Port St. Joe to Keaton Beach
Includes Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carabelle, St. Marks and Keaton Beach
January 15 – 17
Weather has lightened up a bit as we are settling into January. Even though it has been very cold, sea conditions have been favorable to get out. Many of the locals are staying in and enjoying a fire and doing much needed maintenance on their boats and gear. Most charters, including myself, are available but I would highly suggest calling at least a week out. This time of year, we are definitely in the maintenance mode.
Those that are venturing out are definitely finding success. Of course, there are plenty of red snapper around for those who want to bend a rod. Remember though, these fish must be released and if you hook them in deeper water, you need to use a descender device to avoid barotrauma. To fill a fish box, vermillion snapper or beeliners are the ticket. Chicken rigs with squid is your best bet. A “Chicken rig” is a 2 hook, stacked rig that you can tie your own or buy them ready-made at you local tackle shop.
Inshore fishing should continue to improve, as the bays and buoys warm each day from the sun. Looks for the wakes from schooling redfish. Soft plastic paddle tail jigs with a very light lead head, or a live shrimp is your best bet.