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Old 05-08-2011, 06:41 PM   #1
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I have a vacation planned in the first week of June in Cape San Blas And was wondering if anyone has any advice on where and what to fish for. I am dragging my 14 foot skiff with a 15hp tiller motor with trolling motor. I am an avid fisherman I am just in new territory. any advice will help thank you.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:16 PM   #2
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Too bad that you are not going July 1st at the open of scallop season. You can catch most fish that you catch in this area. I haven't fished in a while there but I do go in the area Port St Joe and over to Alligator Pt. to scallop. I remember catching some specs when I camped one year. I really like the area. Have fun.
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I've fished a little there in the summer when scalloping with my scout troop. One problem is LOTS of floating grass. We were land locked - no boat. The wind always seemed to be blowing in the direction of our campsite - pushing the grass our way. The surface was covered with endless bands of floating grass. Trying to work a topwater or subsurface hard bait (Rapala, Mirrolure, etc.) was pretty difficult because you would work it 5 feet and it would be covered with grass. Next year I am going to try the DOA deadly combo, Johnson Spoon, soft jerk baits, etc. The other option is go to the side of the bay the wind is coming from and there will not be as much grass from what the locals told me.

If you have luck let me know how what was succesful please. I'll be back there in August with the scouts.
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I will give a report as soon as I get back. Thanks for the info.
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:57 PM   #5
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Find presnells fish camp and fish the flats in front of there. Plenty of grass and pockets. We have always done well there.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:53 AM   #6
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Drift the flats in the bay out behind the state park. Lot's of grass with sand pockets in 4-6 ft of water. We would fish pinfish under popping corks for big trout. I got a 7 pounder that way a few years back.
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Just as Tennessee Trey said find grass flats and look for sandy spots within the grass. Jig head with a gulp shrimp is one of the best go to lures on the flats. one good place to look is around Black's Island. Hope this helps.
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Just curious, why the sand flats by the grass? Are the fish in the sand, grass, or on the edge?
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The fish use the edges of the grass and the pot holes for ambushing prey.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:14 AM   #10
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Scattered sand holes in the grass is a good sign. If it's solid grass I would drift on until you are seeing some. I have not had nearly as much luck in solid grass covered flats. The trout will lay right in even the smallest sand hole waiting for prey. Some of my best days were with very clear water and a pair of good polarized sun glasses. You can actually see the fish sitting in the hole and target them.
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