Freezing Temperatures Gather the Fish

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Today, I guided a military group stationed at NAS Pensacola. For several of the
guys, it was their first time leaving the base and visiting what Pensacola has
to offer. After what they do for our country, I was more than happy to show them
a good time on the water. January, is always a tough month to fish, however, once you locate the schools you will be greatly rewarded. Redfish tend to bunch up in schools of thousands this time of year. You can fish all day and not get a bite but once you find the school it is not uncommon to catch 30 or 40 in a matter of an hour. This was the case on our trip today.

Despite the freezing January temperatures, the fishing was good. We started the morning pitching live bait to some rocks in about 15 foot of water. I can usually pull a redfish out of this area pretty quick. One of our rods got slammed on the first cast and we landed a 27in fish. After a quick start, the bite slowed down. The sun was coming up at this point and I decided to move my guys to a shallow bank to sight fish some bullreds. The dredging off of the east shoal had the bank so muddy that we couldnt see the bottom. Frustrated at this point, I put on some heavier tackle and decided to deep drop for reds. The bite was on fire! We had 4 different quad hook ups. We ended up landing 33 total redfish in about two hours time. On the way in we hit some bay wrecks that were loaded with red snapper.

Another great trip with great clients! Great job guys!

Capt Brant

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