Welcome to Mega-Bite Inshore Charters

Pensacola Fishing Reports Page 2013

Reports updated weekly or daily.

Archived reports see link 2013 2012 - 2011

Hello welcome to my Pensacola Inshore

 fishing reports page.


Pensacola Fishing, Navarre Guides, Perdido Key Inshore Charters

Contact Me to book your Pensacola, Navarre 

or Perdido Key Fishing Trip.


 Email or call my cell  --- (850)341-9816

April Inshore Pensacola Fishing in Northwest Florida  

Pensacola Charter Fishing Report - April 8th  2014   

March flew by, but when youíre up before the sun and washing the boat as it goes down, the days go fast. The Sheepshead bite started out slow this March due to the very cold temps the past few months. This made the spawn start later than usual. But once it kicked off it was on fire and is still going strong and should last till around about two more weeks. We have caught some really nice sheepshead this season, and so far the biggest was around 22Ē, which my guess is around 6 - 7 lbs. We have had some fun on the water this spring, and April should be just as enjoyable.  I made a short 2-minute video of the sheepshead fishing in the pass.  See my main page or click on the YouTube channel, to see more videos. Iíll be making more videos this year.

 Iíll be in the pass the first couple of weeks continuing my pursuit of the striped sheepies, and then itís back to the flats for trout and redfish. Iíll also be out along the beaches when itís calm looking for Cobia and schools of Jacks. April is a great time to enjoy chasing down some Jack Crevalle. The Jacks in April are big, averaging 12-18 lbs.

The new Triton has performed impeccably and itís one of the finest fishing boats Iíve ever had the pleasure to ride in and I am proud to own.  See their website and check out the 22 and 24 ft saltwater bay boats. www.tritonboats.com


Three years ago I started an instructional fishing charter called

SALTWATER FISHING ACADEMY.  www.saltwateracademy.com

Saltwater Fishing Academy is a fishing experience like no other for local or visiting anglers to the Pensacola gulf coast. It's designed for both the experienced angler who wants to up his game or the novice angler who wants to improve his skills. I will teach you inshore fishing techniques for redfish, trout, pompano, Spanish, jacks, and much more in our area while using artificials. 99% of my fishing trips we'll be using artificials only, but I will also explain when to leave the plastics in the bag and switch over to live bait, for instance when fishing for Sheepshead in late March and early April.

Till the next adventure, hereís wishing you tight lines.



Pensacola Charter Fishing Report - March 23rd  2014  

Itís that time of year again when everyone is fishing for the striped, spiny, bucked tooth sheepies. The sheepshead bite has been hit and miss the past two weeks, where some days we crushed them and others it was a little tough, but thatís fishing for you. Iíve had some fun with my clients sight fishing reds in the shallows both in the bay and just off the surf, weíve also caught some nice fish fishing the deep drop-offs in the pass.

Yesterdayís afternoon trip we caught a whopper-- the biggest red to date on my new Triton-- a 43Ē red.

The sheepshead are very late this year, but donít worry, the biteís about to kick off, and although I donít think it will last as long as normal, it should be very good starting Wednesday and last about two weeks then start to taper off. Hopefully Iím right and we will enjoy a more consistent bite.

Here are a few pics, 

Iím big on not killing a lot of fish, and I encourage catch and release with my clients and only keeping what they can eat while they are in town for a few days. Thatís why you usually donít see my pics with 30+ sheepshead lined out. Of course, if my clients are planning a big fish fry, then weíll line them up, and hopefully nothing goes to waste. Hereís a tip for visiting anglers: take you fresh catch to one of our many fine restaurants at the beach, and for a nominal fee, they will prepare your fish and then you can enjoy a relaxing dinner or lunch without all the messy cleanup.

Flounders, Crabs, Peg leg Peteís

Till the next time, hereís wishing everyone tight lines.

Here is a picture of my lunch buddy the past few trips.


