Keaton Beach Fishing Report October 3 - 4 2014
Well, the weather took my trips away this past week and the tides were reversed as well, which made it tough to want to go out in that 15 - 20 knot East W-i-n-d which howled for five straight days.Better tides and cooler temps this weekend should yield some nice trout in shallower water on topwater and Cajun and Jig'nGrub combos.
I would expect the majority of trout to be caught in 3 - 5 feet until the shrimp make their move late in the month.
Here is a report from Holly at Sea Hag at Keaton Beach.9/26 Bob and Brenda Holt with Casey Downs all from Franklin, South Carolina caught trout to 17", bluefish, ladyfish, Black Sea Bass and Sailcats out in 11 (eleven) feet of water. (Now why they were that deep I will never know) Their best trout bait was Nuclear Chicken Gulp shrimp.
That's it except to say that no red tide or fish kills are occurring inshore, north of the Steinhatchee River and the red tide blooms according to the State are as follows:
A patchy bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, continues in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show a surface bloom starting approximately 5 to 35 miles offshore, dependent on location, between Franklin and Citrus counties, and less than 3 miles offshore of Cedar Key (Levy County). Concentrations of the red tide organism in these areas range from background to high.Karenia brevis was not detected in or alongshore of Okaloosa, Franklin, Wakulla, or Taylor counties, or offshore of Escambia, Wakulla, or Taylor counties. No samples were analyzed this week from Santa Rosa, Walton, or Jefferson counties. One sample collected inshore of Bay, Gulf, and Lee counties, and one collected offshore of Pinellas County and one collected offshore of Lee County, each contained background concentrations of K. brevis. Additional samples analyzed throughout Florida this week did not contain Karenia brevis. 9/26/14
We can only hope the cooler weather and high East winds have helped to push what is left of these blooms further offshore and away from us in Taylor County.