Fishing The Dog Days of Summer on the Emerald Coast

Fishing for Spanish Mackerel in Pensacola FLWe’re going into the late summer fishing pattern. The dog days of the summer; high humidity and rain forecasts every afternoon.

Get an early start and enjoy the sunrise. Fish till 10 or 11 o’clock then head for the hill. For you anglers wanting to catch a Speckled Trout, start before daylight around the docks that have lights and cast a big dog walking plug. Any of the bigger specks that are still up will be looking for a big bait to satisfy their need for food till the night fall comes again.

For slot-sized Red Fish, focus on the docks that have 4 plus feet of water and lots of shade. These fish will be seeking a place that is a little cooler and have a food source available. Cast net some small pin fish or better yet small 3 inch LY’s; Carolina rig them with an 1/8 ounce weight and work them around the edges of the docks and as far under the dock as you can cast. The Bull Red Fish are gonna be showing up this month also. I search for them on the beaches east and west of the passes as they start their migration in from the deeper water for their annual spawning run.

Chicken Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) will be on the move this time of the year too. Look at anything floating in the gulf and watch for schools of bait getting busted up on the sand bars along the beach. I’ll be casting a ¾ ounce sidewinder spoon rigged with a 40 lb. test fluorocarbon leader.

Now for your Septembers Best Bet – High action and lots of fun has to go to the full grown Spanish mackerel. I target the big ones on light tackle, casting the ‘ol trusty sidewinder rigged with a 12 inch piece of 40 lb. test wire. Wind it as fast as you can for this is a reaction strike, if he gets a good look at it he’ll figure out it’s a hunk of metal instead of a fleeing bait fish. Be sure and work the tide movement; for if the water is not moving the fish will be feeding. My fly casters love these fish as they are readily available and will smoke the drag on an 8 weight fly reel.

September reopens the bonus Red Snapper season on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October. I have a few days left open. If you haven’t already booked with me you probably won’t be able to get a day. As always, I’ll help ya find a guide that will work hard for you, so if you’re interested, give me a call.

Here’s a GIANT shout out to my mother for putting up with all the nonsense created by my father and siblings for years! Cooking nonstop the game and fish we brought home every weekend. Cleaning the bird shot from the Quail, Doves and Turkeys so we didn’t chip a tooth. We watched as she came up with multiple recipes for a tasty venison meal for us to enjoy back when there were no wild game cook books. We helped as she packed the camper with all the essentials to have a fun filled weekend at the lake. Not to mention all the endless hours carting us back and forth to the ball fields. Just a tip of the iceberg for all you did for us Mom – Thank You, I love you dearly for all you did and still do!

Thank you for reading my fishing forecast be safe out there!

Capt. Eddie

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