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Old 01-25-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Ive fished east choctawhatchee bay for the past year, is it me or are the fish scarce around that area? Ive just recently bought a new boat and now have a fully equipped boat, im hoping that a nice bottom machine will help! As far as bait goes, I know about copelands and the other store on 331 but they dont seem to carry bull minnows, they are hard to find to me? And what about pogies, can I buy them also? Im not asking for anyones honey hole, just need some info to make my trips a little more easier! Im new to the forum so any help would be appreciated help.... I will be fishing there a lot this year! Thank you
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:34 PM   #2
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You have found the only 2 places to get live bait around the area. At least thats the only 2 places I have found for bait around here. Bull minnows seem to be hard to find around here for some reason. If you like to catch your own bait, try going up into LaGarange Bayou and see if you can find some LY`s. They are around but you have to hunt for them this time of year. Or you can try Alaqua Bayou, try up near the river mouth.
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I figured that was coming, I need to learn to throw a net! I know there's a bait man in grand lagoon if im ever fishing over the but thats not really helping. I wonder if there's a number to call for live bait? What about finger mullet? Any chance on finding those? Thanks for you input!
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The only other live bait I know of is the bait man in the Destin Pass thru the summer months. I don`t think he does much in the winter. I don`t recall seeing him out there when the weather turns cool.
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I guess I better get good with a net..... if I lived there I could use traps but I dont! Oh well, I will have to use what I can get! Any luck on artificial? Gulp shrimp for trout?
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I actually do quite well with Gulp baits. I free line them under a Cajun Thunder. But damn, they are getting expensive. I`m curious about this new Pro-Cure scent. I might try this with a few plastic swim baits.
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I live north of freeport and have fished the area since a teen ager and this is the best time to fish for trout in my opnion colder the better and hit the creeks and the inter coastal my bait of choice small live mullet i got a 10 ft bait net find some salt grass and shallow water and you will find small 3 to 5 inch mullet. Black Creek is hot right now
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Great info, thanks Fowlweather.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:44 AM   #9
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Yes it is good info.... im gonna get out tommorrow weather permitting! I guess im gonna go buy a net! Id love to get on some specs
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Half hitch does not have any bull minnows, just called and they are out!
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