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Old 07-17-2019, 07:57 AM   #1
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Morning all, will be in Perdido area next week with small 17ft boat. Have fished inshore Orange Beach and Big Lagoon areas several times in the past with little success. Is the water too warm or too late in the season to fish Big Lagoon for Trout or reds? Should I be looking more toward Pensacola Bay near Ft Pickens? Will be in small Bass boat so don't want to get into too big waters. Also, will have a hard time keeping fresh shrimp alive if I can find them. Any help appreciated, thanks
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The fish are there, but if you want to catch them up on the grass flats and up shallow this time of year generally you will want to be fishing early... like be making your first cast at Nautical Dawn, very first light. If you're fishing on the weekend that's a tough one due to boat traffic but once the sun is up start trying to move back to where the depth drops a bit, out towards the 5-6 foot drop-off zone. Look for submerged points on your charts or sonar, and fish around bait or mullet if you have the option. The docks in Big Lagoon starting just east of the State Park have a bit more water than some of the others, that's another good option to try.

Sherman Cove area is another good option if you're there very early before the boat traffic starts, either side of the channel there sometimes has reds or specks.

The jetty in the Pass is always a good option but unfortunately everyone with a boat knows that too, so again, early bird and all that....

If you can catch some smaller live pinfish, or get some bull/mud minnows, try those too... shrimp is fine but the pinfish this time of year will give very little quarter to throwing live shrimp.

If it's a weekday and you can handle the traffic, the area from the Pass to just east of Fort Pickens can hold some Spanish sometimes, watch for birds and bait.

It's a tougher time of year inshore in my opinion, but you can find fish if you are patient and have the time. Good luck!
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Sam, thank you very much for the information. Well said and much appreciated. I will definitely try your suggestions. I'm not getting my hopes up especially for this time of year. Probably be in the shade with a surf rod and cold beverage mostly.

When you say the jetty and the pass, do you mean leaving Big Lagoon to the East, or the Perdido Pass jetty?

Can you buy live Bull/mud minnows? Where's the best place around Perdido?

Thanks again.
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Sam, thank you very much for the information. Well said and much appreciated. I will definitely try your suggestions. I'm not getting my hopes up especially for this time of year. Probably be in the shade with a surf rod and cold beverage mostly.

When you say the jetty and the pass, do you mean leaving Big Lagoon to the East, or the Perdido Pass jetty?

Can you buy live Bull/mud minnows? Where's the best place around Perdido?

Thanks again.
Sorry, when I say the Pass I mean Pensacola Pass (to the east past Big Lagoon). The jetty with the pipe-like structure sticking out of the water at the end is a popular spot. I don't fish towards Alabama much anymore. We lived out toward Perdido for the first 6 months after we moved here, but we are in Milton now.

Gray's Tackle in the Winn Dixie shopping plaza between Sorento and Gulf Beach Highway carried live bait when I lived out there, but I don't remember if he carries bull minnows.

I do also recall that in the early mornings if the tide was moving I would catch trout using paddle tail swimbaits on weedless hooks among the grass flats from the ramp at Galvez (Hub Stacey's Restaurant) between and just outside the docks to the west.
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