Pensacola Inshore Fishing Report - Trout on the Flats
Hit upper Blackwater Bay for some great inshore fishing for trout and to see if we could hook a few reds.
Jim booked me two years ago and was not able to go last year due to the oil spill, so he called me recently, and we set up a trip for some great light tackle action.
The last time he fished with me, we fished Santa Rosa Sound and he had fun catching trout and pompano. This time I wanted to show him a different type of fishery. It was an early start to our day, which was 5:00am so we could be on the spot when the sun came up and the fish were most active.
It was a very nice ride across the bay to our first spot, and when we arrived it sounded like a feeding frenzy was going on; trout busting everywhere and mullet jumping.
I went over a few lessons on how to work the hard plastics and soft plastics we were going to use. It didn't take long to hook a fish, as my anglers were naturals when it came to throwing and working their baits. Ryan was the first to hook, and the second, and the third, until finally Nicholas and Jim were wondering if I gave him a special bait. I laughed and just then Jim hooked up a nice trout that went around 17". Nicholas had a few good strikes, but missed some hookups, but that's fishing. He did manage to hook a nice 18" speck working a suspending twitch bait. Jim and the boys were a pleasure to fish with, especially considering the two boys had been up all night at a bachelor's party and had only gotten about 30 minutes of sleep. I could tell they were getting tired from hooking all the trout and the lack of sleep.
I told them we were going to hit one area where I've seen a few nice reds and then we would call it a day.
We worked the bank looking for any signs of fish, but maybe it was best that we didn't see any, because the boys were about wiped. Maybe next time.
It was a great day on the water; lots of fun big trout on light tackle, and good company.
Till the next adventure…
2 - 5 foot
MirrOlure's & Sebile's
Suspending Twitch Baits & Top-Water Plugs
Reels: Penn Battle 3000 & Penn Conquer 4000
Rods: All Star ASR - 7 ft Med & Fenwick Techna AV - - 7 ft Med
Line: SpiderWire Ultra Braid 10 & 20 lb Braid
Leader Material: 15 –20 lb Berkley Fluorocarbon
Capt. John & his wife Gina showing off two nice trout
Capt. John with a nice 22
About The Author: Captain John Rivers
Company: Mega-Bite Inshore Guide Service
Area Reporting: Pensacola, Perdido Key, Navarre, Florida
Bio: I have a lifetime of fishing knowledge and over 8yrs of experience fishing the northern gulf coast and our local water ways. I have enjoyed fishing all my life. While living in the Midwest, I fished Kentucky & Barkley Lake for years along with the Ohio River and many local water ways. My first passion was bass fishing, but when I visited the Gulf Coast I found my new love Salt Water Fishing !