Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 41 No 3 - Page 18

Gulf Coast Closeup (Continued from page 11.) “In the spring, we fish a lot of popping corks and jigs around the grass,” advised Taft Taunton of Liquid Addiction Charters. “Sometimes, we catch trout on a flat line with live bait or a Carolina rig. The bay can produce some big trout. I pulled a 32-incher out of the bay in 2016. She weighed about 11.5 pounds.” In the clear bay waters, anglers can spot bare sand patches and holes surrounded by grass. Some holes dip to eight feet deep. Specks, redfish and flounder hide in the grass or drop into the holes to ambush prey. Drag a jighead sweetened with a soft plastic trailer, a Gulp! Shrimp or similar temptation along the grass edges. In the summer, many anglers head eastward down the coast toward Apalachicola Bay to look for tripletail, sharks and tarpon. The Apalachicola River pours into the 208-square-mile estuary, which also includes St. George Sound, St. Vincent Sound and East Bay. Indian Pass flows between the mainland and St. Vincent Island, connecting St. Vincent Sound to the Gulf. “The Apalachicola River delta is kind of like the Mississippi River delta with a lot of oyster bars and creeks,” Van Treese explained. “A bunch of finger streams dump into the bay. The river brings in a good mix of brackish water that creates very diverse habitat for fish.” From late April through October, tarpon and sharks follow large pogies migrating along the coastline between Cape San Blas and Indian Pass. Anglers often cruise the coast looking for baitfish concentrations or tarpon rolling on the surface. When anglers spot surface activity, they drop a few lines baited with live or dead pogies. Besides sharks and tarpon, anglers might catch king mackerel, cobia and other fish. “When tarpon migrate up and down the beaches feeding on large pogies, we watch for them actively busting the bait on the surface,” Van Treese said. “The tarpon are keeping up with the bait so we have to keep up with their movements. When we are fishing on the beach amongst all the pogie schools, sharks are plentiful. We catch mostly lemon sharks, bull sharks, blacktips, spinners and sometimes even tigers. I’ve caught 8-foot hammerheads that took more than 2.5 hours to bring to the boat.” Unlike the clear waters of St. Joseph Bay, which contains no oysters, the murky Apalachicola Bay system produces about 90 percent of the oysters N O R T H G U L F S t. J o s e p h P o i n t, FL to S h i p S h o a l L i g h t, LA Wells Fishing Forecast Adjustment Times St. Joseph Point Panama City Destin/East Pass Pensacola Bay Entrance Alabama Point Mobile Point Horn Island Pass Pascagoula Pass Chandeleur Light -:60 -1.20 -:40 -:30 -:20 -:15 Same -:10 -:15 Long Point/Lake Borgne Bay St. Louis Rigolets South Pass/Delta Empire Jetty Barataria Pass Cat Island Pass Pointe Au Fer Isle +:20 +:20 +:35 +:20 +:45 +:55 .+1:10 To adjust for your fishing area, add (+) or subtract (-) hours and minutes shown above for the area you plan to fish from the Forecast time. No attempt should be made to compare the time of high or low tide, shown below, to the times of current presented in theWells Fishing Forecast. Tide Table Adjustment Times HIGH LOW Port St. Joe -0:24 -0:51 St. Andrew Bay Channel -1:31 -2:02 Panama City L L \\L H LZ\^[KK^H   \Y[KK^BH MB]\ܚK^H N H N [][^BL \^Hܚˈ^H N N]]YH^BX\\ \[BL N\\H\ŠN ̎LB\[[ [TJ H LB[XH^B[[BLN L\[ۋ ZKˈو L LSPB[Y\ۂܘH \[XXH^H ͈ N ‘X\^B  NM^H[ X]\ N N“Z[ۋX]\ N  N “[ؚ[H[ L^[HH]BLNM LN ܛ\[\‹LH LL”\Y[KT[ L  L \Y[H]\[   L [K[H^BL̈ L\\[\‹L L]\[ \ BL   ’Q^H Z\ŠL“ۙ ZHܙۙH NB[XX  ܙۙH Ό[[]\YLB\\K]ۈ LNB]ۈ\[‹LBX^BLۙ\YH^[BLBZ\\\H]\\H]H[ LN]X\\‹L̂ܝXY]\ LL’\^[BL̂]\\‹LXYو\\‹LN ”\\YYBB[\\H]BL \X[\[LN ”]X]H^[\\Š\]\XH\‹L \]\XH^B^[HY]Y ܘ[H LL[\[[H\[ BX[[B[Z[YH\ YJH [X[Y\\[LNB[X[K[X[Y\ Z[HBLN Xۈ[ Z[H LN ”\[YLΌ NN LBLBNLMBL ‹LN L LBLBLBLBNBLL‹L̂LNBL ŠNL̎ BLN‹L BLNBLBHZ[HYHX\\HH\YۛH\H\و]\ZYH[]Bܜ[][ۈHX^[][H[Y\و\[ Y\܈[\\[˜\XKY H\Z[]\܈YX JZ\Z[]\ۈXݙHB[Y\وY܈\[X]YHHYHX\˂NܙX\[YHX\]HY[Y\Y܈܈ \\X]K۝[YY^YKBNHHHHHHˈHHHˈ