Guided Steinhatchee Fishing Charters and Scalloping Trips
Welcome to the cyberspace home of Captain Mike Farmers Salt Addiction Charters located in Steinhatchee Florida. In this little corner of the interweb you will find the info about our offerings of guided inshore Fishing, Scalloping , River Cruises and Sunset Tours on our local waters here known as Dead Mans Bay.
While fishing Captain Mike will also provide you with a day filled with instruction, conversation, sharing of knowledge, laughter and hopefully have the feel of a day on the water with a friend. As you view this site I hope to give you an insight into a day on the water with the captain and realistic view of what to expect when you book a trip with Salt Addiction Charters. We try and provide you with as much information of what to expect so there are no surprises other than how much fun you actually have and hope you become another satisfied customer who returns again and again as your Salt Addiction grows. Whether you are a beginner or a skilled fisherman you are in the right place to book a trip that will allow you to take home great memories.
Enjoy a great day of guided nearshore and inshore fishing along North Florida's beautiful gulf coast. Redfish, seatrout, flounder, cobia and many other varieties of fish can be found in abundance. It's a great day of fishing for both the novice and experienced angler.
Looking for a unique and memorable outdoor experience? How about a day of scalloping on Deadman Bay. No experience is necessary to enjoy this day of treasure hunting. Come prepared to get wet as you splash about in shallow waters searching for this highly sought after marine delicacy. It's a truly unique experience that the entire family will enjoy.
Are you just looking to lay back, relax, and take in the natural beauty surrounding Steinhatchee? There's no better way than a sunset cruise on the Steinhatchee river. Calm waters, abundant wildlife, pristine shorelines, and beautiful sunsets all come together to make for a relaxing and memorable afternoon on the water.
This month will pretty much bring the end to the pelagic species that pass through each year as they journey south for the winter. Expect the beginning of the month to still provide plenty of action in the form of schooling Spanish Mackerel, Blue Fish and other species. These fish are lots of fun when they are in a feeding frenzy and can be easily caught on spoons, jigs or fishing cutbait or shrimp below a cork. A leader is a good idea as these species have a sporty set of dental work and will easily cut through braid or mono line.
The Speckled Trout will still be feeding up this month and putting on fat stores for the upcoming winter. Look to find them in 3-5 foot depths with a grassy or spotty bottom. A 5” Saltwater Assassin Jerk Shad on a 1/16 oz jig head would be my primary bait of choice during this time. Earlier in the month a Green Moon pattern will work well as it mimics the bait fish very well. Later in the month the trout will turn more towards shrimp as a food source and the Panhandle Moon is a color that I like a lot during this time period, also give the new color Baudreaux from Saltwater Assassin a try as it has been very hot lately. These same baits can also be fishing underneath a Saltwater Assassin Qwik Kork with 24-36 inches of fluorocarbon leader.
Redfish should be fairly easy to find and catch this month as they will be scattered across areas of rocky or hard bottom. Cut pinfish or shrimp underneath a cork would be a simple bait choice and provide you with plenty of bites.
This has became tradition for me in November to write and share this list. This is the month of Thanksgiving,even though we should remember to be thankful more than just this one day a year which has been set aside for it. I wanted to take a moment and share some things of which I am thankful for. I hope this will inspire you to take some time and reflect on all that you have to be thankful for as well. Each and every one of us has so much to be giving thanks for even as frustrating as life may seem at times with our chaotic lives and all the things that may go wrong. Even if you don’t show anyone your list, writing it down on paper helps to put things in perspective of how blessed we really are.
1. I am thankful to live in a country where we are free and have the ability to worship as we wish, live out our dreams and pursue our individual desires. (Even as frustrated as I may become with our government at times, bottom line we still live in a free country.)
2. I am thankful to all of the men and women who fought and to those who even gave their lives to make and keep this a free country that we live in.
