Believe it or not the speckled trout and red fish reports have been excellent this week from people fishing the flats and residential docks. Live croakers, menhaden, and alewives have all been working well, but you should be able to catch some fish with lures as well.
Spanish mackerel continue to be a popular target for a lot of anglers and most have had no trouble tracking them down. Just head out Pensacola Pass and look for them around the buoys, USS Massachusetts, and up and down the beaches.
Red snapper is now closed for federally permitted charter boats, but is open for recreational anglers and state licensed charter boats on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through August. The bite has been great so now’s the time to go.
There’s good news for anyone looking to get offshore for some trolling or head for the rigs in search of tuna and that’s the fact that we’ve got another weekend with 1 foot or less seas being forecasted.
The king mackerel bite has picked up, so you should have no trouble getting some bites around the nearshore wrecks or natural bottom. As usual, you can slow troll with live bait or troll with dead cigar minnows and dusters.
Piers & Beaches
King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and hardtails are being caught on the Pensacola Beach Gulf Fishing Pier and Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. If you’re going out there be sure to bring some cigar minnows, sabiki rig, and a Gotcha Lure.
Some fish are being caught, but nothing very consistent day after day on the Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge or Bob Sikes Bridge. Although mangrove snapper, redfish, flounder, white trout, bluefish, and ladyfish are all possible catches at pensacola beach marina .
Jim’s Fish Camp, which is located off Highway 90 in Pace near the Escambia River, reported that the water has started cleaning up and anglers have been doing decent with the bluegill and shell cracker. He said you’ll want to fish with a combination of crickets and worms.
Inshore Fishing for Spanish mackerel has been good this week, which is great, but a little surprising with the dirty water. The best approach is probably to troll around using speck rigs or mackerel dusters outside of Pensacola Pass and around the USS Massachusetts.
It sounds like the speckled trout, redfish, and flounder action was hit or miss for most anglers participating in the Pensacola Fishing Rodeo last weekend. If you’re looking for speckled trout you might want to wait until after dark and fish dock lights.
There’s been a lot of mangrove snapper around the bridges and other structure in Pensacola fishing charters. Live shrimp, alewives, and bull minnows all work well and should be used on a Carolina rig.
Red snapper are currently open for harvest on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in both state and federal waters through September 4. The weather looks nice for this weekend so you should have no trouble going out there and bringing home a limit.
It’s tough to say what can be expected as far as offshore trolling goes out around the Nipple and Spur, but you don’t know unless you go. Wahoo and dolphin are usually likely catches mixed in with an occasional billfish or yellowfin.
Piers & Beaches
According to the reports fishing hasn’t been all that great this week on the Pensacola Beach Gulf Fishing Pier or Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. King mackerel should show back up as soon as the water cleans up.
Anglers on the Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge and Bob Sikes Bridge are finding every day to be a little different, but redfish, flounder, mangrove snapper, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel are possible catches this time of year.
Needless to say, the bass and bream bite on the local rivers has been slow with the dirty water that was caused by the heavy rains. Hopefully it doesn’t take long to get back to normal, but right now your best bet is to go after catfish.
Hopefully all of the rain won’t dirty up the water and slow down the bite considering fishing for speckled trout and redfish has been steady lately. If you’re looking for big trout you’ll want to find some live croakers or finger mullet.
There’s been quite a few flounder around Pensacola Pass, but you’ll need some moving water and good live fish baits to catch them.
Spanish mackerel fishing has been great out around the USS Massachusetts and along the beaches out in the Gulf. If you’re going to the USS Massachusetts try free lining for them using alewives or live shrimp.
The seas have been ridiculous offshore over the last few days so no one has really been out there since the beginning of the week, but the weekend forecast looks a little better.
Red snapper are open for harvest for recreational anglers in state and federal waters on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays right now. Gag grouper are wide open, but amberjack and triggerfish are currently closed. Offshore fishing trolling reports have varied from one angler to another, but summer has now officially arrived so a trip out to the Nipple or Spur in search of wahoo, dolphin, tuna, and billfish is never a bad idea.
It seems like every week there are more and more people giving it a try, but the swordfish bite has been solid both during the day and at night lately.
Piers & Beaches
If you’re looking for some action from land this weekend your best bet is probably to hit either the Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge or Bob Sikes Bridge. Redfish, black drum, flounder, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, and bluefish all continue to be likely catches on the bridges.
With the amount of rain we’ve had this week you can expect for the bass and bream fishing to be a bit slow on the local rivers for the next week or two. As usual, you should still be able to find some catfish with the muddy water.You can also find pensacola beach fishing charters here.
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