Instead of a reel in depth fishing report this week I wanted to let you in on something I’m working on with Florida’s Right to Clean Water. I’ll have your report after this:


As an avid angler and conservationist, I couldn’t be more thrilled to invite you to the “ALL-CALL to Florida Anglers” online event (, co-hosted by myself, Capt. Adam Morley, and Florida’s Right to Clean Water. If you share a passion for fishing or work in the marine industry, this event is a golden opportunity to come together and address the critical statewide water issues affecting our once-pristine fisheries.

We all understand the challenges posed by habitat degradation and declining water quality. But instead of waiting for change to happen, it’s time we take matters into our own hands. This event will shed light on a game-changing solution: a proposed constitutional amendment to establish a fundamental right to clean and healthy waters in Florida.

This legal tool will empower Floridians to protect our precious waters from state-sanctioned harm, which is something we currently lack. Special interests know this, and it’s why we must seize the opportunity before us. Between now and the end of the year, we aim to qualify for the 2024 ballot by gathering 900k signed hardcopy petitions. As anglers, we hold a unique position to drive this dream towards reality.

To delve deeper into the proposed amendment and learn how you can contribute, visit There, you’ll find the petition, full text, and various ways you can make a difference. Should you have any questions leading up to the event, feel free to reach out to us at

If that’s not enough, let me tempt you further with two additional initiatives that align with our cause. Firstly, check out the “An All-Call to Anglers intro” at This introduction provides valuable context and insights.

Secondly, participate in the “FL Right to Clean Water Fish Pic Tournament,” currently underway at Not only will you have a blast, but your involvement will contribute to the greater mission.

Time is of the essence, my fellow anglers. We must act swiftly to mobilize enough Floridians who share our vision of clean and healthy waters. Together, we can spark a positive change that will echo through generations. So don’t hesitate to share this event with like-minded individuals who yearn for a better future.

Let’s unite, educate, and empower ourselves to protect what matters most—Florida’s pristine waters. See you at the “ALL-CALL to Florida Anglers” online event!


Now the report:

The Matanzas River: had an influx of freshwater, mixed results, and unforgettable moments this week.

As I set out on the Matanzas River this week, I couldn’t help but be hopeful for a bountiful catch. However, the past week’s continuous rain brought an unexpected challenge – an influx of freshwater that slowed down the bite. Despite this setback, I managed to find success both on top water and subsurface.

The redfish, though on the lower slot side, proved to be my saving grace for the Flagler Sportfishing Club’s CPR Tournament (catch, photo, release). It’s always a pleasure to witness the vibrant colors of these resilient fish, even when they’re not at their largest.

Of course, no fishing trip is without its share of challenges, and this week, tarpon made sure to give me a run for my money. I jumped a couple, but they swiftly reminded me that they are the true masters of the river. Nonetheless, the thrill of the chase and the adrenaline rush were well worth it.

Amidst the ups and downs of the trip, a moment of redemption awaited me. I decided to try something different and took a standup paddle board out into the river. The decision paid off as I managed to achieve an inshore slam, a feat that brought immense satisfaction. Two flounder, a trout, and four reds showcased the diverse beauty of the Matanzas River and added a sense of accomplishment to my day. My baits of choice again this week were the Kiss My Fish top water lure called the “Creeper” and the Fishbites paddle tail in the color they call “Counter Punch” with a red 1/4 jig head.

The challenges we face in fishing are a part of the adventure, and this week’s mix of successes and trials truly made the experience unforgettable. As the freshwater slowly recedes, I’m optimistic that the bite will pick up, and future trips will bring even more opportunities for excitement and triumphs.

Until then, I’ll continue to explore and appreciate the natural wonders of the Matanzas River, cherishing every moment I spend out on the water. Tight lines to all fellow anglers, and may your fishing adventures be filled with memorable moments and great catches!


Chris from Skinny Water Lures mentioned top water action has been plentiful early morning on the SWL topwater. Targeting grass islands and deep channels along the flats on high tide has been productive at first light.

As the afternoon approaches we’ve been switching to the SWL paddle tail on an Owner flash swimmer, targeting the deep channels. As the day heats up, we have found the fish have been pushing to the deeper water trying to find cooler water.

We have noticed this week that any time after 12pm, has been hot and the bite has slowed down until around 4pm.

The afternoon bite has been active due to the daily afternoon showers. The fish can sense the change in barometric pressure, and they do their best to take in as much food as possible. The reason for this is that during a rainstorm, most fish hunker down and weather out the storm.

If fishing the afternoon bite, pay attention to the weather radar as these storms have been approaching fast with some severe lighting and wind.


Capt. Adam Morley