Pensacola, Navarre, Perdido Key, Florida
<p>According to the calendar, it's April 2nd, but the fishing is as red hot as it is in October and November for the big redfish. No, this isn't a late April Fool's joke! We have been catching large numbers of the big bull redfish, and on light tackle, it is even better.
We have also been doing very well with big sheepshead in the 6 to 9 lb range. Mixed in with the sheepshead are some groupers, with some keepers and some undersized. Thankfully, now that it is April, we are able to keep our keeper groupers, instead of throwing them back. One of my favorite things to eat is a grilled grouper sandwich! Now if I could only catch some Cole slaw and some hush puppies to go along with it!
The bite has really turned on in the pass and on a few of my honey holes. On most of my trips, we're averaging 12 – 20 sheepshead and a few good redfish.
If you like hooking big fish on light tackle, and don't mind going to the grocery store for your side dishes, then give me a shout. April has started out with a bang and it should stay this way for the next couple of weeks. The long-range weather forecast is calling for sunny skies and no rain. Let's get out there while the bite is red-hot!
Jeff is all smiles after he landed this monster redfish
Mike and Joan had fun hooking sheepshead all morning
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 !