2018-04-01 / Fish Stories

Let’s get out and wet a hook

Spring is here and the days are getting longer all the time. Don’t miss out, because fishing is going to be great a little earlier this year due to the warmer water temperatures.

A local inshore favorite is in full swing right now. The sheepshead are showing up in large numbers as they begin to migrate inshore to spawn.

These fish will put up a great fight on light spinning tackle and are great eating, as well.

Sheepshead can be located around all the jetties and piers near the Pensacola Pass. The bait of choice is a live shrimp or fiddler crab, and these can be purchased at most local tackle shops.

Another local favorite is the cobia. These fish are making their annual migration to spawn, as well. They will travel down the coast, within one to two miles off shore from east to west. They are headed to the Mississippi Delta, where they will spawn.

These giant fish resemble a shark or large catfish and are brown in color. They love to follow large rays or turtles and can also be found around buoys.


Capt. Rusty Smith, with his new deckhand Grayson, shows off a nice yellow edge grouper recently caught aboard the Entertainer. Capt. Rusty Smith, with his new deckhand Grayson, shows off a nice yellow edge grouper recently caught aboard the Entertainer. Cobia are one of the few fish here that are sight fished. A boat with a tall tower has the advantage over a lower profile boat. The good thing is that a boat is not necessary, because these fish come so close to shore that many are caught from the local Gulf fishing piers.

The cobia range in size from 30 to 100 pounds and love live bait of any kind. The most preferred is a live eel, which can also be purchased at a local tackle shop.

On the offshore scene, the bottom fishing is heating up, too. The Gray Trggerfish is another local favorite, and they will be open through May 31. Triggers have been closed for two years, so this is a real treat and some of the best eating in the Gulf.

The Vermilion Snapper bite is great, too. The limit is 10 per person per day, and it’s very easy to catch a limit. These are the snapper that we target while the Red Snapper is closed. Why not jump on a local charter boat and go catch a limit on a half-day trip?

The Entertainer recently returned from an overnight trip and scored big with a two-day limit of triggerfish, some nice deep-water groupers and a good catch of tuna.

Fishing is heating up every day now, so if a fishing trip is on your bucket list, give us a shout. We can certainly hook you up and show you a great time on the water.

Check out our catches on FB at Entertainer Charters or on line at www.entertainercharter.com. As we always say, “may the good fishing be yours!”

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