Easy Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

February 16, 2013 by Larry Pentel

I got to run offshore today and it was just like the title says - easy fishing. One of those calm, clear, comfortable, "I can't believe it's February" days!

The fish cooperated nicely. We caught a bunch of wigglers, ran to a Jack spot and caught big AJ's 'til my folks were tired, keeping our four fish limit. I even got to catch a Jack on a jig after a couple of my anglers were wore down. 

He can never get enough! I think he landed six big Jacks, releasing five.

We then went looking for Triggers and caught a pile, even getting to keep a dozen that made the grade. Not that common any more with a 14" fork length! Hunted for some Vermillions and caught about a dozen of those as well but never could really get them to fire up - a couple of big shows on the bottom machine, but just a slow pick with the actual bite.

Proof is in the pictures.

It doesn't matter how much time you spend out in the Gulf there is always something different to keep you interested. We ran upon this big fellow just cruising along the surface about ten miles offshore.

While there is nothing to relate size to in the pic, I estimated him at 500 pounds plus. A Headfish (mola- mola) is always a treat to find and this one was about as big a one as I have seen.

Less than two weeks 'til the busy season starts. I have to get a little more play time for Capt. Larry next week...get out there and play a little yourself before it gets crowded again

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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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