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Steinhatchee scalloping reports and Steinhatchee fishing reports for redfish, speckled trout and more in the Steinhatchee river and surrounding areas.

We’ve Had A Great Year And The Last Few Weeks Have Been Fun

Steinhatchee Fishing GuideCongratulations, 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.

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GOD Bless and Good Fishing,
Captain STEVE KROLL

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This Steinhatchee Fishing Report is from Steinhatchee Fishing Guide Captain Steve Kroll

 

And This Is Why You Go Fishing In Steinhatchee
And This Is Why You Go Fishing In Steinhatchee
Speckled Trout Caught In Steinhatchee, Florida
Speckled Trout Caught In Steinhatchee, Florida

The Fish Are Here And It’s Productive

Steinhatchee Fishing GuideI 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.

Thanks for reading
GOD Bless and Good Fishing,
Captain STEVE KROLL

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This Steinhatchee Fishing Report is from Steinhatchee Fishing Guide Captain Steve Kroll

Three Keeper Steinhatchee Redfish
Three Keeper Steinhatchee Redfish
Steinhatchee Speckled Trout
Steinhatchee Speckled Trout

 

Fall Is Finally Here

Steinhatchee Fishing GuideIt 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.

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GOD Bless and Good Fishing
Captain STEVE KROLL

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This Steinhatchee Fishing Report is from Steinhatchee Fishing Guide Captain Steve Kroll

Late October Steinhatchee Redfish
A Late October Steinhatchee Redfish
The Gang and Their Catch at River Haven Marina in Steinhatchee
The Gang and Their Catch at River Haven Marina in Steinhatchee
Cool Weather Steinhatchee Speckled Trout
Cool Weather Steinhatchee Speckled Trout

 

It’s Still Summertime But There Are Hints Of Change

Steinhatchee Fishing GuideIt’s still summertime here in Steinhatchee, but there are hints of change, a couple of mornings below 70 degrees will have you hunting a jacket for the boatride. Speckled Trout bite will pickup on the deeper flats. Shallow Trout should also bite more often with water temps dropping. We are also looking forward to our flats clearing up, or at least cleaning up. It is showing signs. Now we have a lot of conversation about the impact of dirty water on fish. I am mostly convinced it has more impact on fisherman than fish. Just like any other change in conditions. I think noisy baits and corks become more effective. Talking about the impact on fisherman, I’ll be glad when cleans up enough to see the difference between grass and sand, it helps me.

I have heard of some big schools of Reds, but have not found them yet myself. Redfish have been scattered for me. These fish should get easier to locate and catch soon as well, with cooling water.

Most everyone knows our scallop season ended around the 1st of August, as a result of the dirty water, with the exception of a few brave folks “grubbing” for them, wading and feeling for them. I opted to go to Homosassa where they have clear water and plenty of Scallops. As I write this report there’s 12 days left in the new extended season. I have one more trip, and then we’ll be back home and wide open on OUR Trout and Redfish flats. Spring 2013, we saw the best Speckled Trout fishing I can remember and the fall should be just as good.

GOD Bless and Good Fishing
Captain STEVE KROLL

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This Steinhatchee Fishing Report is from Steinhatchee Fishing Guide Captain Steve Kroll

Homosassa, Florida where they have clear water and plenty of Scallops
Homosassa, Florida where they have clear water and plenty of Scallops
Steinhatchee Redfish Caught with Pepperfish Key Charters
Steinhatchee Redfish Caught with Pepperfish Key Charters

Steinhatchee Scalloping, 2013

Steinhatchee Fishing GuideThis is going to be more of a scallop report, than a fishing report, for the simple fact that is mostly what I’ve been doing, guiding scallop trips.

Dirty water is haunting us again this year. The difference is we still have clear water with scallops to the north and south of the Steinhatchee River.  I don’t want to give you the wrong impression and imply it’s easy. The weather itself has created challenges. As I write this we have got a break from the rain and the winds have slacked up. This is letting the flats clear up, some areas we know have scallops.

Sand Trout have made showing on the deep flats 6-10 feet, Specks are still on the shallow flats, 4 foot or less, mainly in the morning. As summers go, it’s been mild, which I think contributed to the best day I’ve had fishing this summer. We fished shallow to catch 10 Trout that weighed 20lbs. Redfish can be found with effort, while I think about it, that’s normal.

There is so much to do here in the summer, it’s hard to choose. Come see us.
GOD Bless and Good Fishing & Scalloping
Captain STEVE KROLL

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This Steinhatchee Fishing Report is from Steinhatchee Scallop Guide Captain Steve Kroll

Steinhatchee Scalloping, The Work Is Done
The Work Is Done
Scalloping, Summertime work in Steinhatchee, Florida
Scalloping, Summertime work in Steinhatchee, Florida
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