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Northwest Florida Forecast

Northwest Florida Forecast
Northwest Florida Forecast

Port St. Joe to Keaton Beach

Capt. Kevin Lanier of KC Sportfishing covers fishing from Mexico Beach to Steinhatchee, including Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carabelle, St. Marks and Keaton Beach

July 1 - 3

We are in the last week of June and red snapper fishing is in full swing. The bite has been very good most days with a few slow ones mixed in. The best fishing has been outside of 30 miles offshore in the natural hard bottom areas. Most quality depth sounder will show you hard bottom if you know what to look for. Especially those who are running the 1kw transducers. If you watch your screen as you run out, you will notice a color change from a yellow to a deep red. The deeper the red color the denser the bottom. Once you arrive on your spot and drop your gear, you should feel a thud that will indicate a rocky bottom. Investing in good gear makes a big difference. It does not have to be the most expensive but, it should be quality gear.

Snapper are biting everything you drop. Groupers are mainly hitting live bait. King mackerel have shown up in full force. Most of our kings have come on our flat lines 50 to 100 feet away from the boat. Mahi mahi are here as well. The panhandle is not known for big mahi but, there are plenty of fish sandwich-sized ones out there. When you see mahi around the boat throw out some chum to hold them and toss bait or spoons to catch them.

This week looks like good conditions offshore so grab the opportunity to get out there. Be safe and get out there and enjoy some good fishing!

Kevin Lanier
Mexico Beach, Florida

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