Ripple Fishing Report

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By: Brad Long, brad long

A weekly saltwater fishing report for the Florida Panhandle from Pensacola to Appalachicola.

Panama City Beach Report: Mangrove Snapper, Mahi & Monster Spanish Mackerel
#86
Yesterday at 10:04 PM

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Justin Leake of Panama City Inshore & host of Chasin' the Sun on Discovery. He tells us about a fantastic mangrove snapper fishery inshore this time of year and he shares how he targets them. We also talk about the Mahi bite just a few miles offshore where the water changes color. If you don't feel like running a few miles out, we also talk about where to find exceptionally big Spanish mackerel and how Justin targets them. This is not the typical redfish, tarpon episode. Sometimes conditions dictate that your best chance...


Destin Report: A Solid Inshore Bite
#85
Last Wednesday at 11:00 PM

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Lionel James of Lion's Tale Adventures & host of Lion's Tales on Waypoint TV out of Destin, FL. He shares an up to date inshore fishing report and it sounds like the redfish and mangrove snapper bite is awesome around inshore structure right now. The offshore bite is as good as always as we seem to be sliding closer to the fall patterns. Lastly, we get a sneak peak into what to expect on on future episodes of Lion's Tales & we can't wait to see what he puts together. If you haven't seen...


Port St Joe/Apalachicola Report: Fishing St Joe Bay
#84
Last Tuesday at 10:56 PM

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Jordan Todd of Saltwater Obsessions out of Port St Joe, FL. We talk about fishing St Joe Bay and how simple it looks at face value. Once on the water there, you quickly realize that it's the subtle changes in things like depth, bottom contour & potholes in the grass that make St Joe Bay such a fishy place. Capt. Jordan has spent his entire life learning those areas and today he shares some of that wisdom with us. He also gives us an up to date fishing report!


Pensacola Report: Fly Fishing & Big Fish on the Bridges
#83
Last Monday at 10:41 PM

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Brant Peacher of AnglerUp with Brant out of Pensacola, FL. He tells us about using his new fly rod for the first time and the fish he was able to catch on the fly. We share some tips for beginners on how to make a quick cast when sight fishing as well as how to properly set the hook. At the end of the day, practice is the only way to get better at fly casting but luckily it is a very addictive way to target saltwater species. Brant also tells us...


Panama City Beach Report: The Only Pattern is that There is No Pattern
#82
09/09/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Justin Leake of Panama City Inshore & Chasin' the Sun TV out of Panama City Beach, FL. As usual, Capt. Justin shares a ton of info from his bank of knowledge about the local fisheries in PCB. The good news is that you can apply this information to most of the areas that you fish around the state of FL, especially in the other fisheries that make up the FL Panhandle. The fishing is good but the water is dirty and that has created a scenario where the only pattern is that there...


Port St Joe/Apalachicola Report: Boating in Shallow Water
#81
09/09/2021

On today's show we talk with Capt. Jordan Todd of Saltwater Obsessions out of Port St Joe, FL. We talk about operating a boat, specifically in shallow water and Jordan tells us how he does it safely. We talk about all of the accessories available, things like trim tabs & jack plates and the way he balances them to get the best & safest ride out of his boat. We also get a quick report on fishing in the greater Port St Joe area.


Pensacola Report: An Inshore & Offshore Report From Capt. Brant Peacher
#80
09/08/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Brant Peacher of AnglerUp with Brant out of Pensacola, FL. He gives us an update on the offshore fishery out of Pensacola. It sounds like there is still a lot of debris in the Gulf so be careful out there if you have offshore plans in the near future. He also gives us an update on fishing inshore in the Pensacola area. It sounds like the inshore fishing is on fire, especially the slot redfish and big mangrove snapper. The bull reds and big jack crevel are also showing up and are...


Destin Report: "Lion's Tales" Premier: A Recap with Capt. Lionel James
#79
09/08/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Lionel James about the debut of his new show "Lion's Tales" on Waypoint TV. He tells us the backstory on some of the things we see on the show and gives us some behind the scenes info on some of the fish he catches in the first episode. Lionel and his team did an amazing job putting this show together so if you haven't already seen it, be sure to check it out!


Panama City Beach Report: How to Fish Muddy Water
#78
09/03/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Juston Leake of Panama City inshore & host of Chasin' the Sun on The Discovery Channel. we talk about the impact of hurricane Ida on the area and the impact of having such a wet summer. Justin shares tips on fishing muddy water and some things that he does to target inshore fish even when visibility is poor. As always, Capt. Justin shares decades of local knowledge with us, so if you fish PCB or anywhere in Florida really, this is an episode you don't want to miss! 


