Fishin's Fantastic! Fishing With Captain Larry

April 23, 2010 by Larry Pentel

Somebody needs to get up with the Chamber of Commerce and see if we can get a patent on the last 10 days. If not I sure hope we at least get summer re-runs ! The cobia run continues on with lots of fish around, the spanish are here in good numbers, there are a few groupers to be had, plenty of pinks and vermillions and, of course, the ever present Red Snappers are piled up just waiting to be caught and released.

I have only had one cobia trip so far this season where we didn't get one (with my next door neighbor no less). We did however catch a nice King on a spanish rig and lost another when the spoon broke (darn it!)along with a dozen spanish on a picture perfect day. Good to see a few a kings showing up. I have heard of a couple Mahi and a Sail showing up on the Bar also in the past 2 days. When the weather that has me on the hill today is past I imagine that the next trip out will have all the target species available in good numbers. The hard part is trying to decide which one to chase !

While the cobia may have the most publicity I still run some "just" bottom fishing trips. This group was part of a wedding party and I got to take the Groom and his dad. They had a great time catching Snappers and Groupers but the Groom had the (2nd) biggest catch of his life with the critter at the far right of the picture--

Warming up for a wedding!

A little closer look-

I don't think I can remember anybody more excited to catch a nice shark, I filleted it for 'em and they planned to have it served at the rehearsal dinner that weekend!

Yesterday was sunny but sloppy with a SE breeze ahead of this weather system- perfect cobia conditions ! I had an all day trip with a couple regulars and thier buddies and we bottom fished in the AM and then gave the cobia what for in the middle of the day. A great catch !

A Limit of Cobia !- We let 4 more go !

Here's a few more happy anglers with some Brown Backed Crab Crunchers

This fellow said he had been trying to catch a Cobia for 4 years !

Spanish for the younger anglers and Cobia for the Dads !

It's a shame his running Buddy had to get off the boat just when the fish started to show.- This guy got to tussle with 2 of 'em-

A fish fry in the making !

I've got lots of reels that need line, broken guides to fix and all the other repairs that 15 straight days of fishin' entail. It's been a great spring ! Since it started a little late we probably have another 2 weeks of good Cobia season left to look forward too! And plenty of stragglers till June !

capt Larry Pentel


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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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