Winter 2015 arrived
with clear water, plenty of redfish, and very little
fishing pressure. We always catch our largest redfish of the year
during the winter months when the big fish feed along the sandy
beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. We typically pole the shoreline
find schools of redfish and then anchor waiting for them to move
into casting range. It's big-game sight-fishing at its best. High
are usually in the upper-50's with lows in the high-30's, and we
have to work around the cold fronts. Double-click
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Walters family was on the boat January 17, and young Maginnis
landed this fine black drum with a little assistance
from her dad Jay. The drum looks a little "freaked out" but swam
away happily after the ordeal.
The man in the shadows is none other than our
favorite Icelandic surgeon Jonas Magnusson who landed the first
bull redfish on fly for 2015. Jonas coaxed this brute to eat a
tan/white "tube fly" that he'd whipped up the night before.
Jenkins, Woody Creek, CO, was in town January 29 for another
epic day of redfish sight-fishing. Late in the afternoon
we found dozens of huge redfish feeding in shallow water along
of a channel
inside Pensacola Pass. We anchored the skiff in the channel, and
Jenkins cast the tan/white clouser minnow "upstream" of the fish
letting the strong incoming current
the fly into the zone. Redfish after redfish charged
off the sandbar, chased down the fly, and crushed it. We had perfect
conditions with clear water and
the sun and wind at our backs. After an hour and a half the fish
moved on, and the sun got too low for sight-fishing. Jenkins had
landed 7 fish averaging 25# with the largest "bottoming-out" the
30# Bogagrip...all on his 8wt TFO "Mangrove" rod! It was a very
special day that we'll always talk about. This is redfish #2.
Jenkins with redfish #3.
#5. Double click for a nice shot of the release.
Here's a great shot of Bob Jenkins with the
7th redfish of the day weighing over 30 pounds. Man, what a day!
had to work a lot harder to find the fish on February 10 but
finally found a school of slot-sized and larger
reds in 2' of water. Greg Esco made a nice cast, and this fish
ate the tan/white clouser. Greg's first redfish on fly which we
of course released unharmed.
cardiologist Jim Williams with a monster redfish landed February
11 along the shoreline of the Gulf Islands
National Seashore. This fish ate the secret chartreuse/white...
Glenn Perry was back in town on March 16, and
we found schools of fish along the beach east of Pensacola Pass.
Here's Glenn with the first fish of the day which he fought
for a half hour in strong current on his 8wt.
Glenn with a giant...his last fish of the day.
is 16 year old Jack Repke on March 17 with his first redfish.
The west wind was howling, and we anchored
in the lee close to Pensacola Pass hoping a fish or two would come
across the sandbar. The wind was blowing around 20mph limiting
casting to the quadrant downwind and to the left...9 o'clock to
11. A large school of fish appeared well off the bow, and we watched
as they slowly moved toward us. When the fish came
into range Jack made a great cast, and the lead redfish jumped
on his brown/white EP clouser minnow. But the hook fell out as
his line. Of course all the commotion moved the school out of range,
and we again waited for them to settle down and move back into
Jack's zone. Which they did, and he nailed this beauty. That's
Jack's mom Karla in the background holding on to her camera
and her hat. Great job, Jack!
Dennis Farkas closes out the winter gallery
with a couple beautiful bull redfish landed March 18 on ultra-light
spinning tackle. This first fish weighed around 25pounds and ate
a SPRO bucktail jig.
moved farther to east where Dennis landed this fish in gin-clear
water. Beautiful, healthy redfish to finish off the winter gallery.
a great day on the water with Gulf Breeze Guide Service!
Breeze Guide Service
P.O. Box 251
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32562-0251 (USA)
Tel: 850.934.3292 or 850.261.9035 (cell)
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