 Pensacola Charter Fishing Report - March 12th  2014

Spring Break trips have officially begun and the fishing has been pretty good, not quite great yet, but itíll warm up a bit more, and then it will be on fire. We had a very cold winter and the fish (Sheepshead) are running a little late this year. Good thing is the redfish, black drum, and red snapper are biting, so we can go after several species on one trip.


Iím catching the big reds by sight fishing them in the shallows in depths of 3-6 ft in crystal clear water. The schools of fish range between 10 Ė100 fish, so multiple hookups are possible. Next week looks good weather wise and I think the sheepshead will finally be there as the water temps are finally right.
When fishing for sheepshead and redfish in the pass, the go-to bait is live shrimp, but you can also use fiddler crabs and oysters. This is the only time of the year I use live bait unless my client requests live bait on board. After the spring sheepshead run, Iíll be back on flats with my new Triton stalking reds and trout.
Here are some of the baits I like while Iím on the flats: ZMan baits and MirrOlureís hard baits including their top-water plugs.

Itís going to be a great spring, so stay tuned for some fun reports and pics.

Thanks for stopping by! Tight Lines.





February Fishing in Northwest Florida

 Pensacola Charter Fishing Report - Feb 23rd  2014

My first trip of the year was this weekend Saturday (2-22-2014).  The fishing was slower than I like, but sometimes thatís how it goes.  The reason Iíve not fished this year was in January I had my first and hopefully last shoulder surgery, and after weeks stuck in the house, I had been going stir crazy, and really wanted to get the new boat out on the water. Oh, yeah, another first. I bought a new 240 LTS Triton soon after the start of the New Year.

Iíve had the new boat out twice and Iím excited about showing it to my fellow captain friends and clients. I went out a few days ago with the wife to get the final break in period and do a little scouting around, and we did pretty well. I found some nice reds and a good speck bite on the muddy flats. The boat ran great and the new electronics are going to be awesome this year. 

I put the latest and greatest toys on the boat. The bottom machine is Humminbirdís 999ci HD SI. The fish canít hide, not with this device on deck. I also put a new 8í Power-Pole Blade for shallow water anchoring.  I didnít want 10ft because I really never fish deeper than 6 Ė7 ft for trout and when I do I can use the Minn Kota I-Pilot to hold position, plus I felt that the longer Power-Pole would get in the way of me and my clients fishing. The boat is a sleek, comfortable, and dry ride, and the Mercury 250 Verado simply purrs, and is also one of the most advanced engines on the market.

Thatís a little bit about the new Mega-Bite. Now, let me tell you a little bit about myself. Iím 46 years old, a family man with a great wife that has put up with me for 22 years, and a son, who is my real pride and joy, who attends Florida State University. Iíve been guiding now for 11 years and I am one of the veteran captains in the area. I know our waters as well as the back of my hand, and I absolutely love fishing. I was in the Marines for 6 years, went to college to be a P.E. / History teacher, but when I moved to Florida from southern Indiana I somehow became a fishing guide. I am passionate about my job, and I can assure you a professional fishing experience, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Tight Lines... John

Pensacola Charter Fishing Report - Feb 19th  2014

Hereís a quick report for the area: We had one more cold front again about a week ago, but not as bad as the last one, but it was pretty chilly getting down into the 30ís. The trout bite in Escambia Bay is plentiful with big fish, but with this really cold weather, itís best to work your baits SLOW! This week it warmed up and this warmer weather will help the bite be even better.

Try the Paul Brown or 17MR or 18MR made by MirrOlure; trust me, with these in your tackle box you canít go wrong. If the fish donít hit these, theyíre not there. Bob Sikes Bridge is producing some sheepshead along with some nice slot reds, and so has 3-Mile Bridge. Pensacola Pass on the jetties is starting to show signs of life with a few sheepies being caught as well as some gray snappers.

March is not far off and Iím excited to get the new boat out on its first charter of 2014. My guess is itís going to be on the flats this month then off to the sheepshead grounds in March .

