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Summer 2009 was storm-free and beautiful. Close to shore, the Gulf of Mexico was loaded with king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and ladyfish. Near-shore structure held more big red snappers than we've seen in years, plus there were plenty of mangrove snappers and amberjacks in the mix. The inside flats held more redfish and big trout than usual and provided some great sight-fishing for our fly-fishing clients. Huge schools of big menhaden once again turned up in the Intracoastal Waterway followed by bull redfish, bluefish, and sharks. Here are photos from the first half of the summer season. For photos from previous seasons, check out these additional galleries: Spring 2009, Winter 2009, Fall 2008, Summer 2008, Spring 2008, Winter 2008, Fall 2007, Summer 2007, Spring 2007, Winter 2007, Fall 2006, Summer 2006, Spring 2006, Winter 2006, Spring 2005, Summer 2005, Fall 2005. Click on any of the small images below to see the full size photos. Use the back button on your browser to return to this page.

Aaron Kerkhof "knows jack" after landing the first jack crevalle of the summer season on June 22.

Friends Harrison Sepulveda, Justin Schmidt, and Rita Yelverton needed some r&r on the afternoon of June 24. Here's Harrison with the first grouper of the day.
Arrgh mates! Justin Schmidt with a fine specimen released unharmed.
Rita joined the fun with a nice red snapper...also released.
Mal Mason and a delicious catch on a spectacular June 24 morning....eight miles from shore and glassy conditions.
Aaron Wilbanks and the catch of the day June 29. The inshore grouper bite remained strong all summer.
Anyone need a doormat? Ansley Bryan with a trophy flounder on June 30.
Nathan Kerr, Knoxville, TN, on July 7 with a hard-fighting Spanish mackerel on fly.
Sisters Olivia and Lauren Lynam on July 8 with a yummy mangrove snapper headed for the cooler.
It was nice of Lauren to let her dad Mike Lynam get in the picture with her king mackerel.
Bobby Lyon, Dallas, was fishing a 6wt July 9 when this king mackerel slammed his Clouser minnow. It's the biggest fish we've ever landed on a 6wt.
John Hart and Nathan Ruzumna had a ball with the big Spanish mackerel on July 11. Here's John with a typical catch.
Adam Wiggins and a lovely trout caught on the flats and released July 12.
Earlier in the day Adam was working a topwater "chug bug" through a school of menhaden when this redfish exploded on his plug.
The catch of the summer on fly goes to Atlanta's Josh English with this beautiful bull redfish on July 13. Josh was working a huge popper through a menhaden school when the redfish and jack crevalle arrived. This fish weighed over 25#, and Josh landed it on a Sage Xi2 12wt with a Tibor Gulfstream.

Here's a shot of the menhaden school exploding when the redfish and jacks found them. Double click on the thumbnail to see the larger photo. Look closely and you'll see the baitfish being knocked 3' in the air. It was a moment we'll never forget.

Hey, this fishing's not ALL work! Houston's Brad Cress taking a break July 15 after limiting out on red snappers.
Matt Wegener on July 16 with a hefty Spanish mackerel caught on fly.
This is another shot of Matt with his first redfish on fly. Nice job, Matt!
We were drifting big live baits over structure on July 20 when this fine amberjack hammered Kevin's offering. Capt Baz loses sixteen style points for not writing down Kevin's last name...
The father-son team of Jim and Matt Neal limited out July 25 on big red snappers. Matt put this first hog in the cooler.
Jim Neal followed suit with this beaut.
Anthony Smith and Patrick Story after a double hookup on king mackerel in the 20# range. Uncle Anthony's fish broke off while Patrick battled his to the boat.
A proud Patrick Story with his impressive catch on July 25.


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Gulf 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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