Falling For the Big Ones

October 31, 2011 by Larry Pentel

Well I guess this past cold front makes it officially Fall. That and the fact my bookings have pretty much played out and it is November. I have about half a dozen trips on the books for this month so far. I hate to admit it but for the first time I am actually looking forward to some off time! Do some fishing myself, catch up on my oyster eating, sunset watching and playing like a Floridian at the beach again.

I ran some great trips the past couple weeks. One of my regulars and good friend booked me for two days in a row for six-hour "big fish" trips. We had a blast and one of his buddies got a real braggin' rights Red Grouper.

A big, old fireplug of a Grouper!

This gentleman fishes with me several times a year with his whole family. He ended up down here for couple days by himself and said he just wanted to catch fish- not keep anything.

He caught Snappers till he he was tired of winding. Then we went Trolling and he was nice enough to catch me and several other locals a bunch of (awfully good) dinners! Big Spanish taste like fried butter.

I take all kind of folks fishing. Summer tourists, locals, doctors, lawyers, famous folks, and the Dread Clampitt line - "Sheet-rockers & Floozies", even a few democrats !-- Okay, not many but a (very) few of 'em do fish !

Definitely not a democrat! This (famous) Republican and his family not only had a big time but that 125-pound spinner shark at the end made two spectacular jumps that capped off an already great catch .

The weather will start playing a lot bigger roll in when it's a good day to go fishing as we start heading into winter. Plenty of fish to catch out there- if you see a pretty day - get out there and make some good use of it!

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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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