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All things fishing (and of course, seafood)

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All things fishing (and of course, seafood)

Hello! Heading to Cape San Blas for first time this weekend and staying in Barrier Dunes. A couple of questions relating to fishing and eating...we often surf fish, but curious how easy it would be to fish in the bay? Is there an easy location near Barrier Dunes? Would we need a kayak? Is there a public deeper water dock? Also may consider renting a pontoon boat (non-guided) for a day to fish and get closer to nature. Any suggestions on where to rent? Any fishing tips would be greatly appreciated. Lastly, where is the best place to buy fresh seafood (in case fishing is unsuccessful!) to cook ourselves? Any recommendations for restaurants that serve good and fresh (not necessarily fancy) seafood? Would we be better of driving to Port St. Joe or Apalachicola? Thank you for any tips!

Marietta, Georgia
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Indian Pass Raw Bar is good and fresh, but as far from fancy as you can get.

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Hi Skip! Will try and answer a few of your questions for you. We have been going to the Cape for the last five years and it seems like the fishing is a little different every year. Wading the bay is doable but we have found it easier over by Port St Joe. We have used kayaks at Scallop Cove to fish bay areas along the Cape. Shore Thang charters appears to have started to rent pontoons with them bringing it to you at the state park. This may be very convenient for your group staying at Barrier Dunes. We have never used this company but have rented from both Presnel and St Joe marina with no problems. Try to fish the bay early before it gets too hot and get as much info as possible from the guys at Scallop Cove, Bluewater Outriggers, and Half Hitch. Hopefully I helped you a little. If there are other questions feel free to ask. All I ask is you report back as we will be checking in at Seacliffs the week after you!

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Thanks for the tips! We had a great week in Cape San Blas - the fishing was so so -- here's my update: we rented a pontoon from Hal Tarpley right at the State Park, which was very convenient. We headed straight for the south side of the bay and started fishing in 4-5ft of water where there were grasses. We had some luck with live shrimp and pin fish, using a popping cork. Caught 1 keeper trout and some smaller trout. Also caught sharks, toadfish and a ray. Had the best luck earlier in the day and then the biting really trailed off. We didn't have a whole lot of luck shore fishing, though we did catch some sharks, a large ray and catfish throughout the week. There was no clear rhyme or reason as to when the biting was more active. We used frozen squid, finger mullet and live pinfish that we had caught in a cast net. One evening, we tried our luck fishing in the state park, but had zero success. In talking to others, we were getting as many bites as anyone, though I think a kayak might have worked well to go very early in the day out into the bay. We bought fresh shrimp to grill from a place in Apalachicola (13 mile?) and also from St Joe Shrimp Co and found the latter to be better. Also bought flounder and triple tail from St Joe and it was great. Had a great dinner at Indian Pass Raw Bar and a great Breakfast on our way out of town at bin4eleven in Port St Joe.

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