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    St. Joe Bay

    Heading down there in a week from KY and just wondering how the water is, clarity and temp and if the reds are moving around much yet.

    Thanks for any help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasmck3 View Post
    Heading down there in a week from KY and just wondering how the water is, clarity and temp and if the reds are moving around much yet.

    Thanks for any help!
    I was camping at Presnell's RV Park this past week from the 20th thru 25th and the water was nearly crystal clear over the flats. The first night fishing out of the kayak I fished in the evening and was able to catch a bunch of small trout and on the way back to the RV park just before dark came across a large school of tailing reds. I caught 2 real quick and then it got tooo dark to see and wanted to make my way back in. The next day I did not see any tailers, but did see about 30 reds and they all had lock jaw. For the next 3 days there was nearly zero tide movement and did not see one red. Did catch quite a few small trout and had probably the nicest trout eaten by a shark before I could get him back to the boat. He left me the head and I got my $10.00 lure back!
    It was a fun week. The Scallopers did real good south of Blacks Island.

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    As posted above, it should be clear!

    Go EARLY and fish LATE. You're likely to deal with some pent up
    Scallop frustration. Course it might not be all that bad. I'm talking to lots of locals who are taking a pass, and last minute change of rules may likely mean tourists are now busy with dove fields, food plots, etc.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"

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    Well, as always something tropical brews up whenever I plan a trip there in the fall. Lots of wind leading up to it as well but found some aggressive trout on topwater including at least one over 20" each day except our last one. Scalloping action was minimal as we left those areas before noon each day. Water was clear while under 3 feet deep and temps ranged from 74 in the mornings and up to 82 in the afternoons. Stayed in protected portions along the Northeast side and did not venture out to state park side because of the wind. Also found some pompano and lots of flounder in slightly deeper water, both on jigs. Redifsh were more scarce than anticipated but most boats were somewhat concentrated due to the wind forcing everyone into same areas. Most fish still seemed to be in summer mode. Best bite was right as sun came up and afternoons with outgoing tide.

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    Fished St Joe Bay last week... man the wind was almost as brutal as the fishing. One of the worst weeks of fishing i've had down there in the 10 years i've been going. Not sure if it was just a bad combo of high winds and water temp, or if it was still due to the red tide a few years back... but keeper sized fish were hard to come by. Most days we went out for 5-6 hours and managed only a few keeper fish each day, Trout and Flounder. I think for the week we caught only 1 flounder over 14" and 95% of the trout were under sized. Fished from Presnells to the fire tower hole and everywhere in between... nothing really going on anywhere. I think it was more the water was still too warm as there more more turtles and sharks around than typical. But it was a lot tougher fishing than we've ever had there. I saw the weather was supposed to cool down this week so hopefully that will bring in some flounder and get the bigger trout to bite. Also, the first trip i think we've had where we didn't catch a redfish all week. Most weeks we would usually catch 1-2 per day. Hope it picks up for everyone else in the next few weeks!

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    Does not appear that many people are fishing down there. At least not posting about it anyway. I will post results after my thanksgiving trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KHNC View Post
    Does not appear that many people are fishing down there. At least not posting about it anyway. I will post results after my thanksgiving trip.
    There are plenty of people fishing the area, most days we would see 10-15 boats just in the blacks island area... which again is way more than usual. i think the area is getting way more pressure than previous years and that is why people aren't reporting much anymore. Hopefully by the time you get down there most people will have hung it up for the year and you will have better success and less pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhillman17 View Post
    There are plenty of people fishing the area, most days we would see 10-15 boats just in the blacks island area... which again is way more than usual. i think the area is getting way more pressure than previous years and that is why people aren't reporting much anymore. Hopefully by the time you get down there most people will have hung it up for the year and you will have better success and less pressure.
    Thanks! Very understandable on the posting then. I havent explored the area before. Should be good timing i would think. Sold my bass boat last week and have a bass n bay on order. Ill be bringing down my 18' flat bottom jet drive this time. Wont be exploring too far from shore im guessing.

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    Bunch of peoples fishing in ST. Joe and there were boat loads of peoples who decided to scallop once it opened. Talked to the Warden at PSJ city ramp the Saturday evening season opened. He said it was really crazy out there. Bodies showed up at the ramp a 5 am to be the first out to pick up a shell. I went elsewhere close by to fish on Sunday and had my limit in 2 hours of Reds and trout. Even though I had to dig a treble hook out of my hand, was a good day tater.

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    Good deal. looking forward to next weekend. Deer season has been tough this year. Guess ill get back to the fishing sooner than i planned.

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