The Annual Red Fish Migration is here!!! From NOW until December the fishing has turned into catching and these Giant Reds are everywhere! The Pensacola Bay has turned Red!!
Fall is right around the corner, which means cooler water temps and a light jacket in the morning.
Fishing the sound and Pensacola Bay
this past week the fishing has been very good, with nice big Spanish hitting the deck and some slot reds. Mixed in with the Spanish are some big Skipjacks and Bluefish. Fall is one of my favorite times to fish, since the temperatures are more bearable, and the waters aren't as crowded. Most of the Spanish have been hitting Mann's little Georges slow-trolled on trout rods with 20lb braid and 50lb mono leader.
I have a few friends that have been fishing a few of the bridges in the afternoon and at night for big redfish, and they tell me you don't need to be right up on the bridge, that drifting out a fresh cut mullet or menhaden usually does the trick, as will a medium live shrimp or even a gulp. Trout fishing has been good, but it’s about to fire off with these cooler temps. MirrOlure’s 17MR or a Heddon Spook top-water Plug is a go to bait for big Trout. Look for mullet schools in depths of 2-5 ft work the baits slowly and have fun.
Lastly, lets not forget Flounder, October will be hear soon and I call it the Flounder Month, as it’s a great time to wade for Flounder. And my bait of choice is a Matrix Shad, on a ¼ to 3/8 oz jig head.
As you can tell, Pensacola in the fall is a great time to hit the water. Don't forget about the annual fall redfish run that's getting closer everyday. Starting around November 1st, hundreds of big reds will invade the panhandle, and you better be ready! I know I will be ready and raring to get out there with rod and reel in hand and a trusty Spro jig tied on. Those big reds won't know what hit them.
Tight Lines.. Capt. Josh
Pensacola Fishing Report - Rain and more more in the Panhandle has the water muddied up. The fishing has been tough, but no worries the fish are still biting. Redfish have been staging up under docks in deep holes from 3-7 ft of water. Live pinfish and cut mullet have worked well as well as a Matrix Shad on a 1/4 oz jig head. Specks are also being caught in both the sound and in big lagoon. MirrOlure 17MR has proven well in dark colors since the waters muddied up. Depths of fish are ranging in 4-7 ft, they moved out in to water that has less fresh water. Out in the Gulf the red snapper bite has been good along with Kings and Spanish.
Summer Break has arrived and even though it's gonna be hot, no worries, because the fishing is gonna be red hot as well. During the summer months we catch a variety of inshore species, including Trout, Redfish, Bluefish, Skipjacks, Jack Crevalle and Sharks.
All the fishing is done on the flats of Pensacola Bay, Escambia Bay, Pensacola Pass and just off the beaches. We only fish off the beaches when it's calm, so no worries on getting seasick.
Over the past month the inshore bite has been outstanding for trout and redfish. Tossing artificials like MirrOlure's 17MR has proven to do well with trout as well as the Matrix Shad bait that has taken the gulf coast by storm as a go-to bait for Trout and Redfish over the past 3 years.
Red fishing has also been very good on the flats, in Pensacola Pass and just along the beaches.
Matrix Shad in a variety of colors has proven to produce some nice slot reds. If you want to soak a bait, try cut mullet or cut ladyfish.
Sharks have shown up as the water has warmed up and they are tons of fun to catch on medium to medium heavy tackle. Most of the sharks range from 3 to 7 ft in length. Black Tips and Bull Sharks are what is usually caught on Shark Trips.
It's that time of year again when everyone is fishing for the striped, spiny, bucked tooth sheepies. The sheepshead bite has been hit and it’s been good.
Fish fishing the deep drop-offs in the pass and around the jetties have been very productive. With the mild winter, they showed up a bite early and it looks to be very good over the next few weeks for them.
Hopefully I'm right and we will enjoy a more consistent bite. Along with Speepshead, you can catch Redfish, and snappers in these areas.
Tight Lines and good fishing…Capt. Josh
Pensacola Fishing has been great for the bull reds as it usually is this time of year. So what else are we doing in our area this time of year? When we’re not chasing the bull reds in Pensacola Bay, we’re in the upper bay areas tossing Matrix Shad Baits on Trout and stalking reds when we see them in the shallows.
Fishing in the latter part of November and December can be a lot of fun; you just have to fish in between the cold fronts when it's not too windy.
Just remember when we get really cold fronts, give it a day or two for the fish to adjust and on the third day, the fish should be biting.
I'm keeping this Pensacola Fishing Report short because it's time to turn off the computer and go catch some big reds.
Tight Lines.. Josh
Fall Red Fishing has not yet started as of November 8th, but that’s ok, that means that it will be going on well into December and even January.
Since it’s been an unusually warm start for November, the big reds have not made their way into the bay like they usually do the first week of November. But don’t fret; there are still plenty of things to fish for. Slot reds, Trout, and especially Flounder. Flounder fishing in November is typically very good on the flats if you know where to look for them. I am happy to say that the bull reds are all over 3-Mile Bridge and you can usually catch a bunch at night. So long as you have a good tidal flow, you should have a great fishing trip no matter what species you are targeting. The wind may be kicking a bit, but if you watch your days, you can definitely get out to enjoy the milder temps and the less crowded waterways.
My prediction for when the big reds will show up will be November 11-13th, and once they show up, the rods will be bend and the drags will be singing.
Stay tuned for a more detailed report around November 20th.
Tight Lines, Capt. Josh
Fall is right around the corner and I’m excited for what will hopefully be some cooler fishing conditions.
Let’s talk about what happens in October, which when it comes to fishing, is a lot. The trout bite really fires off in the Santa Rosa Sound, Escambia Bay and Big Lagoon right around the end of September and the start of October. The redfish bite also fires off in the same areas and on the three bridges in the area, which are 3- Mile, Bob Sikes, and Garcon Bridge. Kings will also start to show up in Pensacola Bay and those are a lot of fun for sure for many anglers. Make sure you have some live bait, hit one of the bayous for some Menhaden, and rig them up with wire, and either free-line them out or fish with a large cork.
Spanish Mackerel are still around and will be here till November. Bluefish and Skipjacks are also going to be around till the middle of November. Night fishing on 3- Mile has already kicked off for big redfish and white trout, you can also catch some slot redfish on 3- Mile on your night trips, and don’t be surprised if you don’t see a few tarpon rolling by.
Fish the lights with live or artificials and have fun.
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August is winding down and it’s been another hot month with a little more rain than I liked. Spanish Mackerel have been thick in Pensacola Bay and just off the beaches. The Spanish are ok size, but usually the bigger fish show up in September.
These are a lot of fun on light tackle. I’ve also been fishing the flats before I go after the Spanish Mackerel. The flats have been ok, even thought it’s been a very hot August. The trout bite has been good from 5:30 am to about 7:30am and then it shuts off till the last two hours of daylight. The night bite is very good in August and the first couple weeks of September.
Fall is right around the corner and as always I am especially excited about the annual fall redfish run that starts in late October and lasts all winter till around mid March, with the best months being November & December.
I’ll post anther report the first week of September.
Have a great Labor Day weekend.
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Hi, I"m Capt. Joshua Lim I've been fishing since I could walk, growing up in a family who loved to fish you can say I was born to do this or better yet destined to. I honestly believe that everyone is born with some type of God given talent or passion and for me it was always easy to see that I loved fishing from day one.