2017-09-01 / Fish Stories

‘Fall’ing for fantastic fishing

Many folks would agree that the summer rush is finally over. With the beginning of a new school year, a new football season and hunting just around the corner, what else could there possibly be?

Well, here along our Gulf Coast we are about to enter the best time of year for fishing, both inshore and offshore. Due to the unusually high volume of rainfall this season, our water quality has not been up to par and this has caused the fishing to be a little tougher than normal.

Fall brings cooler temperatures and dryer air, which means less rainfall. These conditions will get our water quality back up to its normal state and, as a result, the fish bite will increase drastically.

Inshore, the speckle trout and redfish bite should continue to get better. The grass flats will produce a lot of trout during the early morning and late evening hours. Artificial plugs work great, but nice live bait drifted across the flats will produce larger fish.

The redfish will be lurking in and around the larger shaded docks. They, too, love live bait, but as they begin to school up in late fall, plugs will work just as well.

In and around the Pensacola Pass the king and Spanish mackerel bite remains good. There is a lot of live bait finally showing up around the buoys and this will attract a lot of action. Also, a silver spoon trolled in and around the patches of bait will produce some great action, too.

Further off shore, on the bottom, the snapper fishing is on fire. There are a number of different species of snapper caught here in our waters, so pay close attention to the regulations as to the different species. Some may be closed while others are open year round.

A local favorite that is open all year is the vermilion snapper. There is a 10 fish per person daily bag limit and it’s generally not difficult to catch a limit every trip.

These vermilion snapper, along with others, can be caught around most of the larger public structures and natural bottom areas from 80 feet of water up to 350 feet of water.

The grouper bite offshore has been spotty, mainly due to the lack of good live baits. This is changing rapidly as our waters clear up and the bait moves in where it is accessible.

There have been good reports of scamp and red grouper in depths of 180 feet to 280 feet. Also, the deep groupers such as snowy and yellow edge are showing up in the 400 foot range.

The offshore trolling has been terrible for the entire summer season, but the water is clearing offshore as the easterly currents are pushing this nasty river water back west, where it belongs. The marlin, wahoo and dolphin fishing should be getting better daily, closer to home. Blue water has been 120 miles offshore.

Let’s get out and wet a hook. Look us up at www.entertainercharter.com or stop by the docks and check out some of the catches. We can surely hook you up on your next fishing adventure. As we always say aboard the Entertainer and Big Zulu 2, “may the good fishing be yours!”

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