February 6th 2018 WEEKLY FISHING FORECAST
Looks like we are going to see more than one front come through this week raising the miserable rainy winter meter up a few notches as well as throwing a few curve balls here and there when it comes to getting out and catching a few for the table. It’s times like this that I have had some of my best days on the water as well as my worse. Most would say that’s about how it always is for them, but with these fast moving fronts the bite is going to be going on and off like a strobe light.
Inshore fishermen will probably be effected the most as the reds and trout get lock jaw one day and then the next day or even that afternoon or morning the bite is on fire. For those looking for a more consistent bite stick with targeting inshore species around deep structure like the jetties in the Pensacola and Destin passes or deeper bridges like Garcon Point Bridge. Sheepshead, redfish, bluefish and black drum should be around the passes with specks and white trout added to the species being caught around the bridges and deeper docks in the sound and back bays. Trolling for bull reds should also been productive with plenty of fish being caught near the Pensacola Pass as well as 3-Mile and Garcon Point Bridges. For those days when we have a front going through Blackwater and Escambia river delta has been producing a grab bag of trout, reds, striper, and largemouth bass. It still amazes me that I can catch all four species in the same stretch of river. Bottom line for those fishing inshore this week is to be adaptable and persistent, and you will do well.
Surf and pier fishermen will also be effected, but not near as much. Bluefish, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, whiting and pompano will be the main targeted species. There are a lot of schools of menhaden on the beach right now that are attracting reds and bluefish making for some great top water action. Whiting and sheepshead have been the main targets from the pier with ghost shrimp being the most successful bait right now, but live shrimp and fiddler carbs are working just fine as long as you can find them in the stores.
These fronts will also be effecting folks heading offshore as the winds will make it treacherous at the very least and potentially deadly at their worse if you’re not paying attention and get caught off guard. If you do make it out, the nearshore reefs and wrecks will be holding plenty of flounder. There is plenty of small cigar and sardine minnows on many of the near shore wrecks that the flounder will be feed on. Be sure to keep a pitch rod ready with your favorite blackfin tuna lure as they will feeding on the same bait as the flounder and will pop up when you least expect it. Most of the folks putting in the effort to head further offshore are either heading to the oil rigs off of Alabama in search of yellowfin and blackfin tuna, deep dropping for deep water grouper and tile fish or targeting swordfish. If you see a window go for it because this time of year the fishery out there can be extremely productive. Be sure though to keep an eye on the weather because conditions will be changing rapidly as these fronts blast through our neck of the ocean this week.
Until next time layer up and tight lines!
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