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Pensacola Inshore Fishing Report Sept. 24th 2014  

September is rolling to a close. Itís been very windy and kept me off the water more than I like, but I have had the chance to get out on the water a handful of times. With the busy summer season behind me, it was time to do a bit of maintenance on the rod reels and boat.  Upkeep is key to having your equipment in top-notch shape, plus I wanted to get all my ducks in a row before the fall redfish run which is getting closer. So one week was trailer work, the other week was checking wires, pumps, and fuses. You never want to get out on the water and have a problem, so itís worth it to fix it before it breaks.
Of course, I did notch out some time to get out there and fish, so here is a report on those handful of day trips and even a few of those night trips for September.  The last few weeks fishing the pass for reds and trout was pretty productive, but the key was to get there when the tide was right.

For the redfish and trout I was tossing top-water plugs like MirrOlureís Top Dog and the 17MR MirrOdine and ZManís PaddlerZ and MinnowZ. The night bite at a few of the bridges has been outstanding for white trout and redfish and even a shark or two. The white trout are so plentiful; it is perfect for kids and family outings. Most of the fish are 1 Ė1.5 lbs, but they are starting to get a little bigger as fall approaches.  We did manage to hook a few fish that were around 2.5 lbs, and those fatties made for a good fight on light tackle. White trout are pretty tasty, and the kids just love how easy it is to get one to bite that hook.  Iíve had a few guests with kids that were so worn out from reeling, that they had to give their wrists a rest before continuing.

The reds have been caught both deep and around the lights on top. I like to pitch a ZMan Jerkshad on a ľ oz jig head for the reds, and also free line a live bait with no weight and just a circle hook  set in the rod holder while weíre jigging for trout and reds. As you can see, fishing has been very good and should only get better as fall approaches and cooler temperatures arrive. Starting in about 4 weeks the annual fall redfish run will start and I canít wait. If you like the pull of a monster redfish over 25 lbs, give me a shout and weíll get you hooked up for sure.

Pensacola Inshore Fishing Report Sept. 14th 2014

We are going to get our first cold front this week and it was about time. As summer ends and fall arrives the fishing is going to really get better. Not that itís not good during the summer months, it actually was a great summer for reds and trout, but generally the fishing is better in the spring, fall and winter than the dog days of summer like Aug and Sept,  (or maybe I canít take the heat).  Jack Crevell have started to show up on the flats crushing all the bait pods of blood minnows and small finger mullet. If you see a school of jacks around having a top-water plug tided on is a sure way to have some fun.

It takes a few cold fronts to affect the fish and drop the water temperature, so even though itís a little cooler out, my fishing style really doesn't change much until we've had around 4-5 cold fronts. Some major things that affect the style of fishing I do and where I fish are tidal flow, if itís cloudy out or blue skies, and lastly whether the water quality is muddy or clear and how much rain have we gotten. This week the looks good as far as weather and the tides look to be good as well, but like I said, we need a few cold fronts to kick off the fall fishing. I'll be out of and on the next few days to check a few areas out to see how they do.

Lastly, donít forget, if youíre heading down this way for November and December, the annual fall/winter red fishing will be in full swing. And let me tell you, if you want to hook up with a trophy redfish, then this is the time to visit Pensacola.

 


Till the next adventure, tight lines.

John

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Pensacola Charter Fishing Report - Sept. 4th  2014

August is over and yet we still have about 5 weeks of warm weather and then it will be fall.

Over the next few weeks, Iíll be working the same areas for reds, and targeting Spanish some with some speck fishing mixed in. The speck fishing will be halfway decent, but it wonít really get good until October when the water starts to cool off.

September is a good month for big Spanish in Pensacola Bay as well as big king mackerel. In late September king mackerel show up in our bay, and it is a lot of fun going after these toothy critters. So over the next few weeks, yes, itís gonna be hot, so if you donít like hot temps, try fishing at night on 3-mile bridge for reds, trout and even tarpon. Tarpon show up in July and August and in September they start to go make their way in to Pensacola bay and the upper bay areas, feeding on all the baitfish. During September at night itís one of the best times to fish and catch a tarpon in Pensacola.

Lastly, donít forget, if youíre heading down this way for November and December, the annual fall/winter red fishing will be in full swing. And let me tell you, if you want to hook up with a trophy redfish, then this is the time to visit Pensacola.
Till the next adventure, tight lines.

John

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