the main lines of grass in the arms of Lake Flint and Chattahoochee River.

Fish types are educated around the deck in 10 to 12 feet of water. Both Minnows and jigs are still productive with reports that a Crappie type of up to 3 pounds was trapped! For a fishing adventure in Lake Seminole this fall, call us at 850-264-7534 or follow us on Instagram @ lakeseminolefishingadventures and Facebook @ paultyrefishing. ”


Hurry up and it rains to cry out loud! Not just a pinch, I mean a good soak. And please not on Christmas Eve. Hey everyone! I wasn't kidding. Lake Jackson is going to need a boost or we will lose it again. Exactly one year ago, lake levels increased to the point where we could launch on most ramps. And kept going up. All the way until March. The unusual amount of rain we received during that time not only brought the lake's levels to one of its highest levels in 20 years, the grass grew along with it. Now that we are below average and the lake continues to fall, the grass is thicker than ever.

The winter months give us relief from non-native plants, since colder temperatures kill a lot. This year, however, there is so much that we are going to need a lot of cold. Or more rain to "drown" dying growth. In recent weeks, Lake Jackson has dropped almost 6 ”. With a couple of holes in the sink that are already opening, I cross my fingers. I'm even doing a rain dance on my chair while I write this. As for fishing, it is still quite good. It should be really good this weekend as it heats up. The bass still bites shadles and other erratic baits that mimic injured baitfish. I also like to use a floating rapala early and late in the day. Another WBLJ tournament will leave Sunset Landing this Saturday at 8:00 am. This tournament is open to the public. Weighing is at 4:00 pm for those who would like to come see. For more information call (850) -296-4071.

Until next week, have fun, stay warm, fish well and put on a life jacket while sailing. Cliff "JR" Mundinger (www.fishtallahassee.com)

Cliff "JR" Mundinger


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