Breaking In a New Fishing Season in SoWal

April 16, 2014 by Larry Pentel

Spring Break has brought another new season of fishing in here at the beach. Lots of vacationing Spring Break families and lots of fish to catch. From the family trips where we are filling up the box with lots of fish to the folks just looking for that one big "bragging rights" trophy it's another great year to be fishing here.

Plenty of Vermilions, Triggers, Pinks and a few Groupers for the bottom fishing trips and the Cobia have shown in force for trophpy hunters. Here are some pics from the past week or so of trips.
 

Spring Breakers with a limit of Trigs, a pile of Vermilions and 5 Scamps on a 4 hr. 
 

These Spring Break Kids caught a box of fish on a 3 hr trip.
 

Son William hooked up to a big Cobia at the bow for a "fun" trip.
 

What it's all about... Big Fish On the Deck!
 

Local Jeff "Gritz" with a 50 pounder!
 

One of my regulars with a 20+ pound "release" fish.
 

And the same angler with a 50+ pound "keeper".
 

One of my rare "all day " trips. We bottom fished for 3 hours and had a limit of Vermillions (40), some Trigs, a pile of Pinks and then spent 4 hours cacthing BIG fish!
 

While the fishing is fantastic the weather is still very much up and down. The temps this AM may be below 40! The fish have decided it's Spring and have shown up in force. Now we just have to have the weather to decide to stay in the Spring time mode as well.

Lots of bait on the beach this past week with big schools of cigar minnows and herring making a show along with the Bonitas and Spanish. Beach local Bob Steeno caught a limit of Pompano the other morning before I could even come back in from a 4 hr. The boys over at Indian Pass caught the first Triple Tail of the year this past week but then got distracted chasing cobias over towards Mexico Beach and haven't got the second one yet. With the bait here in force the Kings should be here by the weekend as well.

I love it when a plan (Spring) comes together!

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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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