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Fishing Report for the Florida Panhandle

Capt. Alex Crawford
September 1, 2007
Carrabelle - Saltwater Fishing Report


You are in luck if you enjoy eating snappers, because summer on the Forgotten Coast is the best time of the year to do some serious snapper slamminí. Forget those over-regulated gag and red groupers, their time is coming this fall. Concentrate on all of the superior eating members of the snapper family that are readily available right now here in the Gulf. Lane, vermilion, mangroves and red snappers are our most prevalent species. The habitat is perfect in this area of the Northern Gulf. Lots of old sunken shrimp boats, live, coral bottom, 5 Air Force training towers and countless man-made artificial reefs all provide the right environment for snappers. And the aggregate bag is still 10. I have no documented evidence of this claim, but Iíll bet we have the best mangrove fishing of all of the Gulf states. When conditions are right, our catch of mangrove(gray) snappers is incredible, even better than our catch of red snappers. Mangroves grow large, pull hard and eat greatówhat else does an avid angler want? Note to bluewater aficionados, I know marlin, tuna, wahoo, mahis etc. are bigger and provide a greater sporting challenge. I say trolling is boring. Just give me some good numbers and some live bait and letís go pump and wind on double digit snappers, till we have to sit down and relax out of the sun. It is generally agree that there are few fish better on the table than golden fried snapper. Ok maybe snook, pompano, hogfish, tuna, but the snappers are plentiful and close to us Panhandlers. Donít want to argue the point, just catch quality fish, have fun doing it and celebrate the experience with a fun dinner party with friends.

OK hereís a new paragraph with only one subject. Come to the Forgotten Coast of Florida in the next couple months and enjoy the perfect pre-fall weather and white-hot snapper fishing. The season will close end of October. Help me help you find a workable date, by booking as early as possible.

Let me apologize for being remiss in the timeliness of these reports. I have been gone for our annual family reunion. Thanks for your understanding and patience.

Till next tide, tight lines and solid hookups,

Captain Alex Crawford

www.topknots.com (850) 697-8946

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Captain Alex Crawford is a full time guide who has fished the Florida Panhandle offshore for 26 years. He specializes in grouper and snapper trips with light tackle on live bait. Custom trips for companies with multiple boats will be arranged. Inshore trips targeting specific species and custom eco trips are available for birding, gator watching, shelling, picnics and barrier islands. Contact Captain Alex for a fun and productive trip on Florida's Forgotten Coast.

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Topknots Charters
P. O. Box 1029
Carrabelle, FL 32322
Phone: 850-697-8946
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