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I attended a family reunion in LA (Lower Alabama) this past weekend. I slipped away Sunday afternoon to fish a little bit ahead of the oil. Went down to Cape San Blas, parked at Light house and walked around to the point. The tide was going out and the water from the bay that runs by the point was dingy. I fished dead live shrimp where the outgoing dingy bay water was mixing with the clear water of the gulf. Action was hot. Ever cast produced at least one fish (many time two) as soon as it hit bottom. Most were 8 -10 inch croakers with a few nice size Sail Cats thrown in the mix (unbelievably no hardheads) and one bonnet head. Since I was in R&C mode I didn’t get a count but I would guess a 5 gal bucket full before a thunderstorm run me off the beach. On the way back I stopped at the IWC inlet at Port St Joe since it had stopped raining. It was near dusk, sight casted a 6-inch swimming shad soft bait at some reds busting some bait on the flats. I had one hook-up. I got him close enough see him but was unable to land. I talked some of the local guys coming in from looking for oil for BP. They said the leading edge was a lot closer than the day before. Those guys are really hurting. I hope this was not my last trip to fish the Gulf.
The outlook for the Gulf's future is very sad. I'm glad you had some decent fishing this week and let's all hope this nightmare scenario can be fixed.
Yesterday there were two young men fishing near me at Matanzas. They looked like they had surf fished before, but I could see they were not regulars. As they were walking by me on their way off the beach they stopped and the guy with the Tennessee Titans hat on started asking questions. They were men with their young families on their weeks vacation, and they had changed their plans from the annual visit to Destin to Saint Augustine. They wanted a sure thing for the vacation from Nashville so they came to Saint Auggie for the week. They ended up at Matanzas as a result of reading posts on this board..
Fishing was slow so we held school call. They left with heads full of new information about surf fishing the Atlantic, nearby spots to fish and take the wife and kids, local area bait shops, some big Red rigs and a GO JAGUARS send off.
WT, you can always come here to Flagler Beach to fish and enjoy some of that Manny's pizza.
I was wondering how you clean the cats. Ive seen them peged and skined with pliers, but can they be skined like scaled fish sliding the blade along the filet with a sideway sawing motion?
Being from Ohio, i have filleted countless channel cats. Just cut an outline in the skin for your fillet and take a pair of neddle nosed pliers and pull off the skin. Then fillet as you do any other fish. Very simple.
Thanks for helping those Ridge runners out. There is a big different in fishing the panhandle and the east coast. For them like me, it is not much farther to Flagler or NC, or SC to fish. Will be be back in Flagler up in the fall when it cools off a little and sho nuf looking forward to some Manny' s Pizza.