Fishing Reports



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Another cold front is approaching which again will bring the temps down into the 20’s and the winds are going to be blowing 15-25 for the next few days. With these conditions I’ve postponed some trips for better fishing days. Yes, we could go out but why not go when the weather is better and we can have more fun. Before the front, the trout bite was on fire and the fish have been big. The big reds have spread out and some of have left to head back out to the gulf and some have moved up into the upper bays in the shallows to finish off their spawning. The rest of this month and February the big reds will still be around, but not in the massive schools like they were in December. Most of the pods will be around 5-20 fish. Let’s get back to the trout, and as I stated in the beginning of this report, the trout bite before this massive cold front was outstanding. Almost all the fish are keepers and lots are over 20”. All the fish were caught on artificials. Here is what I use in the winter months: Z-Mann Paddler Z & MinnowZ, MirrOlure’s 17MR & 18 MR, Original Paul Brown and the new Soft Dine made by MirrOlure. So as you can tell January so far has been very cold, windy with only a few good days to fish, but when the weather was right the bite was very good.

It won’t be long until March / Spring Break is here, and if you’re looking for some of the best inshore light tackle action along the gulf coast, March is your month and even April is ideal. Monster Sheepshead, drag screaming redfish and hard pulling black drum with some snapper mixed in–these spring break trips are so much fun it should be illegal.

Here is a link to last years March Trips 2013.

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Depths: Redfish 3 – 9 ft when temps are average for winter — 12 – 20 ft when it drops in below 50 for a few days.

Areas Fished: Escambia Bay / River, and Blackwater Bay / Yellow River

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Tight Lines…
Capt. John

Capt. John Rivers