2015 July Tides – Fishing in St. Andrew Bay
The trout bite has really heated up. I lost a 30+ inch trout, about 15 feet from the boat. She pulled off after a long fight that included long runs, and pulling drag. 🙁 She inhaled a topwater lure in the early morning hours.
If I think I have a large trout on I loosen my drag in an effort to reduce the chance of pulling the hook. Sea trout have such tender fragile mouth/lips they are notorious for having hooks pulled out before getting them to the boat. Well in this case it didn’t work, and it was heartbreaking because I had a 30+ inch trout on my bucket list and now I still do! 🙂
Folks are finding dolphin along floating weed lines in the Gulf of Mexico. If you run out and come across a weed line ease up on it. Then take a previously rigged light tackle rod and throw a live bait, or small circle hook tipped with squid or small buck-tail jig tipped with squid. See of you can raise any action. If you find some dolphin, have some cut bait ready, leave one fish on a line and in the water. Then have someone else catch one and rotate lines, always keeping one in the water. Doing that and throwing out some cut bait periodically, will help keep the dolphin around.
Guides are reporting finding some tarpon in the gulf. Most of the time they are found to the east of the pass, between the pass on down to Crooked Island and beyond. Look for birds, bait and agitated water.
For some of the photos below the resident fisherman Jeff Shouppe writes,
These were from 4 trips in June. Mike Cole and his son with me and Bob Ernst got the amberjack and assorted snapper. Me, Gary Hatcher and Bob got into all the chicken dolphin as well. I took my father in law with his friend and got a limit on red snapper. The pile of beeliners were caught by me and my nephew with 3 of his friends.
We had a great time the first couple of weeks of June! 🙂
We hope you get to get more fishing time in and fish the July tides! 😉
St. Andrew Bay – Alligator Bayou Tides
St. Andrew Bay – Channel Entrance Tides
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Capt. Mike and Vivian Foate