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Old 12-03-2009, 11:42 PM   #1
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I was going to try fishing at NAS Pensacola at the old carrier pier. I heard people go there and do ok. Can anyone give me any detail. Is it good? What is the best bait? What is being caught there? I thought if the weather wasn't to bad I would go check it out. But I don't want to waste my time. Also what is the best tackle to use?
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:49 PM   #2
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It is an excellent pier to fish on, unfortunately it will be closed until February because a Coast Guard Ship has pulled in. I will however give you some advice for when it does open back up. I like to target the big gamefish on the pier such as Grouper, red snapper, and bull reds. For all three of these fish I like to use a big chunk of ladyfish on a medium sized circle hook with a 100lb test mono leader and what usually winds up being about a 3-4 ounce egg sinker. Go to the end of the gray pier and drop a rig like this and you will instantly be on big grouper and red snapper. Redfish are caught constantly by throwing the same baits off of the end of the pier and occasionaly nice reds are caught right up against the pier.As for flounder, bouncing a gulp or dragging a bull minnow along the bottom is usually productive around the pumphouse. If you wann fish on the pier when it opens up again, send me a message and i can meet you out there and teach you everything you need to know about fishing that pier. If you are targeting the grouper and snapper on the end of the pier you will need some beefy tackle that you usually wouldnt use when pier fishing.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:38 PM   #3
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ive landed about 2 reds out there, countless flouder, and the biggest pinfish ull ever see in this city... im talkin about 8in long. unbelieveable.. ive heard of people catchin sheephead out there and some black snappers and drums.. havent seen em for myself tho. when are they supposed to shut it down?
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Old 01-15-2010, 11:37 AM   #4
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It is going to be closed down until the Coast guard ships that are there leave
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:32 PM   #5
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where is this??? i fish NAS alot and i have never been here....i'd love to try it out
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:02 AM   #6
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...... Its the second pier to the right of the portside seawall, where the giant coast guard ship is parked right now.
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:28 PM   #7
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Cornflake hit it right on the nose. Messing around with those grouper over there, you better come with some man gear or you'll be replacing tackle on a regular basis or worse buying a new pole. Those grouper hit like frieght trains. We had a cooler with 30lbs of ice anchored down with one of those thick chains on the pier with a pole sitting in it. That particular grouper hit so hard, it snatched the cooler in the air andlookedlike it was gonna break away from the chain.
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:28 PM   #8
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me and robert (cornflake) have hooked some huge fish out there, and landed a couple.. once the ship leaves i will be more than glad to show a couple PFFrs how its done out there
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:12 AM   #9
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Count me in as one of those PFFs. I'm itching to go fishing bad! But I won't be back in the states for another couple weeks. But when I do get back, I'll bring the beer!
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Old 02-05-2010, 07:17 AM   #10
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My profile pic is one of the many, many reds I've caught on that pier.
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