It’s Still Scalloping In Steinhatchee But There Are Reports Of Keeper Trout And Reds

Steinhatchee Fishing GuideAgain this week I have snorkeled instead of cast for seafood. The Scallop has been the target species.

I have heard good Trout and Red reports from people I trust. Now when I say good, I mean they went Trout and/or Red fishing and caught keeper size fish. I am sure this conversation might sound strange to some of you, let me explain, here on the Taylor and Dixie county coast we are accustomed to fishing in very clear to clean water. When it’s very dark or stained from the tanin present, as a result of all the rain we’ve had (decaying plant material produces the tanin and finds it’s way to Gulf via rivers and large creeks). The last few weeks we have seen nearly daily rain back to T.S. Debby, which dropped as much as 12″s here in Steinhatchee and more in other locations. I have said all that to say, there has not been a whole lot of fishing going on, some even speak of the mental block that comes with “non clear” water.

Dockside conversation has been about chasing patches of clear water which also held Scallops. The good news is it’s available. My party and I picked up 7 gallons yesterday and it yielded 4 pounds of the delicious meat! We had a great day.

I’ll try to keep you posted, in the mean time don’t give up on coming to Steinhatchee to go Scalloping, you may just have to look a little harder. Backup one or two reports and read my suggestions for finding a sweet spot.

GOD Bless and Good Fishing/Scalloping

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

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Late Summer Months Remain The Toughest

Here in Central Florida we catch fish 12 months our of the year, although the late summer months remain to be the toughest to do so. As water temps soar into the 90’s, the window of opportunity keeps getting shorter. This equates to getting up very early to catch a 2 hour bite window for Redfish and Trout, or running 40 miles off shore to catch and release Grouper.

On the other hand, if you are not picky about what you catch, and don’t mind being out in the heat (like most of our younger clients), then summertime fishing might be just the thing for you. Lot’s of Sharks, Ladyfish, Sail Cats, and Spanish Mackerel are all over the nearshore waters off the Levy & Citrus County Coasts.

Typically most of our clients are after a specific species of fish, and prefer the cooler times of the year to pursue them. This time of year we typically catch 7-10 different species of fish every trip, which makes for an interesting looking cooler at day’s end.

I’ve noticed lots of people having trouble with their outboard motors recently, most due to the ethanol in the fuel. I have a few tips to help you out.

1. Run your boat as often as possible. This keeps the ethanol in solution, not collecting in the bottom of your tank.

2. Use fuel stabilizer…it works!

3. Buy ethanol free fuel if you plan on letting your boat sit for more than a month.

4. Change your fuel filter and lines often.

5. Last but not least, if you are tired of all the maintenance, upkeep and other things your boat requires, just give us a call! We’ve got the perfect solution!

Until next time…See you on the Gulf!
Good Luck
Captain Nick

This Yankee Town Fishing Report is from Yankeetown Florida Fishing Guide Captain Nick