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Port St. Joe Fishing Report

Captain Jason Williams of Chasin Dreams Charters reports beeliners and triggerfish have been good in 80 to 100 feet of water using cut mackerel for bait. A few cobia are starting to show up so keep a rod handy. The grouper bite has been great using live bait and butterfly jigs. Red snapper season opens June 1. 

Tripletail are starting to show up in the bay; a live shrimp under a popping cork will do the trick and for trout and redfish use the same technique. For artificial lures try the gold spoons or top water plugs at low light, such as Zara Spooks. For you tarpon guys and gals, they are starting to show up on the beaches and the tip of the Cape. Try using small male blue crabs about the size of a credit card. Alewives are schooling everywhere on the bay; throw a jig or a top water into the school. It’s a mixed bag so you’ll catch just about anything. Captain Lee Thompson of Shallow Seas Charters got his client on a gator trout. She was a big female full of eggs that measured 26 1/2 inches, and was caught and released. Congratulations Lee. The pompano bite has been off the hook, using fish bites and fish gum. Sand fleas have been good, as well as flea rakes.

Rivers are still falling and the shellcracker and bream have been hitting worms and crickets as well as beetle spins and rooster. Largemouth have been doing well on 6-inch zoom watermelon red lizards as well as the bandit crawfish, red or orange in the 100 and 200 series.

Until next week, good luck tight lines and don’t forget those lifejackets, 

Tom Gannaway

BlueWater Outriggers

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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