3. I am thankful for a loving family (even though we are separated by distances and may not talk that much, we all know that each one is there for the other if needed and we may talk about each other and fight amongst ourselves once in a while but no one else better mess with them)
4. I am thankful for this little paradise of which I call home and being able to enjoy all of the vast natural resources and beauty that this area is blessed with, from the awesome sunsets to the star filled skies that glitter and shine in the dark of night and then followed up by the amazing sunrises that bring forth another beautiful day. This year I am thankful that all of the hurricanes during this very active year have left us mostly unscathed.
5. I am thankful for all of the wonderful friends that I have and the fact that they put up with me and still call me friend as well.
6. I am thankful for good health that allows me to get out of the bed and face each and every day.
7. I am thankful for all of my GOD given talents that hopefully I learn to better utilize so that I may help bring joy to others.
8. I am thankful for laughter, joy and smiles. Each day wouldn't be as great as it is without these and I’m thankful for those that help to provide me with these things and I hope I help to provide them with the same in return.
9. I am thankful for a job that allows me to do the things I enjoy for a living. Fishing and Outdoor Writing are a passion. I am so thankful to be a full time Charter Captain and also be able to bring this article to you each month as well as the other writing that I do and I hope it is an enjoyment to those who read it. I am also thankful for each one of you who visits and does business with me.
10. Last but not least, I am so thankful that the blessings I receive are not reliant on the thankfulness I show for all that I have already been blessed with.
These are just a few of the things that come to mind that I am thankful for and only from my point of view and my opinion, each of us has our own.
Take care and hope to see you soon in the Hatch.
Captain Mike Farmer
Salt Addiction Charters
Can you believe we are at the halfway point in this year already ? It has been a great year and the time has just flown by. Thank You to all of my sponsors and customers who have helped to make this such a great year as Salt Addiction Charters just continues to grow. I just drive the boat but it's all because of these folks that help us to get where we are. I look forward to many new customers in the future that get to become part of the family. I say that because it just seems that folks just become more like friends and family than customers. But that is partly the goal, it's all about you having a good time and feeling comfortable while you're here enjoying nature, catching fish and scalloping. Speaking of scalloping, our season starts June 16th and if you haven't booked a trip then it's time to do so. Lodging is becoming scarce so you need to act now or plan on staying outside of town 30 minutes or so away. The FWC has not yet completed and released the scallop counts for all of the areas yet but I will try to update this as they release these numbers. From what we are seeing it looks to be a good year. The fish should continue on providing us with a good bite throughout the month. Although there will be trout to be caught up shallow this month the best bite will be in a bit deeper water. Look for scattered grass on out in 6-10 foot depths. In these areas you should also find pods of bait rippling the waters surface. Once you have an area with all of these things you should be on target to catch some fish. My primary bait during this period is a 1/4 oz jighead with a 5" Saltwater Assassin Jerk Shad. Since the primary food source at this time will be baitfish it's a good idea to try and match the hatch. Colors such as Green Moon, White or Glow are good choices to start with. Just cast these baits out and bounce them along the bottom. During these summer months you may entice the bite of a Speckled Trout, sand Trout, Spanish Mackerel or even a Cobia. Many different species will inhabit these waters during this time, that makes it exciting because you never know what the next fish might be.
