Catchin' That SoWal Spring Fever

April 19, 2011 by Larry Pentel

 Like the title says, that spring fever is an easy catch. The calm warm days between the fronts sure do make for a nice time on the water.

The Kings have shown up and if you are willing to take the time to chase 'em, are more than willing to co-operate.

There are still plenty of Spanish up in close but are on the usual bite one day, vanish the next, schedule. The triggers are still hot and , for some reason, the scamps have decided to feed hard the past week.

The glory fish of Spring time, the ol' brown back crab crunchin' cobia is

still a sporadic show this season. I have had several days where we haven't seen a fish and then the next day you find 'em. I guess that's why they are still such a big deal for us fishheads !

Here's a few pic's from the past week or so of charters. Some of these are longer trips (6-7 hours) where we were able to chase both bottom critters and cobias.

These folks had a GREAT 6 hr with a limit of Kings, a pair of cobia and good assortment of bottom dwellers.


Some days it all comes together. We saw 7 cobia this day, hooked 4 and landed these 3 fine ones.


My secret fish finding machine - still on board !


Another good catch on a 7 hr- bottom dig for a while- fill the box, and then find a cobia on the bar.


These folks just doubled thier lifetime cobia count !


Fillin' Up the Box

Plenty of species, lots of options. The pompano even showed pretty good a week ago but the grass has kept most flea flickers off the beach the past few days. Get out there and catch something !


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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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