Thursday, January 28, 2016
Friday, August 28, 2015
Short report for the last week of August.
Can you believe we had a cold front in August? Well, we did and it was
glorious, four mornings of 65 degrees and clear skies. And the milder temps
seemed to actually heat up the bite!It’s not like a major cold front in the winter; these small
cold fronts fire off the inshore bite and put the fish in feeding mode. It
takes a day for the fish to adjust a little to the temperature drop, but once
they adjust they start to eat.
Before the cold front I had a few more night trips and we
did pretty good with the reds on the bridges. I also had a few nice inshore
trips for Spanish along the beaches.
September should be a good month inshore. This is when King Mackerel show up in
our bay along with large Spanish mackerel. We’ll see more redfish along the
beaches and in our pass and the flats start to get more productive. As
September rolls along and October moves in, the inshore bite really gets really
good for redfish and trout.
Tight Lines… John
Friday, June 19, 2015
Heat wave hits gulf coast
The past few days it has been brutally hot here. With temps well above 90 and the heat index to be in the 100’s, I’ve been starting just before daylight and finishing up right around 10am. With it being so hot, the fish have moved to deeper water, almost like in winter conditions, and not only have they moved deeper, I’ve had to slow down my lure presentation some. ZMan Jerk baits have been a great choice when the fish are in 6-10 ft of water, and suspending twitch baits like the MirrOlure 17 MR are great when I’m fishing 4- 5ft.
I’ve also been tossing the 18MR in the deeper water and it has proven its worth again this year. I’ve been using these two MirrOlure baits for the past 10 years or longer and I always make sure they are stocked in my tackle bag.
When I have kids on board, I make sure to put a few live pinfish in the well for my kids to use on popping corks and this has helped with some rods bending. There was a tropical storm that was in the gulf last week and eventually landed in Texas. It had the gulf churned up pretty good with large seas, high winds and we’re still getting some effects, not the 6-9 ft seas we were getting, but now it’s around 3-4ft. Once it lays down a little more like 1-1.5 ft, I’ll jump back out and have some fun with the snappers. But until then, I’m going to stay on the flats. Most of the fish caught on my trips as you can see from the pics have been trout; the redfish have been scarce for some reason in a few of my usual areas. I have an idea where they might be, so I’m going to do a little scouting the next few days to see my gut is right. Hopefully I get dialed in on them and I can put a few of my clients on some reds to go along with some nice trout. I was out in the gulf a few times and we caught some nice red snappers and this big cobia.
It’s been a busy June so far. Stay tuned for another report next week.
Till the next adventure,
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Spring Fishing is here !
May is time to hit the flats for trout and reds.
Let's get you hooked up today on some fun family fishing !
Pensacola Fishing Report 4-29-2015
April showers bring May flowers, but enough is enough already. It’s been raining for the past two and a half weeks. We haven’t had the rain like we did last year from the 100 year rain storm when we got 28” –30” in 30 hours, but we have had something like 15” of rain and it has kept me off the water more than I like. I went out yesterday to do some pre-fishing for some upcoming trips and I was only able to fish for about 2 1/2 hours and then the storms started rolling in again. I did, however, find some nice redfish and a few good trout before Mother Nature chased me off the water.
So what’s all this rain going to do to the fishing conditions? Some may think that it’s going to mess the fishing up. On the contrary, what it does is push the fish from the upper bay areas to the lower parts of the bay in large numbers. It congregates the fish in small areas, so when you do find them, you’ll have a nice day of fishing. That’s why it’s imperative as a guide to go scouting so my clients can enjoy the most productive and enjoyable fishing trip.
Trout and redfish are two fish that can handle a lot of fresh water, but when trout are spawning they want a specific salinity level and will seek it out and move away from large amounts of freshwater. This is why fishing deep water after a lot of rain is a good thing to try. Deep water might be still be shallow like 6-8 ft instead of 3-4 ft.You might have to go deeper like 10-15 ft. It just depends on how dirty the water is and how much rain you get. Tides also play a huge factor here. On a low tide the fish will be out deeper looking for higher salinity levels and on an incoming tide the fish will move back up on the flats with the cleaner water moving from the deep to much shallower water in search of crabs, shrimp and smaller bait fish to feed on.
Because of all the rain and wind, I’ve only been out a few times on the flats fishing for trout this April, but I don’t get discouraged and neither should you. Last year’s 30 inches rain event didn’t hurt the fishing for May. It was just the opposite. Last May was some great inshore fishing as was June, and I believe that this May will be the same. Last year in May many clients caught big trout and lots of them along with a lot of redfish. I’ll be out as much as I can next week scouting some areas I fished last year and new areas, and I’m sure I’ll find the fish and get the pattern down so my clients have a productive trip.
