Spring Break is here and the fishing is heating UP!
Capt. Eddie Woodall
March 7, 2013
Navarre - Saltwater Fishing Report
The Speckled Trout bite is getting better every day. It's still a couple of weeks away before they'll get good, although if you spend a little time looking you can catch some good ones now. Their first spawn is not far away which puts the big females up in the shallow water. Don't kill these big breeder fish, handle them with care take a picture then release them. I'm catching most of my better fish on big live shrimp. While these big female fish are roaming the deeper water adjacent to the grass flats in preparation for their spawn, live shrimp are an easy meal and this is one of their main food sources. If you drag one close to Ol' Gator mouth she'll eat it weather she is hungry or not! Artificial baits are catching fish also; use big dog walking top water early in the 6 to 8 foot of water close to deep structure and sub-surface jerk minnows after the sun gets up good.
Slot Red Fish are all over Santa Rosa Sound from Gulf Breeze to Navarre. Grass flats and docks will produce fish. Use gold spoons on the flats and shrimp around the docks.
The big Spanish will be showing up in just a few weeks. You can catch these fish in the five to seven pound range very consistently. If you put a seven pound Spanish mackerel on the end of a 10 pound test spinning outfit or an 8 weight fly rod and you got yourself a hand full!!
Bull Reds are plentiful on the beach. Cast a SPRO ¾ oz. Magic Bus bucktail jig to the Red Fish. Oh and It won't be long before the big schools of Crevalle Jacks start to show up. Use big top water Chug Plugs to catch the Jacks.
Pompano are stacked up on the beach. Use sand fleas or a standard Pompano jigs to land these tasty speedsters. I would head to the east out of Pensacola Pass or to the west from Destin and hit the wash outs and drainage cuts coming off the sand bar closest to the beach.
Thank you for reading my reports, light winds and Big Fish!
Navarre Fishing Forecast:
spring is just about to get fired up.... and the fish are right on schedule
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