Fishing Reports


Fat Daddy Trout on the Menu


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Photo: Capt. John

The new Triton has brought some good mojo to my fishing venues as I’ve been putting some really big trout in the boat this year.

May has come to an end and again this year’s season is flying by faster than ever.
It’s June 7th and summer break is among us with lots of eager anglers from all over the US, including visitors from Arkansas and Texas and northern states like Ohio and Wisconsin.
I’ve been guiding for 11 years and had clients from as far as Germany, California and from way way up north in Canada. Pensacola draws a very diverse clientele, which makes everyday interesting, because I get to meet folks from all walks of life.

Not only is the company I keep very diverse, but also the fish we go after is just as variable. One day the reds are on fire, and the next you are thick in the trout. We also get a flounder or black drum on board which is a nice change of pace, and the kids love reeling in those ladyfish! Over the past few weeks the trout bite has been on fire with big fish ranging from 2-1/2 lb to 5 lbs and a few weighing over 6-1/2 lbs. We’ve also been pretty good into some really nice reds. 99% of my fishing is with artificials but on occasion I’ll have to go old school and use live bait to better entice the strikes. As a veteran guide in our area I try to make sure you have a professional trip every time. I always have top of the line equipment on my trips including Shimano Stradic reels, ASR Tournament Rods, and the best braided and fluorocarbon line on the market. All of that and one of the finest inshore boats money can buy: the 240 LTS Triton Bay Boat matched up with a Mercury Verado 250 Pro.

I’ve got a few more openings in June and some in July, so if you’re heading down this way to spend some time digging your toes in our sugar white sands and want take a fishing adventure that is second to none, give me a ring at 850-341-9816
Until the next adventure, here’s wishing you bent rods and screaming drags.
Tight Lines.

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Capt. John Rivers