Panhandle, Capt Daniel Snapp


The report this month is pretty straight forward, most of the fish are in their usual cold weather patterns and to get a decent day on the water you will have to deal with the ever changing weather systems: cold, hot, windy, etc….it’s any body’s guess but when you do catch a nice day, fishing has been pretty good.


The speckled trout are still holding to the deeper holes in the bay and warmer water up in the creeks. Like I stressed last month, a slow presentation will be key in order to get the bite. The reds are schooled up and have been hit or miss, you just have to put in the time searching the banks. There have been some good reports from both West and East bay but remember you will have to be in stealth mode if you even hope to get those fish to eat. Sheepshead are also a great fish to target this time of the year. Shrimp or fiddler crabs make great baits. Working docks, bridges, and the jetties should provide more than enough action for you.


Cobia season is right around the corner usually beginning the last of March or the first of April depending on the water temp. If you are interested in catching a great fighting, excellent tasting fish give me a call and I’ll be happy to explain how I target them.


Spanish Mackerel usually arrive in March and are a blast to catch on light tackle and fly! However, I have seen some large school’s of small Mackerel already working bait in St. Andrews Bay. It should be an interesting year with the warmer temperatures.


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Captain Daniel Snapp

Grassy Flats Charters

“Sight Fishing the Emerald Coast”

(850) 832-4952