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  1. #1
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    Exclamation ST. George Island, Florida HELP NOW!

    Leaving in the morning for a week. I need to know where to go and what to throw. I have an 8wt and am not afraid to use it. I really do need the help the quicker the better. I was just so busy at work trying to get caught up to go on the vacation I forgot to take care of some of the essentials like where to fish!

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    Default Byron & Drew!

    Drew and Byron will probably be one of your best sources for help on this one! Byron, has a little to much food on his plate and will more than likely read this too late,,,don't forget you can call him at the shop! I can't really help on where to fish but I can tell you that a good shrimp pattern, a good crab pattern, and a good baitfish pattern should work! I know that's broad but stop in the local fly shop and one of those guys will more than likely let you know what's running, where to go, and what to use! Byron has a sweet fly for catching reds, give him a shout!

    Need pictures when you return, hope your luck was better then ours..There are several state parks were you'll be staying in Apalachichola, I'd start fishing there, unless your taking a boat!

    Brett

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    If you can find some flats that are between 2 ft and 4 ft deep, there should be a ton of sea trout. They will be smallish (10-18 in) but they are fun to catch. Clouser minnows work well in Chartreuse or white. Seducers or shrimp patterns will probably pay off as well. Redfish love the shrimp patterns. You may catch an occasional flounder as well depending if they are into the shallows yet.

    I have fished around those parts quite a bit but mostly spinning gear about this time of year.

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    If you want reds, look for "broken" marsh and no more than a foot/foot and a half of water. You don't want to fish a straight shoreline - you want to see little clumps of marsh grass scattered. On the surf side, you really don't need to wade out far - no more than the first sandbar, typically. Remember to look for moving water - once the tide stops, usually the fish turn off.

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    Default St. George Island

    What a great place. You might want to get in touch with Robinson Brothers guide service in Appalachiacola. They seem to be the most notable outfit, and catch alot of reds and trout in the bay and rivers. There may even be some Tarpon still around there out by Alligator point. Something like www.Floridaredfish.com. Appalachicola is a great little old town, 15 minutes away. St. Joe Bay is a good place to wade, I am told.
    Hope you have a good trip,
    John

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    Default Sgi

    I was just there last week, my second trip. My first was October of last year, and fishing in the surf was much better then than this time. There wasn't nearly the baitfish this year as last, which may well be a seasonal thing, and could be improving. I'm also too cheap to hire a guide (too poor, actually).

    I finally gave up on the surf, only catching on a few whiting and catfish. I spent a morning on the pier, getting a mixed bag of smaller fish, and not seeing enough fish caught to make me want to go back.

    Late in the week I hit the flats at the boat launches in the park. At the "youth camp" boat ramp, you can walk carefully out to the oyster bars and reach a lot more water.

    Take your bug spray. This is my absolute favorite vacation spot.

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