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Early morning fishing is best. Tailing Reds can be seen through out Grand Lagoon on oyster beds. A slow, shallow draft kayak will work best approaching them. You get one cast to the fish closest in, but if he spooks, still bounce your bait all the way in because a lot of times the fish you hook is not the fish you are casting at. Lead head jigs don't get much love, but they will get a lot of striker outside of gold spoons and live bait. Bull Minnows for Flounder will get strikes. A split shot 4 feet up on a 1/0 hook will get strikes. Be patient, bites will be sporadic.
Spanish Mackerel have been good. Start early and if you find the birds, you will find the fish. Watch the nervous water inside the pass. Spanish will be pushing hardtails toward the surface and a Gotcha plug throw in the middle will get ation. Be sure to limit your area of search to the pass, just inside the bay (east toward Shell Island), and towards Redfish Point. The rest will be on the beach in the Gulf. Christmas Tree Rigs are my favorite. Use them absent visual confirmation to find the fish. Remember, big Kings hang on the ledges of these Spanish schools. A live Spanish rigged with a 6/0 or treble set through the nose on a stinger rig can land a smoker.
TRFR, Good luck guys
Spanish Mackeral is an extremely underrated smoker King bait, here on the east coast. Using them and small bluefish can be deadly, especially when pogies are impossible to catch.
Do you guys ever use Ribbonfish for Kings in the Gulf?
We do. We use them on downriggers in the Summer afternoon when the upper water column heats up.
Damn, you make me miss living on the coast... I lived in Navarre and really miss those early morning wades in the sound for reds. Some of the best time I ever spent.
Don't like Rammer Jammer? Probably because you just lost to Bama... Get ready to hear it again... and often...
Great report! Im going fishing for Redfish and Trout next weekend in St. Joseph's Bay. We're camping at Cape San Blas. Hopefully we can hook up on a big shark off the beach one night.
I've caught some nice reds lately down here in the middle keys. Got a nice 28 inch snook two days ago. Reds aren't very common in this area so it was pretty cool to catch some.
Not guilty y'all got to feel me
I'll give the high Sierra trout report next month.
Looks like another perfect day.
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