Big Fish Small Seas in SoWal

February 17, 2014 by Larry Pentel

Alright! We had another great weekend at the beach. While the rest of the country was getting belted with another "Artic Typoon" or whatever the weather channel is calling a cold front this week, we had some fabulous fishing weather here in SoWal. Friday was cool but calm and high sunny skies so I did the run out to to the BIG Jacks with some vacationers that had themselves a blast! We were taking a young man out on his 16th birthday for his first Gulf trip and I promise he'll remeber this birthday for many years to come .

Not only did they get to catch some big jacks but they also landed a couple fine Gags as well.

The birthday boy with his first Grouper.
 

Grandad showing he can catch 'em too.

We may have to release the Gags till July but it's hard to fuss about catching a big fish, especially when the boz is allready full.

This will fill up a box quick!
 

Gotta pose on the beach with some of the "smaller" ones too.

Saturday was sunny and pretty but a better day for surfing than beach launch fishing! Sunday rolled around with a slick calm yet again so I ran another group out to chase big fish. We caught baits first and they all said that was some of the best fishing they had done. I told 'em to stand by and get ready to hang on. All 3 of 'em dropped a bait and all 3 of 'em were bent over within 30 seconds!
 

No matter how young or tough, sometimes you just gotta sit down and hang on!
 

A Jack this big will put a lot of folks on the seat or on thier knees!
 

I think they ended up catching and releasing another 13 jacks beyond the 3 we kept!

I am off to Indian Pass tomorrow to clean up the fish camp.. got folks coming in to fish there for three days the end of the week. I'll have a reoprt fron the "other time zone" next week.

Get out there and catch something!!

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Larry Pentel

Captain Larry Pentel is a native of South Walton, growing up just 300 yards from the beach. Having fished the local waters for over 40 years, he is very familiar with all the different types of local fish, their habits, and most importantly - their habitats. Captain Larry is the owner of Dead Fish Charters

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