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Tryin' to Reason with the Season

Capt. Larry Pentel
September 15, 2017
Destin - Saltwater Fishing Report

The last 2 weeks have had us trying reason with not just hurricane season but the Feds fishin' seasons on top of the weather. Harvey missed Florida completely but still had enough residual surf to keep us from fishing the first 2 days of our limited 10 day Triggerfish season and 2 of the last 4 days of Red Snapper by shutting down the first half of Labor Day weekend. Irma rolled around with a lot of TV hype the next weekend but no damage anywhere in our part of the world. ( We did have 3 palm fronds down in the yard) But, once again shut down 2 of our Triggerfish days. My favorite fish to eat, Triggers have been closed completely for over a year and a half. The State of Florida came up with a limited 10 day season spread over 4 weekends this Fall and so far we have missed 4 of the 6 days they have been open ! Oh well, 4 more days in October and all we can do is hope for calmer weekends on the Gulf....

Fishing has been good when we have been able to go but there have not been a lot of folks here at the beach the past week. While we have not had any impact from the storms other than a little surf if you listen to the Weather Channel they would have had you believe that Florida no longer exists and I think that kept a lot of folks away. Oh well, they gotta sell plywood to keep home depot in business I guess......

Plenty of Kings around, we found a wad of a dozen cobia yesterday with one being about 32# that we kept, my son William said they saw a sail this morning free swimming and then jumped another one an hour later, the Vermillions are still plenty thick once you get offshore a few miles and any trash you find floating seems to have Mahi on it.....Pretty fishy !!!

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Limit Red Snappers, Limit Triggers, 5 Kings and 3 Scamps.... Pretty dang busy on a 4 hr trip !

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Another Limit of Red Snappers, Triggers and some Kings on a half day.

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These 2 anglers got a limit of Snapper and Trigger and then found a branch floating that had not only a pile of Mahi but those 2 Tripletails hanging on the board as well...

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Red Snapper closed ? No problem for this crew with a pile of Kings and Vermillions

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Some of the regulars on a very quick and close in run to put some Triggers in the box..... I even got to eat one !

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This was the first time beach launching for these 2 anglers. I had 'em when we put that cobia in the boat on the first stop, they were real impressed with being able to catch a limit of Vermillions after but when the last stop on the 4 hr trip had 3 nice Kings bite right away they were ready to come back as soon as the freezer could get emptied...

The weather forecast looks fantastic for the foreseeable future.... get out there and catch something ! September is usually one of the nicest months of the year here at the beach with clear, warm calm water, mild daytime temps and no crowds !

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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PMB 280
Seagrove Beach, FL 32459
Phone: 850-685-1092
Alt. Phone: 850-231-6991
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