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What’s biting other than redfish?

Spring is here and the fishing is good.   Red fish bite year round but go to deep holes when the weather cools.

Trout and sheephead begin biting when the water begins warming.  Mackerel move with the water temperature and flounder will move off shore.

We went out yesterday and had a great day!  Pictures coming soon.  Glad we didn’t wait until today now that the rain has moved in.  Port St. Joe is currently under a River Flood warning to if you’re out and about keep your eyes open and stay in touch with the weather man (or app!)

Journey Docked at St. Joe Marina

This is an article I received in April after meeting Mike and Dana while fishing in the canal.

Meet Captain Mark Lyle who fishes commercially and offers flat bottom fishing charters in St. Joe Bay.

We were sight seeing on the ICW just before Lake Wimico, about 12 miles west of Appalachicola in our dinghy, Schoolbus, when we spotted Mark cast net fishing in the main part of the canal.

As we slowed to say hi we noticed Mark’s flat bottom boat was filled with shiny small fish, a whole bunch of small shiny fish, according to Mark maybe a 1000 pds. We learned that the fish were menhaden and that he was catching them to sell to the fish processing plant nearby. They are frozen, packaged, and sold as bait to crabbers. Mark gets 20 cents a pound for pogy, the local name.

Cast netting is a skill and if you catch a lot of fish, it is also hard work. This is the first time Mark had been cast net fishing since he had a rotator cuff operation some months ago. He said he will be sore tonight but it will be a good sore!

As we watched Mark continue to throw his net, 1000’s of fish were flashing through the water, some jumping into the air. The fish were schooling and confined to only a small 50yd segment of the canal. It was very interesting to watch. Our two boats and Mark’s net had little influence on the school of fish.

We passed Mark on our way back to Journey. He was headed to the processing plant to sell his catch. As we pulled up along side his boat, he gave us a couple of fresh fish for dinner. This is the second time on this trip that we had fresh fish for dinner without getting a hook wet! We have learned to always treat fisherman nicely. You never know when supper might be a gift of fresh fish.

Mike and Dana
On Board Journey
Docked at St. Joe’s Marina

Talk great fishing!

The weather has been in the mid to upper 90’s here in Port St. Joe, FL. The heat isn’t hurting the fishing in St. Joe Bay. Yesterday, Aug. 6 we caught more than our limit and put a lot back in the water. It was great fun!

Scallop season is right now, so if you’ve ever thought about trying it, now’s the time.

Rainy Days of March?

Lots of rain today along with thunderstorms. March has certainly added some much needed rain with more to come the middle of next week. Temps in the 60’s probably won’t last for long but we’ll enjoy them while we can.

We were planning to get some current pictures to post here but it looks like it will be a little longer. We certainly don’t want to post doom and gloom so check back soon for some new pictures.  St. Joe Bay is beautiful any time but smooth water makes for better pics.