Gulf Coast Grass Flats and Nearshore Fishing Charter Trips

KEATON Beach Fishing report 8/22,23/14

Billy Pillow of Woods 'N Water Fishing Team fame and I went Wednesday and landed 7 trout with one 24" long (Billy) and one 22.5" We were using live pinfish under Back Bay Thunders in 4.5 - 5.5 feet of water. I landed one nice trout one an Assassin 5" shad in Sand Trout pattern. Oh and I caught and threw back a 15" gag grouper from 6 ft.of water.

That's all I have this week, as with School starting back the marina was downright lonesome looking...very few going fishing.

Scallopers were still finding limits this past weekend with much less traffic on the water. Now is the time to go if you haven't been, no crowds, more scallops and fewer Thunderstorms.

Remember to Fly Your Dive Flags It's the LAW!


Keaton Report 8/15,16, 2014

Trout were eating it up between thunderstorms over the weekend with my charters landing limits each day. Friday, I had Joe Wallace and Ellen Williams down from Vermont for a week's stay at Sea Hag at Keaton and they landed 15 trout weighing in at  29.04 pounds! We fished live pinfish under Back Bays in 4.5 - 5.5 feet of water for their limit.
Saturday and Sunday I took Stan and Tyler Bryant, with Kyle Stamper, all of Warner Robins, Ga. out and we had 20 trout weighing 31.3 pounds and 34.2 pounds respectively. We had three over 21" long Saturday and one over 23" Sunday. Live pinfish and pigfish were the ticket again, while we landed some of the largest trout from 3.5 feet both days. We also caught a few nice trout on Assassin's Violet Moon and Sand Trout five inch shads.
Sharks continue to rule the calm slick water on the tide changes and we lost four rigs in under 30 minutes to large "noseeums" Monday, while catching 9 nice trout once the water started moving for Ray Carlile and Jim Watson of Obrien, Florida. We had to go in early as the Thunderstorms took over the Gulf after fishing less than two hours.
Here is a report from Sea Hag at Keaton Beach :
Tracey Green of Statenville, Ga had his limit of scallops for two days from 3 - 4 ft of water 7/26 & 7/27
8/7 Ken McMillan , Steve Roberts and Pat Carmichael of Gwinnett county, Ga. had their limit of six reds fishing with live shrimp and live pinfish somewhere "down South"
Last week I met Theresa and Albert Ellershaw with Tom and Donna Throm from Cocoa Beach down for a week on their annual ten-year tradition of coming to Keaton Beach to scallop and they had their limit for four days in a row! The Throms daughter and son-in-law were coming in from Colorado to join them for the last three days of their vacation. I saw several other boats cleaning what looked to be a limit of scallops, each day over the weekend, but sorry I didn't get any names or locations.
Now that the crowds have diminished limits are more common and some claim scallops to still be coming in on each subsequent tide.
Just Remember to FLY Your Dive Flags. It's the LAW!

Keaton Beach Fishing Report
Trout continue to eat live pinfish under Back Bay Thunders and are hitting topwater baits early in shallower water when you can find a clear(floating grass) place to work them. Try the outgoing tides for best topwater results.

Billy Pillow of Woods 'N Water Magazine took his son-in-law and grandson Ralph  and  Blake Plaza respectively from Orlando, FL. out for an hour-and-a-half Saturday and they brought back four trout, including a monster 28 inch long Sow trout which Billy caught on a live pinfish under a Back Bay Thunder. This trio was fishing in 4.5 - 5.5 feet of water. They also caught some jacks and catfish.

Wes Blue of Perry, Florida went Tuesday and landed his limit of five trout and was back at the ramp by 10:00 a.m. while using Zara Spooks for three of the fish and Gulp under a Cajun for the balance. Wes also reported several Sailcats blasting his topwater baits.

Other reports of limits Saturday came from Aucilla, Econfina, Hickory Mound and Fenholloway, so Don't let the Hot weather talk you out of going.

That's it... except to say they are still getting scallops at Keaton... mostly from 4' - 6' of water.

Remember Fly Your Dive Flags! It's the LAW!
Keaton Beach Fishing Report
August 1,2 - 2014
Trout Fishing was great last week with limits every day, from Tuesday through Saturday .... until Sunday. Sunday was tough with 11 trout and I caught one sand trout... first I have seen this year?
Tuesday, I had Cindy and Edward Brown of Mayo, Florida with their buddy Alan Peacock and we brought in 16 trout with three over 20" including a 24 inch trout for Alan. Ed had a 45" cobia on a while but it decided to release the hook after several minutes of fight.
Wednesday, I took Jeff Bloodworth and his nephew Trent Ingram of Madison, Florida out and we managed 13 trout, a Spanish, A Blue and a Black Sea Bass. We had two over 20" with one 24" Sow to top of the cooler.
Thursday, I took Alan Dacus and his grandson Drew Stubbs and we landed a limit of 15 trout, a blacktip shark and a black sea bass.
Friday, I had Matt Chastain and Bobby Chastain of Elijay, Ga. out with Glen Durham of Hendersonville, North Carolina and we brought back 17 trout, four over 20" of which, with two were over 24" long!
We caught all these fish on live pinfish and pigfish under Back Bay Thunders from 5.5' - 7' of water. The smaller 2.5 " - 4" fish worked the best.
Scallop Report:
John Turner of Stone Mountain way Ga. had his limit on board the "OverLeigh" for three snorkelers for Friday and Saturday last.
Cindy Chastain with Luke and Keith Parks all from Elijay , Ga. had their limit of scallops each day for 6 days from Friday last 'til Wednesday.
last week: Bill Privitar, Bobby Collaro and John Caprio and their wives all from Palm Coast, Florida had a limit of scallops for the three days they were here at Keaton.
Remember, Slow Down and FLY Your DIve Flags! It's the LAW!

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