Some trout have begun to move back up into shallower water as the Gulf water temps have been holding around 82 – 86 degrees.
I had a trip with Ron Henning of Macon, Ga. Friday and we managed ten trout with most of those fish coming from 4 – 4.5 feet of water . We landed three from 2.5 – 3 feet of water while looking for reds. We had one short red but didn’t run up on any keepers. We fished a tough North west w-i-n-d Friday and saw no bait activity all day. We caught all our fish on live pinfish under Back Bay Thunders using a 30″ leader.
Last Thursday, Billy Pillow and I, scouting for my Friday trip, caught 9 trout up to 23 inches in the afternoon after the rains.. We were in 4′ of water. Earlier in the morning Billy caught and released a 25″ trout that we are hoping to find again Saturday!
The current cool snap this week should improve fishing by this weekend and I would expect some trout to come in on topwater baits during the Taylor County Tournament if you can find some clear water without floating grass. I caught one of our ten trout Friday, on a MirroLure #51 in the bone silver/bone/pattern on the first cast of a demo of how to fish that particular plug.
The water was torn up ( dirty) above Warrior, Friday and the high w-i-nd and storms Saturday didn’t help that either; but maybe that water will have cleared up a bit by this weekend.
Hey, Mark your calendars for the Taylor County Fall Trout Trout tournament this Saturday fishing from Sea Hag at Keaton Beach Marina and Steinhatchee. Weigh-In with be at Sea Hag at Keaton Beach. entry fee $30 per person with cash and prizes over $3000 including a $1000 top prize for heaviest legal stringer of five trout. For more information: contact Ashley Mock 850-843-0566 or the Taylor County chamber 850-584-5366