Port St Joe/Apalachicola Report: Fishing After Hurricanes
#77
09/02/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Jordan Todd of Saltwater Obsessions out of Port St Joe, FL. We talk about the local impact of Hurricane Ida and the impact of the amount of rain they have got over the summer. We also talk about the way fish behave leading up to & after a tropical storm or hurricane effects the area. 


Pensacola Report: Hurricane Ida & its Potential Impact on the Local Fishery
#76
08/30/2021

On today's episode we talk with Brant Peacher of AnglerUp with Brant out of Pensacola, FL. He gives us some info on the local impact of Cat 4 Hurricane Ida that made landfall in Louisiana yesterday evening. We also talk about the positive things that can happen in the gulf both before and especially after a storm of this size passes close to the area. It sounds like we are moving into somewhat of a fall pattern but right now the influx of fresh water into the bay system has the water pretty dirty, so things will need to clear...


Destin Report: The FWC Redfish Summit & a quick Offshore Report
#75
08/26/2021

On today's show we talk with Capt. Lionel James, host of Lion's Tales on Waypoint TV out of Destin, FL. We get a quick offshore report from a recent trip he took. No surprises there, the usual bag of triggerfish, red & vermillion snapper and Amberjacks were brought to hand. We also get a report on the FWC's first annual Redfish Summit. Basically it's a day of scientific data and group breakouts where each region of the state gets to discuss any localized issues that are effecting their redfish populations. It will be really cool to get a first hand...


Port St Joe/Apalachicola Report: Scalloping & Marlin in Mexico
#74
08/23/2021

On today's show we talk with Capt. Jordan Todd of Saltwater Obsessions out of Port St Joe, FL. He tells us about the start of the local scallop season and we talk about a recent trip he took to Mexico where they were chased blue marlin, striped marlin and tuna. Next week we should be able to pick back up with local fishing reports, Jordan is planning to fish in Indian Pass & Apalachicola since St Joe Bay is busier than normal with people Scalloping.


Panama City Beach Report: Inshore Redfish & Nearshore Reefs
#73
08/19/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Justin Leake of Panama City Inshore & host of Chasin' the Sun on Discovery. We get a brief recap of this years tarpon season and the overall fish numbers. We talk about the impact of Fred on the local fishery as well as get a full report on how Capt. Justin targets redfish this time of year. The offshore/nearshore reef fishing is heating up as well. AJ's, triggerfish and big mangrove snappers all make for a productive outing. There are also decent numbers of chicken dolphin when all of the variables come...


Destin Report: Capt. Lionel Coming Up on Waypoint TV
#72
08/18/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Lionel James of Lion's Tale Adventures out of Destin, FL. He tells us about his upcoming TV show and where to find it. It will be airing on Waypoint TV. If you aren't familiar Waypoint is a free app that you can get on your smart TV, tablet or phone and stream an entire library of hunting and fishing shows. I am a big fan of the Apple TV app and watch it often. Capt. Lionel also gives us a quick update on what they have been catching nearshore around Destin. It's...


Destin Report: Chicken Dolphin & AJ's
#71
08/04/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Lionel James of Lion's Tale Adventures out of Destin, FL. He tells us about a few recent trips he has taken offshore to go after AJ's, we also talk about the chicken dolphin that have shown up closer to shore. We talk about the inshore bite and get an update on the tarpon migration. We talk a little about redfish as well. It's hot out, but there is still plenty to catch in late summer so get out there!


Pensacola Report: Targeting King Mackerel
#70
08/03/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Brant Peacher with AnglerUp with Brant out of Pensacola, FL. He tells us all about how he targets King Mackerel. Brant are up fishing the waters around Pensacola with his Dad's SKA (Southern Kingfish Association) Tournament team as a Jr angler. Brant shares some of his king fishing wisdom with us and tells us about his favorite baits and tactics for targeting Kings and especially the larger of the species. If you're new to fishing for Kings, this is a podcast you don't want to miss.


Port St Joe/Apalachicola Report: An Offshore Report & Action on the Beach
#69
08/02/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Jordan Todd of Saltwater Obsessions out of Port St Joe, FL. He tells us about a solid offshore bite featuring red snapper, mangrove snapper, gag grouper and a surprise visit from a cobia! We also discuss some of the science behind the cobia migration as well as some of the science that effects most migratory species we see in the Gulf of Mexico. Jordan also tells us how he fishes the late summer months, theres no shortage of trout & redfish at first light along with the tarpon migration that are on the...


