Pretty Days, Empty Beaches, Big Fishes

September 16, 2010 by Larry Pentel

The beach has been just beautiful and there is hardly anyone in town who doesn't live here. I finished up my boat and tackle projects mid-afternoon today and went down and sat on the beach for an hour.

Boy! No wonder everybody comes here on vacation, that was nice!

While I have been rebuilding reels and working on the boat the past couple days I did run offshore four days in a row on some very beautiful weather days.

Way offshore for me is less than 20 miles but still a lot further than I have been fishing all summer. With calm seas and anglers who wanted shots at big fish we made the 45 minute run out and found some great bites every day.


While the Amberjacks are around they never really did "fire up" for us like I am used to 'em doing in the winter when I usually chase 'em.

I checked three different big wrecks and all had legal jacks on 'em. I imagine just about any big steel structure will be holdin'.

I have pictures up for just two days even though we ran out four . We had big bites and some great fish on everyday but our landing ratio wasn't quite as good the other two.

I am always worried when I don't have a big board to show at the end of a trip. Both of my other two trips were ecstatic with what they caught and got to battle though, and one group didn't even take all of what they caught, giving me and my next door neighbor dinner as well. One advantage to big fish-- just a couple will fill the freezer! I felt bad not having a limit of Jacks and the folks told me it was the best fishin' trip they had been on.

I have trips this weekend and then a couple more before Red Snappers re-open and I'm back to runnin' hard. Lots more reels to put new gears and drags in before then!



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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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