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Pensacola Fishing Reports - Spring Fishing Has Arrived

Capt. John Rivers
March 11, 2016
Pensacola - Saltwater Fishing Report

March has arrived and I couldn't be more excited. I've had a few trips already; some good, some okay. Early March can be a strange month to predict; the fish are in transition moving down into their spring patterns and their spots, especially sheepshead and redfish in the pass and on a few of the bridges. Just like bass getting ready to bed up on the flats, the fish are getting ready to do their thing here in Pensacola. The water temp is rising and in a week or two it's going to be just right, and it will be like a light switch and the bite will fire off and last all spring.
This time of year I do use live shrimp when I'm fishing the pass and bridges to ensure the bite is better for my clients. I'm an artificial kind of guy, meaning I like using hard or soft plastics, but I'm not too proud to put a live bait on to get the bites some days. When the artificials are getting it done, I'll have a few different baits tied on, using anything from a ZMan Jerk Z, Matrix Paddle Tail, to a MirrOlure. If fished right these three baits will produce a ton of fish and have for me over the years.

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So let's talk Spring Break for a minute. For here, Spring Break isn't just about college coeds swarming the beaches; it's when the Sheepshead move into the Pensacola Pass and the fishing is off the chain! Not only do we catch some quality sheepshead, but we also catch redfish, black drum, red snapper and a few other species. But let's not overlook the flats in March and April, as this a very good time to fish them since so many anglers are in the pass playing with the sheepies, but also the bite is decent on the flats for trout and redfish in March and April. So if you want a little more solitude away from the big crowds of the pass during the sheepshead run, check out the flats, you just might hook into a gator trout, but make sure you have your selfie stick with you or it might be just a fish tale that you and the Big Man only know about.

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Till the next adventure,

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Covering the Tampa Bay, Clearwater and St Petersburg area. Light tackle fishing for Snook, Redfish, Trout and more While cruising from spot to spot in our 24 ft custom Triton bay boat you will be riding in comfort, it has all the amenities. I'm a veteran fishing guide of 14 years and you'll be in good hands. Thanks for stopping by. Tight Lines... John

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