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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

October 15 - 17

Inshore fishing is still about as good as it gets in our area. The mullet run is in full swing and alewives are here in force, With it brings everything. Redfish, trout, black drum, flounder, and this list just keeps going. Live bait is the best baits for these fish. Small live baits can be caught using a cast net. Look for them in the bayous and shallows of the bays. If you cannot get fresh bait, try a D.O.A shrimp under a popping cork. Flounder closes today, Oct 15.

Spanish mackerel are still thick in the area. Use any shiny spoon or troll a Mackerel tree behind a small trolling weight. I use a Silver Coho Killer from Silver Horde Lures. Kings have thinned out close in. I believe it is because of the dirtier fresh water. We are still getting them offshore but close in has been tougher.

Offshore has been productive although, make sure before you leave the docks what you can and cannot keep. The Feds have closed a few fisheries that have not been closed before. Mainly red grouper and lane snapper.

Federal permitted charters have been given an additional 3 weeks to fish red snapper in the Gulf. These dates are 10/15 through 11/6. We have open dates for this fishery. There has still been no word yet on a recreational opening.

You all stay safe and enjoy the fall weather.

Kevin Lanier
Mexico Beach, Florida

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