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FISHING AND HUNTING LICENSES
Destin and Offshore
The Gulf is really heating up as inshore temps are becoming around 70 degrees and 79 degrees 70 miles SSEast
of here. Cobia are really turning on at last. The first King was caught this week too. Lots of Spanish hanging around the pier and they are still catching squid there too. Joey Mathis of FWB is really catching Amberjacks and Mingos right offshore
deep jigging. Large sharks chasing the Cobia if your ready for a fight.
Fort Walton Beach and Choctawatchee Bay
The Choctawatchee Bay water temp is ranging from 64F-69F now. We've had many storms producing over
4 inches of rain at a time with high winds. Plenty of Reds roaming docks and flats. Trout, Sheephead, Blues, and Spanish
are under the bridges and on grass drop offs. Dustin and Amber Sanders really got into the fish at night this week
using live shrimp. They caught 5 Trout and 15-20 Reds. Catch limits were praticed during this time.
Trout and Black Drum best in the past 3-5 years now. Spanish and Sheephead are going really good now too. Shalimar, Brooks, and Destin the best bridges right now. Use live bait, gotchas, and hand made bubble rigs, not the cheap
Most the rivers are flooded and dirty at this time. Rain has been killing the fishing or best said "The Catching" this
year. Bud McLean of the Yellow River, though, says fishing in his area has been great even though the catching is slow.
A few Reds, Stripers, and Trout have been caught. Very Few Bass! Salty Bass Could Use More Information on the rivers
right now. Call 850-863-7999 between 1pm and 6pm with your catch information.
Santa Rosa Sound
Several captains reporting mixed catches this spring. Black Drum, Reds, and Trout being pulled up
around the docks on the sound using live bait.
Sporadic reports of bass being caught on bottom throughout the area as temperatures have fluxuated
greatly. Call Us if with your information between 1pm and 6pm.
Fishing has slowed down in the bayous and the flats during the morning hours because of all the late night
feeding. Might be a good time to buy that light for the kayak and do some night time fishing right now. But if
you are going to continue fishing mornings I've found DOA's to be my best lure with a few assorted m-dines. I'm
finding most of the fish in the shadows under docks or in the deep edge of the grass. Be careful as during this time of year the bacteria count gets much higher in the water. Take extra safety precautions not to have cuts or receive them
while in the bay or ocean as it could send you to the hospital. Keep a first aid kit with hydro-peroxide at all times.
Salty Bass Final Comments
The Salty Bass Fishing Team Success has been sporadic especially in this bay. We are committed to using
lures so it has been very hard with the crazy weather. At Navarre, Tim Donaldson, Bill Lang (on a fly), and
Roy Ledbetter landed 26 trout by 11am. DOA's have been the best artificial lure as they look like a live bait shrimp.
Our Baits of choice are Spook JR's, Mirrodines, Sprites, Zmans, and DOA's as they have been time tested -
Justin Shear got a delayed wedding present in the form of a 9.5 pound trout caught on a Rapala. He
took the picture and released it to spawn again.
One of our Kayakers caught the fish of his lifetime as he landed a 51 pound Cobia on his flamingo
pink jig he purchased at Salty Bass's collection of handmade lures.
"I never met a fish I didn't like!"