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Old 05-05-2014, 10:23 PM   #1
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I have a 10 y/o son who said "Dang, I play too many video games! I need to go fishing or something?". So naturally I'm all over his self actualization. I'm a salt water newb, although I've had some great success with Reds and Trout recently. I know we call it fishing, not catching, but does anyone have a sure fire or high success rate area where I could bring him? I really don't think the fish size or species would matter, I'm thinking quantity over quality here...lol. We live in Navarre btw.

I've been wading the Eglin Flats or the sound in Navarre. I really don't think he would like that to start with, so I'm stuck. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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Navarre pier about 2 hours before sunset, let him use a bubble rig or gotcha lure. Spanish and hard tails will keep him busy....
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Saltwater let him catch all the cats he can in the surf or what ever else will eat a shrimp close to the beach the other night I couldn't keep the little punks off my line

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My boys always liked swimming and fishing at the same time. Both love fort Pickens always catch hardtails or pin fish with the possibility of ???
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I agree with the pier before sunset. Spanish have been tearin' it up. Another thing to do is to take a charter. That's how my dad got me hooked into fishing. I gave up video games 2 years ago and now that's all I do when I have free time is fish the pier or the bay
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It would be about a hour and a half but Steve's catfish farm in walnut hill Florida!!!!! I take my kids for fishing camp with the City of Pensacola. 100% catch rate with most kids catching double digits in fish in less then 2 hours of fishing.
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Navarre pier about 2 hours before sunset, let him use a bubble rig or gotcha lure. Spanish and hard tails will keep him busy....
I'm just really not a pier guy. For the sake of gettin him out I will look into it for sure! Will I need a pier net for that?
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It would be about a hour and a half but Steve's catfish farm in walnut hill Florida!!!!! I take my kids for fishing camp with the City of Pensacola. 100% catch rate with most kids catching double digits in fish in less then 2 hours of fishing.
Agree with this. Take my kids there every year. They are awesome up there.

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Saltwater let him catch all the cats he can in the surf or what ever else will eat a shrimp close to the beach the other night I couldn't keep the little punks off my line
So if I'm out there surf fishing, just have him fish close to shore with a small rod? Are those cats any good to eat?
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So if I'm out there surf fishing, just have him fish close to shore with a small rod? Are those cats any good to eat?
No! I'd steer clear of saltwater catfish. I used to work on a shrimp boat- hated the dang things! If you are new to saltwater fishing, they can end up being a painful encounter without some experience in handling them. Gotta stay away from the barbs!! And the only good saltwater catfish to eat is a gafftop aka sailcat.
Look for bait and diving birds on the surf- Spanish, Bluefish, Ladyfish, etc are an easy hookup with lures (bubble rigs, spoons, etc). Or look for a break in the sandbar and fish with cut bait or shrimp for reds, bluefish, pompano, drum, southern kingfish (aka ground mullet), etc. I usually target these fish in early AM or late in the afternoon. Wish you were closer to OB, I'd get you two on the boat and get him "hooked" for sure. Anything to get a kid away from video games or worse.
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