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FISHING AND HUNTING LICENSES
Destin and Offshore
Catching has slowed up offshore somewhat. Winter has hit the emerald coast hard this year. Most years are fairly mild. Last week it got down to 19F and 22F on Christmas.
Its been talked about that three charter boats have special permits to catch and keep Red Snapper. Roger Gustafson
of Wisconsin really got into the Red Snapper on his last trip 4 days ago with over 60 pounds of catches. He also had plenty of releases.
Piers are really slow but flounder and whiting are the biggest hits going on in the surf. Gulf Water Temp has been
68F - 70F.
Fort Walton Beach and Choctawatchee Bay
The Choctawatchee Bay air temp is varying from 63F to 23F Fish and People having a hard time adapting to such cool weather for the area. Concentrate on 8 or
more feet of water for your catch. Also, check the ends of bayous, beneath bridges, or drop offs which can be easily
located by depth finder. Roy went fishing last week and found 3 trout hanging around a single drop off. On
another trip Roy and John Kelly caught 14 Spanish and 6 Speckled Trout. Spanish caught on bubble rigs and
Trout on grubs and DOA's.
A good variety of fish being caught but the key is to move around a lot to find them.
Just put in the time with live bait. Lots of sheephead around so go get them.
Rivers slow but Bud McClean pulled in 5 nice Trout on Spook Jr. on last trip during the pm.
Santa Rosa Sound
Very sporadic reports of catching in the Santa Rosa Sound. One catch of 6 Trout this week was
off deep docks using live shrimp.
No reports for freshwater fishing. Call them into the shop so we can post them.
With good protection from cold and hypothermia along with a little guts you can find fish hunkered in deep
holes or drop offs. Seeing some top water action on the dark bottom parts of the bayous in the PM. Its a good
time to try Live Bait or one of Eric Anderson's favs, the Storm Lure. DOA's working really well. In mornings try finding
places where fish can warm up at first sun near those drop offs. They should be clustered together. You get the
first hit, most likely you will get a few more. Remember, during this time of year Kayaking can be deadly due to
hypothermia. Have a game plan ready in case you flip and stay close to areas where you can get help quickly. I know
nobody ever kayaks alone, but have a buddy go with you on your next trip.
Salty Bass Final Comments
Salty Bass Bait and Tackle Shop fishing buddies have been sick alot this winter along with 1/2 of Fort Walton Beach.
Need more blood this way. Went out monday and got 5 trout with 3 guys and lures. Pitiful 20 MPH winds
didnt help either. Only 5 trout caught between us all.
Randy Wilson and cousin went to river 7am to 2pm and got 45 trout and 15 small reds. Need more
feed back at the shop so we can test your theories. Hope to see you out there!