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Through the Surf to the Big Fish in SoWal

June 17, 2015 by Larry Pentel

As usual, if I am on the hill writing a fishing report then the surf must be up. All the young kids with surfboards have been having a blast the past couple days as Tropical Storm Bill hot Texas and kicked up a swell way too big to be able to safely get a boat on and off the beach. The weather is beautiful and the Gulf is slick, once you get past that 5 foot surf on the bar! Hopefully we will all be back out chasing finny critters again tomorrow.

Prior to the surf coming up we had some really nice catches of fish last week in between the rain showers. The Grouper bite was strong and while I had to work at getting them some days we caught quite a few BIG Red Snappers along with Kings, Scamps and Black Snappers.

Here are a few pics so my anglers can have bragging rights for some a dmirable catches.

These guys got some BIG Red Snapper, a fine grouper a king and, look at the size of that Scamp!

Two big Black Snappers, a Lane, and a King for bonus fish with this limit of big Red Snappers.

A fine afternoon 3 hr catch of Red Snappers and Kings. The fellow with the broke arm even caught a couple big ones!

Another family that has fished with me for 15 years. While everybody caught big fish the fellow in the middle had the hot hand grouper fishing and landed his big bites this morning!

This Dad was so proud of his huge grouper but he still needed a daughters help to hold it up after the battle.

The rest of the family fishing team and another fantastic 3 hr afternoon catch.

Another BIG Red Grouper and 3 Scamps along with this groups Red snapper limit.

That young lady wanted to catch a shark something fierce ! We made it happen and her catch topped off a beautiful afternoon box of Snappers.

The tide has been exceptionally high the past couple days along with this swell. I'm sure all that movement of water has moved some fish as well. It is always exciting to see what has moved in after a storm. The best fishing storms are ones like this one where we didn't get any weather, just a big sea and a movement of "fresh" fish in close............ we'll see if it makes fishing easy for a week or two..... I am all about easy.

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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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