If you want to fish on the latest and greatest fishing machine around, and hang out with a captain who is passionate about panhandle fishing year round, then give me a shout, and weíll get you on board!

Itís going to be rocking good time in 2014 on the Mega-Bite!

Check out my new 240 LTS Triton 

Tight Lines.


Pensacola Charter Fishing Report Feb 3rd  2014

Ice Fishing in the Panhandle Ė Pensacola Fishing

Ice and snow is not what we normally expect in January in the panhandle, but 2014 has so far given us the unexpected.

I moved to Florida 15 years ago during a particularly cold winter in Indiana, and although we still get seasonal weather, we havenít had to break out the ice scrapers before. We had temps here around 14 Ė 20 degrees for two and a half days. It was just crazy and this place just shut down.

Needless to say we didnít fish much the last week of January. Before the Ice Storm of 2014 for Pensacola and the surrounding area, the trout bite was pretty good quality in Escambia and Blackwater. Anglers had also been catching some nice slot redfish. For this time of year, I typically rely on artificial baits to go after the trout and reds. For my soft plastics, I like ZMan PaddlerZ and the MinnowZ, and I just started using the new PogyZ; these three baits rigged on a 1/8 Ė1/4 oz jig head are deadly and dependable.

With hard baits, of course itís MirrOlure! One of my go to baits is the 17MR; Iíve been using the 17MR since I became a guide 11 years ago. Last year they came out with the 18MR, which sinks, and in water over 6 ft it is a deadly lure. This year they came out with a new bait called the Soft Dine, which is a cross of two baits, the Paul Brown and the 17MR. Iíve used this new bait and trust me when I say, youíre gonna catch some big trout and lots of them when you use it. Paul Browns usually are winter and fall baits, but I think the new Soft Dine will be great this spring on the flats!

The big reds have slowly moved back offshore, and with only a few schools still around, itís kind of been hit and miss. This past November Ė December was just awesome for the reds, and I canít wait till next season.

Before I jump off of here, letís talk about whatís coming up in Feb Ė March.
February is a great month for trout in the upper rivers and upper bays, and from time to time youíll come up with some fun redfish. Depending upon how cold it is outside will determine if the fish are deep in holes as deep as 18ft or in depths of 4-10 ft. Drop-shot rigs, and vertical jigging is a very good technique for trout in the deeper holes.

As February ends and March comes in, itís the only time I exclusively put live bait on the boat for MONSTER SHEEPSHEAD! Itís tons of fun regardless if youíre an avid angler or newbie! The sheepshead bite starts around March 15th and lasts till around April 25th. So, if youíre in the area or heading down this way, look me up and letís get you HOOKED UP on The MEGA-BITE!

Iíve been guiding for 11 years now and run two styles of charters; one is my basic charter business Mega-Bite Inshore Charters, and the other is listed below.

Three years ago I started an instructional fishing charter called

SALTWATER FISHING ACADEMY.  www.saltwateracademy.com

Saltwater Fishing Academy is a fishing experience like no other for local or visiting anglers to the Pensacola gulf coast. It's designed for both the experienced angler who wants to up his game or the novice angler who wants to improve his skills. I will teach you inshore fishing techniques for redfish, trout, pompano, Spanish, jacks, and much more in our area while using artificials. 99% of my fishing trips we'll be using artificials only, but I will also explain when to leave the plastics in the bag and switch over to live bait, for instance when fishing for Sheepshead in late March and early April.

This is the trip for someone who wants to be able to get out the next time on his own, and have a better understanding of how to fish our waters. The family style trips are still available, and they are booking up fast for spring break, so if you plan on coming down, give me a ring, and weíll get you hooked up on the Mega-Bite. 

