As expected in the wake of a tropical depression, the water conditions were not exactly favorable for fishing. Alberto dumped 6-10″ of rain in our area which turned the waters to a burnt coffee color. Those who could find cleaner water were rewarded with the targeted species. While fishing St. Marks, we worked to find cleaner water all morning. We didn’t exactly find much clean water, but did still manage to find a slot redfish while working the shoreline east of the lighthouse. With the influx of freshwater, the trout have been pushed out to the deeper flats searching for higher salinity levels and forage species (pinfish, glass minnows, etc.).
On Sunday, we fished to the west between Alligator Point and Carabelle. Once again, we were on the search for clean water. The water was just as dirty, from the shorelines of Lanark Village all the way to Turkey Point Shoal. We did manage to find one small group of reds, but they left as quickly as they showed up. We caught two nice slot fish and two shorts, but that was all.
If we can get a few weeks with minimal afternoon showers and no more major weather events, the inshore waters should clear and the fishing will rebound quickly. As for offshore, gag grouper season in federal waters opened June 1 and red snapper season opens June 11. The season should be stellar as both species have been closed since 2017. The wind forecast appears to be calm for the coming days and weekend ahead, so good luck and remember to be a responsible steward of the sea.
– Tight Lines,
Captain Jordan Hults