Its that time of year! Where Huge schools of Bull Reds push through Pensacola Bay. These Schools are absolutely breath taking, imagine a football field covered in Red Fish busting on the surface and that’s no exaggeration. If you’re an angler in search of Catching this is the BEST time to Rip some lips and get that rod bowed up!!! High intensity fishing, high speed running and gunning, and Giant Red Fish in the 20-30lb class is the target.
Here are some of my most recent trips. The weather in Pensacola FL is perfect this time of year. Lots of very big speckled trout are being caught on EVERY trip including 1 trophy wall mount caught by a 14 year old kid. I had the pleasure of taking out a father and son. These are my most favorite trips. Seeing a father and son bond on the water is truly a special thing to me. ( its what my father and I did growing up )
After every fish his son caught I could see the proud happy dad look all over his face - Awesome - These moments are truly priceless* it takes fishing way beyond just catching fish and as a Guide the sense of accomplishment is truly surreal. Fish was tagged and released to fight another day. The Father is going to mount that fish for him!!!!
Ran a double today* Both groups wanted to do a second trip after doing the first... literally just days after their first trip!!!!! here are some pics!!!
Catching Big Specks morning and afternoon!!!! Wanna Run and Gun? Wanna Catch Fish all day long? How about that fierce Bonito Bite* Lots of drag rippin action without a dull moment awaits at www.limitoutcharters.com offering day and night trips, inshore/offshore or a mix of it all, how about a morning of your chance at a Gator Trout and a afternoon limit of snapper??? you name it ill plan for it. Just call me at (650) 201-4604 and LETS GET IT DONE!
Memorial Day Mash
Wind Wind Wind..... my fellow local fishermen know what Im taking about. The past 10 days or so its been blowing something ferocious. North, South West and East it seems like regardless of direction the common denominator is relentless punishment. One thing is for sure the Kite boarders and Sailors have been truly enjoying themselves. The fish on the other hand have been gorging themselves weather it be BIG Gator Trout stacking up on protein for their spawn or Red Fish, flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Blue fish, White trout, and the ever so abundant Lady Fish; they are all using this wind as a conveyor belt buffet. The fish are literally stacked up in ambush points sitting and waiting for the wind to bring them their next meal. This means as long as you know what to look for you can have a banner day on the water when nobody else with a fishing pole is in sight.
Started the day at about 8am immediately catching a Solid speck about 21" on top water. At this point in time the water was very high and the wind was blowing but I was in a protected area. I then began to pick the area apart but no more blow ups to show for it. So I made a move to pick up Gary at his dock. The plan was to search and find. We did do a lot of searching but didn't find much to speak of ( a few specks here and there ) after enough searching the boredom took over and I decided to take us to a place I knew the reds where holding. We immediately were getting hammered by some reds but no hook ups. Mind you top water lures where being thrown all the way to this point its now about noon. With all the cloud cover and wind the fish were still reacting to surface plugs.
I then drop Gary back off at home. On the way back to the ramp I decide to hit another spot. With a hard outgoing tide and extreme West wind this area looked good. Built up of sand bars and points it offered protection in the middle of some high seas. I made my first drift along the bank and on my first cast I hook into a keeper speck* NOW im on to something is what Im saying to myself. I start fan casting and drifting the entire bank and I ended up with a total of 3 keepers on a single drift. I then restarted my drift but this time further off the bank and closer to the sand bars. What really caught my eye was the mullet skipping on the bars. Now on a new drift I begin fan casting my new bearing. Now catching fish on almost every other cast... Until "BAM" a big hit!!! drag screaming bloody mercy I think I have hooked a red until the fish jump out the water like a leaping Salmon.... BIG OL' Speck on!!! Nice. Boated that fish and kept casting. After making way to my reset point very slowly, thanks to power pole I decided to make another drift. This time on top of the bars. I caught less fish this way but noticed all the mullet sitting on top of the bar. The Specks were sitting on the down current side and leeward side of the bar just waiting for mother natures Conveyor Belt to bring them their next meal.
I ended up with 5 fish over 20" and too many keepers and throwbacks to count. ( all these fish were caught on a Jerk Bait or Fluke ) ( clouds left and the sun was shinning )
I then picked up Brandon from a dock and we got on some reds right away. Like the specks they had a Conveyor Belt of their own. They were sitting on a wind Blow point just on the leeward side. We were casting right were they should be and the reds where reacting immediately but again no hook ups.... the fish just couldnt connect to top water.
As the sun went down I finally decided to get out the wind and fish some protected banks at a last shot chance to land some top water fish. Ended up with a 21" speck and 41" Bull with a few keeper specks mixed in.
A long day on the Grind of doing some Captain homework.... I have charters the next few days and will update this post on how they do with hopefully some awesome pics of Big specks and fat reds!!!!
Tight Lines and Good Fishin!!!!
"HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES"
Many anglers along the gulf coast like to target specks during the early spring months. Water temps are in the sweet zone, grass beds and flats become alive, fish are transitioning and migrating , baits are blooming and becoming abundant and the Speckled Trout begin to spawn. Like any spawning fish this is when the Biggins tend to come out and play* Many ways to target these fish and Im not talkin just about spots or areas, lures or bait.... yes location plays a Huge factor and yes lures do as well..... but lets talk about the here and the now.
