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Old 07-16-2014, 12:37 AM   #1
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Default Going to be fishing over in port said joe area. Need advice

The family is coming down to vacation over in Port St. Joe and we will have two boats for the bay. I have never fished there. By looking at aerials, it seems there is an overwhelming amount of flats. Could anyone give me advice on general areas to fish. We will have medium action tackle. I plan to hit trout, redfish, flounder, and Spanish since that's what I'm used to over here in the Choct.
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Anywhere south of blacks island on the flats are pretty condusive to trout as well as east and west side flats. I know its a lot of ground but there are trout a lll over that bay!
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Thanks for your tips!
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I would like to target some spanish mackerel too. I caught some last summer on a some soft baits. Haven't seen any this year yet. Could you give me some advice on rigs for em? 3 in steel liter? Hard baits or soft baits?
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I would like to target some spanish mackerel too. I caught some last summer on a some soft baits. Haven't seen any this year yet. Could you give me some advice on rigs for em? 3 in steel liter? Hard baits or soft baits?
For spanish, your best bet is to go around the tip of cape san blas and run about 3/4 of mile along the outside of the cape (there is a bit of a sand bar/flat immediately on the outside of the tip of the cape -- watch your bottom machine there). Begin trolling anything flashy - Christmas tree rigs, gotchas, etc. Weave back and forth from about 9 or 10 feet to 18-22' until you start catching them, then hang around that depth until they stop biting, then start weaving along until you find them again. They will be there.
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Troll with a gotcha? Won't that just stay at the surface?
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And when you say weaving. You mean weave the boat back and forth?
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