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November 01, 2009

Great Redfish action in Pensacola !

We've had a few cold fronts and it brought in the fall reds, The bite is Red Hot!

It's fall and the reds have arrived in full force. It usually takes a few cold fronts to get the reds on the move, but the one that moved in last week was like two cold fronts in one, and it certainly did the trick. I've been out a few times this past week, and the bite has been great. To entice the reds to eat, I'm pitching 1 - 2 oz Spro Buck Tail jigs in either white or chartreuse. If I'm anchored up, I'll use some cut mullet or menhaden Carolina rigged with a 4/ 0 - 5/0 circle hook. When the bite is red hot, it's very easy to boat 10 to 15 reds in no time.

Saturday night, October 24th, I had a night trip, and although it was cold, the red fishing was red hot! We had several simultaneous strikes, and were all hooked up at the same time on redfish. What an awesome experience it is to fish at night; just to hear the drag go off and know there is a big red on the other end. And the hearing isn't the best part; the anticipation is only just barely beaten by seeing the red for the first time as we net it boat side. Also inshore, the Spanish are still around and so are the kings. I've hooked up a few nice kings while trolling for reds, and to make sure we don't get cut off, I like to use 38 to 42-inch steel leader. By using steel leader, I make sure that if a king does decide to strike the plug, I'll get a hook-up instead of a cut-off.

On three-mile bridge, the white trout bite has picked and it will only get better. On a few of my night trips to three-mile bridge, I have also hooked up some nice redfish while targeting the white trout, so it makes for a good mixed bag.
I haven't been trout fishing the flats lately, but I've heard that they are still around, but it won't be long until most of the spotted critters will be on the move to the deeper holes and mouths of the rivers looking for warmer water.

I'll be out a bunch next week, as long as the weather allows it, looking for the reds and doing some fun fishing. I've said it before, this is my favorite time to fish for reds, because they are so abundant and they are big and strong.
If you're heading down to the gulf coast or thinking about heading down this way, give me a shout and let's go hooked up on some big reds.
Till next time, here's wishing you tight lines.

Capt. John Rivers
Mega-Bite Inshore Charters

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