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Flats reports???

PostPosted: March 14th, 2020, 8:17 pm
by Hit-n-Miss
Any reports for this weekend? I’m hoping to go the 21st. Then I l’ll post up one.


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PostPosted: March 14th, 2020, 8:56 pm
by Welby
I’m hoping to go next Saturday also. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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PostPosted: March 14th, 2020, 10:36 pm
by FishWithChris
Nothing but snotty catfish and big bluefish ;)

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PostPosted: March 15th, 2020, 8:22 am
by Srbenda
FishWithChris wrote:Nothing but snotty catfish and big bluefish ;)

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I'd be happy with some bluefish.
:-D

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PostPosted: March 15th, 2020, 6:04 pm
by Srbenda
Fished the flats today, grass is growing in most, but not all areas.

Caught lots of short trout, and one great big Spanish Mackeral.

The wind picked up in the afternoon and the bite seemed to die.

Water temps 70f to 72f

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PostPosted: March 15th, 2020, 6:56 pm
by GREYSTAR
I fished East of St. Marks 3-14 9:30ish - 3:30ish. Caught more trout than I expected, mostly in 3-4' deep area. Had small school (4) of large Reds swim by around 11:45 at St. Marks boundary. Water was very clear but still chilly. Ended up with 5 trout and 1 Flounder in the box. Overall it was a really nice day to be on the water.

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PostPosted: March 15th, 2020, 7:19 pm
by Hit-n-Miss
If that water temperature stays up. Next weekend should be great.


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PostPosted: March 16th, 2020, 3:58 am
by MudDucker
Fished a couple of hours Saturday. Didn't get into big numbers, but where I found clear water and transition from 6' to 3' we found a trout. The ratio of shorts to keepers was about 50/50. Saw schools of what looked like blues or Spanish working bait schools.

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PostPosted: March 16th, 2020, 6:42 am
by Blue spinner
temp is getting right for the fish to move on the flats

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PostPosted: March 16th, 2020, 1:19 pm
by procraftwes
Hit-n-Miss wrote:If that water temperature stays up. Next weekend should be great.


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No cold fronts in the forecast for 10 days :thumbup: .

I'm going fishing for the first time in awhile tomorrow so i'll be sure to report back.

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PostPosted: March 17th, 2020, 3:46 pm
by Boudreux
Put in this morning at the fort, the river was slick as ice. The wind picked up a little and it was bumpy on the flats. Caught 3 within 30 minutes of each other around 9-10 o'clock. One was right at 15 and the other 2 shorts. Fished for another hour or so on the flats and moved back to the river. Not much happening there either. Ended the day catching an 18" trout off an oyster bed about 1/2 mile south of the fort. Decided that was a good one to call it a day. Weather was partly cloudy and water temp was around 71. Hopefully it picks up soon. I was fishing topwater and a mirrodine most of the morning.

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PostPosted: March 17th, 2020, 3:58 pm
by mpa_72001
water temp is already in the 70's

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PostPosted: March 17th, 2020, 9:38 pm
by tabb
Going tomorrow. Will post report. Anyone got a tip on Econfina? It’s been awhile since I’ve been.

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PostPosted: March 17th, 2020, 9:41 pm
by procraftwes
Water temp was 74.5 in front of the lighthouse. Only had an hour or fishing. My friend's high school daughter set the hook on the biggest tarpon i've ever seen. Probably 5' and cleared the water, spit the hook(10lb test), simply trout setup.. Top 5 moment and I wasn't even fishing. Happened 15' from the boat.

Other than that we caught 3 short trout in 3-4' of water. Fished from 6pm-7pm.

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PostPosted: March 17th, 2020, 10:51 pm
by J Holden
Paddled a little over 10 miles around Piney Island for one short trout and one nice 20" trout. However there were THOUSANDS of sheepshead on the flats on the east side of the island. It was flat calm with a foot or a foot and a half of water and I could see 5-6 schools of a hundred plus fish at a time within eyesight pushing wakes. Didn't have any live bait and they wouldn't touch a DOA shrimp so I quickly gave up casting to them.

Never wished I had a bucket of fiddlers so much in my life.