Panhandle

Snapper, Bull Shark, Redfish

Capt. John Rivers September 9, 2015

First week of September is in the books. Ran a few trips already and I’m happy to say the phone is still ringing even though this is usually my slow time as the kids are back in school and most families have already taken their vacations.

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For the last couple weeks, I’ve been running both night and day trips. Night trips have been satisfactory, one night we crush them, and the next night we still do well, but not as good. The night fishing is not on a fall pattern quite yet, but it won’t be long. Once we get a couple of cooler nights, the inshore night bite will fire off. As for the day trips, the bite has also been decent.

We’re starting early around 6am and then getting off the water around 9:30 to 10:30 as the bite’s slowing down and the heat of the day makes the fish a little more sluggish. We could benefit from some cooler temps to get the inshore bite better. I wouldn’t mind some cooler temperatures myself to be honest! This has been one hot summer! This past Labor Day weekend I made it out for some nearshore snapper fishing.

Snapper season opened back up this past weekend and will be open each weekend until November. It closed back in July, so it was nice to get out there again and put a few in the ice chest. With calm seas, (I will only take my clients offshore if the seas are pretty flat), I went out to one of my honey holes and we did pretty well. We missed getting our limit by one fish, but had a great time going for it. We had 4 break offs; two got off right at the boat that would have been keepers, and of course, a few throwbacks that didn’t quite meet the length requirement.

We fought a 7-ft bull shark for a pulse-pounding 20 minutes and got him boat side before we broke him off to go back to snapper fishing. This next week I’ll be out a few times on the flats and maybe running the beaches for a few other species. Stay tuned to see what’s going on.

In each report I’ll be talking about the fall redfish run that starts the last week of October. If you would like to hook into a MONSTER REDFISH over 33” up to 44 inches, give me a ring, and we’ll get you booked on a fishing adventure you’ll never forget. Each angler usually catches between 6-15 fish a trip, and they definitely get their workout. Average fight time is 4-7 minutes and as long as 10 minutes if it’s really a big boy over 40 inches.

As one of the veteran Pensacola, Perdido Key and Navarre Fishing Guides, I promise you’ll have a professional fishing trip like no other. You’ll be fishing on a 2015 240 LTS Triton Bay Boat with all the bells and whistles and top of the line tackle to make certain you have a fun fishing trip.

As a former Marine I learned years back to keep my equipment in tiptop shape. To this day, I still have this mind set. I have the mind set if I’m going to do it I’m going to do it right. My boat always looks clean and new, my tackle always looks clean and new! I want to help you have the best fishing experience possible, and that’s why I keep everything in good working order. Not that I mind getting the boat dirty. Give me a call, and we can get you out on the water for a fishing experience like no other.

Tight Lines…
John

Contact Info:
Capt. John Rivers
Mega-Bite Inshore Charters
850-341-9816
www.megabiteinshore.com

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