Updates to the Georgia-Florida Fishing Report:
I have told some of you about some of the problems the Georgia-Florida Fishing Report is encountering with my new website and may be changing to a different host in the near future. This may also mean a new website name/address. I'll let you know if I make this move. If I do, it will be several months before I get ready to make the move. One of the things I really wanted to have was a fishing forum for those areas we are reporting on. Vista Print does not have the capability to support a forum at this point. They also do not have any way of putting a logo on your signature for e-mails. I have a logo, but I can't post it. I'm not trying to bash anyone, but these are things I found out after the fact.
I'm hoping that the company can rectify this, but in reading some of the questions from the website owners, it looks like they have been trying to get this functionality for a couple of years now and it ain't happening. I truly regret this after all the work I've put into the website, but I hope if I do change that most of the content can simply be cut and pasted into a new hosts web builder. I'll keep you posted.
Anyway, for right now we will continue to work toward giving you a lot more quality content that is helpful on your next fishing trip. It's not easy trying to figure out what you guys need and would like to see more of. Please contact me if you have any suggestions for future pages and/or information that would be beneficial. Looking forward to moving ahead and possibly upgrading to a better platform that will give us all here what you would like to hear about.
As far as any fishing reports go, I spoke with Captain Jason Phillips this past week after my kidney transplant and he said the redfishing around Daytona and a little farther south is on fire. He also shared that he and his partner had won their Redfish tournament trail and will now have sponsorships that will allow them to fish several trails next year. The two of them will be fishing a tournament at Panama City Beach, FL in November, so I'm sure I'll have some good info for all of you after the tournament. Oh, by the way, they took home some great merchandise prizes in the form of a power-pole, Costa sunglasses, and several other quality items. Congratulations to you, Captain Phillips!
I've also found out through another source that the King Mackerel bite at Panama City Beach is still going strong. It won't be long until the water temps cool a little in the Big Bend area around Carrabelle and Lanark Village, FL when the fall fishing really heats up inshore. It's time to get out there and get after 'em.
The Lake Oconee catfishing is still going strong at night using live bait, but the hybrid and striper fishing is somewhat at a standstill. Won't be long until the crappie fishing gets hot and the slabs will be coming on strong.
I had hoped to make a trip to Lake Santee Cooper in South Carolina with my close friend and fishing buddy, James Bratcher, to catch some monster catfish. It is not unusual to catch several hundred pounds of these tasty rascals on a 1-3 day trip. I've never personally made this trip, but am really looking forward to. However, the transplant and some health issues that James is working through have put the trip on hold. Guess I'll take a rain check for next spring.
Get out there and catch a big 'un.