Inshore/Gulf

Capt. Snapp's Winter Roundup 
1/29/2018

I would like to thank all of the new clients that entrusted Grassy Flats Charters to provide you and your family with time on the water and of course to everyone that I see from year to year, it is always a pleasure to continue to take you, your friends and family out fishing! Your repeat business is greatly appreciated! For those that I have never met and have only talked with on the phone, hopefully our paths will cross one day out on the water.  

As we move into February and with each passing cold front our trout and reds will continue moving up into the creeks and deeper holes throughout the bay systems making it a little easier to find and stay on the fish. This time of year can always be a little challenging while we wait for the colder temps to set in and concentrate the fish into their winter hangouts. Fishing has been good. Anglers out on the flats have been keeping busy with good catches of reds, trout, flounder, and sheepshead.  


This time of year, the trout and reds can be caught on a variety of soft plastics and jigs along with live shrimp. Crank baits as well as suspending twitch-baits work great also. 

Fly fishermen, don’t forget the sight fishing this time of year is still going strong. We have to deal with some strong northerly winds from time to time but there’s always places to tuck into and take advantage of the crystal clear water and hungry reds. 

If you call and have trouble reaching me over the next couple of months, please leave a message and I will get back with you ASAP. I will be bouncing back and forth between the woods chasing deer and hogs, fishing and scouting my local waters.

If you know your schedule for the upcoming year, it is never to early to begin calling to make your reservations. I have already began booking charters, especially for Cobia in April and Tarpon in the summer months.  

I encourage you to give me a call if you have questions about fishing in the Panhandle at (850) 832-4952 or for additional information about Grassy Flats Charters, please visit 

http://grassyflatscharters.com

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Captain Daniel Snapp

Grassy Flats Charters

“Sight Fishing the Emerald Coast”

(850) 832-4952



Bay County Outdoor Inshore Fishing Report

By Capt. Nathan Chennaux
1/25/2018


From what I have seen over the last couple of weeks on the flats this is going to be an epic year of fishing. There are huge schools of nice big slot redfish cruising the shallows throughout the bays. In addition there are quite a few big bull reds stalking the skinny water as well although they are generally single fish or in small groups of a couple fish. I have been targeting the both the schooling fish and the big singles in the same general way. Once a school of fish is spotted it’s important to not rush over to them in a hurry because chances are they will become alerted to you presence and will spook off.  Instead slowly and quietly close the distance until you are within range to make an accurate presentation. If at all possible use the wind to help your approach and to add distance to your casts. They have been eating several different baits but the most consistent bite for me has been on a green 5 inch DOA C.A.L. bass worm. If you get it in front of them they have been absolutely whoofing it down.


The speckled trout fishing has been pretty solid too. There is a fair amount of larger trout that are cruising on the outside of broken bottom flats much like the big redfish but much more so in areas with grass. I haven’t seen nearly as many in areas that are all sand. The slot sized fish being more sensitive to colder water have for the most part moved off of the flats and into the many creeks and bayous scattered out throughout our bays. When looking for the bayous holding fish I like to choose one with the wind blowing into it, then I will drift in and fan cast as much area as I can on the side of the bayou with the wind blowing onto it. If there are fish there you should be able to get some bites pretty quick. Once I get a few bites I will slow down and work the area over more completely. If I don’t get bit in the first 15-20 minutes or so just move on to the next creek or bayou and repeat the process. I like using jigs for locating fish and once I find them I will switch up to sub-surface plugs to target the better fish.


Good luck and as always if you have additional questions about what’s biting, how to catch them, or you would like to book a trip I encourage you to give me a call or shoot me an email.

Capt. Nathan Chennaux 

850 258-7235

Captainnate@baycountyoutdoors. com



Bay County Outdoors Inshore Fishing Report

By Capt. Nathan Chennaux
12/19/2017


If you haven’t had a chance to get out and do some fishing lately you should make time to do so because the flats fishing is absolutely on fire. The fish are stacked up in shallow water throughout the bays primarily around points, small ditches or creeks, mouths of bayous, and other places that have changes in water speed, depth, clarity, or the type of bottom. If you can locate areas where the pinfish are still stacked up heavy in shallow water you will definitely find fish holding in those locations.


