Busy catching fish!
We hope everyone had a wonderful Fathers Day! Even those that aren’t fathers, hopefully you were able to spend time on the phone or in person with your family and celebrate a wonderful day of appreciation.
The weather in general has been pretty good since our last fishing report. Light of a couple days of winds and rain during the tropical storm, everything is back to normal.
We have been doing a whole lot of fishing!
I know I’ve been hearing you guys say “where’s the fishing reports that you normally send out?” As you can tell from the fishing report pictures I have been VERY BUSY!
The phones have been ringing off the hook, the emails, the people who meet me at the store are asking about fishing. I haven’t been able to create them as frequently as I normally do, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day. I do apologize, but if you need a daily or weekly report, just go to the photo album, I try to add photos as they are given to me. Feel free to call, you know I LOVE to talk about fishing.
Tarpon are starting to show up around the passes and outside beaches in the area. The tarpon numbers aren’t thick yet, but should be soon, if last year is an indication of things to come! Hopefully, in the next week or so they will be here in full force as they normally are every year about this time.
Inshore…. The fishing has been fair. The waters are warmer at 81-84 degrees, thus the fishing has been off and on. Spanish Mackerel are pretty much through out the bay. Redfish and trout are hit or miss at this time of year, someday doing well early in the morning and late in the evening. The captains are reporting excellent catch on shark fishing trips when the weather will allow them to venture to their normal shark holes.
Tarpon catches and sightings are starting to increase we expect the numbers to continue to increase with the warmer waters. Tripletails are here, the old timers are talking about this being one of the best years they have ever seen for the fighting beauties… If you’ve ever tried to catch a tripletail (also known as a sunfish), you know that they’re very hard to catch. It takes an accurate cast and a little bit of good luck to bring one to the boat. Congratulations to those who have been able to entice one off of a buoy to bite your bait.
Right now, Shark, Spanish mackerel, Redfish, Speckled Trout and Tripletail are the target fish…. Hopefully in a week or two you can add tarpon the list.
Offshore.... Snapper, snapper and more snapper. The more consistent catch at this time is red snapper. Many of our trips have limited out or came very close to legal limits on red snapper. We have been catching a lot of grouper, but most are an inch shy of legal, throw back numbers are high. We have caught some really nice grouper as evident in the photos, it really depends on what you want to target. As the gulf waters warm with the summer season close at hand expect the fishing to only get better offshore. Amberjack, kings and cobia are here and we’ve been catching a few but it’s hit or miss which is typical for this time of year. We expect an excellent year for fishing both inshore and offshore.
Our boats have been fishing a lot lately, and many of you have been very lucky to find an open day during your vacation… Some of you were told, “sorry we’re booked for the next two or three days” so you were unable to go fishing with us during your vacation because our schedules were full. Please book early to insure that this doesn’t happen to you. It’s as simple as a phone call or an email to insure that you have a boat waiting at the dock, gassed up, iced up and ready to go fishing. If the weathers bad the day you are scheduled we will do our best to reschedule you during your vacation.
We are family friendly, so bring the kids and let’s go fishing!
If you’re looking for experienced, friendly, native guides give us a call 850-653-2622.
We’d love to take you fishing in our back yard!
About The Author: Captain Sandra Allen
Company: Book Me A Charter
Area Reporting: St. George Island - Apalachicola
Bio: Our goal at Book Me A Charter is to provide the best Inshore and Offshore Fishing, Oystering and Tour guide services in the area. Our captains are experienced in the waters of the Apalachicola Area including the Gulf of Mexico.