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BEND: Steinhatchee, Horseshoe Beach & Keaton Beach Outta-Here
Charters (352) 498-2493 Capt. Wayne informs us that grouper
fishing continues to be very good. Fish are being caught on
a variety of live and dead bait. Grouper are now being
caught in the deeper waters since it has become so hot.
Snapper season will open April 21st in Federal
Waters and remain open until Oct. 31. Fishing is still very
good in the summer months, but it is very hot on the open
waters especially when there is not a breath of air. Please
visit their website for photos of recent catches at
www.outtaherecharters.com Sea Hag Marina (352)
498-3008 Danielle says that the scallop outlook is
plentiful in the Gulf near the Steinhatchee River mouth.
Steinhatchee is one of the only places in the world where
you can collect scallops. It is best if you simply snorkel
in approximately four foot of water and dive to collect them
by hand. The limit for scallops is 2 gallons of whole
scallops per person with a maximum of 10 gallons per boat or
1 pint of scallop meat per person or a half-gallon maximum
of meat per boat. You are required to carry a saltwater
fishing license to collect scallops. Currently they are
catching redfish around oyster bars using a live shrimp.
They are catching some nice spotted sea trout and a lot of
cobia on the flats. They are catching some very large cobia
in the area; look for the cobia around structures. Offshore
they are catching some nice grouper whenever the weather
permits them to get offshore. They are catching them in as
close at 18 miles, but most are being caught about 25 miles
out. They are going after thread herring, spanish sardines,
cigar minnows, and squid. They are also catching some nice
kingfish in the area. Please visit
www.seahag.com for updated pictures and reports.
Horseshoe Beach Marina (352) 498-5687 Joe tells us that the
trout are biting in six to eight feet of water. The cobia
are coming in very good sizes. The tarpon are biting really
well in the area. The scalloping is decent up around
Pepperfish Key. Stop by Horseshoe Beach Marina and see what
they have to offer. When you’re out fishing be sure to
bring your sunscreen and plenty to drink to help ward off
the Florida summer heat.
Haven Marina & Motel (352) 498-0709 Cliff tells us that the
scallops a re producing a few limits. They are catching
some nice trout in the area.
grouper are biting about ten miles out. They recently had a
customer catch a nice 34-pound cobia using a piece of squid
in eight feet of water. Captain Tommy Thompson (888)
843-9949 Capt. Tommy says that summer means scallops on the
Big Bend! Scallops mean crowded boat ramps and unusually
large numbers of party-goers on the flats. So, if you’re
interested in fishing inshore, he recommends targeting
redfish and trout that are closer to shore than the
scallopers or looking for fish in areas such as Waccasassa
and Yankeetown that normally don’t have many of the edible
bivalves! He has been having great luck with top water
plugs in the early morning hours fishing around oyster bars
for large gator trout as well as ‘slot sized’ and larger
redfish. The trick to this method is getting out very early
and fishing the first few hours of sunlight for the ‘big
ones’. As the day warms up, the fish seem to move deeper
and are best targeted with soft plastics such as DOA’s
Terror-Eyz jigs or CAL jigs.
Gulf Breeze Marina & Campground (352) 498-3948 Wanda tells
us that the scalloping season is off to a great start. They
are getting a lot of scallops off the north shore. They are
catching trout in about four or five feet of water. The
redfish are biting really well right up against the shore
rocks; they are going after live shrimp and gold spoons.
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