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Port Saint Joe - delayed post

Started by ARontheFly, December 28, 2018, 15:06:01 pm

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The girlfriends family always does a summer trip to Panama City or Destin. I used to take along the kayak but with a baby this year we needed extra luggage room and I stumbled into a used Towee months previous. So being the good guy I am I hooked up the boat to be sure we could take every baby contraption known to man along and maybe do some fishing. I was notified during the vacation that I fished too much, debatable.

Day 1 I dropped off the family at the Panama City Condo and headed to meet a friend for a Saturday evening and Sunday morning exploration of Port Saint Joe.

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The water in this bay is so clear my friend from Jacksonville compared it to the Keys as he is used to the murky low country of east FL.

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My buddy chasing salt troot with his spinner rod. Slow fishing Saturday evening, I think he got 1 sea trout in 2 hrs. Fish were active but we were doing something wrong. He got lots of eats but had an undersized hook for his gulp shrimp setup.

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Too damn beautiful and the beers were too cold to be upset about poor fishing. I never grow tired of exploring new waters without a guide DIY style. Reminds me of being younger and always dreaming of the big smallmouth around that far bend in the creek that I had yet to explore.

So we dropped in at the only late night bar and eatery on the peninsula. The restaurant was dead and we ended up taking several shots on the house with the staff upon closing time, phenomenal customer service IMO. We then headed to the state park for tequila and to set camp.

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After maybe a dozen pompano I got some other species..

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Got my limit of sea trout and more. I do eat some fish, mostly just stockers, sea trout and catfish.

Then hit five of these in 10 casts. Blue fish, I think they are?

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My spin rod buddy caught this. No idea, species I.D. Anyone?

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Love the Russo knife and techniques.

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For the remainder of the week I spent every other day waking at 3am to drive to fish Port St joe. Did good most days. Never got a redfish but seriously needed weedless flies for those fellas as they were only feeding in the heaviest grass.

Absolutely beautiful scenery...

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Near the end of the week I finally got my girlfriends nephews to go fishing. We talked about them going all week but they had been chasing a different kind of tale. We just ran over to east bay of Panama City and they gulp shrimped with popping corks. Only 2 large fish but they did catch almost 100 sea trout in 2 hours on the water. Made me look like a super hero. Mostly this size...

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"We don't whitewash it either, Morty. I mean, the pirates are really rapey."

Dougfish

Well, shit. Somebody else fishes.
'c;  -0-
Well played.
I'll try my hand further west on Bama coast in Feb. It will not be epic.
"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? " <br />-Oddball, 1970

BRFFF

 Congrats all the way around !


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December 28, 2018, 22:18:05 pm #3 Last Edit: December 29, 2018, 07:45:45 am by driver
First unidentified fish = Ladyfish aka poor man's tarpon
Second unidentified fish = pufferfish aka blow toad
That trip was probably about the same time I last went fishing.... fml

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