Itís 2015, and wow, how
last year flew by. January came in with some very cold
temperatures the first week and some high winds, so I was not
out on the water. Letís talk about what the second week of
January fishing was like. The bull reds were around, but not too
thick. Iíve only seen a couple schools that have popped up in
the bay a few times. The bridge fishing for upper slot reds has
been pretty decent with the right tides. Night fishing for reds
has also been very good on some of the bridges and in the pass.
Along with some good red fishing on the bridges both day and
night, Iíve been catching some bigger reds in Pensacola Pass.
The pass has also been producing some black drum
and some red snappers mixed in with the redfish. The third week of January was really nice, temps in the upper to
mid 60ís and good fishing. Lots of redfish in the ICW on docks
and the bridge fishing in the day has been very good
The report from the upper
bay area both Escambia and Blackwater Bay has been pretty good.
Lots of 14-17 inch trout with some nice slot reds mixed in.
Tossing a ZMan PaddlerZ
in Redbone and MinnowZ in Pearl White has been the best
Iím keeping this report
short; Iíll post another report around the 2nd week
Tight LinesÖ John
is a short video showing a little of what we did this past year
hope you enjoy it .
I'm excited about the new 2015 fishing
Tight Lines... John
November is in the books and
it was the best I have ever seen with the amount of fish caught
and the size. December came in with warm temps the first week,
around 72 degrees all week, which was very nice. We
did have a full moon the first week, which did impact the bite
some on a couple trips, but not too bad. We just didnít catch
as many, but when youíre used to hooking up 20 Ė40 fish a
trip and then it drops to only catching 6 or 8, then I guess
Iím getting spoiled. Last night we got a small cold front and
it will surely fire them off again. If you striper fish, these
fish behave in similar fashion. They like the cold fronts and
usually after each one they kick it up a notch. Iím still
tossing Spro 1.5oz jigs at them with 7 and 8 foot Medium Heavy
Rods with 4000 to 5000 reels. I use two different rods on my
trips, both St. Croix and Wright McGills, and for reels, I use
I have found that these big
reds can retire a reel fast if you donít have good equipment
that can hold up to their hard runs and their pure power. When
youíre fighting a fish for 3 Ė6 minutes you need your tackle
to hold up and not fail.
The last thing I want is you
to lose that trophy fish because I didnít have the proper
tackle in excellent working order.
The season should go strong
until the middle of January and start to taper off. So if you
want to experience some fun fast action fishing, you need to
give this a try. Take a few days off, put the snow shovel down,
head to the Gulf Coast and letís get a bent rod in your hand
with a monster redfish attached at the other end.
If youíre on Facebook,
check out my fan page, you can keep up with me while Iím on
the water and see whatís going on each day. I post more often
on there than I do on my fishing reports page. This page gets
updated about twice a month; Facebook is usually every day while
Iím on the water.
the month of golden reds!
I look forward to the annual fall redfish run, and the start of
this one has topped them all. We had another cold front on
Tuesday and thatís a good thing, because these reds like it
cold. Over the past two weeks, Iíve been on the water
frequently mostly with clients and a few times with buddies
enjoying some fun fishing for myself.
There is nothing like fishing our annual redfish run. These fish
are large and in charge, and they put up a fight that youíll
never forget. More fish have come over the gunnel this November
than in years past. And not only have we caught more fish, the
fish are averaging much bigger than past years. The next 10 days
look great weather wise and Iíll be out each day with clients
having a blast, Iím sure. Watching their faces is priceless
when they see how big their fish is when it pops up from the
blue waters of Pensacola Bay.
I think they enjoy the
running and gunning to get to these schools just as much as
catching them. Sometimes we have to run fast to the schools of
fish to get there first, and thatís where my Triton 240 LTS
comes into play as far as ride, stability, and speed. I can get you to the fish fast and safe and the ride is so
smooth youíll be hooked up before you know it!
Please keep in mind this
trip is not a meat trip; itís strictly a catch and release
trip as these fish are too big to keep per Florida Regulations.
So thatís why we take extra care when we
release them so they can swim off to make babies and/or be
caught another day by maybe you!
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