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Winter Break

Capt. Larry Pentel
March 14, 2017
Destin - Saltwater Fishing Report

After a mild and warm February it turned to winter just in time for the first big spring break week. I had trips all this week but the weather has been anything but warm, sunny and calm causing me to cancel the last 3 days. Oh well, maybe tomorrow. The forecast is for the breeze to start laying down but the low temp for tomorrow night is below 40 degrees ! Prior to this cold front the Gulf temp was in the upper 60's, the spanish had all ready shown up in force in Panama City Pass and a couple cobia had been seen off the piers. This cooler weather will probably put the big push of pelagics back a week or so.

The bottom fishing remains strong with lots of Vermillions to fill the box and plenty of "just" short Amberjacks to pull on. While we are landing the occasional legal one most are an inch or 2 short. The Gag groupers turned on on this full moon much to everyone's surprise and excitement. I had a group catch 5 ( nice ones!) on a 4 hr trip last week. We caught several others on other trips here lately but I don't think I had seen 5 total this year till last week. Some fine Red Snapper around as well. Glad to see there are quality fish in close this early. The sharks continue to be a problem for those folks trying to land a big fish and an exciting diversion for those that want to tussle with a toothy critter. Plenty of them too.

here's a few pics.

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Braggin rights Grouper

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Quickly answered by another on the other side of the boat

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Some Bragging rights Snappers too

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Plenty of Vermillions to take home for dinner

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A limit of Vermillions and an Amberjack that covered up the yardstick. That Gal in green got the keeper, only one she landed after the other 3 folks had caught a dozen that were "just short". Said that was all she needed....

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Not just another big Bull at the boat. The fellow that caught this one had asked for a big one. Got him after an hour and a half on 40# test... 2 miles from where we hooked him ! Braggin' Rights!

The Spanish should show as soon as it warms back up, followed by the Cobia, cigar minnows and Kings.....

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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