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Old 09-25-2016, 05:55 PM   #1
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I'm coming down to Pensacola Beach in a few weeks for fall break and was curious about some night time surf fishing. Does anyone do it and if so, what type of bait would be best?
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You will catch mainly catfish or bluefish unless your shark fishing.
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Old 09-26-2016, 07:54 AM   #3
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I assume I could use almost anything for bait (shrimp, squid, etc)?
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:03 AM   #4
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Yes. Try to use fresh shrimp or fresh mullet. Go to a fish market. Bait stores are usually nasty. Artificiall I would try new penny gulp shrimp on 1/4oz head.
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Sounds good. I've heard mixed reports on both of those species about if they are good to eat or not. Some say yes, some say no. Thoughts from anyone?
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Never eaten the hardhead cats. I will say sailcat is very good and I have had bluefish before fried up and it was good too. If you want a meal out of it, give it a shot. Everyone is different and what they think of certain fish.
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I tried to eat a hardhead cat and it was not the best. It had an odd smell right when it hit the frying pan.

Does anyone ever catch Reds from the surf at night?
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Probably best bet in the surf right now is to watch the sun come up and throw a spoon in ankle to knee deep water. You'll have a blast with just about nonstop lady and blue fish. A bonus is the blues are good for a fish fry.
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Old 10-02-2016, 05:56 PM   #9
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If I'm throwing a spoon in the morning, would I need a steel leader? I live in TN and do a lot of bass and catfishing and have rod/reels for both. Which would be better for early am surf fishing? How about rod/reel for pompano fishing? Thanks for everyone's advice on here
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Bait caster w light line going to a light steel leader (I like uncoated tieable 7strand afw) will be fine for casting in the surf. Throw it out and crank it in fast.
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