There are just over two weeks of Recreational Scallop season left. The optimist in me knew with certainty that our normally beautiful flats on the Taylor and Dixie county coast would clear up, and those of us with opportunity would load up on last minute Scallops – but I guess not.
I have removed the bimini top and the deck chairs from the boat. I did, however, leave the dive flag and one set of snorkel gear on board, just in case. The “Old Pro” Anna Marie is ready for fall fishing.
I got off to good start last week with a couple of scallop trips turned fishing trip. I fished shallow flats (2-3 ft) both mornings as we had high morning tides. The water continues to be very stained but clean in areas to the north and south of the Steinhatchee River. We fished fresh cut pinfish under Saltwater Assassin corks. Redfish to 28″s and Trout to 20″s was our catch both days. The bonus was 26″ Spanish Mackerel who did not mind the red water. His yellow spots were rust color, telling us he had been in the stained water a while.
Water temps remain in the mid 80’s. I look for great fall fishing on the flats here in Florida’s Big Bend.
GOD Bless and Good Fishing/Scalloping
Captain STEVE KROLL
This Steinhatchee Fishing Report is from Steinhatchee Fishing Guide Captain Steve Kroll