Changin' Zip Codes for Tarpons & Tripletails

July 29, 2014 by Larry Pentel

Today was my last day in the Grayton/Seagrove area for a bit. I'm off first thing in the AM to Indian Pass to chase Tarpons & Tripletails for about a month. While I'm sure I'll miss the "guarantee" of a full box off Grayton, I sure am looking forward to tangling with critters that weigh more than I do! No traffic and an empty beach at sunset is sounding pretty good after a busy summer here too.

We have been filling up the box everyday with some great catches. Even with Red Snappers closed, the board has been full of great-eating "red snapper", with Vermillions replacing the "true" Red. We have been able to limit out quite a bit the past week with catches of 30 to 40 vermillion along with Kings and a few whatnots.

As I've said for years, "for a photo op I want a big Red Snapper, for dinner a want a pile of Vermillion!"

No computer I can load pics on at the pass so it may be a bit before I post another report. Not to worry... as long as I see a ceiling fan and not roots when I wake up I'll still be on the water everyday the weather allows.

Here's some pics from the past 2 weeks...

These 3 had never been before. One of 'em told me the King he had was the biggest fish he had ever caught... until 10 minutes later when he caught a bigger one... they had a limit of snapper as well

This was a rough day that cut what was 'posed to be a 6 hr to a 4. That young man not only hung in there, he caught more fish than any 2 of the big guys as well as the biggest Kings!

These 3 kids and 2 dads caught a pile of Kings allong with snappers and 2 Scamps.

Yep, she caught that fine cobia all be herself!

While the guys did catch the 2 "smaller" cobia she highlined on the rest of that board too. What a catch!

2 Regulars w/ a limit of Kings a bonus Mahi and a pile of snappers.

Another happy fishin' family with 4 Kings and a box of vermillion.

Seafood platter..Kings, Black Snapper, Vermillions.

Just to show a few more species.. this family got a couple Jacks and a Lane Snapper with thier Kings and Vermillion.

These guys REALLY wanted to catch a shark, I made sure we had a box of fish first and then went to make 'em happy.

If you listen hard you may be able to hear me yell "Houston, we have Ignition!" in the VHF next week when we are launching those big silver missles at the 'Pass.

Come see what a BIG fish looks like over at the 'Pass...


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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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