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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
It's Steamy hot outside and Reds, Spanish, and Bonita doing well on the coastline. Bluefish are in big numbers in areas. Shark fishing is improving with the arrival of baitfish! Mahi Mahi are being caught under floating sea weed beds. Red Snapper and Trigger fish are OFF LIMITS now. Kings doing great lures or live bait! Jake Sargent, deck hand, reporting good catches of 15 lbs kings using trolling lures!
Fishing trips are being being booked well in advanced on a daily basis right now. Reserve yours ASAP!
Fort Walton Beach and Choctawatchee Bay
Choctawhatchee Bay is clearing and salinity doing better. The fish are changing their feeding patterns. Best Catching after 5 pm. Dock light feeding patterns improving right now. Live bait is
still the king and shrimp is still the best bait god ever invented. The average size of trout is bigger this year! Yeahhhhh!
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! Spanish and Bluefish running heavy under bridges during the day.
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.
Santa Rosa Sound
Fish being caught on sound has improved greatly! Use Live Bait and lures as both are working well.
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.
We are having a heat wave here and its hot! Keep plenty of fluids with you if your day fishing. Look for shady places under docks in deep water to find the fish. The flats water temperature is making them sluggish there because it is so warm during the day. Blues are one the surface in morning and a few Spanish have been reported. Speckled trout eating good at night so they are pretty full by morning. Redfish are sporadic. Watch for pop up thunderstorms as they are occurring daily now. I keep a radar app on my phone in a dry case so I can periodically look. If you see a big thunderhead remember gust fronts are still possible even if it doesn't rain. Remember safety first.
Salty Bass Final Comments
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 murky and frothy at times. 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. So fish deep! 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!
"I never met a fish I didn't like!"