Let’s talk about what true inshore fishing is. I’m a true inshore fisherman, as I don’t fish the gulf much at all. I will go out along the beach/gulf certain times of the year only if it’s calm. I don’t take you out in rough seas and never will. If you like tossing artificials like you would bass fishing, then I’m your guy. I specialize in light tackle flats-inshore fishing for trout, redfish, bluefish, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel and whatever else is cruising the flats. There are not many guides in my area that fish the way I do. A lot of them are nearshore - inshore fishing guides.
They use a lot of live bait, live cigar minnows and cut bait and very little if any artificials. I do use live small pinfish and shrimp from time to time if needed for kids, sometimes under a popping cork for those who are not skilled at working artificials or if the conditions really call for a live bait presentation, but artificials is what I like and most the time we catch more than with the live baits.
Other guides do a lot of snapper / king fishing and will take you out in the Gulf even if it’s a little bumpy. With my style of charters you’ll never have to worry about getting beat up and sore on a fishing trip except for your arms, which might be a little sore from all the fun fishing you’ll be doing!
I’ve spent years and hours to try and mastered my area for inshore fishing. I have many honey holes as back up if one is not producing the way I like. Light tackle inshore fishing is the style of fishing I love and I hope you give me a chance to show it to you.
I’ll be out on Sunday and a lot next week scouting and running some trips near the end of next week so stay tuned for some good reports.
Thanks for stopping by.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Well, Spring Break has ended, as has the sheepshead run. It was a lot of fun this year with lots of bent rods and smiles all around. For the most part, every trip was successful, but there were a few that made the day tough, but that’s why they call it fishing, not catching. Spanish Mackerel have shown up in good numbers and it’s been fun to say the least.
Jack Crevalle have also shown up just off our beaches, but with the SE winds it’s been a little hard getting out to fish for them. Hopefully once this front passes this weekend, I can get out and have some fun with the Jacks and maybe even hook up a cobia.
The weather was so good this spring break that I worked just about every day and I’m pretty well tuckered out. I’m taking the next few days off to recharge the batteries and do a little rod, reel, and boat maintenance. Over the next two to three months, I’ll be back on the flats where I’ll be tossing artificials, which is my true passion when it comes to fishing. Once my batteries are charged back up, I’ll be out a lot when I’m not booked getting to know the patterns of the fish. I’ll be checking my old spots to see how the bite is and as always, I’ll be looking for new ones. Over the past 8 years I’ve changed my charters from nearshore to strictly inshore flats fishing and I can truly say I’m your guy when it comes to this style of fishing.
My knowledge of our area is second to none, and with my new Triton and top of the line equipment you’ll have the most professional trip this area has to offer! I truly enjoy inshore fishing so much that on my days off I go fishing to enjoy myself. There is plenty of awesome inshore fishing left, so if you’re interested in a fun fishing adventure give me a shout.
Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Spring Break is happening in Pensacola!
Over the past two weeks the bite has went from pretty ok to downright awesome!
It was like a light switch when they turned on, which they did a couple of days
ago. With sheepshead on the menu the next few weeks, I’ll be putting the
artificials up for trout until mid April. As usual for this time of year we are
catching some nice bull reds mixed in with the sheepies. These trips are
perfect for families because of the fast action and hard pulling the sheepshead
provide. The bull reds are another story, they need a little more muscle, so
make sure you’ve eaten a good breakfast, because you’ll need it.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
2014 End of Year Report
The last part of December was tough here on the Gulf Coast, with lots of rain and wind, making it more difficult to get out on the water.
There were still plenty of days that were fishable, so I was able to splash the Triton, and enjoy some end of the year angling.
The big reds were MIA for a while during December, but did show up again just in time for the last week. While the big reds were gone, I was able to get my clients on some light tackle slot and upper slot reds while either jigging live shrimp or soft plastics at some of our local bridges. It’s always good to have a plan B.
Since the weather has not been the best the past 10 or so days, I don’t have much new to report, as I’ve not been out as much lately.
In the meantime, let’s talk about what the New Year should bring to the panhandle. In January the big reds should be around most of the month. But if the wind is too strong there are other areas to fish including upper Escambia Bay and Escambia River. Another good area to check out, and I might spend a little time over there in the near future, is Blackwater Bay and the rivers that feed it.
Since I’ve not been out much because of Mother Nature and me having an upper respiratory infection I’ll post a more detailed report in a week or so.