The redfish have been running in good sized schools from deep in the bay near the ICW’s all the way out into the gulf along the beaches. I have been choosing different types of areas depending on whether or not I want to target laid up fish or cruising schools. Most of the schools I have been fishing have been on sand flats and I will start down current of a big shallow point and slowly work my way to the point where the schools have been working back and forth. The light colored bottom and clear water allows me to see them from a long way off giving me plenty of room to maneuver into a good position to make a presentation to them. When targeting laid up fish I prefer to fish grass flats with numerous smaller potholes that allow the redfish to get on top of the sand and chill for a while. Often times you will see them with their head down looking for food so a well placed cast usually ends up getting eaten right away.



The speckled trout have also been pretty thick out on the flats in most of the areas with a good mix of sand and grass. I have also been finding a lot of good fish way up the bay outside of the creeks in 2-5 ft of sand/mud bottom. The water closer to the ICWs has been a little darker which has made for some great days throwing top-water plugs. On these low tides its common to find the fish extremely concentrated so once you get into a couple of bites the best thing to do is power pole down and fish that area thoroughly for a while. If the fish stop chewing surface baits try switch it up to a jig for a couple casts before moving on.

Good luck and as always if you have additional questions about what’s biting, how to catch them, or you would like to book a trip give me a call or send me an email.

Capt. Nathan Chennaux

8502587235

Captainnate@baycountyoutdoors. com




Bay County Outdoors Inshore Fishing Report

By Capt. Nathan Chennaux
12/1/2017
The bays are chocked full of fishing opportunities right now for a variety of inshore species.  Redfish are one of the most widespread bites with good numbers of fish in the shallows throughout most parts of the bay. We have been targeting them on all different types of bottom from thick grass beds to barren sand flats but the best concentration seems to be on areas with lots of potholes or with good broken bottom.


 It’s even better if there are varying water depths or a point nearby that has deeper water close. Top-waters will get some of the more aggressive fish to bite if you are fishing low light periods but definitely soft plastics are the way to go. Most of the fish on the flats have been good slot sized fish but some of the bigger fish have been upwards of 30 inches.


There are also quite a few big bull redfish hanging around the massive bait pods that have been in the bays. You can locate the bait schools fairly easy by looking for the big flocks of pelicans feeding on them. The bridges have been a good place to start looking but there are other places throughout the bays as well that I have been having good success. I have been throwing 4 and 5.5 in DOA jerkbaits on ½ oz jigheads and letting the lure drop down below the bait schools where the big redfish have been hanging out.


The speckled trout are out in force right now and as the water temp continues to drop look for those fish to start making their way up into the creeks and bayous. For the time being however lots of them are happy and staging up in schools in depressions on the flats and on the outside edges of the flat where the grass stops and fall off into deeper sand. Most of the trout are eating pinfish and croakers right now so jigs and suspending twitch-baits are the best ways to target them.


Every year when the water temp starts dropping late in the fall the gag grouper move inshore and take up residence on many of the shallow water structures. When I say shallow that can vary from 5 ft up to 40+ feet depending on where the fish end up. I see good sized fish sitting under docks quite frequently as well as on steep drop-offs just on the outside of the flats. Abandoned crab traps, old bridge rubble, along deep seawalls, and around rock piles are some other great places to look for grouper. Depending on the depth you can target them in several different ways. If the water is on the deeper side trolling big lipped plugs is one of the best ways and I catch a ton of grouper that way. Slow rolling big jigs is also a productive way to catch some nice fish. Of course you can also use big live baits and they will draw lots of bites but I find that a lot of the fish I catch on natural baits are smaller fish.

Good luck and as always is you have additional questions about what’s biting, how to catch them, or you would like to book a trip give me a call or shoot me an email.

