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Redfish University all along the Gulf Coast-July 18-26, 2012

Trying to get in as many Redfish University anglers as possible before taking eight days off for the London Olympics and some fishing in S. England. We’ve been fishing every morning of the week and really covering the coast between Port St Joe and Pensacola. Last week, we were here in Pensacola and found plenty of fish even though the conditions were a bit tough. I always say if you’re around big numbers, you’re going to get plenty of bites with the correct techniques. Redfish University uses the correct techniques. Had some VIP Redfish U clients accompany some friends and I over to Port St Joe to do some scalloping and morning fishing for speckled trout and redfish. Sunday morning I guided a few St Joe locals who I met at Bluewater Outfitters during my Berkley Fishing Tour seminar this past Spring. Although the fishing is definitely not as spectacular as it was back in the late 80’s, we still put a pounding on the large speckled trout and found redfish around Pompano Point with even more fish closer to the canal. During the afternoon, we cleaned up on the scalloping. Monday morning, we guided some Destin locals in Choct. Bay and then back to Pensacola where I’ve spent the rest of the week smashing the redfish and speckled trout in our bay system and Santa Rosa Sound. In all areas, Bongas, Johnson Gold Spoons and Berkley Gulp! Jerkshads were the baits of choice. Solidly booked throught August but a few dates are available in late August. Thanks, E...

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Epic speckled trout and redfish outings at Redfish University-July 10-17, 2012

Redfish University clients have been treated to the best inshore artificial-bait fishing on the Gulf Coast for the last several months. Fishing every single morning of the week means consistently staying on huge concentrations of quality redfish and speckled trout that will readily attack topwater Sebile Bongas, Berkley Gulp! Jerkshads/Shrimp/Crabs and Johnson Gold Spoons with much appreciated aggressiveness. Speaking of appreciation, thank you to all the new and returning Redfish University clients alike especially the few dozen from Cyberangler that have found an angling home at Redfish University. With 11 monthly clients at Redfish U, I’ve done my best to accommodate each and every angler interested in the Redfish University experience. Thank you for your patience and booking so far in advance. What a wait-list!!! Take care, Eric...

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Boatloads of fish at Redfish University-June 28-July 9, 2012

Fishing every morning of the week from 5am to 10am. The fishing has been excellent with great numbers of speckled trout, redfish and some flounder. Some really fantastic groups of anglers have found a home at Redfish University including Pensacola’s Chamber of Commerce, some college football players and some professional bass anglers. Book your Redfish University experience...

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Chasing Trout and Redfish in my new Pathfinder 2300 HPS

Chasing Trout and Redfish in my new Pathfinder 2300 HPS Capt. Eric Holstman July 7, 2012 Pensacola – Saltwater Fishing Report Chasing Trout and Redfish in my new Pathfinder 2300 HPS By Eric Holstman Yamaha Pro Staff With a 250 h.p. Yamaha VMAX SHO four stroke, I can cruise at 4,000 rpm and get around 3.5 mpg. June is a time of the year when I’m on the water early, running in the twilight and fishing until mid-morning, then off the water in the heat of the day. There’s a great window from dawn until about 10 a.m. or so where the water temperature has cooled all night and the fish are comfortable and active. I start my day at about 5 a.m., make a long run in the dark so that I can catch the dawn topwater bite. This time of the year I like to look for the big schools of mullet, because the trout and redfish like to work the edges of the schools feeding on the shrimp and minnows the mullet kick up as they dig around the bottom. I can count on 30 to 50 trout a morning and 8 to 10 redfish. Most of the trout are fairly close to the banks, which is nice because that’s the same area that the redfish like to range. Then around 7:30 we’ll switch over to fishing jigheads with soft plastic jerkbaits, concentrating on marshy points and the occasional boat dock. With the big trout spawning right now, I’ve been concentrating on oyster bars in 8 to 12 feet of water, particularly if the tide is bad. We can usually catch a bunch of nice trout in the deeper water, but you don’t find a lot of reds there. Around 9:30 or so, I start moving to the deeper areas with stumps and rocks where I can usually get a good trout or redfish to bite along the bank. There’s usually two or three of those places I hit every morning. I recently switched boats. For the last four years I’ve been running a Hewes 21′ Redfisher, and this year I switched over to a different...

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