Jimmie and Denise caught this monster Amberjack on the Dog Island -7 Fishing Boat, the Sea Sherpa last week with me. It made it on the Panhandle Outdoors TV show last week also. We would like to thank them and Capt. Kim at C-Quarters of Carrabelle for getting it out there. This fish was caught in state waters which has surprised a bunch of locals.
In the past week this area has seen the Amberjack hitting. The bigger ones are in 60+ ft of water, although they can be caught in 40+ ft of water west of the island near the ship wreck One More Time. The Gag Grouper have been hitting all over the area. Many people bottom fishing have complained about catching many fish that are just under the legal size of 24 inches in state waters. People that troll don’t seem to have the same problem lately. I personally, have seen some bull Mahi Mahi / Dolphin fish around the Franklin County reef, south of St. George Island. The Mangrove Snapper and triple tail have been readily accepting live bait around the area. I have seen a few Tarpon jumping in St. George sound. Also dozens of Devils Rays have been schooling on the south end of Dog Island. You know what that means…people have also been catching Cobia’s in the area. People have been catching Spotted SeaTrout lately near the river and docs. As always the Redfish are bitting. Triggerfish are also readily accepting cut bait. People have been catching nice King Fish off the east end of Dog Island. The Red Snapper are very thick in state waters and we can’t wait to hammer them on the opener June 11th to July 20th! The 2018 Florida Red Snapper season charters are selling out fast in the area so book your trip fast. Until next week, I wish you a waterfull life.
For more info about fishing and Florida regulations for each type of fish click on the name to be redirected to FWC site for each species. For more information on our area click on city names for chamber of commerce links.
– Captain “SGT” Peterson