Capt. Nathan Chennaux

850-258-7235

captainnate@baycountyoutdoors.com




Bay County Outdoors Inshore Fishing Report

By Capt. Nathan Chennaux
11/14/2017




If you get out and look you will find some great fishing right now, especially in areas the where the pilchards have started staging up before they make their push into the gulf. Lots of flats within about  5 miles or so of the pass have giant wads of big pilchards sitting in the grass right up along the shoreline. A variety of fish have been getting fat feeding on them including speckled trout, redfish, mangrove snapper, jacks, ladyfish, and flounder. I start out fan casting top water plugs around where the bait is to pick off any aggressive fish willing to chase a lure. Then I will switch to a slow suspending plug that I can twitch and let sit still for a second or two. That little pause is when the plug tends to get choked and it will also allow you to keep the lure in the strike zone for an extended amount of time. Flashy silver colors with green, chartreuse, or black backs have been the best colors but white is always a good color as well.
I have been catching a lot of trout and redfish sitting in medium depth water (3-5ft) around areas of spotty or broken bottom.  With clear skies, and a decently high sun, you can drift or slowly cruise around with the trolling motor and spot fish sitting down in the potholes and make presentations to them. Sometimes they can be very wary especially since the water is clean so take your time and be as stealthy as you can and you can get them to eat. Once you find areas holding though you can always come back early on another day and fan cast the area with top-waters or other long casting plugs.
Just off of the grass in the slightly deeper sand on the outside of the flat and up along shallow sandbars I have begun to see an increased presence of big pompano. I have also been catching them in deep potholes in grass flats and out on shallow sandy shoals in the middle of the bay. We have been catching them on soft plastic jigs while targeting flounder but hair jigs, pompano jigs, sand fleas, and live or dead shrimp are all equally good at getting them to eat.

The spanish mackerel are nowhere near as thick as they were in the bay but the ones I have been catching have been big. There are still a couple big schools of smaller fish out in deep water feeding on red minnows but the big ones have been loners or in small schools cruising the outside of flats with a steep drop of into water deeper that about 6ft. Some of these fish are upwards of 5lbs and they are also the ones most likely to steal plugs from you as they are often in close proximity to where you would be fishing for trout and redfish. I recommend spoons or small shiny lures that you can work at a high rate of speed. If you are going to target them I would recommend a short piece of light wire or at least 40lb floro leader to help with abrasion from their teeth.

If you have additional questions about what’s biting, how to catch them, or you would like to book a trip I encourage you to give me a call or shoot me an email.

Capt. Nathan Chennaux

850 258-7235

captainnate@baycountyoutdoors.com





Capt. Snapp's Oct Roundup 
10/27/2017




October started out with sunny skies and crystal clear water but the recent weather has set us back just a little. Strong winds has limited fishing pretty much to the protected bays and grass flats. The good news, it shouldn’t be long and we can look forward to more fantastic weather. Even with the unsettled conditions fishing has been pretty good. My clients have been doing well with trout and reds throwing artificial and when we could get out of the wind most of my fly fishing clients have managed to put some nice reds in the boat! 


Live bait is just about everywhere, the bays and flats are loaded and it’s a great time of year to catch just about any species and not have to worry about heat stroke! Once the weather settles down the King and Spanish mackerel bite should be on fire near shore and in the bays. Large schools of false albacore will make easy targets just off the beach and provide for some great drag screaming action on light tackle and fly. 

Flounder will begin to make their move toward the pass and just off shore providing some great table fare for those that enjoy catching and gigging them. 


Even with all the recent rain the flats are still clear enough to sight fish. In fact, a little cloudiness to the water can make chasing and getting close enough to those spooky reds a little easier. Sight fishing with light tackle or fly this time of year is awesome! If you find area’s in the bay that are not loaded up with floating grass get out your favorite top plug and get to throwing. My clients have had a blast working over the trout and reds. Of course, if you are targeting reds and considering the recent weather and water conditions the old tried and true “gold spoon” has also been working great! 


For those that may be turning their attention to the upcoming hunting season, please be safe and wear that safety harness “every-time”! I know way to many people that have had close calls to life changing injuries from falls out of their tree stands. In addition to the safety harness, please also consider using the safety ropes that allow you an attachment point going up and coming down so you are secured from the moment your foot leaves the ground. 


I encourage you to give me a call if you have questions about fishing in the Panhandle at (850) 832-4952 or for additional information about Grassy Flats Charters, please visit 

http://grassyflatscharters.com/. 


Captain Daniel Snapp

Grassy Flats Charters

“Sight Fishing the Emerald Coast”

(850) 832-4952




 











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