Thanks for reading and I hope you will join me soon on the water.Thanks, Capt Mike Farmer Salt Addiction Charters www.saltaddictioncharters.com 352-210-1551
Well Sports Fans it's that time again !! March is finally here and Spring will officially be upon us on March 20th when the Spring Equinox arrives. This is the moment in time that the sun stands directly above the Equator and day and night are approximately the same. But in simple terms it means that Winter is over in the Northern Hemisphere and Astrological Spring has finally arrived. Dawn will soon be a tick earlier each day and Dusk will fall a tick later each day. What does all of this mean ? It means Spring Fishing Season in Steinhatchee is about to begin ! Winter came a little earlier than what we have grown accustomed to last year but it seems that Mother Nature is making up for it and February has had quite the Springish feel for most of the month. Oh but She can be brutal and play some mean tricks too so I might should not brag too soon. Many migrational birds have shown up already, some have been here for several weeks. As you ride through the woods you will see Red Bud Trees, Dogwoods ,Wild Plums and many other species of trees in full bloom. God is painting a beautiful Spring picture all across our landscape. Fishing has been great the last few weeks and a Spring Fishing pattern is beginning to come into full swing. Groups of smaller male trout are grouping up together and Big females are starting to group up as well. Spring is in the air and things are happening. If you want to join in on the fun you can book a trip right on my website or just give me a call. Don't miss out on the fantastic spring fishing action. Also still plenty of openings for scallop season if you want to book a trip. Don't wait too long as the lodging in town for scallop season is limited and disappearing quickly. Capt Mike Farmer www.saltaddictioncharters.com 352-210-1551
FWC has officially anounced that the scallop season for our area will be June 16th - September 10th
It is time to book your scalloping trips now as they will be filling up quickly !!!-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well our Winter started showing up late in the Fall season and now February is here and it seems like it may be a mild month. Looking at long range forecasts there aren't any real signs of Harsh weather headed our way. But who knows this may change, life in North Florida prepares you to wear coats and shorts during the same week and not be surprised when it happens. Hopefully this is the sign that we will be seeing early Spring patterns taking shape by the end of this month. But for now look for fish to move back and forth between the flats and nearby creeks. Some nights are still dropping down into the 30's and this requires the fish to look for a little bit warmer waters. As it warms up each day there should be movement out onto the flats adjacent to the river and creeks. The Salty Snack from Saltwater Assassin Lures should be a great bait of choice for this month. This bait is so versatile that it can easily be fished in 18" of water with an unweighted hook or then fished on a jig head while probing the deeper holes. No matter what depth your fishing, the secret to this bait is to fish it very slow and not try to impart very much action. Just a slow retrieve with an occasional pause it all this bait needs to perform at its best. This month is also the time of year when Steinhatchee puts on its annual Fiddler Crab Festival. Lots of fun and entertainment to be had, even including a fishing tournament. check out the website for the Steinhatchee Chamber for more details. www.steinhatcheechamber.com I hope everyone has a great month and it's time to start booking your spring season trips so visit my site to book or give me a call. this should be a great Spring season so make sure you get your trip booked before the dates are gone. God Bless you all and I hope to see you soon ! Capt Mike Farmer 352-210-1551 www.saltaddictioncharters.com
So much for global warming huh ? We have had quite a few days so far this winter that have reached the 70's but we have also had some of the down right coldest days I can remember in a while now. I had hoped for some consistently cool weather with a few cold days thrown in. This would have stabilized a good winter pattern for us here. But instead it seems we get nice warm days much like springtime or else it's frigid COLD. January started off with an ice storm. In Florida ? What the heck !! All I can say is musical chairs. If you regularly read my writing here or the various other places that it appears then you know exactly what I am talking about. Constantly changing weather patterns equals constantly changing fishing patterns. This can be very confusing at times, but follow the pattern that goes with the water temperature and not the air temperature. Many times, we have a warm up or a cool down period that doesn't really change the water temperature all that much. Until that happens things really don't change that much. Immerse your brain and thoughts down into the water column to figure out what is going on. This time of year, it can be really hard to predict in advance what the fish are going to be doing. Just rely on Mother Nature and follow the fish. The Pink or Pink Ghost Salty Snack bait has really been my go-to bait for the last several weeks. Give this bait a try for yourself. It is very diverse and can be fished ultra-shallow when the fish are up on the shallow flats or can be rigged on a jig head and fished in deeper waters as well. I have my boat out of the water until about Mid-February for some planned maintenance and upgrades so I will not be booking any trips until she returns to the water. But it's time to go ahead and start booking spring season fishing trips. These dates will start filling up soon so now is the time to plan your trip. In February the FWC will give us the final decision on dates for Bay Scallop Season so stay tuned for that info as these trips will start filling up quickly as well.