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Offshore/Inshore and All Fish In Between

Capt. Larry Pentel
February 12, 2017
Destin - Saltwater Fishing Report

Been a while since I sat still and wrote a report but I don't sit still for long or often ! I was able to run a pretty good ways offshore one day last week with the intention to target Greater Amberjacks. Alas, they weren't chewing too well that day and we only got about 8 to bite and only one of those made the "magic" length to keep coming in at 36' to the fork. We did find a huge stand of BIG Vermillion Snappers and my crew was quick to forget about AJ's while they filed up the box with a limit of some of the biggest Snappers I have seen in while. We had few that went 4 pounds ! I ran a couple of regular 4 hr trips this weekend, one with some Snowbirds and another with locals. Both trips had us with a limit of Vermillions and Amberines to come in with full boxes. My folks also got to play with some big AJ's up in fairly close but the biggest we boated was 33 3/4' to the fork, just a quarter inch short.
My son William ( Fried Fish Excursions) just got back from a couple months in Hawai ( lucky dog !) and wanted to go fishing back here at home with the old man. I didn't have a trip today and I've been wanting to run my "new" bay boat (long story for another report) so we went and bay fished like we used to do when he was a kid. I am proud to report that the February bay fishing hasn't changed in the 15 years or so since we last did it. We spent about 4 hours out and came back with a great Box Sheepshead. All of 'em were good sized and a couple were downright large for the river end of the Bay. I plan on being able to take my folks out in the Bay this year that just "Have to Fishing" when we get weathered out in the Gulf.

As always, gotta have pics to prove it's not just fish stories......

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This was the first Big Vermillion to come up, I didn't have time to take any other pics as they put 39 more in the boat as fast as you could drop down 135' and come back up.

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A fine AJ to go with a limit of snappers

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Part of the haul...

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This winter visitor has fished with me for years and was proud he won the battle with this nice jack

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His buddies all contributed to the board too.

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Locals with part of a fine box of potential fish fry's

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William with a great bay catch. It's not often I can out fish him any more and he did have the biggest today but I got him on numbers

The season is starting, I have 5 trips booked the next 8 days or so. I just need more calm, warm days to make it happen. As mild as the winter has been we should have early runs of all the pelagics. The pompano have showed up in force this weekend all ready ! My younger daughter and her husband beach fished with another couple yesterday afternoon and landed 6 Pomps !!

Capt. Larry Pentel

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Gulf Fishing off Grayton Beach in beautiful South Walton. Red Snapper to Cobia to King Mackeral to Grouper. No need to get up early or drive for an hour to a marina. We will pick you up on the beach and be on a reef or wreck in usually less than 15 minutes. Some of the Gulfs best fishing lies just offshore of the snow white sands of South Walton. We also offer Tarpon trips at Indian Pass during the summer run. July and August have large schools of giant Silver Kings feeding just off the beach.

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174 Watercolor Way, Suite 103
PMB 280
Seagrove Beach, FL 32459
Phone: 850-685-1092
Alt. Phone: 850-231-6991
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