Rainy days have a way of making me sorry, not that I need much help. But watching a few recorded fishing shows makes me want to talk about fishing when the weather is bad. So here I am watching Debby sit out there in the Gulf and dump large amounts of needed rain on us here on the Big Bend Gulf.
Our summer fishing has been great so far. July 1st opens recreational Scallop Season and we are expecting the usual large crowds here in Steinhatchee. I have seen scallops from the boat this year, but have not been in the water to do my own scouting yet. If T.S. Debby doesn’t move on soon we’ll be going snorkeling blind next week. Best case is going to take a few days for the water to clear after the storm moves on. But the hunt is half the fun and if you ask the kids I have on the boat every summer they would want to go regardless the scallop count.
Speckled Trout have continued to bite well in shallow water. Cutbait(fresh pinfish) under corks has been best. A 5″ Saltwater Assassin “electric chicken” or “pink” on the lightest jig head you can cast will work very well also. Swimming and hopping this jig just above the grass covers a lot ground and is very effective. Even in 2 foot or less.
Red Fish will be your bonus fish with the above methods. In my last report I mentioned Reds being scattered on the flats. Well that has continued to be the case. We have great Red Fish catches when we were not Red fishing and a couple of the flats have been consistently producing.
Thanks for checking in, I’ll get a better scallop report posted as soon as I get in the water.