Port St. Joe
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Port St. Joe Fishing Seasons
Winter fishing continues, with the best results coming from fishing deep in the backcountry waters. In the bay, Sheepshead are usually biting in good numbers. But watch out: these tasty fish are renowned for stealing bait!
The waters and the fishing gradually start to warm up, just in time for Spring Break. Guides come back onto the water after a winter of hunting, and the bay starts to fill up with people on cruises and fishing charters.
The fishing gets better and better in Port St. Joe in the springtime. Redfish come out into the bay and are joined by big "Gator" Trout. Joining them come Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, Ladyfish, Bluefish, and Sharks.
May could be one of the best times to fish these waters. The flats of the bay come alive with Redfish and Trout making for fun fishing, not to mention the incredible nearshore action along the reefs.
The impressive action on the flats continues, with Inshore Slams becoming common on charter trips. Tripletail is also being caught in good numbers. Meanwhile, Bull, Nurse, and Blacktip Sharks peruse the waterways.
As the waters warm, the Redfish and Trout action can quiet down a little on the flats. But with big Tarpon, Sharks, Jacks, Tripletail, and Spanish Mackerel all being caught nearshore, there are plenty of reasons to dip a line.
Summer fishing is all about variety in these parts.While inshore fishing is as good as ever, there are also Snappers, Cobia, Amberjacks, and many more on the reefs and in the deep waters offshore.
September is prime time for scalloping in the grass beds of St. Joseph Bay. Make sure to bring your snorkeling gear if you come at this time of year, as the waters are just right for taking a dip. Fishing remains good, too.
As the month progresses, colder conditions gradually start to set in. This is great news for anglers, who usually notice a much better bite from Redfish and Trout. With Flounder also available, it's Slam season once again.
Fall fishing is some of the best you can get in Port St. Joe. Look out for migrating Bull Redfish, as well as Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and Pompano. There's plenty to fill the freezer, and the action is hot, too.
As winter sets in, the fish start to move into deeper holes in the bay and backcountry. Live bait becomes the weapon of choice. As the small town winds down for winter, some guides turn to hunting rather than fishing.