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FISHING AND HUNTING LICENSES
Non Resident - license required for bank or boat fishing unless on charter boat or licensed pier!
Resident - License required for bank or boat!
Exemptions- Under 16 years old and Over 65 resident. (Look at state regs others)
Destin and Offshore
Fishing is still good offshore. Tuna, Kings, some Spanish still showing. Water temps are still warm nearshore gulf. Flounder still being caught. Pompano showing good on beaches as well as Whiting and Redfish. Bottom fishing is good. Sadly now most are off limits. Amberjack just opened up. Air temps are 46f to 70f but windy. Pick your days. Tunas showing up with Bonitas right off the beach. Sheepshead piling up under Destin Bridge.
Fort Walton Beach and Choctawatchee Bay
Choctawhatchee Bay is clearing and salinity doing better. The fish are changing their feeding patterns. Best Catching after 2 pm. Dock light feeding patterns improving right now. Live bait is
still the king and shrimp is still the best bait god ever invented. Large white trout in the bayous. Scattered Redfish and Bluefish. Specs are back inside docks in 4-6 feet of water. Spanish being caught on swim baits while trolling sporadically in the bay.
Bridges still good for black snapper and sheepshead fish! Expect more visits from Florida Wildlife officers due to the abuse of limits and over catches! Dont forget....Redfish fines are $500 per fish! Don't make him mad or the judge because then its $5000 fine! For all other over and undersized game fish the fine is $50 per fish plus court costs! White trout and Mangrove snappers still under Cinco and Shalimar bridge. Large reds following the schools of menhaden. New Limits since July 2016 are back to 1 Red a day 18-27 inch slot. The reason for the slot is to insure that an 18 inch fish has reproduced at least once to preserve the species. 29 years ago, there were almost no Redfish or Black Drum left in all Florida due to over fishing. We had to instigate a change in our constitution to protect the Reds. Now, they are on the rebound but because of serious overfishing the state felt it had to return to a one a day limit. Sources think that the old 2 a day limit seriously set the Red population back 10 years. Spanish on Fire!
Rivers are slow with the large amounts of fresh water. The reds and trout were hot there till all the rain started
falling. You must be creative to get the bite. Please send Salty Bass updates.
Santa Rosa Sound
Fish being caught on sound has improved greatly! Use Live Bait and lures as both are working well. Fish deep holes to get the fish. Still large black drum around. But we try to release those as they are full of worms and average over 30 to 60 years old. They are our breeders.
Crappie and Bluegill Doing well and several reports of stripped bass under green lights in the bay due to the
large amounts of fresh water. Need more reports also in this area.
The fish are back. Reds and Trouts are on the move. Live Shrimp on 2/0 circle hook doing great on slot reds while free-lining. Speck trout on fire around the outer flats. Water temp is 72 degrees so they are HUNGRY! Watch the wind patterns as they are very rough still and plan the trip. Gold mirro- minnow lures sometimes working on the specks. DOAS are working better...however live bait now is king still!
Salty Bass Final Comments
Speckled trout are everywhere in the bayous. Bill Lang and Roy caught 19 trout ,plus jacks, and one 25 inch barracuda
all on flies and lures. Not talking about all smallies either.
Salty Bass Fishing Teams have struggled this year on lures and flies. I believe our bay if finally turning into a
real bay fishery as this is a very young bay. Fishing is already beginning to pick up a bit this year (2016) as the water is still warm. Bay is clearing rapidly. Fish with the wind at your back in the protected bayous. You must move around a lot to find the fish because of the enormous amount of fishing pressure. D O A's, mirrodines, and plastics Rule! Please practice fish conservation when you can.
Kayak mike has been moving around a lot of different bays to find his excellent catches on lures and live bait.
Live Shrimp is still best!
Mullet showing well! Roy and Bill used the fly rod and only caught one jack. Roy switched to plastics and came up with 7 very nice speckled trout. Only kept 2 a piece. Great Fun! Catch and Release RULES! Bay Temp at 7am was at 72.2 degrees and by 11 am got up to 77 degrees and rising. Somewhat dirty water with lots of floating trash.
With spring on the way, lets all remember good docking and boat ramp/fishing ethics.
Chris Love outfished Roy with secret top water thursday about 4-1. Got tired of catching fish after 40+ fish!
"See you soon and release some for Me and Eric!"