Archive for Fishing

2018 was a wild ride!

It’s hard to believe we’re already almost through February 2019! On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael blew into the Florida Panhandle with landfall at Mexico Beach and Tyndall AFB. It’s the worst storm I’ve seen here and devastating doesn’t really describe what we lived through but we are safe and will rebuild.

The good news is the recovery is going well, at least in St. Joe.  Cleanup continues for miles but at least we are now able to drive from St. Joe to Panama City without long unsafe detours. Downtown St. Joe and the marina area have some work to go but businesses are slowly coming back to life in our small community. Mexico Beach is just beginning it’s recovery.

If you’ve been here there are miles of coastline which won’t look the same as the last time you visited. If you’ve never been, you can see the rebuilding. There is a lot still to do for many miles but we are Florida strong!

The good news is that we are fishing in St. Joe Bay. Need to get away, warmer weather is coming and we are ready to fish.

2017 Scallop Season Opens September 23

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the beginning of the 2017 Scallop harvest season. The season was postponed earlier due to a naturally occurring algae bloom which affects shellfish. Samples show that scallops in St. Joseph Bay are safe for consumption.

It will be a short season with October 8, being the last day of harvest.

The Gulf County scallop population is still recovering from a Red Tide in 2015. Visit the Commission Website for more information including limits.

Speckled Trout Fishing

Recently, Captain Mark had the pleasure of taking Mark Olis, a writer for Grand View Outdoors, on a fishing trip.  Mr. Olis called it “The Hunt for Speckled Trout” and the complete article can be read here:  The Hunt for Speckled Trout

An excerpt,

A local fisherman was telling me about Lyle’s fishing expertise and he said, “If there’s a crab out there, he knows where it’s at.” After spending a couple of days on the water with Lyle, I believe that fella was right.

It was a fun day and a good catch!

Speckled Trout Fish Catch

Scalloping, Fun and Work at the same time

Scallop season is July 1 to September 10 unless extended. It has been extended each of the past two years so we’ll have to wait to see.

Scalloping is done in shallow water (less than 3 feet) and is a lot of fun, at least picking them from the water is fun. Shucking them, not so much….. Low tide makes them easier to see in deeper water.

We will take up to 4 people on a scallop trip but you’ll need to bring your own snorkeling equipment, hats, sunscreen and cameras.

There is a limit to the number of scallops each person is allowed to harvest. If shucked, the limit is 1 pt. per person with a 1/2 gallon max for the entire trip. In the shell, the limit is 2 gallon per person so a party of 4 can bring in 10 gallons by counting the captain as a fifth person.  It’s better to bring them to shore in the shell, then shuck.

Shucking is not included in our trip price so be prepared to shuck your own!