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Old 02-07-2017, 03:21 PM   #1
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Just booked our first trip to Walton County for the week after Easter - staying just back of the beach right between East Lake and Deer Lake. Plan to surf fish and will have my sons with me and a tandem kayak for surf launch or to explore one (both?) of those lakes. We've been to Destin a few times but never down near Santa Rosa. Those Coastal Dune Lakes look amazing!?

Any help to put us on fish would be appreciated. I'm assuming any structure near the outfall from those lakes could be productive and I've already read in a few posts that the beach-side edge of the lakes along the outfall can be great for redfish?

I'm guessing April could be good for pomp's and drum...but both of our last trips to Destin were earlier in the spring so I'm not quite sure what to expect?

Man I'm excited to get down there...and I'm pouring through the April reports on this forum!
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:38 PM   #2
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This might interest you since it's so close to shore. Your kayak setup could handle this easily if the surf is calm

http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/south-...ch-state-park/
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I saw that those were going to be dropped in this year! I wonder how quickly they will gather fish and become real habitats...are all of the ones off Grayton Park in the water already!?

Looks like that's about 4 miles up the beach from where we're staying so I assume I can drive up and launch from the park (I'll check that out). Definitely intriguing to have that kind of structure so near shore -- and I understand they have plans to add additional artificial reefs along the coast moving forward!?
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I really don't keep up with much about saltwater since I'm primarily a freshwater river guy, but from this article it looks like a lot have already been deployed and hundreds more in the future.
I'm not sure about near shore reefs but have read new deep water reefs start attracting fish within a few days.

http://www.buildingconservation.org/...tificial-reef/

You can check the Grayton Park website for details on how they run things like launching and fishing the lake and gulf, etc.
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Thanks - I'm definitely going to check into it. Since you primarily freshwater fish, do you hit any of those coastal dune lakes? I know the salinity can vary and when there are outflows / cuts through the beach it probably changes dramatically, but I've heard you can be targeting Largemouth and pull in a Red Drum...or vice-versa?
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Dune Lake info:

http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/all-th...-south-walton/


I fished all of the dune lakes when I was a kid. Can't do that anymore. Western Lake is probably the best for public access through Grayton Beach State Park. They have a boat ramp. Bass fishing is best around the riprap at the 30A bridge, and north of the bridge. Around the pads you may catch some nice bream and bluegills as well as bass.

Several of the lakes have been open to the gulf and may still be open When that happens it flushes the lakes which is a natural thing. Reds, flounder, crabs, etc, enter the lake which is good. You may catch a red or bass on the same lure. We used to gig flounder in the outfall and the lake and some people still do when conditions are right.

April is one of our best months for fishing. You have chosen a good time of year. Not so many people on the beach in April except it's a little busy on weekends. Weather is usually excellent as well.

So come on down and enjoy!
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This might interest you since it's so close to shore. Your kayak setup could handle this easily if the surf is calm

http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/south-...ch-state-park/
def want to try this..i wonder how hard its been fished though?
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