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Fly Fishing Apalachicola, Port St. Joe, Carrabelle & Mexico Beach,

05/23/19 Fishing Report: (See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of page)
Tarpon fishing is the main fly fishing target this month, usually off the first or second sand
bar. The big fish are along the coast along with Spanish mackerel. Pompano and :Ladyfish
are also along the beaches. Speckled trout and redfish are on the inshore flats and being
caught regularily.

Description of the Inshore waters:
St. George Island, Apalachicola, Port St. Joe, Carrabelle, Mexico Beach, East Point, and
Alligator Point provides diverse marine habitats including the Apalachicola River basin, the
estuary system, wetlands, barrier islands, oyster bars, sand flats and sea grass flats.
Offshore Gulf of Mexico waters can be accessed from the many marinas at the above
locations. In many locations you can fish right off the bridges or from your kayak.

Speckled trout (Spotted trout)
Black Drum
Spanish Mackerel

he fishing season is year-round.
Spring is a good time for fly fishing for Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, redfish and bluefish.
This is a good time for tripletail, ladyfish, tarpon, and king mackerel.
Fall it a great time for redfish, bluefish, black drum, tripletail, ladyfish, speckled trout and
Winter months will still find bluefish, ladyfish, shark, some redfish, and speckled trout.

Tide Charts  Apalachicola, Florida
Mexico Beach
Alligator Point

Apalachicola, Florida

Recommended Flies For :
Redfish, Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout), Ladyfish:

Flats Flies:
Baby Crab
Brown Crab
White Shrimp
Yellow Shrimp
Coral Marabou Shrimp
White Marabou Shrimp
Backcounty Baitfish
Green Tarpon Baitfish
Brown Crabs
Flats Minnow
Inland water Flies:
Olive Baitfish:
White Minnow
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 5 to 10 weight, depending on species

Saltwater Hand-tied Leaders

Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly SS Series: 7 through 10 weight
(depending on species)

Fly Reels:

Misc Items:
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Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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Fishing Report Archives:
12/08/18 The water is getting cooler and baitfish are active. The redfish are the
prime inshore species most anglers are pursuing. Speckled trout, Bluefish,
Ladyfish and small shark are also plentiful in the inshore water. The north wind
will help flatten the surf and protected inshore waters. When it is from the South
and very strong, it can make it tough for boats. There are numerous jetties,
inlets and docks you can fish from the bank with all the above species available.

01/08/10 Fishing for speckled trout and redfish is good in the bays, Intracoastal
waterway, inlets and canals. It is often windy but you can find protection from the
wind in the Intercoastal WW, inlets and canals. The fish are usually 2 to 6 feet
deep, so fish the fly deep and slow. Both a floating and sinking tip line will work.

02/09/19 Redfish and speckled trout are being caught on the oyster flats in
good numbers. Both our  Marabou shrimp and Brown crab flies are working
good. The big reds love the small crabs. The beach side is mostly void of fish
right now, but that will change very soon,

03/09/19 Lots of sheepshead and pompano are being caught along the
beaches. The Spanish mackerel haven't showed up yet but they will soon. Fish
the inlets and rocks, hard bottom areas for the big sheepshead. Inshore flats
and rivers, you can catch plenty of rat reds and some trout.

04/16/19 Spanish mackerel are being caught along the beaches along with
some bluefish and pompano. Inshore, speckled trout and small redfish are
being caught on the grass flats and oyster bars. There is a lot of fresh water
coming in the river tending to push the the saltwater species towards the gulf.