Im no marine biologist so Im not the most scientific guy, but I am a fishermen who takes all variables into factor. Time of year, moon phase, and weather patterns are the 3 MAJOR factors to having a successful trip even before you touch a rod.
Then when you do decide to rig your rods its important to use lure (s) that attract big bites. Ive personally caught my Biggest Speckled Trout ever on topwater and many in the 24-28" class. The theory of big lures big fish isn't full proof but it does hold some truth. Gator trout like many big fish like to eat bigger baits. Many say Gator trout like to eat croakers, mullet and pin fish exc exc So what in your tackle box has that profile and imitates those fish????
Wearher patterns -
Its a beautiful day outside! No wind birds chirping and not a cloud in the sky ahhhh yes!!!! perfect day to go fishing, right? Of course it is!!!! But pump the brakes* I have found that ugly nasty dark windy days will usually out produce those blue bird skies 10-1 This doesnt mean fish in the middle of a thunderstorm but it does mean fish before and after them.
targetting big specks before and after a full moon cycle is key to getting on a good bite. Ive written enough reports about moon phases that Neil Armstrong would have thought I walked on the Moon... so not goin in depth as to why.....
Moon phase + weather pattern = 13APR17
Yesterday we had a storm roll through fairly quickly right at about 6pm. I was on the water and got hit with that sudden swift cool wind. Thats when I looked up and said oh'Sheeeot its comming as the darkness rolled in so did the fish in the box. Specksand redssuddenly flooded the flats.... awesome bite!
The past few days we've been in a neap tide phase the flats haven't been producing their "normal" amount of fish.... which is "normal" for a neap tide. But as the moon starts fading from full the tides become greater*
This morning Chas and I wrecked some Gator Mules. Lots of fish over 20" and the biggest just shy of 26" we were on the water as the sky took its first colors of pink and orange, you know that first light deal. Bomb casting over grass beds and occasionally a bowling ball would drop on your lure. Kablooosh was a familiar sound all morning many missed strikes but we boated enough to say we had an incredible day. The deal was to simply cover ground and walk the dog using a Matrix Mullet. Topwater lures are by far the MOST exciting way to catch fish. And a highly productive way to catch BIG fish.
Here are a few pics
Tight Lines and Good Fishin
Since the beginning of the month the the bite inshore has been off the hook!!! lots Speckled Trout and Red Fish!!!
My goal on my charters to raise your bar of inshore fishing.... Pensacola's fishery can have most anglers scratching their heads.... and my job is to not only ensure you walk away having had a good time* and a box of fish but that you've learned some new skill sets to be productive in your area!
here are some pointers you can expect to learn
-how to dissect a grass flat
-how to break down an entire body of water
-how to read the water for different activity
-how to chase the tide and follow the active bite
-how to use artificial lures and how to work them in different situations
-how to approach an area in stealth while optimizing your point of contact
the list goes on but that should give you and idea
if learning how to inshore fish in a tactical, progressive, highly productive manner is something you are interested in then lets rig you up and get you on the water*
I will be updating this thread as much as possible please visit my facebook page #Lim-It-Out Charters or just look me up Joshua Lim, lots of LIVE videos and LIVE client reviews!!! check it out**
Tis that time of year folks! Sun is shining water is warming and the fish are definitely biting!!!! at www.limitoutcharters.com
Pensacola Fl has much to offer in the winter. During these cooler months you can find lots of fish bundled up tight in big schools in small areas making for some serious action. One of the most sought after species during this time is the Speckled Trout. The Trout this time of year are fat and fierce and the chance at catching a Big one is always best during the winter.
This winter and the New Year has had some exceptional days and nights. As of lately Ive been patterning fish around tides, moon phases and weather patterns. What makes this winter different from past is all the warm weather. This has been putting fish in a more of a transitional moving pattern as if transitioning from fall to winter or winter to spring. Its the bait that seems to be most confused on where to go and what exactly to do and like wise the specks are following.
What makes this entire Transitional Pattern special is what happens when winter all the sudden shows up again... and we get those 40 degree nights and 50 degree days. Now all that bait once thinking it was spring is forced back into their winter stomping grounds and the BIG SPECKS are just sitting there waiting to ambush and feed heavy. Not to say you cant get a BIG one during the warmer days, the pre front has also been a great time to target the larger females.
Day or Night? Normally I would say it doesn't matter, just depends on tide and what ITS doing at the time. Although again if you want a chance at a trophy Speckled Trout the night time winter bite is most likely your best bet. Like most fish Specks are opportunistic they want a easy big meal, such as a croaker, mullet, gizzard shad any type of fin fish to fill their belly without exhausting too much energy. I find that its more often to find a Big Trout in an ambush area at night vs day. They seem to be more comfortable and the bait doesn't seem to stand a chance.
Artificial Lures or Bait? On my Charters you can expect to throw lures 100% of the time unless you specifically tell me otherwise. Regardless of skill level I promise you that you can learn and do exactly what I do ( as long as you can cast ) Now as far as what exact lures I'm using.... its a long and extinguished list, but they all resemble a fin fish of some type. Now many say a slow retrieve is necessary to get strikes this time of year. Thats simply not the case especially this year with the warmer water. Lots of limits are being caught mid day all by way of reaction strikes. Find one fish and sometimes you found them all casting into the same spot over and over again until the limit is reached is not uncommon.