Fishing Report – February 2017

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Fishing Pensacola Florida - February Fishing Report

February Fishing Report

February is the perfect time to come out of the hunting woods and start getting in on some fantastic fishing. If you’re looking for a fishing report for February, you in luck. February is the perfect time to really get into some good Speckled Trout and Redfish action as well as some awesome offshore and beach fishing.

Bay Fishing

Pensacola Speckled Trout from Pensacola, FL - February Fishing Report

Fish the local rivers and creek mouths and you will find an abundance of Speckled Trout, White Trout, and Hybrid Bass. These fish seek deep water when the water temperatures dip to winter lows. These habits should make it easier for you to find them. If your fishing the flats in the sound/ICW, target the deeper points, creek mouths and water runoffs. I personally stay away from the docks, unless the end of the dock is in at least 10’ of water. Use smaller baits like a Zman Fishing Products’ new EZ Shrimpz in the natural and fried chicken colors as well as the Scented Curly Tailz, Swimmin’ TroutTrick, and the Big TRD. Stick to natural colors such as Bad Shad and Pinfish colors or anything that would match the type of baitfish they would be eating in that area.

 

 

 

Gulf Fishing

Amberjack - February Fishing Report

Amberjack, Red Grouper, Scamp Grouper, and all the local species of Snapper are open for season expect the Red Snapper. The Federal and State Governments have not said when they will open the season up for that species yet. You can find these are many of the reefs, artificial and natural, in the gulf at the time. You can catch these species using traditional bottom fishing methods.

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Fishing

If beach fishing is your thing, the Pompano are starting to run nicely along our beaches along with the occasional school of Redfish, Whiting, Blue Fish, Sheepshead, and Flounder. Fort Pickens is always a hot spot to find these fish and the desolate beaches from the Portofino Condos to Navarre Beach. Use live shrimp, fiddler crabs and sand flees for bait unless your hunting sharks, then use cut bait such as mullet. Anything bloody will be best for Shark fishing.

As always, here is a link to the state of Florida saltwater fishing regulations just to keep you informed. http://www.eregulations.com/florida/fishing/saltwater/

Tight lines,

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Born in Pensacola, Florida in 1983, Captain Chris cut his fishing teeth on the bays and backwaters of Pensacola Bay as well as the Alabama and Tensaw River System in south Alabama. When he wasn’t on the baseball diamond he was at home casting rubber plugs into buckets in his parents back yard. Little did he know that all this practice and preparation would undoubtedly prepare him for the career as a Professional Angler. Captain Chris graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University Of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida in 2007. Which he spent much of his early 20′s as a computer programmer while spending all his time and vacation chasing a dream of a Professional Tournament Angler and starting the ultra popular fishing guide service Fish Happens Outdoors based in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. After much success in local and regional tournaments throughout the early 2000’s, he decided to jump into the world of professional tournament fishing and made a name for himself on the IFA Redfish Tour and the Louisiana Saltwater Series from 2007 to 2010. Finally in 2010 he saw his chance to change careers and pursue a dream. Captain Chris was invited to join the ultra exclusive invitation only tour, the become a full time pro and joined the Academy Sports & Outdoors Professional Redfish Series which was filmed specifically for air on the Sportsman’s Channel. Having success with several top 15 and a top 10 appearances in his rookie year. Captain Chris is always evolving as an angler and business owner, looking to improve his knowledge and hone his angling skills. You can always find him stalking the flats in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida or burning up the interstates on the tournament trail.
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