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Old 03-28-2017, 03:04 PM   #1
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Dear Fishing Guru,
please share your wisdom...

I will be in Pensacola from April 16 - 20th. My much needed vacation. Because I will be with my one and half year old son, my fishing time will be limited.

I plan to fish at night at the Pensacola beach pier or at the bridge. Or I plan to do some surf fishing at the Ft. Pickens during the day time.

Can you suggest which species I should target around April 20th?

I appreciate any wisdom.
You tell me what to go for, I will figure out how to.
Thanks. Brian from ATL.
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Old 03-28-2017, 04:23 PM   #2
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Around that time fishing should be getting real good. Cobia, king and spanish mackeral should be ready to be caught. Dont forget you need wire leaders
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Old 03-29-2017, 09:47 AM   #3
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Spanish and King Best bets
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Spanish are all over in gulf close in. Seen hundreds feeding yesterday. Small but probably legal getting fatter on small hatchling bait.
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Night fishing is not that great off Pensacola Pier.
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Hey all,
I am traveling to Pensacola that time too, with my 3 small boys, ages 8,5,3.
We used some friends rods last weekend in Bogue Chitto and they LOVED it.
What kind of rods do you suggest I buy them for a variety of fishing? Where are good places for boys that age range to fish in Pensacola?
Thanks so much!
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Since I'm normally only down for week a year we use our regular bass rods. I have the ugly stick one piece rods. Last year my reel started giving me problems so I bought a penn fierce 4000 for it.
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Hey all,
I am traveling to Pensacola that time too, with my 3 small boys, ages 8,5,3.
We used some friends rods last weekend in Bogue Chitto and they LOVED it.
What kind of rods do you suggest I buy them for a variety of fishing? Where are good places for boys that age range to fish in Pensacola?
Thanks so much!
What do you want to do?? Fishing off the dock, pier? ....planning a boating excursion? Budget??
What kinds of rods were they using last weekend? Maybe stick with the "like".
Any of them experienced with spinning reels?? If not- The 3 year old will probably do just as well with a good ol Zebco 202 spincast- unless he's really advanced... LOL, the two of you are likely to spend more time fishing than trying to teach him the intricacies of casting a spinning reel. *Although I'm not sure about trying to fish off a big public pier with a small one. For the other 2, you cold try an "inexpensive" spinning reel combo- if they want to try it.
But in hind-sight, maybe just keeping it simple. If you just want them all to have the same style.... you can just get everyone a Zebco- the smaller one for the munchkin- and 808s for the bigger guys!
I mean- there is a lot out there to choose from.
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