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February 19, 2009

Spring is right around the corner in Pensacola

The sheepshead bite has really started to pick up on some of the bridges, rock jetties, and rock ledges in the pass.

The sheepshead bite has really started to pick up on some of the bridges, rock jetties, and rock ledges in the pass. It's not on fire yet like it's going to be starting around March 15th, but the bite has been pretty good.

Not only are we hooking a few nice sheepshead, but we're also putting some healthy black snapper in the ice chest. As sheepshead start to show up, they help bring a mix to the fishing while we're still catching white trout near 3-mile and Bob Sights Bridge. Red fishing has been a little slow during the day, but at night starting around 6pm to 10pm during an incoming tide, the bite has been downright awesome. Most of the fish are just over the slot, but we're putting a few reds on ice in the 26" - 27" range.

The only drawback to fishing at night is the cooler temperatures sometimes, but just this past week we had warmer than normal temperatures so we were able to get out and do some fun night fishing. Were going to have a few more cold nights so were going to have to break out the cold weather gear for a few nights. But not for much longer, as spring is right around the corner.

I really enjoy fishing the springtime for pompano, reds, sheepshead, which show up along with bait, and then before we know it, the migratory fish, such as cobia are here in force. Speaking of cobia, the annual cobia migration is also right around the corner starting somewhere around March 20th until around May 10th. I have a t-top / sight fishing tower on my boat for sight fishing, which I also use to fish the flats in the summer time. Sight fishing for cobia along the beach has become very popular among many anglers along the NW panhandle region. Everybody will be up as high as they can get on their boats to look for that telltale brown shadow, and then it's game on!
So what are you waiting for? Book your spring break trip in Pensacola and come fish aboard the MEGA-BITE for your best vacation ever. See Florida from the water while fighting that trophy fish of a lifetime. Let's go fishing! Call me today.
Tight Lines.
Capt. John Rivers
Mega-Bite Inshore Charters

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