Mexico Beach Fishing Report: June 2014

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap] have a really awesome fishing story to tell this month as it was, without a doubt, the catch of the day! I was way out in the middle of St. Joe Bay, cruising out to the buoy line from the marina, when something unusual caught my eye. My eyes were seeing something that my mind was registering couldn’t be true. As we got closer, we realized it was true; it was a dog swimming out in the middle of the bay! I quickly drove my boat over to the swimming pooch, and we were able to get him out of the water and onto the boat for the rescue. We noticed he had tags and his name is Dex, so I called the number on the tags. I was able to reach his owner by phone and explained where I was and told her that I had found him swimming way out in the middle of the bay. She was so happy to hear that I had found him and anxious to get him back! She told me he had escaped, and that he really loved the beach and swimming. So, I guess he decided to take a really long swim that day and probably got disoriented and couldn’t see the shore! Dex is a very lucky pooch that we came along. Most dogs are great swimmers, but they get tired too. What a great day!

Now back to fishing! June brings warmer weather and warmer waters and some really awesome fishing. The King mackerel are hungry! I use chartreuse and gold king rigs loaded with frozen cigar minnows and troll very slowly to get the rig down deep in the water. They hit hard and make the reel’s drag smoke as they run so hard and far. Sometimes they make you think that you’re going to get spooled as they take so much line when they run. Don’t forget to use your jigs around any structure, and you may go home with a nice cobia prize for the grill. For you inshore anglers- the flounder have moved inshore and some nice ones are being caught right now. Speckled trout and redfish will also be in the flats in St. Joe Bay. Top water action should be good this month.

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