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I'm going to be staying near Santa Rosa beach in late July. I haven't been saltwater fishing in years, and that was mostly tossing a shrimp and bobber off a pier. Is there anything to keep in mind? I've seen mixed reports that Pompano are good that time of year from the surf, but some reports say they're farther out and others say they're gone by July. My setup is mostly med-med/heavy tackle, but I'll be there for a little bit, so if I should upgrade it'll be worth the investment (assuming I can catch something of course :p)
 

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I'm going to be staying near Santa Rosa beach in late July. I haven't been saltwater fishing in years, and that was mostly tossing a shrimp and bobber off a pier. Is there anything to keep in mind? I've seen mixed reports that Pompano are good that time of year from the surf, but some reports say they're farther out and others say they're gone by July. My setup is mostly med-med/heavy tackle, but I'll be there for a little bit, so if I should upgrade it'll be worth the investment (assuming I can catch something of course :p)
Toothy critters in late july. Kings and spanish. Go fish the sound instead and find some trout and redfish.

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Thanks @lettheairou . What do you mean by fish the sound instead?
Instead of the gulf side. Go to the other side of the road. That'll be the sound side. July and august is a tough time to catch much from the beaches or piers. Ft. Pickens is a good area to fish also.

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There is no sound side at santa rosa beach, that's east of Destin. He would have to fish the bay. I would highly suggest stopping in yellowfin ocean sports and chatting with the guys in there to getcha in the right direction.
 

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There is no sound side at santa rosa beach, that's east of Destin. He would have to fish the bay. I would highly suggest stopping in yellowfin ocean sports and chatting with the guys in there to getcha in the right direction.
You are correct. Somehow I missed the location.

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