Sheepshead are quickly becoming a popular target for those people looking for action in Pensacola Bay and other nearby bodies of water. You’ll want stick with live shrimp or fiddler crabs and a light fluorocarbon leader with small hooks is a must.
White trout still are a good option for anyone looking for some easy fun. Pensacola Bay Bridge is usually the best spot to try, but they can also be found around the other bridges.
Speckled trout fishing has been hit or miss with the warm weather, but you should be able to find some fish in the canals off Gulf Breeze or in some of the local bayous.
Amberjack continue to be the primary target for most anglers headed offshore in search of bottom dwellers. They have been on the majority of the big structure spots so you should have no trouble finding them.
Like I said last week now’s the time to be watching for a weather window to head out and look for yellowfin tuna around the rigs and natural bottom to the west. You’ll want to bring a long a fair amount of menhaden or other frozen bait to get started chunking.
Piers & Beaches
There’s been a decent number of pompano caught in the surf over the past week and believe it or not quite a few permit. Just find what looks like a deep hole off the beach and fish with live sand fleas or fresh peeled shrimp.
In my opinion the Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge is the best spot for landlocked anglers if you don’t want to fish in the surf off the beach. You can expect to catch white trout, redfish, and black drum off the bridge.
Jim’s Fish Camp located off Highway 90 near the Escambia River reported that the water has been fairly muddy, but is starting to rebound. He said bluegill and shell crackers are probably your best bet right now and you’ll want to use worms for the shell crackers and crickets for the bluegills.