Fishing has been off an on, but we are going into the fall period when the spotted sea trout begin to move into the near shore areas and flats. To kick off this season I will be doing profiles of guides beginning with the best trout area in Florida which is Keaton Beach, just South of Perry Florida.
Some areas that have always produced fish were off this past week as the nice weather prevailed. One of the hottest spots in Florida year round is Keaton Beach. Keaton Beach is a few miles up U.S. 19 past the Suwanee River towards the Panhandle of Florida south of Perry Florida. This area produces the most sea trout year round of any area I know of. It can really be worth the time it takes to get there if you are a real trout hound.
Pat McGriff runs the One More Cast Guide Service out of Keaton Beach, just south of Perry Florida. Pat McGriff is one of the most knowledgeable guides in the area and is one of those guides who ‘tells it like it is’. He is famous for the way he fishes for trout as well as the catches. Pat usually fishes either a live bait or jig under a Cajun Thunder float, because it is the original of its type, holds up better than most over high numbers of use and it uses brass balls to make the clicking sound. This is not a new system, but is a highly successful method.
If you want a really knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide service to wrap your trout fishing trip around, you might want to give Pat a call at 850-584-9145.
Below is a quote from Pat McGriff, of one More cast guide service:
‘Well, I have had more calls and emails than you can imagine from folks wondering what’s wrong with the fishing?
Simply put, I can not remember a time when we had three consecutive cold fronts, back to back to back, which held a high pressure over us like it did for the last two weeks.
We went from 12 trout, Friday for three anglers, to 10 trout Saturday and 9 Sunday for the same crew of three: Stan and Tyler Bryant and Justin McGraw all of Warner Robbins, Ga. In three days we caught two lady fish, no sharks, no mackerel, three catfish and less than six short trout each day. That folks is what I call a Barometric Headache, pure and simple. Nothing really wanted to eat. We caught eight or nine lizard fish on Saturday; more than I have caught in three months? Apparently the high pressure doesn’t bother a lizard fish?
We fished with live pin fish under Back Bay Thunders in 3 – 4.5 feet, but I tossed a bunch of plastic at them and managed a couple of trout each day on Assassin 5″ in the New “Smoke Wagon” color.
It also didn’t help that most mornings last week there was no w-i-n-d for three to four hours at a time.
Enough excuses….it is supposed to Rock and Roll and get cold this weekend so dress warm and get out your MirrOlures. I will have mine at the ready! Pat McGriff, One More Cast Guide Service Keaton Beach Florida’ (by Jim Lee)