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Flats reports???

Postby Red Beard » April 2nd, 2020, 5:42 pm

Spent most the day out and found plenty of trout. No Spanish today, could been that north wind pushing them out some. Found some triple tail and had a blast.

Family got to see what I meant when I said look for a dirty bag floating in the water.

Also spotted some flamingos and tons of dolphin this morning.

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Postby Srbenda » April 2nd, 2020, 5:44 pm

Red Beard wrote:Spent most the day out and found plenty of trout. No Spanish today, could been that north wind pushing them out some. Found some triple tail and had a blast.

Family got to see what I meant when I said look for a dirty bag floating in the water.

Also spotted some flamingos and tons of dolphin this morning.

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Nice! Where were the flamingoes?

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Postby Red Beard » April 2nd, 2020, 7:06 pm

The flamingos flew over head as we were fishing.


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Postby Srbenda » April 3rd, 2020, 8:17 am

Red Beard wrote:The flamingos flew over head as we were fishing.


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Postby Srbenda » April 12th, 2020, 12:44 pm

Fished Saturday, and headed far east to avoid the forecasted easterly winds and ended up with a really nice day. The sun was out by 12, and the water was clear.

Had a mixed bag of bluefish, spanish and trout. Caught an alleged smooth pufferfish on a Gulp, but he refused to puff, and we requested a refund.

Drifted a pinfish almost all day with no love from trout, sharks or reds.

Shiny, glittery baits seemed to work best, although shrimp are still working to some extent.

The amount of boat traffic is definitely down, also radio traffic on 16, and I'm wondering what impact this will have on the fisheries, but it has to be positive.



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Postby Salty Gator » April 12th, 2020, 1:04 pm

We went out yesterday afternoon to a full lot at the light house. Folks parked on the street. Even a nice Asian family of 8 taking up the entire loading dock fishing. They even had a big outdoor umbrella on the end of the dock. At least half of them were wearing masks :lol: Lots of boats out. But the redfish were hungry and fighting each other for our artificials.
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Postby onefishtwofish » April 16th, 2020, 5:24 pm

You sure they were Flamingos? The reason I ask is that I have seen Roseate Spoonbills in St Marks several times and from a distance they look alike.
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Postby FishWithChris » April 16th, 2020, 9:02 pm

Definitely spoonbills, as we only have one, maybe two, flamingos here in St Marks

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Postby Red Beard » April 16th, 2020, 9:37 pm

onefishtwofish wrote:You sure they were Flamingos? The reason I ask is that I have seen Roseate Spoonbills in St Marks several times and from a distance they look alike.
Luckily I recorded it flying by, here is a screenshot zoomed in...

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Definitely not a spoonbill.

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Postby Red Beard » April 16th, 2020, 10:08 pm

Put in toaday around 15:00 after riding around a few potential spots until landing at a landing.

Fished all afternoon to sunset and caught one trout to run the skunk off the skiff at the very last fishing spot on the way back.

Talked with a few guys coming and going all either caught reds or saw reds. Watched a kayaker catch a upper slot red. He was pumped and I was pumped for him.

Saw loads of mullet. And had the opportunity to throw on a few reds on the grass flats but wouldn’t eat. And I spooked a few not seeing them. Saw plenty of pinfish and plenty baits got chewed to bits
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Best Part of The Day

Got to watch a couple from Georgia play the fire drill game appeared to try and attempt a load/launch/load/launch again off their trailer. (never seen such a daring move) I really didn’t mind the entertainment, was in no hurry. So I watched in amusement.

Launched after they gave me some space, since his boat was moored so loose it was blocking me from taking my boat of the trailer. No hurry still I waited patiently.

They take off, I parked and off we were. Notice a boat DIW on the way out. As I got closer the googans in front of me turn around coming back towards me on sketchy line and yells “they need help” and speed off in the complete opposite direction they were going. Straight odd balls.

Long story short I helped the father and son with a tow back to the ramp. Happy to return the favor, I was towed in not so long ago by a jet ski. They were grateful and happy to share their day of fish catching stories with me. As soon as they got moored up he turned the key and his motor fired up. “That’s how it goes”

I turned the music on and thought to myself “The boat ramp, you just can’t make this stuff up.”