Tight Lines,


Pensacola Charter Fishing Report Jan. 24th  2014

Another cold front is approaching which again will bring the temps down into the 20ís and the winds are going to be blowing 15-25 for the next few days. With these conditions Iíve postponed some trips for better fishing days. Yes, we could go out but why not go when the weather is better and we can have more fun. Before the front, the trout bite was on fire and the fish have been big. The big reds have spread out and some of have left to head back out to the gulf and some have moved up into the upper bays in the shallows to finish off their spawning. The rest of this month and February the big reds will still be around, but not in the massive schools like they were in December. Most of the pods will be around 5-20 fish. Letís get back to the trout, and as I stated in the beginning of this report, the trout bite before this massive cold front was outstanding. Almost all the fish are keepers and lots are over 20Ē. All the fish were caught on artificials. Here is what I use in the winter months: Z-Mann  Paddler Z & MinnowZ, MirrOlure's  17MR & 18 MR, Original Paul Brown and the new Soft Dine made by MirrOlure. So as you can tell January so far has been very cold, windy with only a few good days to fish, but when the weather was right the bite was very good.

It wonít be long until March / Spring Break is here, and if youíre looking for some of the best inshore light tackle action along the gulf coast, March is your month and even April is ideal. Monster Sheepshead, drag screaming redfish and hard pulling black drum with some snapper mixed in--these spring break trips are so much fun it should be illegal.

Here is a link to last years March Trips 2013

Mega-Bite Inshore Charters is your all in one Inshore Guided Charter specializing in Light Tackle Artificials for trout and reds. Whether youíre a pro/advanced angler or novice angler and just want to fish for fun, Iíll specifically design your charter to fit your needs. If youíre a local or visiting angler with a boat and want to learn our inland waters, my Saltwater Academy Charter is for you. www.saltwateracademy.com

  Depths:  Redfish 3 Ė 9 ft when temps are average for winter --- 12 - 20 ft when it drops in below 50 for a few days.

 Areas Fished: Escambia Bay / River, and Blackwater Bay / Yellow River

At Mega-Bite Inshore Charters, we do it all! Thanks for stopping by.

Tight LinesÖ

Capt. John

Pensacola Charter Fishing Report Jan. 4th  2014

Let me start out by thanking all my clients from 2013 for such a great year. Thank you for choosing Mega-Bite Inshore Charters for your customized fishing trip. It was a pleasure meeting you and your friends and families. I hope you had fun, and hope I helped to create some special memories that will last a lifetime.

It always amazes me on how fast the year flies by, and I can hardly believe 2014 is just a few days away. This year was a great year for fishing here on the Gulf Coast, and December was no exception.

My last trip of the year was today 12-26-2013, and brrr it was a cold one, but the fishing was red hot. Caught some big reds and then hit the trout hole for some fresh dinner for my clients to take to back to the condo for the family. It was a great way to end the year even though the weather was not the best. Iíll be back out after the New Year. Some routine maintenance to both the trailer and boat, and then back at it for 2014. Iím already booked a bunch in January and February; Spring Break is just around the corner, so start booking now.

Letís talk about the big reds and what I use to hook these monsters. I use Spro Jigs 1.5 Ė2 oz white or pink with small 4Ē curly tail grubs attached. I use these jigs because of how well the jigs are made and their extra strong hooks and donít lose fish with them.


With the New Year here Iíll be both in the upper bays and rivers doing some trout and slot red fishing, and Iíll be in the bay for the big reds. January and February are great months for big trout in the upper bay/rivers. The key to fishing the winter months in the panhandle is watching the tides and cold fronts and picking the right times to go out. As a veteran guide in our area, I pride myself on making sure your fishing trip is at the right time to provide you the best possible opportunities to catch fish.


As you can see, the fishing in the winter months in Pensacola and the surrounding areas can be very good. And if you missed out this past November or December for the big reds, buy a new 2014 calendar and then mark your calendar and make it a point to come visit me to enjoy some of the best red fishing on the planet.

Hope every one had a Happy New Year.


Want to learn about a great way to learn how to fish

 Pensacola Newest & Finest Inshore Instructional Fishing Charters

 is now running trips - Saltwater Fishing Academy




Become a fan of my facebook page.

Copyright© Mega-Bite Inshore Charters