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Old 07-21-2011, 06:48 PM   #1
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I've learned a ton ghosting on this site the past few weeks. My family and I are heading down to FWB from Arkansas this weekend. I'm hoping to do some fishing from the shore/piers/gulf side/sound side. Fishing for Reds and Trout seems like what would probably work good for me and my son. I've been bass and crappie fishing since I was kid. Sounds similar from all I have read. My problem is I have no idea where there is public access to the Santa Rosa sound or the surf side for that matter. Would someone point me in the general direction. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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I've learned a ton ghosting on this site the past few weeks. My family and I are heading down to FWB from Arkansas this weekend. I'm hoping to do some fishing from the shore/piers/gulf side/sound side. Fishing for Reds and Trout seems like what would probably work good for me and my son. I've been bass and crappie fishing since I was kid. Sounds similar from all I have read. My problem is I have no idea where there is public access to the Santa Rosa sound or the surf side for that matter. Would someone point me in the general direction. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Bradley Easter
Springdale, AR
It's a good bit different from bass and crappie fishing because you have to deal with bait, tides, and some other issues. The public access on the beach side is pretty obvious if you drive west. Sound/bay side, your best bet is Ft. Pickens which is at the the end part of the beach road as you drive west. There is a huge fishing pier on the north side of 3 mile bridge (Pensacola). There's also a pier/boardwalk on the beach; not sure if they allow fishing, someone else here can probably tell you more about it. Have fun.

I would suggest hitting up one of the tackle shops like Gulf Breeze Bait and Tackle or Hot Spots, since you will be out in the beach area.



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Old 07-21-2011, 07:00 PM   #3
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You can fish any public beach access unless it is marked no fishing, like the state park at navarre beach. Sound side you can try Liza Jackson park or the one over by Sammy's on Okaloosa Island, I'm not sure of the name. Also, I always see people fishing from the navarre bridge in the sound.
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:09 AM   #4
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pretty much anywhere in the gulf thats not a public swimming spot is good for fishing. sound side ive went behind red lobster in shalimar to the right of the boat ramp. its iffy there though. some homeboy always takes his souped up jetski out there and likes to run right over my bait
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I saw a flounder skipping across the water like a flat stone once in Mexico Beach but I think the 8' Hammer Head right on his tail mightofhave had something to do with
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Try the Navarre pier- http://www.fishnavarre.com/Navarre_Pier_Today.php
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If your staying in fwb try the pier there. As soon as you come over the first bridge take a right at the gas station and go down that road take a right about a quarter of the way down and just ride the roads looking for a vacant lot.
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The Okaloosa Island pier is the closest to you, as already mentioned. Pier fishing is a bit of art, what with competing with other anglers for spotted fish, needing a pier gaff or net to land larger fish, etc. The east end of the island, right before the Destin bridge, has good fishing on both the north (shallower water with grass) and south (deeper water with grass and rocks ) sides. You can park on either side of the road on the west end of the bridge. Do you have a spinning or bait casting rig in the 10-15 lb range? Use that around the bridge. Fish with live shrimp suspended from a popping cork in shallow (3-6 ft) water or on a Carolina rig with a weight suitable for the current in deeper water. Artificials (spoons, Gotcha plugs, jigs with grubs etc.) are good to cast blindly or at spotted fish or bait schools. Try to fish a falling tide.

Reply or PM if you need to know more about rigging, lures, etc.

Read this post also, lots of fun to be had along the beaches right now: https://www.pensacolafishingforum.com...e-crazy-92336/
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