Fishing Reports

Keaton Trout Report

Keaton Beach Fishing Report

Trout and reds were biting this past weekend as 182 anglers fished the 3rd annual Taylor County Trout Tournament. It took 12.10 lbs for the winning stringer of five trout for Jason Witherspoon and Paul Wilson of Valdosta, Ga. Top trout was 4.46 lbs for Kala Hobbs of Lenox, Ga. The winning redfish 7.22 lbs was caught from Steinhatchee by Jeff Evans.


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Dawn Taylor, Perry Chamber of Commerce, with Steve( "Stevie D") Johnson of 98.1 F.M. Live Oak with a great "double" of Specks caught 9/19/14 Photo: Pat McGriff

Here are the complete results from the Tourney:
5 Trout Stringer – 1st Place $1,000.00 Winner – Jason Witherspoon and Paul Wilson!! 12.10 lbs.
5 Trout Stringer – 2nd Place $600.00 – Billy Pillow and Pat McGriff!! 11.54 lbs.
5 Trout Stringer – 3rd Place $300.00 – Robert Maxwell and Charles Griner! 11.26 lbs.

Largest Trout: Kala Hobbs – Weighing in at 4.46 lbs. She won $300.00! 2nd Place:Jason Witherspoon 3.86 lbs., 3rd Place-Billy Pillow 3.42 lbs., 4th Place-Jim Carter 3.36 lbs., 5th Place Bobby Cannon 3.36 lbs. Largest Red Jeff Evans 7.22 lbs. Jeff won $300.00. Also won Red Fish with MOST SPOTS (7 Spots). 2nd Place – Cornell Silveira 5.24 lbs., 3rd Place Hudson Carter 5.16 lbs., 4th Place Billy Pillow 5.00 lbs., 5th Place June Palmer 2.66 lbs. Lucky Dog Winner of $100.00 was Ty Spikes! Largest Mystery Fish (Spanish Mack) David Malone at 5.08 lbs. Miss Jody Devane won 1st Place Largest SHINER weighing in at .34 lbs.

Billy and I caught and released over three dozen keeper trout including an amazing 7 trout over 21″ in a row ( Billy caught five on five casts) during one stretch from 2:43 p.m. to 3:18 p.m. Brian Stone told me Kala’s big trout hit at 2:45 p.m. so that was the Major feed for the day. We caught fish early from 7:30 a.m. till about 11:30 including the one red we weighed, then didn’t get a bite from 11:30 til 2:30 p.m. I tried topwater early, but they would only slap at my She Dogs and Zara Spooks; so after Billy had put four trout in the boat in under 20 minutes, using live pinfish rigged under a Back Bay Thunder, I switched to live bait and never looked back. We caught most of our trout in 3.5 – 4.5 feet of water with a few under 3′ near the low tide. I also jumped a 100+ lb. Tarpon on about my third bait and she gave us three magnificent jumps before I grabbed the spool and broke her off!

It was a Great Tournament and I would like to thank Sea Hag At Keaton Beach, all the sponsors: Duke Energy, Snyder-Lance, Big Bend Marine, also Bass Assassin and volunteers; as well as Dawn Taylor, Ashley Mock, Aaron Portwood and Leanne Powell for putting on the Tournament on behalf of the Taylor County Tourism Development Council.

Wednesday, I had Dawn Taylor and Leanne Powell on board and we managed 12 trout to 21″ and a redfish ( Leanne) using live pinfish under Back Bay Thunders. A bunch of fresh water hit the Gulf after the three plus inches of rain over the last 3 days cooling the water down to 80.5 degrees early, while we had fished 88 degrees, Saturday. The rain has stained up the waters above Warrior taking that region off my radar for a few days.

Don’t forget scalloping is over as of Wednesday, September 24 , the last day!

that’s it…

Meanwhile…LET”S Go Fishing!
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Pat McGriff