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Forgotten Coast Fishing Report

These cold fronts have made it hard for fishing offshore but some captains have it dialed in. The Spanish bite has slowed but the tip of the Cape seems to be holding a few as well as Mexico Beach. Try dragging a Rapala X-Rap as well as Mackerel Rigs. Capt. Chase Wilder of Signal 0 Charters had a great day, catching vermilion snapper. Although red snapper season is closed, it’s hard to keep them off the line. Capt. Pete Barwick of Bounty Bay Charters reports the vermillion, porgie and red grouper bite is also doing good; cut mackerel seems to be the bait of choice. 

Inshore, Capt. Jason Williams of Chasin Dreams Charters had a prominent trip with several redfish and sheepshead. Live shrimp as well as bull minnows are the bait to have. Capt. Lee Thompson of Shallow Seas Charters never disappoints; he caught several St. Joe Slams, consisting of redfish, trout and flounder. Capt. Chris Lance of Gettin Reel Sportfishing had a happy crew of young fisherman with limits of redfish and Sheepshead. 

The rivers have been up and down this week. Lake Wimico is still the spot to be for catfish and shellcracker. The crappie bite has also been good up in the creeks on live minnows. If you’re throwing artificial, try the Berkley Crappie Nibbles or a small 2-inch grub, such as Kalin’s Triple Threat in a Tennessee Shad.

Be sure to stop in BlueWater Outriggers for all your fishing needs and the latest tips on where they’re biting! Until next week, keep an eye on the horizon, for a front moving through.

Tom Gannaway

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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