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June 09, 2009

Man what a week! Specks, Snappers, and Kings, oh my! - Pensacola, Navarre, Perdido Key Fishing Report

Great Inshore / Nearshore Fishing in Pensacola

Man what a week! Specks, Snappers, and Kings, oh my!
With all the big fat hungry trout I'm hooking, there's no way I'm leaving the flats anytime soon. Well, maybe just a few times to go after a few Red Snapper and a few reel-screaming kings. I've ran a few offshore trips this week check out my website for a more detailed report on those.

I have tried to get out on the water every day when Mother Nature has allowed it. We had a few rainy days last week and I was not able to get out, but let me tell you, the weather has not scared away the trout. The trout bite has just been unbelievable. They have been responding favorably to a wide variety of baits from live pinfish under a popping cork to Bass Assassin's Blurp Jerk Shads, and as for hard baits, it's been awesome!

I'm pitching a MirrOdine 17MR in two different colors, either a chartreuse and red combo or purple and black. I'm also pitching the bigger MirrOdine to entice some gators to grab a hold, and so far we've missed more than we'd care to admit, but we are getting the strikes.
I'm still catching the specks in 2 - 6 ft of water depending upon what the time of day is and what the weather conditions are, a lot depends on whether its sunny, rainy, windy, etc. All this plays a big part in where I go and what I use when I trout fish.

Lets talk about redfish; I'm finding my reds in shallow water 2ft - 4ft. I've even found them right up on the beaches. When you see these fish stay low, pitch a jerk shad like a Blurp Drunk Monkey or a Berkley Jerk shad 5" in Camo or Mullet pattern. I rig these two ways, one on a jig head and the other with a worm hook and a slip bullet weight. Just like I did when I was up North bass fishing. It's crazy how similar inshore saltwater fishing is to fresh water bass fishing. As for what other inshore species I'm targeting, I'm also catching a lot of Ladyfish, (aka skipjacks), along with bluefish and some nice good eating Spanish mackerel.

With the weather great for the next 5 - 6 days, if you're not on the water you should be. Fishing has been great and it's only going to get better.
Here are some pictures from some of my past trips. Enjoy.

For a more detailed report, check out my website:

Tight Lines.
Capt. John Rivers
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