The cool weather everyone has been waiting on has finally arrived, now we just need the wind to lay down so we can get out on the water and enjoy it.
It sounds like quite a few bull redfish are showing up in the area, but no word of any big schools to take advantage of in Pensacola Bay just yet.
Speckled trout fishing may get a bite challenging over the coming weeks while they make their move from the flats and bigger bodies of water into the canals, rivers, and bayous.
The cold front will hopefully get the king mackerel biting good in Pensacola Bay. Menhaden have been tough to find, but they can make or break a trip when fishing for the kings so do your best to catch a few.
According to the current forecast it looks like the seas will keep most offshore anglers at the dock this weekend, which is unfortunate because it’s our final weekend of the limited fall triggerfish season.
The vermillion snapper bite has been excellent if we can just get some weather that will allow us to get out there. They can be found on both natural bottom and big artificial reefs. As usual the best approach is a two-drop rig with squid or northern mackerel.
Piers & Beaches
It sounds like now is a pretty good time to give the king mackerel a try on the Pensacola Beach Gulf Fishing Pier and Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. You’ll want to use a Sevenstrand Wire leader and a treble hook along with a dead cigar minnow or some type of live fish bait.
Bob Sikes Bridge continues to be an excellent spot for land locked anglers. Every day has been a little different, but flounder, mangrove snapper, redfish, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel are all likely catches right now.
Reports still have been few and far between from the local rivers, but hopefully some anglers will take advantage of the cool weather and give the crappie, bream, and bass a try this weekend.