Amberjack closes in federal, but open in state. 11/24/2015
Bull redfish should definitely be your primary target if you’re looking for action in Pensacola Bay. Most anglers have had no trouble finding them and there should be a bunch of boats out fishing this week, which helps with the search.
With the cold weather finally setting in it may be worth looking for some speckled in the canals, rivers, and bayous. Remember this time of year you really have to slow down the retrieve if you’re using artificial lures.
The flounder gigging seems to be picking up quite a bit. There hasn’t really been any big numbers of fish moving through, but a lot of nice sized ones.
Amberjack are now closed in state waters, so if you’re looking to get offshore and find some bottom dwellers you can keep you’ll be limited to gag grouper, vermillion snapper, and a couple of other species of grouper.
It doesn’t look like the weather is going to allow anyone to make the trip to the rigs this weekend, but the time is right to go after the yellowfin tuna when the weather gives you a break.
Piers & Beaches
There is no doubt this is the perfect weather for white trout fishing on the Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge. It’s not so cold that it’s miserable to be out there, but cold enough to really ignite the bite.
Everyday has been different as far as the landed species, but fishing on both the Pensacola Beach Gulf Fishing Pier and Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has been pretty good. Redfish, king mackerel, sharks, and flounder have all been caught off the piers in the past week.
With the weather changing so often the reports from the nearby rivers have been drastically different from one angler to another. The good news is that any day now we should start seeing decent numbers of striped bass show up on Escambia and Blackwater Rivers.