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Fishing Report for the Florida Panhandle

Capt. Alex Crawford
September 15, 2007
Carrabelle - Saltwater Fishing Report

Tropical Weather – first of season

Well, we had some tropical weather this past week. It was basically the first of the season. Fortunately, the only thing we got was lots of rain and some gusty winds. The low pressure squashed the offshore fishing for a couple days. I took a trip offshore yesterday and wished I had.not. We rocked and rolled in 2 to 4’s for a few hours, until the collective decision was to go back inside the bay and look for trout and reds. We had a few 10 pound class outfits onboard and a bag of shrimps, so we were ok for fishing the bay.

If only the weather would have cooperated. Storm calls were everywhere which made for confused seas, 20 knot winds and sideways rain. Could not even stay dry in my rain suit. But the worst of it was the fish were scarce. Again, that is exactly why it is called fishing, not catching. Every trip can not be super productive. You just try as hard as possible and let the chips fall as they may.

Some days you get the bear and……………….. Can’t win ‘em all, but gotta dress up for every game. We dressed up and got our nice unis soaked. Oh well, life goes on!!

This morning was a perfect morning with low humidity and a little crisp in the air. We are transitioning into fall. Fall is the very best time on the Gulf coast. The days are getting shorter and the cooler temps will bring vastly improved fishing offshore and inshore. The very best trout bite typically occurs in September and October. Stay tuned for my next report for an update on fishing conditions. Hopefully, it will have improved dramatically.

The redfish bite is improving. Several of my inshore guide buddies reported some nice slot reds this past week. The bull reds will be staging in the passes soon preparing to go offshore. When it happens, I will report it.

Only a couple months remain for the red snapper season. Better come on down and get ya some. Halloween marks the close of the recreational season. As the water cools down, groupers will move into shallow water and keepers will be more accessible to small boaters.

Till next tide, solid hookups and tight lines,

Captain Alex Crawford

www.topknots.com

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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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