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Old 03-22-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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I have been lurking and learning on this forum for over a year now and decided it was time to join in the fun. I will try to contribute useful info if I have any, but my reason for registering and posting today is purely selfish, just to be right up front. This is my second spring in the area and I have been primarily fishing for sheepies and reds in Pensacola pass and the surrounding area. Last year my time here was a bit limited and I had just got my boat, so we didn't get time to go after much other than sheeps and bull reds. I keep my boat at Lost Key Marina, so Big Lagoon and the pass are convenient to fish for me. This year the wind and weather has been tough on pass fishing and I would like to try to figure out the specks and reds in the lagoon. Will the specks be near the grass flats in Big Lagoon yet and if so, how is the best way to target them? I am an old walleye fisherman, so soft plastics are my preferred method to fish. I will be here for about three more weeks and would like to figure out something to catch in this area other ways besides live bait in the pass.
Any help is appreciated, I hope that I can contribute back to this forum in the future. A lot of you guys have helped me a lot already without even knowing it. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:45 PM   #2
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great first post, welcome to the forum

i lurked for a long time before registering, im more a reader and less a talker lol
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:55 PM   #3
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Mizzou:

Great first post - This is my 4th. I am trying to figure out the same thing. I have fished the grassy areas of the lagoon area. Not much luck. I have tried plastics, lures, divers, etc. I have been using a carolina rig set ay 1' and some to 1.5' with 2.5-5" pin fish - Not much luck. After talking to some salty dogs, they said the bay waters are too cold right now. They stated 72-75 degrees, and things will start migrating inshore more.

Everyone keeps telling me fish with shrimp. OK!

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Old 03-22-2012, 07:02 PM   #4
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Never fished BL but I was catching specs last weekend in the sound at Navarre on free lined live shrimp, also you can try them under a cork and you should do well.
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:43 AM   #5
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Thanks for the quick replies guys. The water temp in the lagoon was around 74 degrees so maybe they are about ready to move in there. I did talk to a guy that said he caught one speck from his dock under the light on Tuesday and he was somewhere around Perdido in the intercoastal. I'm going to give this slow moving weather one more day to get through here and then hit it pretty hard all next week. I will post any positive results. I think the best sheepshead fishing in the pas is still to come as we have had a hard time pinpointing them. You can catch them when you find them, but last year we were loading the boat every day and you could catch them over a much broader drift than we have so far.
Thanks again to all, and good luck!
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Mizzou, sounds like we are having the same luck. This is my first year fishing here, and it's been slow. I am considering taking a boat to the bridges with shrimp and see if things change. Issue is I am renting boats from the NAS marina until I can find a boat, and they have a LOT of restrictions on area limits. Lots of boats for sale, but they don't really take care of them and have VERY inflated opinions of boat worth.

I have tried Carolina and Pilchard rigs. I have now switched to a Drop rig due to the salty old dogs. I'll tell you how things go this Sunday. They are telling me that these are better for anchor, drift, pass, and deep sea fishing. I remember when these were hitting the bass fishing arena in fresh water. There were lots of doubts, but it is effective.

PM me if you find some luck.

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Old 03-23-2012, 01:36 PM   #7
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Mizzou,
This will be my 4th spring/summer fishing in Pensacola. I live in Baton Rouge but have a place in Pensacola Beach. The best advise I can give is to get with on or two of the local guides. Talk to them and see if the type of fishing they do is what interests you the most. Then schedule a couple of trips per year during the times of the year that you want to fish the most.
I did that after my first year and hooked up with Capt. Wes Rozier because he specializes in light tackle and top water fishing in the sound and bays. I have learned a LOT about fishing in the area and different times of the year, because it is a little different than fishing at home. I highly recommend Capt. Wes if that is the type of fishing you like to do. We even had a good redfish/ sheephead trip a couple of weeks ago and in horrible weather. Good Luck !
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Throw a top water early then move to a mirrodine later in the day. Most of the trout ate gonna be found in deeper flats next to drop offs. The bigger sow trout tend to cruise a little shallower looking for bait fish ie mullet. If you see good numbers of mullet jumping start throwing a bait in them you chances of catching a good red or trout will increase. As for soft plastics you can throw a doa, gulp, saltwater assassin or what ever you have confidence in. Color wise I like electric chicken in a doa shad tail or white w/ chartreuse tail. Good luck to you and welcome to the forum!
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Thanks Flatspro. One more question....when you fish top water, do you fish directly above the weedbeds in the shallower water or around the edge of the beds in the transition areas? Im sure that depends on where the bait is to a degree, but I have seen guys drift shrimp right over the weeds over in Texas and catch specks and reds both that way. A good buddy of mine fishes around the Rockport Texas area a lot and throws smoke grubs almost exclusively and he says they are usually right up near or in the weeds or between the weeds and the bank in some cases. I imagine that will be the case here when the water temps allow it. I Think I can figure it out as long as there are fish there.
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I throw a top water everywhere shallow deep transition areas. They work everywhere the only kicker is that they like a small at times.
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