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Fishing Report for the Florida Panhandle

Capt. Alex Crawford
July 6, 2004
Carrabelle - Saltwater Fishing Report


Whoever said whiting were not good to eat and loads of fun to catch obviously has never had to opportunity to indulge in either. Sometimes it is not about chasing giant fish for the bragging rights. At times folks just want to relax and have some fun catching fish. Have fun, catch fish! I have said it a million times. That is exactly what my customers tell me. That is why they pay me to do what I do.

Yesterday we had one of those memorable days that are never forgotten. On a bay trip we motored over to one of my favorite fishing holes to spend a few hours having fun and catching fish. The day was spectacular with light west winds, low humidity and a favorable tide. This day was a great day to be outdoors celebrating the July 4th weekend and just taking it easy. The fish were a bonus.

We had a couple pounds of fresh dead shrimp and we fished all of them. The tackle was simple, a half dozen Shimano Spheros eight pound spinners rigged with twelve pound fluorocarbon leaders and #4 Owner light wire hooks. The egg sinkers were one quarter ounce, just enough to stay down in current. The tide was at mid stage and incoming.

The hole was chocked full of one pound whiting, perfect eating size. Virtually every cast produced a bite. The drill was simple, cast out your shrimp, let it sink, come tight on your line and set your hook aggressively on the nibble. Sort of sounds like crappie or bream fishing huh? To say my customers were in a laid back frame of mind is understatement. If it were not for the regular bite, I believe a couple of them may have just dosed right off. Must have been the past nights fireworks and liquid refreshments. Canít stay out late and hoot with the owls and get up early and fly with eagles.

The amazing thing about this day is that we caught nothing but whiting, 62 of them by count at the fillet station. Donít ask me why, but we caught no trout, ladyfish, reds or cats. Go Figure! When I figure out why these things happen, I intend to patent it and you will find me a wealthy man, lying on my favorite beach in the British Virgins drinking white coconut rum.

Got another bay trip tomorrow, so Iíll see if my customers want to try and replicate yesterdayís adventure. Stay tuned for the next report.

Till next tide, tight lines and solid hookups,

Captain Alex Crawford

www.topknots.com Proud Member Florida Outdoor Writers Association

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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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