[dropcap]I[/dropcap] love fishing the grass flats early in the morning using popping corks with live bait. If I don’t have live bait, I use Gulp or a D.O.A. shrimp underneath the popping cork. As the day heats up, I move to deeper water. I fish the bay’s channel markers for tripletail, sheepshead, and flounder. You can also catch Spanish mackerel and King mackerel there too. I‘m still finding flounder while fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway Channel during moving tides.
Out in the Gulf, the kingfish are hitting trolling dusters along the buoy line off Mexico Beach and the Car Body area. Troll slowly to get the lure down deeper in the water column and then hold on! Spanish macks will hit dusters too and they are big!
It’s also scalloping season, and in my opinion August and September are the best months to go. You get more meat for your efforts, meaning they are bigger and yield more edible meat to take home. We are finding them in the St. Joe Bay near the channels and buried in the grass beds.