Surf's Up in SoWal!

May 2, 2011 by Larry Pentel

I wish I had a bunch of fish pics to post on this report. The bite has been great when it's been calm enough to get off the beach but there haven't been to many of those days lately.

The good news is the Kings have been red hot when we have had the calm weather. The last huge surf also seemed to have either moved in or turned on the gag (Black) Grouper to about as hot a bite as they get. These boys had a great time, a couple of 'em caught the biggest fish they had ever seen.

As a licensed charter boat we are not allowed to keep 'em but it just shows once again how the Feds fish stock numbers never seems to take reality into account (they claim they are 'bout gone). Oh well, job security I guess, when we have different management at NOAA there will be tons to catch! 

These gentlemen got wore down from catching fish, the 3rd fellow was having to sit down when we took the picture.

There are still some cobia around but "scattered" would be the best description for 'em. We got to look for a couple hours yesterday before we got blown off the water and found a fine one in the 70# range , We had to settle for the kings we caught as that fish cooperated about the same as the conditions !

Next week it'll be calm and all those fish will still be out there!

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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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