Summer 2016 pruduced
lots of thrills for our clients. As we continued to shift
our focus to fly-fishing the time previously spent bottom-fishing
was spent chasing
false albacore, amberjacks, ladyfish, redfish, Spanish and king
mackerel, jack crevalle, and tarpon...all on fly. Here are photos
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Youkee kicked off the summer season on June 21 with this bad-to-the-bone
amberjack on his 12wt. This fish took an
designed by master fly tier Karl Elliott. You can't believe how
hard the AJs fight until you hook into one. You have to stop
before it reaches the wreck 75' below, or you will very possibly
lose your fly line.
A little later this king mackerel slammed the same fly and was
off to the races.
A couple days later on June 23 Mike coaxed this silvery-tan redfish
to take an EP baitfish on one of our favorite flats in Santa Rosa
Hemery only fishes for the "big ones", and on June 29 it was
this jack crevalle that rang his bell. Kris was using spinning
tackle and a large topwater plug.
The false albacore arrived the first week of July to the delight
of everyone who'd booked those days. Here's Mike Broughton on July
1 with his first FA on fly. The fish took a #6 clear gummy minnow.
Jay Lanier with a nice fat "football' on July 5.
the FA disappeared we ran over to the Caucas Shoal and found
schools of jacks busting the surface. Jay put the big popper
to work and this fish crushed it.
The Walters Clan from Johnson City, TN, was in town for a couple
days while the FA and jacks were active. Here's Dave Walters on July
6 with a fine specimen on his 8wt Sage ONE.
On July 7 we found a gigantic school of big jacks at the USS Massachesetts
and caught them until we got tired of fighting them. What a problem!
Ben Walters shown here with a 25# class jack on his 12wt and one
of his beautiful custom poppers.
Brother Daniel Walters with another beauty landed on a topwater
And finally Dave with a very healthy jack crevalle released unharmed
to kick someone else's butt down the line...
Houston's Malcolm Goodman on July 21 with a lovely false albacore
on a glassy-calm July 21.
Stephen Miller from Chicago had a ball with the Spanish mackerel
on August 15.
It's hard to beat the thrill of sight-fishing for big
jack crevalle in shallow water. During the summer months the jacks
are plentiful in Pensacola Bay, and we have a couple spots where
we anchor and wait to ambush them using 12wt tackle and big poppers.
Here's a shot of a very happy Jeff Deuschle with his first jack on
Jeff missed the hookset on an earlier take but brought it home the
second time. Hearty congratulations!
Peter Petruzzi on August 29 which turned out to be a "red letter"
day of jack crevalle shallow-water sight-fishing in Pensacola Bay.
Peter hooked four jacks of this quality before landing this beauty
Nice shot of Peter releasing his fish...
Tischendorf is a trout fisherman from Bozeman who had never felt
the rush of jack crevalle fly-fishing until September 15. We
ran out to the Gulf looking for false albacore, headed west across
the Caucas Shoal, and encountered a tremendous "mud" the size of
a city block. Of course something had to be creating the sub-surface
disturbance, so we drifted through it with Mark blind-casting a
big popper on a 12wt rod. It was impressive how quickly he got
the 12wt considering he'd never thrown anything bigger than a
6wt. It wasn't long before we discovered the culprits...an enormous
school of jack crevalle chasing mullet. The fish were "high and
happy" and tolerated our motoring to within casting range where
When Mark laid the popper
into the school all hell broke loose. For the next four hours we
drifted in the same general area with jacks
all around the boat. The photo above is of Mark's first fish
and gives you an idea how aggressive the take was. Check out the
popper in the fish's throat. That popper is 6" long! Double-click
for a full view of the fish. This shot is of Mark's second jack.
When the smoke settled he'd hooked and fought to varying degrees
ten jack crevalle...landed four. When he finally got enough we sat
there eating lunch with big jacks swimming all around us. We'll both
remember that day for a long time.
want to conclude the summer photo gallery without some red snapper
photos! This is my brother Tim Yelverton on September
16 with a pair of "typical" Pensacola Bay snappers. "Typical" if
you're fishing in the right spot rigged with minimum 4/0 tackle,
60# line, 80# leader, the right bait, and an angler
fight these incredibly powerful 8-20# fish over relatively shallow-water
wrecks on 7/0 circle hooks. Nothing to it, right Timbo?
at the dock with four red snappers that filled the box. We "limited
out" in an hour...
a great day on the water with Gulf Breeze Guide Service!
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