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Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)

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Carrabelle Fishing Charters

Carrabelle, in the Big Bend of Florida, is just a short drive from Tallahassee to the northeast, and Panama City to the west. Carrabelle is a fishing community, but it also has beaches and museums for the whole family to enjoy. Be sure to see the world’s smallest police station.

Carrabelle and the area once hosted the Big Bend Saltwater Classic fishing tournament. Until recently, the Organization for Artificial Reefs (OAR) staged the tournament each year as a fundraiser to improve and create new reefs in the region.

Carrabelle Freshwater Fishing

The Carrabelle River is salt and very brackish. Most of the fish here are saltwater species that can tolerate some freshwater. Head upriver to where the New River and the Crooked River come together to form the Carrabelle where fresh and saltwater are mixed enough in places to support largemouth bass as well as reds and mullet. Spinnerbaits, plastic worms and live shad are the best ways to connect with the bass. Reds will hit grubs and jigs. Live and cut bait, especially fished under a popping cork, will draw the reds. Fishing along the river with live and big cut bait without a cork will also catch bull reds.

Carrabelle Inshore Fishing

Inshore fishing really begins in earnest after the last bend of the river. The Carrabelle takes a nearly straight east run for a bit, sweeping around the northern end of Timber Island. Tidal creeks and the points are redfish hangouts. When the tide is out, the fish will be in the river near these areas waiting for the tide to come in and raise the river so they can get into the reeds.

As the water gets saltier, trout start showing up. The popping cork is an excellent choice here, especially when the river is murky.

The mudflats and out into the mouth of the river have plenty of oyster bars too. Redfish love these as much as they do the creeks. Throw a gold spoon into the tailing fish and hang on.

When you get into the flats and the sandy areas, Carrabelle fishing charters will try to find flounder. These flatfish are ambush predators, so you need something that bumps the bottom. Use live bull and glass minnows with just enough weight a few feet ahead to get the bait to the bottom are ideal. Shrimp-style lures and grubs also work well. Trout also love these grassy underwater plains.

Just across St. George Sound is Dog Island, an inhabited island with no land access. You can take the ferry or ride a regular boat out to the island. If you do visit, make sure you take everything you need for your stay because the island does not have a store. The bayside of Dog Island is known to be a shark nursery. Live and cut bait are your best bets for shark. The Gulf of Mexico side offers excellent surf fishing either from the beach or a boat just off the island.

The Sound is also a great place to find Spanish mackerel when the water warms up. Trolling anything silver will draw strikes. Most anglers use black or bronze swivels to connect a leader to a line because the Spanish will hit a silver swivel.

Carrabelle Offshore Fishing

Thanks in part to OAR, offshore fishing here has improved a lot over the years. It was always good as this region has plenty of reefs, rocky outcroppings and wrecks. Commercial fishing communities tend to accumulate shipwrecks.

Wahoo, cobia, mahi mahi, king mackerel, tuna and the occasional sailfish cruise the deep water. Trolling is the preferred way to catch these fish as they are rarely in one area long. Baitfish follow the plankton blooms and the predators will follow that. Some fish love surface cover. Carrabelle fishing charters check out anything on the surface for mahi mahi and cobia. Troll past or throw white bucktails tipped with a small cigar minnow of cut bait for scent at whatever is on the surface.

Because of the abundance of structure at the bottom, Carrabelle has a deserved reputation as a grouper haven for many years now. Copperbelly, a nickname for the gag grouper because the abdomen will turn copper-colored in mature fish, are regulars in coolers coming back to the docks. Amberjack, snapper, triggerfish are also found in good numbers here.

The two best ways to get on a reef dweller are live and cut bait dropped to the bottom or jigging. Jigging can be a workout because you have to keep the plug moving. Live and cut bait does all the work for you; drop the bait to the bottom and hang on. If you are after triggerfish, downsize your hooks and bait because these fish have smaller mouths than the others. Pieces of squid work well on triggers.

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The water in Carrabelle is ready for you to come fishing. Are you ready to try your hand at catching what swims here? FishAnywhere has the captains with the experience to put you on fish. Let’s go.