Perdido Key to Cape San Blas
Includes Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Panama City and Port St. Joe

January 22 – 24

This week we have had near perfect fishing conditions with sunny skies, light winds, and high temperatures in the 60’s. The weekend temperatures are going to remain favorable for those Florida anglers that enjoy warm hands while fishing, so call your local bait shop and load up the boat!


panhandle flounder

Capt. Chuck with Intracoastal Experience came home with a nice haul of flounder for his clients last week!

The vermillion snapper bite has remained steady through the winter months and are keeping hungry anglers fed, the best bites have been on natural bottom with cut bait and squid. If you want to stay in a bit closer, the flounder bite is still on fire and providing anglers with a ton of action and good eats. Keep in mind the FWC approved new flounder regulations for the upcoming year and they will be effective March 1. The minimum size limit is increasing from 12 inches to 14 inches total length and the bag limit will be reduced from 10 to 5 fish per person along with a season closure from October 15- November 30. Although it is catch and release there have been plenty of red snapper and nice gag grouper being caught 5-9 miles out to provide you with some good rod bending action!


panhandle sheepshead

Capt. Gabrielle with a cooler full of sheepshead off the bridge using live shrimp!

The sheepshead bite is firing up right on time, with reports of double-digit days fishing the bridges, jetties, and docks near the passes. These fish are always finicky so be sure to have fresh bait and a small hook, they love any crustaceans that hang near structure with their favorites being shrimp, oysters, and fiddler crabs.

Outside of spawning fish, the winter bite can be hit or miss this time of year. Your best bet for a consistent bite is to fish the creek mouths for redfish and trout until the spring patterns show up. The grass flats have had a good showings of bull redfish and some of your bigger trout so if sight fishing is your thing, now is the time to go!

Capt. Gabrielle Mercado
Lady Luck Adventure LLC
Marler Park Fort Walton Beach, FL

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