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Splash! Magazine – 2014

From the July edition of Splash! Magazine, click here to go directly to the article. The link will open a new window so you can continue here when you’re done.

The waters along our coast are beginning to look like the Gulf Coast is supposed to, rather than the Mississippi River. The 26 inches of rain fall last month really fowled up the fishing near shore.

Things are on fire now. The speckle trout are biting well inland around the bridge fenders and around a lot of the larger docks. There have been a lot of fish in the five to seven pound range caught using live bait. The grass flats are producing nice fish as well.

Off shore the water has really cleared up. The dolphin and wahoo fishing is also heating up. There are a lot of large weed patches with a lot of bait showing up in the 25 to 35-mile range. Captain Chaz Heller recently caught a nice sailfish inshore while fishing for red snapper last week.

The federal red snapper season was a whopping nine days long and was very good. There were a lot of fish hitting the docks in the 12 to 18-pound range. For those who are not federally permitted, they can still harvest red snapper in state waters through Monday, July 14.

The offshore bottom bite is on fire as well. The larger vermilion snapper are showing up in large numbers and the daily bag limit is 10 per person. Most everyone is limiting out on there catch daily.

Live baiting the bottom in 200 to 300 feet of water has been the ticket. The scamp, red grouper and yellow edge groupers have been showing up in large numbers.

Fishing is great, and you need to get out and wet a hook. If you need help booking a fishing trip, check us out on the web at, and as we always say aboard the Entertainer, “may the good fishing be yours!”

From the May edition of Splash! Capt’n Jerry’s fishing report for May, 2014, Click here for a direct link to the article, or simply continue below… Splash! has a lot of content that certainly warrants a bookmark and a monthly read, check for deals around the Pensacola area too !

Without further ado…

~I think we have all waited long enough for this weather pattern to change. Finally some 80-degree temperatures and sunny days have arrived here along our Gulf Coast. This means there is a lot of great fishing in the months to come.

May is usually a great month overall for all species of fish here along the northern gulf. There will be large schools of baitfish such as cigar minnows, threadfin herring and menhaden traveling down the beaches and migrating into the local bays and bayous.

This large movement of bait will in turn bring us larger fish that depend on these bait fish for survival. These may include the pelagic species such as King and Spanish Mackerel, Tuna, Mahi-Mahi and Wahoo. There are a lot of reef fish that will move around according to the bait source as well. These may include the greater amberjack, grouper and snapper.

So far this season, the Cobia fishing has not been up to par due to the colder water temperatures. Generally the run is over by the end of April, but I think we may see them trickling through well up into the month of May.

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Bruce Smith and family from Michigan on a recent overnight trip aboard the Entertainer<br /><br /><br /><br />
Photo | Capt Jerry Bruce Smith and family from Michigan on a recent overnight trip aboard the Entertainer. Photo|Captain Jerry Andrews

Off shore on the bottom, the fishing has really changed during the past week. Most of the larger wrecks have had a large movement of vermilion snapper and gray Triggerfish. These fish can be found on wrecks from near state waters to well offshore.

The greater amberjack , or as locals call them, reef donkeys, are beginning to show up well offshore on the deeper structures between 150 feet and 250 feet of water. They typically love live bait of any kind, but can often be caught using a spinning outfit with a 6 to 8 ounce jig.

Back in the bay, the Sheepshead are moving from the pass back up into the bay around the local bridges and rock piles. They are still eating live shrimp and fiddler crabs.

There are also quite of few slot Redfish and speckle trout being caught on the grass flats as well.

Stop on by the Pensacola Beach Marina and check out some of the daily catches. Maybe you want to get out and wet a hook, but really do not know much about it. We can fix that. Just check us out on the web at; and as we always say aboard the Entertainer, “may the good fishing be yours!”

Thank you, and check back soon for the next fishing report!


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