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JUNE-JULY 2017: WARMER WATER TEMPS

The water temperatures have been on the rise these past couple months, bringing changes to the fishing action.  Red fish can handle the warmer water much better than the speckled trout.

Inshore, the trout bite has slowed considerably, with most of the action occurring early in the morning or late afternoon.  After we've had a couple of cloudy days, it can help cool the surface temp on the shallow flats, and the trout bite seems to pick up a bit.

Off shore, the trout action has also slowed in the 8-15' of water range.  I did receive some reports of good trout fishing in the deeper 20'+ range.

The two sure bets in June and July have been red fish and mangrove snapper.  The red fish bite has been very strong, with many fish in the upper slot size and over.  Live pinfish has been the go-to bait,  however live shrimp are always a good producer too.

The reds have been around the islands and creek mouths all along the coast from Yankeetown to Bayport.  The big schools should start to show up towards the end of August, so you can look forward to even more great action !

Back off shore on the shallow rocks, the mangrove snapper bite has been on fire !  Small pieces of fresh shrimp on a 1/8 oz jig head is all that's needed to get your limit of these great eating fish.  Big grunts, sea bass, flounder, and Spanish Mackerel also supplied plenty of action for all anglers.

Scallop season opened on July 1st, and crowds at the boat ramp, on the river, and on the flats have increased greatly- so try to be patient at the ramp, and keep an eye out for swimmers while you're out enjoying a day on the water.

Limits of scallops are being gathered from Crystal River to Chassahowitzka.  The best depth has been in 6-10' of water at high tide, so be prepared to dive a little deeper.  You will find plenty of scallops in the shallower water, but it will just take you longer to find your limit.

Thanks as always to all my guests and friends.  Stay safe on the water, and be sure to say hello if you see me out there.    Capt Mark














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