Greetings from Steinhatchee, I have not sent in a report in a while, apologies, sorriness is my only excuse. Our scallop season went very well, which is a miracle, considering the poor visibility we had as late as the last few weeks of June.
But then in September we had a fish kill offshore, red tide presumably. It hung around for a few weeks, haunting the coastal communities here along the Big Bend/Nature Coast part of Florida. And it’s still hanging around out in the Gulf. The latest forcast is for it to drift further away. FWC has a page that is easy to find, if you’re interested in monitoring it. We praying and hoping it stays away, and the natural occurring algae’s impact very small.
We are catching fish! The kind of days we anticipate with the arrival of Fall. Speckled Trout are moving up on the shallow flats right on schedule. I like to fish cutbait this time of year for a couple reasons, it helps my customers catch Trout in shallow water and Reds are scattered on some of the same flats. We will routinely have days we will not fish any deeper than four foot, all day.
Of course there are other opportunities, the return of schools of Spanish Mackerel make for some very exciting nearshore fishing, and the Sand Trout are great fun for kids and new fisherman. Anyway, it’s a great time of year to fish Steinhatchee. Fish bite often, frequently, and regularly this month. Come see us!
GOD BLESS and Good Fishing
Congratulations, we have made through another year. I just realized it’s been several weeks since I posted an article. Apologies. We have had a great year, very blessed year and looking forward to 2014. The last few weeks here in Steinhatchee have been a lot of fun, with Family, Friends, Fish and Food.
We are catching Speckled Trout in the river regularly. Some days we have to hunt a little, but hey! can’t be easy every day. The creeks are also holding fish, usually bigger. With the numbers of Trout in the river, it’s easy to talk yourself out of the boat ride! After all, a limit of fish without putting the boat on plane is special!
Redfish are more difficult to find, at least slot size, there are schools of “cobs”, a name given to undersize Reds, that can be found in river and creek holes. If you find them, and want to enjoy some catch and release fun, please use a jig to minimize damage to the fish. Treble hooks are very difficult to remove.
I will admit that I’m looking forward to warmer weather already, but plan to take advantage of the opportunities we have the next couple months. Thanks for checking in.
I mentioned last report fall being late, or summer hanging on long. Well which ever case fall is here. The Speckled Trout have moved up closer to the hill and the Redfish have bunched up. For those of you who are familiar with our vast beautiful grass flats, you know what an exciting fishing season this is, and how productive the “rock grass” can be. And I might mention, the challenge that fishing it can be. It is no place for weak knots or old line or any other kind of equipment issues. Large Trout and upper slot Reds will break your heart in this stuff. The Rock Grass or Cattails, as some refer to it, is at it’s longest and thickest of the year. I think that’s why large predator fish like it for ambushing prey and cover from their predators.
Most methods using a cork, like a Saltwater Assassin Kwik Kork, will work fine. A jig and Assassin tail, a gulp, cutbait or shrimp will do the job. Be patient, there will be hangups. And when you get hit by that big sow Speckled Trout or Red, again be patient. Keep your drag light, keep a bend in your rod and most times the fish will untangle itself.
It’s a fun time of year, Spanish Mackerel are here and I’ve seen some 5 pounders at the dock and expect them show up bigger before Thanksgiving.
I get calls and questions this time of year about river Trout, you know Steinhatchee was once famous for that, and recent years not so much. It’s a weather thing, and we’ll just have to see how soon and how cold winter shows up. We’ll keep you posted.
It seems a little late to me, but I think fall is finally here. Morning air temps in the 60’s all week are one sign. Speckled Trout and Redfish in the rock grass is another. Sand Trout and Spanish Mackerel on the flats around sandbars is another.
The water is clearing albeit slowly. You can now see spotty bottom. The south of Steinhatchee is slower to clear but the winds from the north and east will help it clean up.
We are having great Trout fishing now and anticipate it getting better. Redfish have showed for me the last couple days on the flats and rock grass where I’m Trout fishing, not in big numbers, but I look for that to get better.