Huge schools of Redfish going crazy in Pensacola Bay. 12/9/2015

Inshore
Redfish continue to be a good option for anglers looking for some fun in Pensacola Bay, but a couple of days this week they were tough to find. Boats and birds will usually lead you to the area where the fish are schooled up.
A fair amount of specks have showed up in the local canals and bayous. As you might know this will only get better as the cold weather sets in and it starts feeling like winter instead of fall outside.
White trout and redfish both are being caught around the Pensacola Bay Bridge. You can go out there night or day and find some steady action.

Offshore
Like I said last week amberjack, gag grouper, red snapper, and triggerfish are all closed so if you’re going offshore looking for bottom dwellers to keep you’re limited to vermillion snapper, white snapper, scamp, and a few other species.
The seasons might be closed, but if you’re just looking to have some fun there is nothing wrong with catch and release. Good numbers of amberjack can be caught on the big wrecks and of course red snapper can be found all over the place.

Piers and Beaches
With the warm weather we’re seeing this year there are still a fair amount of pompano being caught off the beach in the surf. As usual just use a combination of fresh peeled shrimp and sandfleas on a two-drop rig with small hooks.
Good numbers of white trout are being caught on the Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge and that won’t end anytime soon. A variety of different baits and lures will work, I prefer either squid, cut bait, or Berkley Gulp Shrimp.

Freshwater
Anglers have already been finding a pretty good amount of striped and hybrid bass on Escambia and Blackwaters Rivers. They can be caught on both live and artificial baits, but live finger mullet are hard to beat.

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