Amberjack, Cobia & Mackerel at Grayton Beach

March 20, 2011 by Larry Pentel

The weather has just been fantastic, allowing me to take a bunch of spring-break families way out on a slick, calm Gulf. I have been steady targeting the Amberjacks with side stops for triggers and vermilions.

All this nice warm sunshine has let the water heat up and the Spanish Mackerel showed up a week or so ago in force. I ran my first 2-hour afternoon trip of the year the other day with a mom and four boys who had a blast catching about 40 mackerel in short order.

Happy to be Here !

The warm water has also got the cobia going with the first real "run" happening yesterday. I was on the beach cleaning Amberjacks in the afternoon and watched 3 fish caught in front of me on the bar. Captain Sam Wesley brought the first brown-backed crab cruncher into Grayton yesterday .


A great catch but it hurt to clean 'em and watch the other guys hook cobia!

I took the Amberjack tackle off the boat yesterday evening and I'll start targeting cobia starting tomorrow (chore day today). Not only does it look to be a good season but I have a new finder that is top notch.


Nothing but the best in fish finding equipment on the Dead Fish.

Here are a few more catches from last week. My folks have had a big time tussling with the critters on one of the nicest Spring Break weeks I can remember.


I'll put two kids on a rod and let 'em team up on the big Jacks.


The Black Snappers seem to starting to show up a little too.


Snapper, Jacks and big Smiles

Get out there and catch something - The Pompano have started as well so you don't even need a boat!


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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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