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Postby Salty Gator » April 17th, 2020, 8:18 am

Red Beard wrote:Put in toaday around 15:00 after riding around a few potential spots until landing at a landing.

Fished all afternoon to sunset and caught one trout to run the skunk off the skiff at the very last fishing spot on the way back.

Talked with a few guys coming and going all either caught reds or saw reds. Watched a kayaker catch a upper slot red. He was pumped and I was pumped for him.

Saw loads of mullet. And had the opportunity to throw on a few reds on the grass flats but wouldn’t eat. And I spooked a few not seeing them. Saw plenty of pinfish and plenty baits got chewed to bits
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Best Part of The Day

Got to watch a couple from Georgia play the fire drill game appeared to try and attempt a load/launch/load/launch again off their trailer. (never seen such a daring move) I really didn’t mind the entertainment, was in no hurry. So I watched in amusement.

Launched after they gave me some space, since his boat was moored so loose it was blocking me from taking my boat of the trailer. No hurry still I waited patiently.

They take off, I parked and off we were. Notice a boat DIW on the way out. As I got closer the googans in front of me turn around coming back towards me on sketchy line and yells “they need help” and speed off in the complete opposite direction they were going. Straight odd balls.

Long story short I helped the father and son with a tow back to the ramp. Happy to return the favor, I was towed in not so long ago by a jet ski. They were grateful and happy to share their day of fish catching stories with me. As soon as they got moored up he turned the key and his motor fired up. “That’s how it goes”

I turned the music on and thought to myself “The boat ramp, you just can’t make this stuff up.”


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I thought you fished out of Franklin county where they only let local, non noobs launch.
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Postby Red Beard » April 17th, 2020, 8:28 am

Salty Gator wrote:
Red Beard wrote:Put in toaday around 15:00 after riding around a few potential spots until landing at a landing.

Fished all afternoon to sunset and caught one trout to run the skunk off the skiff at the very last fishing spot on the way back.

Talked with a few guys coming and going all either caught reds or saw reds. Watched a kayaker catch a upper slot red. He was pumped and I was pumped for him.

Saw loads of mullet. And had the opportunity to throw on a few reds on the grass flats but wouldn’t eat. And I spooked a few not seeing them. Saw plenty of pinfish and plenty baits got chewed to bits
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Best Part of The Day

Got to watch a couple from Georgia play the fire drill game appeared to try and attempt a load/launch/load/launch again off their trailer. (never seen such a daring move) I really didn’t mind the entertainment, was in no hurry. So I watched in amusement.

Launched after they gave me some space, since his boat was moored so loose it was blocking me from taking my boat of the trailer. No hurry still I waited patiently.

They take off, I parked and off we were. Notice a boat DIW on the way out. As I got closer the googans in front of me turn around coming back towards me on sketchy line and yells “they need help” and speed off in the complete opposite direction they were going. Straight odd balls.

Long story short I helped the father and son with a tow back to the ramp. Happy to return the favor, I was towed in not so long ago by a jet ski. They were grateful and happy to share their day of fish catching stories with me. As soon as they got moored up he turned the key and his motor fired up. “That’s how it goes”

I turned the music on and thought to myself “The boat ramp, you just can’t make this stuff up.”


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I thought you fished out of Franklin county where they only let local, non noobs launch.
Never said such. That’s your assumptions.


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Postby Srbenda » April 17th, 2020, 9:41 pm

Fished today from 10 to 5. The cold evenings seem to put the lock jaw on fish. Fished east in beautiful clear water from 6' to 4' with everything in the box.

Caught ladyfish, sharks, and catfish. Fished a few bars and saw mullet from the tower, but caught nothing for the box.

Veggie pasta for dinner tonight.

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Flats reports???

Postby Red Beard » April 17th, 2020, 10:03 pm

Ahh come on... you could of had a nice grilled lady fish to accompany your pasta. Ha ha


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Postby Srbenda » April 17th, 2020, 10:18 pm

Red Beard wrote:Ahh come on... you could of had a nice grilled lady fish to accompany your pasta. Ha ha


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