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Westbay Redfish

shrimpfarm_006.jpgNovember is the time redfish begin to school up and bigger fish return to the grass flats in Westbay, thats been my observation the last 2 falls. I started the month seeing fish that were quite a bit bigger than the reds I observed in the summer. It is so exciting to see fish 30 inches and longer.


Last Updated (Sunday, 06 December 2009 10:52)

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Midnight Snook

Bill, Gary, Ryan and I just returned from Stuart Fl. Snook fishing trip.  We drove most of the day Friday got our motel room and got ready to do some nite ops for snook.  Gary and I had our Kayaks, Bill and Ryan fished out of Bills tricked out canoe. Snook_nite_fishing_Stuart_Fl_005__Large_.jpg Ryan headed up this group and had us well informed and pumped to catch some snook along the lighted docks in Stuart.  We used 7,8,9 and 10wt flyrods rigged with floating, floating with a ghost tip, clear intermediate  and clear floating lines.  Flies that worked were Perrys Killer, Scampi bonfish fly, Polar Fiber minnow, and Darby's glass minnow. 

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Boy Scout Jamboree

100_0927 (Large).jpgThe Panhandle Fly Fishers Club embarked on a new adventure this year, to support the Southeastern Conference of the Boy Scouts, in teaching fly tying, fly casting and fly fishing to the boys.  Our first introduction was at the Boy Scout Jamboree in March 09 at the Fort Walton Beach fairgrounds where a full day of fly tying demonstrations and hands-on fly casting lessons and lots of fun was had by all.  Although our club President, Don Chattin, and many members are supporting this effort, five members; Jim McCarthy, Bill Streitz, Jimmy Waters, Dennis Curley and Shane Dennis have taken the extra step in applying and getting certified to teach the Boy Scout Fly Fishing Merit Badge.

Last Updated (Saturday, 21 November 2009 13:42)

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Oyster Reef Project

Oyster Reef Project at Hogtown Bayou in Walton County
PB200017.JPGOn November 19th and 20th the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance conducted a project to build an oyster shell reef in Hogtown Bayou.  The primary purpose of the project was to protect an eroding shoreline from wave action.  The project was funded by NOAA and headed up by Allison McDowell of the CBA.
Oyster shells were placed in nylon meshed bags that weighed between 25 and 40 pounds and trucked in to Cessna Landing on Hogtown Bayou.  They were loaded on boats and hauled to the reef site.  Volunteers placed the bags 4 abreast for the bottom layer and then build the reef up the the water surface.  The reef ended up about 50 feet in length when complete. 

Last Updated (Saturday, 21 November 2009 13:56)

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Brule River in Wisconsin

fall brule 2009 008 large.jpgLen Anderson sent this fishing report
I was up north for a funeral, and had sometime after that event to fish the Brule River in Wisconsin.  It was so great to be back on my home waters doing what I now how to do best, fish for fall steelhead on the Brule River.

Last Updated (Saturday, 21 November 2009 13:48)

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