Final weekend to fish for red snapper. 10/28/2015
There hasn’t been much fishing happening this week with the heavy winds and a couple of days of rain earlier in the week. Apparently some red tide has shown up in our area, but we don’t know the severity yet so I won’t speculate its effect on the fishing.
King mackerel fishing continues to be a good option for those looking for action in Pensacola Bay. With the warm weather we’re having this year there’s a good chance that we see the best bite in November.
Red snapper and gag grouper reports have varied from one angler to another, but if you’re going to try it this weekend because you aren’t able to get offshore be sure to have a variety of good bait. I would suggest catching some menhaden in one of the bayous.
It doesn’t look like the weather is going to do us any favors for the last weekend of the year to harvest red snapper, but hopefully between now and then the forecast will improve.
If you can get offshore don’t forget that amberjack are still open in state waters and the minimum size limit remains thirty inches so you should be able to pick up a few keepers. As usual you’ll want to find some large live baits to use for them.
Piers & Beaches
Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge is probably the best spot right now for land locked anglers looking for action. Good numbers of white trout are being caught daily along with quite a few redfish.
Another option is surf fishing for pompano, whiting, and redfish. Just find a good hole or washout off the beach and fish with a combination of fresh peeled shrimp and live sand fleas.
It’s tough to say what the heavy dose of rain will do to the fishing on the rivers. Hopefully it’ll flush out quickly and the steady bass bite we’ve seen lately will continue.