Fishing around the panhandle has been great overall considering the heat. From the flats to nearshore everything has been biting! Remember to get out early and be prepared to stay late if you want to catch trout and reds. I have been fishing high water working around flooded grass and my clients have done well with top water and jerk baits. Look for schools of mullet along with small bait pods in water from 1 to 3 feet, slow down and fan cast the area well before moving on and you should be able to put several fish in the boat. If you are using live bait, try the same approach when working the flats by floating baits under corks up in the shallows transitioning to using leads working dropoffs as the day begins to heat up.
Sight fishing for reds has been awesome! The water up on the flats is extremely clear allowing anglers to see and take numerous shots at fish. Off the beach, the clariety is also excellent and my clients have been doing great spotting and hooking up with tarpon on fly and spin.
Nearshore good reports of Kings, Spanish and Bonita are keeping anglers busy. Trolling artificials and flat lining dead or live bait around structures have been producing some nice results. If you are looking for action on the fly in addition to tarpon off the beach and reds on the flats, targeting feeding schools of Bonita nearshore will definitely keep you busy.
If you are just looking to hear a drag scream and get your line pulled, shark fishing in the bays has been on fire! It’s pretty straight forward, live or dead bait works great. If you need more info give me a call and I’ll explain the way I set up for a great day of shark fishing!
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As always, I encourage you to give me a call if you have questions about fishing in the Panhandle at (850) 832-4952 or for additional information about Grassy Flats Charters, please visit http://grassyflatscharters.com/.
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Captain Daniel Snapp
Grassy Flats Charters
“Sight Fishing the Emerald Coast”