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Pensacola Fishing Charters December Report

Inshore – Pensacola Fishing Charters
Pensacola Bay continues to be a good place to look for bull redfish, but there have been very few caught on top this week. Luckily, fishing around the Pensacola Bay Bridge and Pensacola Pass have both been productive.
White trout have been plentiful with many anglers fishing for them on the east side of the Pensacola Bay Bridge and around the Garcon Point Bridge. Be cautious when near the construction crews working on the new bay bridge.
The upper bays like the mouth of Escambia River and Blackwater River have been steady for both speckled trout and redfish. Fish the deeper areas right in the mouth of the rivers with your favorite artificial lure.

Offshore – Offshore Trolling Charters
With red snapper, triggerfish and amberjack all closed many anglers are targeting vermillion snapper or what most locals refer to as a mingo snapper. Fish the large public artificial reefs from 80 to 120 feet of water. Use a two-drop bottom rig with a bank sinker and bring some cut squid or Boston mackerel for bait.

Piers & Beaches – Pensacola Fishing Charter
Several people have had good luck catching pompano along Pensacola and Navarre Beach in the last week. Two-drop surf rigs work the best with a piece of fresh shrimp or a live sand flea.
The redfish bite at Bob Sikes Bridge after dark has been pretty good lately.  Fishing on the bottom with cut mullet or menhaden has had the best results. Most of the fish are over the slot but there have been few keepers mixed in.
The white trout bite is in full swing fishing off of the Pensacola Bay fishing bridge. Fish near the bottom with small strips of cut bait, shrimp or a soft plastic lure. The bite should continue through the winter.

Freshwater – Fishing Pensacola
Striped bass are being caught in a number of areas along Blackwater River, just fish the bayous and basins on the colder days. Use a live silver mullet or your favorite hard plastic lure in the four to five inch range.