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Well guys and gals it is time again for my shop and I to havea morale day. I brought up the idea of gathering somewhere either a pier or beach, and putting together a small fishing tourny for us. Most of them thought that it was a grand idea so here is my question. Where should we go??? What should we target???and what bait/technique should we employ so we arn't just sitting on our butts all day? We have a very limited supply in our moral fund so this trip would have to be fairly cheap. I normally fish from a boat so I am not in the know as far as shore fishing. Thank you guys in advance.

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Not many choices, Go to Bob Sikes and make it a tournment type outing, of course provide cold drinks, eats and prizes for the biggest fish, most, and smallest. Winner would get a plaque with name engraved and make it a yearly event. Reds, sheephead, specks and white trout are easy to catch. Most likely cut bait and frozen shrimp will be used so may cut out the sheepshead but you should catch a lot of white trout and a few red fish and maybe even a black drum. Just my thoughts.:letsdrink
 

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There is always the park on 17th at the foot of the 3 mile bridge. They have tables and BBQs and you can fish the mouth of Texar out to the bridge.
 

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I have a few friends and they have been catching all above mentioned. For you situation the white trout sound like what most people will be catching. You can use squid or frozen shrimp for bait and then cut up some of the white trout for cut bait. Reds will most likely be bulls so use a half of a white trout for them.
 

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What is the cost of bob sikes? We need to keep things as inexpensive as possible while maximizing fun time...
 

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Cost one dollar per vehicleif you go to the Pensacola beach side. That is probally where you'll need to go due to parking, the bridge is free and there is plenty of room to set things up. You can fish day or night. Make sure you know the fish limits due to the FWC will check out there often.
 

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free... you just gotta walk out there.

if you want to fish the beach side of the bridge, it will cost you a dollar per vehicle to cross the bridge, then park and fish. should bea great time!
 

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so about 3-4 hours of fishing would i expect 1lb of shrimp and 1lb of squid? How much bait should I use? Which side should I go to? I guess it would be benificial to go to the beach side with as many people as we can pack in to a car (for parking)
 

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I would start with 5#s of each and like I stated after you catch some white trout, cut them up in 3" pieces and use it for bait. 20 people fishing will use a lot of bait.
 

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Sorry I meant 2 lb of bait per person. 1lb of shrimp and 1lb of squid or what ever bait you guys think.
 

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You may want to take a look into fishing the Charlie pier on NASP. Of course you'ld have to request permission from the CO but proably wouldn't be a problem.
 

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I think sykes will be your best bet considering the amount of people. Nice fish can be caught out there, along with some weird ones like sea robyns, ribbon fish, and of course an oyster cracker or two. I think the shrimp and squid would get your started on some smaller fish...wich of course could be used for bull red bait! I would say 3lbs of shrimp and 2 pounds of squid........give or take......you may not go through it all, or it may all be gone before you leave........depends on how they are biting.

Good luck!
 
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