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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.


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May 16 Report

fisherman with large flounder
Morgan Harlan of Saltwater Xcursions in Mexico Beach caught this 21-inch flounder while wading the shallows.

We were out this week and the sea surface temperature was 75 degrees. In May … wow!! We caught Mahi this past week. With the announcement of red snapper season things are starting to heat up. We caught mahi, there was a wahoo caught, and a tuna in our area.

Look for more things offshore this week. With all the rain we have had the creeks and bays are dirty. Lots of amberjack around. Good live bait around then buoys as well. Cigar minnow and threadfin herring.

Federal Red Snapper season should be announced soon.

Kevin Lanier
KCsportfishing.com
kcsportfishing@gmail.com
Mexico Beach, Florida
850-933-8804


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May 9 Report

Spring has left us in its rear view mirror. Looking at a low temp today says summer conditions are here with 90% humidity. Yuck, but it means a lot in the fishing world.

The recreational season for Red Snapper for the Gulf has been announced and it begins June 1 and runs consecutive days until July 31st then, it opens back up in September on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for September, October, and November. Totaling 103 days. This is a Great season.

This week look for more Red Fish in the bays and near shore shoals, Pompano are still on the beaches in good numbers, Spanish Mackerel are not thick but are here, Offshore is typical Beeliners and Porgies.

Catch and Release Red Snapper is an option but I discourage using live bait while doing this.Slow Pitch Jigging is a great option.

Kevin Lanier
KCsportfishing.com
kcsportfishing@gmail.com
Mexico Beach, Florida
850-933-8804


May 1 Report

With April winding down and May getting ready to roll in the pompano are here in full force. This weekend looks like almost perfect weather for being on the water. Today (April 30) marks the first day with high humidity and afternoon thunderstorms. Now is when we watch for the water temperature to get in the right range for our summer fishery to kick in.

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I am noticing a large number of bait schools in the area so that is a very promising sign and so is the fact that the bait seining boats are heading out. One of the things or area is truly lacking in is a good reliable bait barge. 30 minutes up the beach Panama City has a thriving live bait supplier.

Live Cigar minnows are the killer bait for everything that swims around here. Float one of those on the surface or drop one to the bottom and I will all but guarantee a fish. The smallest sablki rigs are the best for these bait.

Hoping for an announcement on red snapper season soon.

Now is the time to start looking for floating debris offshore in the deep water. Mahi should be here soon.

Offshore if you can get through the Red Snapper there are plenty of other fish to keep. Looks like a stretch of good weather ahead this week.

Kevin Lanier
KCsportfishing.com
kcsportfishing@gmail.com
Mexico Beach, Florida
850-933-8804


April 25 Report

As April is winding down and the winds of spring come across the Gulf of Mexico the anticipation of the arrival of the Pelagic is increasing everyday. Amberjack season opens May 1st, Trigger fish retention will last through the end of May, Red Snapper season dates should be announced very soon, and so after a long winter it is about to get real.

Now is the time to make sure your boat and tackle are ready. Do not be that guy and show up at the ramp and wonder why your bought will not start or you run 5 miles out and you have bad fuel or a bad battery. If you fish off shore at all look at getting a Sea Tow or Boat US membership. It is the cheapest insurance item you can have.

This week Pompano are definitely here and running along the beaches. Use a Pompano rig, pyramid weight, a sand spike rod holder, and a cooler full of your favorite beverages. I like to use FishBites to tip my pompano rig. Use a similar but larger rig if you are fishing offshore near the reefs. Squid is my bait of choice. Bee-liners and Porgies are plentiful right now.

Stay tuned for more

Kevin Lanier
KCsportfishing.com
kcsportfishing@gmail.com
Mexico Beach, Florida
850-933-8804


April 17 Report

We are in the full stride of spring here in the Panhandle and the weather is incredible. The water temperature is showing about 65 degrees and seems to be very clear at the moment. Fish are abundant and you just have to decide what species you might want to target.

This Saturday, April 20, is the first annual Pompano Tournament here in the area sponsored by the Lookout Lounge located in St. Joe Beach which is located between Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe. For more information lookup The Lookout Lounge on Facebook or contact me here at kcsportfishing@gmail.com

The Pompano have made a good early showing along the beaches. Use a typical Pompano rig tipped with a piece of Fish Bites shrimp scent. Sand fleas and Ghost shrimp will work as well.

Spanish Mackerel are still in thick and can be caught casting silver or brass colored light spoons from the beach or trolling a Mackerel tree rig trailed by a Silver Horde Coho Killer.

Sheepshead are still here but have slowed a bit. Drifting live shrimp is definitely the way to go. These fish will move on out soon so, get out there.

Offshore if you can get through the Red Snapper there are plenty of other fish to keep. Looks like a stretch of good weather ahead this week.

Kevin Lanier
KCsportfishing.com
kcsportfishing@gmail.com
Mexico Beach, Florida
850-933-8804


April 9

After a couple of weeks off I had the opportunity to spend a few days on the water. Fishing has been off the charts and should continue as we are in a perfect spring time weather pattern.

The sheepshead are thick and so are the Spanish mackerel as well. For those of you wanting to venture out into the deep water it is red snapper heaven or hell depending on how you look at it.

We should be hearing about red snapper season pretty this month. The Gulf council usually has their meetings in April to set the season. Based on what I am seeing now the season should be great. The fish are here now just wait on NOAA and the state.we wait on.

Now is the time to replace that old fishing line. I use Tightlines braid out of Texas. They are one of the only braid companies in the U.S. They make a great product.

Get out on the water and enjoy spring.

Kevin Lanier
KCsportfishing.com
kcsportfishing@gmail.com
Mexico Beach, Florida
850-933-8804




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