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Old 08-26-2015, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Big Lagoon area

Hi Gents, I've been reading here at the forums for a long time but never joined. I have learned a lot just reading. We are coming to Pcola next week for about a month, will be staying in the Big Lagoon Park area. I have fished there and at Johnson Beach before but not this time of year.
Any advice on what to go after would be appreciated. I have all the gear and stuff, I really prefer using live baits but if that won't work I will try whatever I need to. I see a storm is brewing, if it comes across Florida I suppose that wil be bad for the fishing.
Any advice on putting a meal on the table appreciated!
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Old 09-06-2015, 02:44 PM   #2
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From another post I made, but it's about that area:

I fish down there 3 to 4 times per year. If you're not opposed to wading, the State Park at Perdido (Big Lagoon State Park, I think) has some good trout and redfish water. East end, toward Big Lagoon, Going near the observation tower, heading East, you pass a flat with grass on it... early mornings you can sometimes find trout up there. Lots of kayakers in that area for the same thing. Matrix Shad in white, pearl, or lemondrop can be good on a 1/4 ounce jig head; or a simple Z-man or Money Minnow swimbait on a jig head or Texas rigged on a weighted hook works well also. Swim it along, drop it and hop it in the holes or deeper looking spots in the grass. Further East you come to some docks that face Big Lagoon, there are sometimes redfish holding on those docks. Same baits will work, gold spoons, DoA shrimp maybe. I got a nice flounder off the end of one of those docks earlier this year.

Small live pinfish on a bottom rig can be great as well, a few inches in size. Can catch them with a cast net in the grass beds, or use a sabiki rig with the hooks tipped with tiny pieces of shrimp. If you can find finger mullet, they can work as well. Shrimp will generally get torn to pieces by the pinfish too fast to be useful.

Moving tides are better, look for bait activity. If you see mullet jumping and schools of bait around, you are probably in the right area.

A kayak will open up a lot more options for you.

Good luck!
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