Calm Seas and Full Boxes in Grayton Beach

June 23, 2014 by Larry Pentel

Whew! I have been running hard this past week taking advantage of calm seas and beautiful beach weather. I have run two trips a day for the past eight days and my anglers have all had a blast with great catches even on the short trips. Red Snapper have been the primary target with a King or three added on most trips.

There have been quite a few Atlantic Sharpnose sharks around (a smaller, good tasting shark), some Scamps,a few Amberines ( lesser jacks), Red Grouper and I even had a fellow catch a legal cobia on a two-hour hr trip yesterday. This time of year you never really know what kind of bonus fish you are going to encounter.

June is is my "regular" month with some of these families having fished with me 12 to 15 years the same week every year and I have got to watch thier kids grow up and some of 'em even start bringing their own kids fishing. One of the benefits about the job I guess.... plus, these folks know the drill and we don't have to have near as much "fishing school" !

Here are a few pics from the past week:

One of those long-time fishing families that has a blast on the Gulf.
 

"I caught that one "
 

I have watched these boys grow into men...and pretty good fishermen. A great catch on a morning 4 hr.
 

These kids have a blast fishing with dad. He keeps it to 2 hr with the kids to keep 'em into it.
 

With 5 gals you expect a great catch of Snappers!
 

A fine Red Grouper to be proud of.
 

The rest of the catch was pretty nice too.
 

These 4 gals were experienced fisherfolk but had never been of the beach before. They promised they would be back!
 

While we have had a limit of Red Snapper every trip ( with some big 'uns some days)the bite really hasn't been hot. Lot's of "nibbles" and short strikes with live baits often just getting grabbed and spit out. I have been having to change up baits a lot and try to figure out just what works best on any spot. Luckily we have lots of spots and lots of fish!

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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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