Well folks it seems like these rains will never stop!! But it also seems like the recent rains may have cooled the waters off some and are allowing the trout to stay in a little closer for this time of the year as a lot of trough are being caught in the 5 to 8 feet of waters instead of the 8 to 10 feet. I’m sure you can still go out to the deeper depths and catch trout though. Most fish at this time are being caught as usual by jigging of bottom. Some folks are catching good trout floating live pinfish under corks in the 5 to 6’ of water.
The redfish have been hanging around the shallower waters since springtime. Lots of reds have been hanging out in the 3 to 4’ feet of water around the oyster bars and that taller grassy areas. There has also still some reds hanging in the deeper creeks if you can keep the catfish beat off your hook. Fishing the grass lines during the higher tides.
The mullet seems to have skipped town with all the fresh water out of the Econfina and Aucilla rivers now. And they have been gone for quite some time this year anyway. Maybe later some of this rain will slow down.
Best bets for the month of September would be to continue to fish jigging off bottom out in the 5 to 7’ waters. Fishing the soft plastics on jig heads in the 5 to 6’ of water and even fishing waters as shallow as the 4’ depths for trout in the right areas around taller grass areas will produce trout and even redfish. Fish the creeks using live shrimp (when you can get them) for the redfish during the higher tide times. Also fishing the grasslines using top water plugs during the early morning hours may even produce a bite or blow-up. Also don’t forget we have another week or so left in scallop season so beware of diver down flags which you shouldn’t really have an issue with out of the river areas except for over towards St. Marks.