Panhandle Fishing Report - Pensacola Bay & Choctawhatchee Bay
Capt. Eddie Woodall
October 24, 2006
Pensacola - Saltwater Fishing Report
Fishing Pensacola with Captain Eddie Woodall and Full Net Fishing Charters
Whether you want to fish for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel or King Mackerel, you wonít have a problem.
Flounder fishing is off to a hot start. You will be able to find them around any structure including bridges and rock piles. A variety of live and artificial baits will work, I prefer live bull minnows and the Berkley Gulp 3Ē Shrimp in the natural or new penny color on a ľ to Ĺ ounce lead head jig.
If youíre looking for Speckled Trout, now is the time! Youíll need to spend your time on the grass flats in 3 to 6 foot of water. The best time to fish is definitely in the mornings and afternoons, this is when the surface lures work best. After the sun gets up change over to a suspending lure, soft plastics like the Berkley Gulp Jerk Shad and the Rapala X-Rap have doing the job for me.
Slot sized Redfish can be found nearly anywhere, start by fishing the same flats as where youíre fishing for the Speckled Trout but go shallower. The best place to find these fish are the residential docks throughout Santa Rosa Sound. When fishing the docks, pitch a live shrimp or a Berkley Gulp Shrimp into the dock structure on a !/8 ounce jig head, then just let it sit there, I have watched hundreds of anglers become very frustrated fishing this method just due to there impatience. This is where when I say just let it sit there thatís what I mean, DONíT MOVE IT! If there is any Redfish close he will come and get it.
Also donít pull up to dock using this method with mono line you will be wasting your time and be taking a huge risk at hurting the fish by leaving a jig head trailing 6 foot of mono line sticking out of his mouth. I like 15 or 20 pound test Power Pro. With all the structure and barnacle ridden pilings you need all the abrasion resistance you can get.
Now for the Spanish and King Mackerel, get to one of the bayous and net you some Pogies, then head to the 3 mile bridge and slow troll them or anchor and run them under a float on both sides (north and south) of the bridge near the shipping channel. This is the time of the year that you can catch up some real good fish in the bay. Oh yea, donít be surprised if a Cobia or a Tarpon takes your bait it happens every season.
Then here comes the best, itís the time of the year that the Bull Reds are showing up. I always use Halloween as the mark for the beginning of the season. There is no other place that I know of where you will find as big a population of the Bull Reds than here. This kind of action canít be put into words, its one of those things that has to be experienced to believe it!!!!
A little thanks to FLW Outdoors Redfish tour for picking Gulf Breeze for the 2006 Championship Tournament. 4 of the top 5 teams fished local waters instead of running to other states and long distances to the east to catch fish. This proves that there are quality fish here, itís just a matter of taking time to figure out where they are and how to catch them. The championship will air on FSN November 26th at 11:00am.
I know one thing for sure - You ainít going to catchíem sittiní on the couch!!
So get out there, and take a kid fishing.
Tight Lines and Screaming Drags, Till Next Time! God Bless.
Professional Fishing Guide
Capt. Eddie Woodall
Full Net Fishing Charters L.L.C.
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