Keaton Beach Fishing Report September 25 -26
Trout have started picking up as water temps were 77-80 degrees last week and now this week are creeping back over 82 – 83 in the afternoons. Most of the action seems to be in 3.5 – 4.5 feet of water on live pinfish although with the reversed tides of last week it is hard to predict what they might do this weekend with the great incoming morning tides.
I had Bob Steffy of Tennessee out with me today and he managed his limit of trout including a 24″ sow and a nice red. We plug-fished this a.m. and had quite a few swings but no keeper takers? The trout just aren’t quite ready to take that plug rod out of your hand yet. That is still a few weeks away. We caught our fish on live pinfish under Back Bays in 3.5 – 4 feet of water.
Sunday, I had Jeff and Carol Rucks of Lakeland, Fl. out and they brought in 13 trout to 22″ , a black sea bass and a nice Spanish. We fished 3.0 – 4.0 feet of water to land our fish on live pinfish under Back Bays.
Over the weekend the Taylor County Fall Trout tourney was won by Jason Witherspoon and partner D. Gibbs of Valdosta, Ga., with 5 trout weighing in at 11.89 pounds. Close second was Dave Malone and Lee Cooper with11.85 lbs. Yikes 4 one hundredths of a pound! Or one shrimp in a trout’s stomach! Billy Pillow and I came in 3rd with 10.70 lbs. Dave also had big trout with a 3.58 lb. fish taking the cash. Craig Jiles had the largest red of 6.5 pounds.
Everyone had a good time and most everyone caught fish so A Big Thanks to Dawn, Sandy. Ashley and everyone else who helped put on the tourney.