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GIANT AMBERJACKS!
GIANT AMBERJACKS!
January 5, 2024
Whats up my Panhandle anglers?! February is here and the sun is starting to peak its head back out. This has been a wet and stormy winter due to it being an El Nino. The seas have been rough and its been relatively chilly but there hasn’t been much of consistency in the weather, with temps cold at night and hot during the day. I have been staying on the lunar clock as far as fishing times go because its been very accurate. Inshore fishing will be a mix of Redfish, Sheepshead and white trout. All of which can be found around structure, rocks, bridge pilings, and deep water bottom structure in the bay and pass. Shrimp, fiddler crabs, oysters, and night crawlers or bloodworms have been the baits of choice and Bird of Prey jigs are killer for sheepshead. This time of year offshore bottom fishing can be tricky trying to find something thats open to harvest. Flounder will be making their way down the beaches in 60 foot or less off the edges of big wrecks or chicken coops. Vermillion snapper will be good to harvest if you can find them! I like February every year because thats when some GIANT JACKS are on almost all the big name wrecks and they are starving! If you want a great fight send down a live bait and hold on! If you get a weather window to run far enough to the FADS then there maybe some wahoo around or some mahi. First light is best so turn on you radar and navigation and safety lights and leave on your journey in the dark. Next month the fishing should really heat up! See yall then!
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What anglers said about fishing in Escambia Bay

Winter trips - keep in mind you can still get a sunburn even when it’s cold. It’s at least 15 degrees colder on the water than on shore, so be sure to dress accordingly- especially for wind!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Winter trips - keep in mind you can still get a sunburn even when it’s cold. It’s at least 15 degrees colder on the water than on shore, so be sure to dress accordingly- especially for wind!
Emerald “C” Fishing Charters
Emerald “C” Fishing Charters
Be ready for some action! Never a dull moment! If possible book with Captain Alex he knows his stuff. He was a great teacher and knew right where to go!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be ready for some action! Never a dull moment! If possible book with Captain Alex he knows his stuff. He was a great teacher and knew right where to go!
Bandit Fishing Charters
Bandit Fishing Charters Burt, IA
Depending on the weather definitely get off-shore to take advantage of Red Snapper season.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Depending on the weather definitely get off-shore to take advantage of Red Snapper season.
Reel Irie Fishing Charters
Reel Irie Fishing Charters Gulf Breeze, Florida
I would recommend going in to a trip with an open mind. Don't always expect to catch a bunch but to have fun and make memories.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend going in to a trip with an open mind. Don't always expect to catch a bunch but to have fun and make memories.
Gotcha Fishing Charters
Gotcha Fishing Charters Douglasville, GA
Book your trip with an experienced captain. Hot Spots Charters was the best trip of the three we have been on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book your trip with an experienced captain. Hot Spots Charters was the best trip of the three we have been on.
Hot Spots Inshore/Nearshore III
Hot Spots Inshore/Nearshore III Tulsa, OK
Bring sunscreen, 2-3 waters and your camera. Take some Dramamine 1/2 hour before you board as a precaution. Have a great time!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Bring sunscreen, 2-3 waters and your camera. Take some Dramamine 1/2 hour before you board as a precaution. Have a great time!
Bout Time Charters
Bout Time Charters Birmingham, Alabama
Don’t book too long of a trip thinking it will be better to catch your limit. Take it easy at first and you will be surprised how quickly your bait gets hit.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t book too long of a trip thinking it will be better to catch your limit. Take it easy at first and you will be surprised how quickly your bait gets hit.
Hot Spots Inshore/Nearshore III
Hot Spots Inshore/Nearshore III Indianapolis, IN
Snapper season could start earlier and other fish could be in season other than that it was great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Snapper season could start earlier and other fish could be in season other than that it was great.
Warren's Fishing Charters
Warren's Fishing Charters
Check the season carefully of your targeted species so you keep everything you are going for.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the season carefully of your targeted species so you keep everything you are going for.
Miller Fishing Co – 26' Catamaran
Miller Fishing Co – 26' Catamaran Gainesville, GA
Bring you A Game! Especially if you’re looking to catch some fish to put on ice. The amber jacks were crazy this time of year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring you A Game! Especially if you’re looking to catch some fish to put on ice. The amber jacks were crazy this time of year.
Angler Up Charters
Angler Up Charters Greencastle, IN
It would have been 5 star but the seasons for species were changed and we didn’t get the fish we were trying for. Better luck next time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It would have been 5 star but the seasons for species were changed and we didn’t get the fish we were trying for. Better luck next time!
Reel Irie Fishing Charters
Reel Irie Fishing Charters Rapids City, IL
Be adaptable, listen to captain’s suggestions and let them know what kind of trip you’d like.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be adaptable, listen to captain’s suggestions and let them know what kind of trip you’d like.
Legal Limits Outdoors
Legal Limits Outdoors New Orleans, Louisiana
I don't like fishing and it was the best time ever. They knew exactly where to take us to catch the fish. I caught a lot of fish. Put this on your "to do" list. Eric and Bobby are the best. Thank you both.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I don't like fishing and it was the best time ever. They knew exactly where to take us to catch the fish. I caught a lot of fish. Put this on your "to do" list. Eric and Bobby are the best. Thank you both.
Miller Fishing Co – 26' Catamaran
Miller Fishing Co – 26' Catamaran Vinemont, AL
We had a great time surf fishing on Pensacola Beach. Give a try - you won't be disappointed!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great time surf fishing on Pensacola Beach. Give a try - you won't be disappointed!
Southbound Offshore Charters
Southbound Offshore Charters Woodstock, GA
Book with southbound offshore charters and ask for captain Trey Baker. Money well spent
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with southbound offshore charters and ask for captain Trey Baker. Money well spent
Southbound Offshore Charters
Southbound Offshore Charters Marysville, OH
Sunscreen, dramamine, water, clothes you don't mind getting dirty, sunglasses, a hat, and snacks depending on length of your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen, dramamine, water, clothes you don't mind getting dirty, sunglasses, a hat, and snacks depending on length of your trip.
Miller Fishing Co – 26' Catamaran
Miller Fishing Co – 26' Catamaran Carbondale, IL
Start small learn the species and the types of fishing and take your babies. We can never know what our experience will be but make the experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Start small learn the species and the types of fishing and take your babies. We can never know what our experience will be but make the experience.
Emerald “C” Fishing Charters
Emerald “C” Fishing Charters Annetta North, TX
Go for a morning trip. Weather was nice and fish were really biting. By the time our trip was over it was already so hot
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go for a morning trip. Weather was nice and fish were really biting. By the time our trip was over it was already so hot
Alpha Fishing Charters
Alpha Fishing Charters Memphis, TN
Be careful about when you book in refards to opening day for Red Snapper. It can quickly get "overfished".
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be careful about when you book in refards to opening day for Red Snapper. It can quickly get "overfished".
Reel Irie Fishing Charters
Reel Irie Fishing Charters Parker, CO
We didn't really catch a lot of fish that we could keep. But we had a fun time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We didn't really catch a lot of fish that we could keep. But we had a fun time.
Miller Fishing Co – 26' Catamaran
Miller Fishing Co – 26' Catamaran Brandon, MS