Went fishing at daybreak at bear creek marina on eglin afb this morning..fishing was the best i ve had inshore all year. Caught and released over 30 redfish in the 13-17in range and caught 2 in the slot (kept 1) all in just over 2 hours. They ate everything i threw to them...dead shrimp, live shrimp and a 1/4 once white bucktail jig. I also caught a little black snapper and a black drum and saw a huge (10lbs+) sheephead, but was busy fighting a red and never got a chance to get a bait to him. No flounder today, but the baits never had a chance to find one really saw a few nice trout breaking also but didnt get a bite from them..again i think the reds were eating the baits before anyone else had a chance. Most of the time i couldnt even fish 2 rods at once since by the time i baited one the other had a fish on. Still alot of pinfish around, but only lost 2 shrimp to pinfish, and caught one of those as well, big old bastard musta weighed a lb, lb and half. I would think its safe to say reds are in their winter mode, meaning they are at the mouths of fresh water outflows/creek or rivermouths. larger red of the day was about 21in and i caught him on 'accident'. i had reeled in one of the lines so that i could check the bait and saw it was still there but torn in half. i left it where it was to let the pinfish clean my hook for me and started baiting te other hook when i saw the pinfish dart away and my line started screaming All in all a great 2 hr day of fishing
Went back again this morning 19nov and had another good day- 12 reds released and 2 more smallish black drums also released. ALOT more pinfish there today, mostly in the 6-8 in range so if anyone needs some good aj/grouper baits come and get them..please Used up another white bucktail jig, gonna have to start using plastics since they are cheaper/easier to change out. largest fish today was a nice 24incher that finished off the ole bucktail, released him for another day. Still no flounder, this spot was producing lots of smallish flounder before but i guess they have moved on.