Public reef off Destin 7/26/19 - Pensacola Fishing Forum

Go Back   Pensacola Fishing Forum > Offshore Fishing > Offshore Reports

Like Tree9Likes
  • 7 Post By Vinsott
  • 1 Post By canygaar
  • 1 Post By iJabo
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-26-2019, 10:24 PM   #1
Junior Member
Cigar Minnow
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 22
Default

Went with a friend to a public spot off of Destin. We are not familiar with much in the Gulf up here but learning with each adventure. We wanted to see if we could try to get some mingos, vermillion, Beelners( all the same I think) and some mangrove, black, gray, mango snappers. We brought squid, frozen cigar minnows and L Y’s all caught by me at the Navarre Pier. We also caught cigars, hard tails sardines and pin fish on sabikis before heading out.
Trolled out to the spot with rapala x-raps with no luck. Found the spot and used the I-pilot to anchor. Sounder was marking good fish and quickly caught a 14” mangrove on a pin fish. Looks like a plan was going to come together. Next fish felt much better and wham. Goliath grouper on and “pop”! Horse up another mangrove around 16”. I-pilot shuts off and we drift away quick. Never get it to stay on long enough to fish so we decided to anchor. While anchoring a dive boat pulls right up to us and the young captain asked if we were leaving or staying. We told him we were anchoring and he said “ no problem, and good luck.” And moved on. I was shocked and impressed with his etiquette. I think it said Emerald Coast Diving or something close to that.
I don’t want to start on the fishing etiquette thing but I don’t fish spots if someone is already on it unless it’s huge, but that’s just me. Anyway we proceeded to catch a bunch of red snapper 18-27”, 2 small gag grouper, triggers, some giant pin fish and 1 small vermillion. Went home with 3 fish but had an awesome fun day. And the Goliath grouper got 2 more fish also!
Are the vermillion in fairly deep water? We were only in about 70’.
And I was reminded how much that I-pilot makes life easy. My arm is still cramping from pulling anchor.
Attached Thumbnails
Public reef off Destin 7/26/19-bb46398d-ef28-4d4d-bd69-b2e433fab92a_1564281482569-jpg  
kanaka, Bodupp, chuck62 and 4 others like this.

Last edited by Vinsott; 07-27-2019 at 11:38 PM. Reason: Add picture
Vinsott is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 

Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-27-2019, 10:10 AM   #2
Senior Member
Mingo
 
canygaar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 106
Default

Sounds like a great day! I’m happy you had a good experience with local dive boat.

Vermilion snapper can be found in all depths. I seem to have more luck with them in 100+ ft of water on natural bottom. Live bait works best.
LY-zer likes this.
canygaar is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-27-2019, 10:22 AM   #3
Jaded Old Phart
Blue Marlin
 
kanaka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: C-view
Posts: 5,350
Default

I fish in 70-90 depths and have caught mingos. The deeper waters have more/bigger than shallow. Using squid on a double hook dropper rig using the smallest hooks possible.

Hope the i-Pilot issue is minor, it makes fishing a spot sooooo much easier.
__________________
I can explain it to you but I canít understand it for you.
kanaka is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-28-2019, 08:39 AM   #4
*^* JaiBo *^*
Grand Slam
 
Jason's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: (North Baker,FL) KRISPY KREME pro staff!
Posts: 27,452
Default

Nice.....and yeah that Ipilot is a must have!!!
__________________
Boatless Again, How long? Who knows...






Philippians 1:21

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.


Jason is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-17-2019, 11:26 AM   #5
Pro-Line 200 Sportsman
Cigar Minnow
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Panhandle
Posts: 7
Default

If you don't have an IPilot then an anchor ball is the way to go. No more pulling the anchor and 20' of chain off the bottom for me.
RestoPrime is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-17-2019, 01:36 PM   #6
Senior Member
Snapper
 
iJabo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Pensacola, FL
Posts: 590
Default

Like everyone says. You can catch mingo at most depths, but 100+ feet on natural bottom seems to be the ticket.
Boat-Dude likes this.
__________________
"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." Galatians 6:14

YouTube Channel Link
iJabo is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Pensacola Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
How Did You Find Us?
Tell us how you heard about Pensacola Fishing Forum.

Log-in



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.