Pensacola Fishing Charters -Drag Screaming Monster Redfish

2012-12-03 17:35:28
Pensacola, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Pensacola Bay, Escambia Bay, Blackwater Bay

Saltwater Fishing Academy – Pensacola Florida Fishing Charters


November is over and the turkey is all gone, but the reds are still around for anglers like you to go after.

I took the holiday weekend off to visit my son at college and catch a game, (sadly we lost), but it was great to visit with him. I've been back on the water all week smashing the big reds.

This week and next I'm back in the upper bay areas after stripers, trout, and slot reds and yes, we'll be hooking up the big boys as well.

Fishing has been outstanding this winter; November was truly one of the best Novembers ever, lots of repeats coming back to try out the annual monster redfish run and lots of new anglers booking trips. I've worked hard to make Mega-Bite Inshore Charters a professional name in the fishing industry and now Saltwater Academy is on its way, too.

Even though November has come and gone, don't worry, if you still want to do some of the finest inshore fishing around you've got time. December is another great month for the MONSTER REDS. But if you want some dinner like speckled trout, stripers or slot reds, we'll splash the boat in the upper bays and toss artificials till your arms fall off, (figuratively speaking).

There are regular charters and there is Saltwater Fishing Academy.

What makes Saltwater Fishing Academy stay ahead of the rest is Professionalism!

What is Saltwater Fishing Academy?

Saltwater Fishing Academy is a new specialty fishing experience for local or visiting anglers to the Pensacola gulf coast. It's designed for both the experienced angler who wants to up his game or the novice angler who wants to improve his skills. I will teach you inshore fishing techniques for redfish, trout, pompano, Spanish, jacks, and much more. I will educate you on the correct artificial bait to use in different situations, and instruct the proper cast and retrieve with each type of lure.

I'm so excited about my new endeavor with Saltwater Fishing Academy.

The classroom is open for trips this fall, winter and spring.

What's the main difference between Saltwater Fishing Academy and a regular charter?

1. A regular charter is for families who just want to go out and catch fish and don't worry about learning how we do it. They are on vacation and just want to have a good time catching anything and have fun!

2. Saltwater Academy is more of a teaching style charter for anglers who want to up their fishing skills from freshwater to saltwater. It is for saltwater guys who want to learn more about inshore fishing. I will work with the angler to help improve his fishing skill in all aspects including casting, working baits, and how to properly land the fish. You will learn which lure to use and what areas to target. If you want hands on instruction about rigging baits, then we'll cover it. I've got 30+ years of fishing experience and nearly 10 years of guiding our area. I'll do my best to teach you what I know and help make you a better angler.


Let's see what's in the tackle box.

I use only the best in the business:

Rods: All Star, Fenwick, and Veritas

Reel: Penn – Conquers, Battles – 3000, 4000, 5000 Styles

Line: Spiderwire Stealth – 10- 20- 30 lb

Leader: Stren Tinted Fluorocarbon – 15- 20- 30 –40 –50 –60 lb

Lures: I use many different styles of lures for different aspects of fishing in our areas.

Bull Reds: Spro Jigs –1-1.5 - 2 oz Buck Tails

Slot Reds& Trout:

1. Soft Plastics – Bass Assassin

2. Scented Baits– Berkley Gulp

3. Hard Baits – MirrOlure

Boat: A custom bay 24ft fishing machine, with large front and back casting decks, upper and lower control stations, state of the art Lowrance electronics, Minn Kota wireless trolling motor, Power Pole, and more. I have all the bells and whistles to make your trip the most productive trip possible.


Forecast: With the tides this week, the upper bay areas should stay productive. As for the big reds, well this has been the winter of the MONSTER REDS.

We're getting some more rain on Friday, which is ok; some is needed to help the fishing.

Just because summer is over, doesn't mean the weather isn't perfect for getting out on the water. Just give me a call, and I can go over some tips about when is the best time to come visit our beautiful Gulf Coast and what type of fish we can target during your stay. Check out my links for some more info.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tight Lines.


Fish Species: Redfish, Trout
Bait Used: Spro Jigs 1 -2 oz
Tackle Used: Penn Conquers & Battles 4000 -5000
Method Used:
Water Depth: 5 -25 ft
Water Temperature: 62.5
Wind Direction:
Wind Speed:
Gina with a Monster Redfish!
Gina with a Monster Redfish!

Capt. John with a Monster Redfish
Capt. John with a Monster Redfish

John Rivers

About The Author: Captain John Rivers

Company: Rivers to Bay Fishing Charters

Area Reporting: Tampa Bay, Clearwater, St Peterburg

Bio: I have a lifetime of fishing knowledge and over 8yrs of experience fishing the northern gulf coast and our local water ways. I have enjoyed fishing all my life. While living in the Midwest, I fished Kentucky & Barkley Lake for years along with the Ohio River and many local water ways. My first passion was bass fishing, but when I came to Florida, I found my new love Salt Water Fishing !

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