July Inshore Fishing Report- Fishing in stained water.
July inshore fishing has been interesting to say the least. We got a ton of rain this month. In fact in one 3 day period I think we got 18+ inches of rain! It doesn’t seem like there has been that many lightening and rain free fishing days this month.
I went out the other morning in the dark and no sooner did I get to my first spot when I was surrounded by lightening. 🙁 I dislike lightening VERY much. All I could do was hunker down. Every time I thought about moving all I could see was lightening everywhere else as well. I fished this same little backwater area for a few hours in between lightening and torrential downpours. Of course I had to pick a spot with no fish except for one little trout. 🙄 When the lightening quit long enough to let me escape I headed back to the home port.
All that rain and the water coming into St Andrews Bay from runoff, and creeks has really made our local waters dirty. The bay is very dark and it is pretty difficult to sight fish. The Gulf Of Mexico got really dirty as well.
The redfish bite however, has been pretty good. I have had to do a lot of blind casting. Still doing mostly the same things to locate fish, looking for disturbed water, moving water, mullet schools, bait fish and ray activity. Ya just can’t see the fish very well! I have stuck with artificials and I am using topwater lures a lot, at anytime of the day. I have tried spoons as well. I have yet to catch a fish on a spoon. 🙁 For soft plastics I am using lighter colors and anything that has some speckles in it that might produce some flash in the water. Paddle tails grubs would seem to be the way to go given they should produce some vibration as well. Even though I store my soft plastics in menhaden oil, I am using extra scents, Pro-Cure Menhaden Gel, 2-Ounce and Pro-Cure Mullet Gel, 2-Ounce on all my baits, hard and soft baits.
If you catch a redfish they are just beautiful. A deep gorgeous copper red color. Just amazing!
Shawn Smith said while out in his kayak last week, he got lucky and got into a big school of redfish near Shell Point.
The other day Bob Ernst told me he went out the pass to the east in his boat, “Vitamin Sea”, and came upon some cleaner water. Right at that line break between the clean and dirty water he said there was bait EVERYWHERE and the tarpon were just tearing things up. He got hooked up on tarpon 5 times but never got one to the boat. He said he had a GREAT time anyways. 😆
I have never caught a tarpon. I bet that is just crazy getting hooked up on one of those big ol’ fish. It seems like the past few years I am hearing a lot more about the tarpon bite in this area. I don’t know if its because there are more them or because there are more folks going after them. Hopefully there are more of them. 🙂
Put it on your calendars red snapper is approved for opening in October!
UPDATE: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recently approved a recreational red snapper supplemental season beginning Oct. 1, 2013, (assuming quota is still available after accounting for harvest during the June federal season) in federal waters. The season would be open until the quota is projected to be met. According to current estimates from NOAA Fisheries, the fall supplemental season is estimated to remain open for 21 days. The FWC will consider opening state waters of the Gulf of Mexico for the fall supplemental season at the September FWC meeting in Pensacola. Learn more here.
There was also a recent news release with regard to Gray triggerfish, and greater amberjack recreational season to open August 1, in Gulf of Mexico. Learn more here.
Well gotta go!
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Thanks and have a GREAT day!
Mike and Vivian Foate