Destin Report: iCast & A Fishing Report
#68
07/28/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Lionel James of Lion's Tale Adventures out of Destin, FL. He tells us about his recent visit to iCast, where basically every media personality & company that work within the fishing/outdoor industry get together and launch new products and network. Lionel tells us about his experience there, we also talk a little about the new show he is putting together and the "business" side of the outdoor industry. Lionel gives us a full fishing report as well. It sounds like the beaches are still a good place to find fish along with...


Pensacola Report: Tampa Bay Red Tide Disaster
#67
07/27/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Brant Peacher of AnglerUp with Brant out of Pensacola, FL. We take a deep dive, and get on our soap boxes about the Piney Point disaster in the Tampa, FL area. Brant recently took a trip down there to document some of the fallout from the Piney Point phosphate mine spill that happened earlier in the year. Brant tells us about what he saw & we talk about how this environmental disaster seems to be getting swept under the rug.


Port St Joe/Apalachicola Report: Fishing the Dog Days of Summer
#66
07/27/2021

Its Hot! Really Hot! On today's episode we talk with Capt. Jordan Todd of Saltwater Obsessions out of Port St Joe, FL about how he fishes the area differently during the dog days of Summer. As always, he shares some great local knowledge that will definitely help you put fish in the boat if you are planning to fish in the Port St Joe/Apalach area any time soon.


Pensacola Report: Surf Fishing Redfish & Catching Sharks
#65
07/20/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Brant Peacher or AnglerUp with Brant out of Pensacola, FL. We talk about some of the recent YouTube videos he has posted, one of them was a catch, clean & cook video of a blacktip shark. We also talk about catching redfish in the surf while walking the beaches & get an update on what Brant is doing with his YouTube channel and tells us about some of the guys that have joined forces with him, to bring you great fishing content from the Northern Panhandle.


Port St Joe/Apalachicola Report: Triple tail & Tarpon
#64
07/20/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Jordan Todd of Saltwater Obsessions out of Port St Joe, FL. He tells us all about triple tail & how he likes to catch them. He also gives us some conservation advice to self regulate about the triple tail we keep. We also get an up to date fishing report on specks, redfish, tarpon and red snapper. 


Panama City Beach Report: Tarpon Talk & the Offshore Bite
#63
07/16/2021

On today's show we talk to Capt Justin Leake of Panama City Inshore & host of the Discovery Channel's "Chasin' the Sun" out of Panama City, FL. He tells us about recent success he has had chosen the migrating tarpon through the area. We also talk about current water conditions and where Capt. Justin is finding fish when the water and or the weather don't cooperate. He also helps answer some questions about the tarpon migration that have come up on recent episodes.


Destin Report: Behind the scenes of Capt Lionel's TV Show & A Solid Tarpon Bite
#62
07/15/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Lionel James of Lion's Tale Adventures out of Destin, FL. He tells us about filming his TV pilot and gives us a behind the scene's look on his project.  We also talk bout the challenges of getting sponsored and entering into the outdoor industry. Lionel also gives us a quick update on the tarpon fishing and we continue a discussion about the migration patterns of tarpon.


Pensacola Report: Bull Reds at the Bridge
#60
07/14/2021

On today's episode we talk to Capt. Brant Peacher of AnglerUp with Brant out of Pensacola, FL. He tells us about fishing the bridges for monster bull reds. We find out his preferred bait and method of fishing for them. The good news about fishing bridges is that they also hold a ton of other species. In Pensacola it is not uncommon to catch red snapper, redfish, mangrove snapper or even a king mackerel or tarpon all from the bridge area. If you are coming to pensacola from out of town, this is a great podcast for you!


Port St Joe/Apalachicola Report: Tarpon, Weedlines & Rain
#61
07/13/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Jordan Todd of Saltwater Obsessions out of Port St Joe, FL. We cover a lot of topics on today's show. We talk about everything from tarpon fishing in murky water to their migration habits and how the migration changes between Port St Joe & Panama City. We also talk about the weediness that are washing in from the recent tropical activity and some of the fish you should expect to catch around them. Lastly, we get an update on some of the local environmental topics that effect the St Joe Bay fishery.


Pensacola Report: Tarpon from the Pier
#59
07/09/2021

On today's episode we talk with Brant Peacher with AnglerUp with Brant out of Pensacola, FL. He tells us about a recent trip he took to the Okaloosa Pier to fish for tarpon. There are a lot of reasons that make this a very interesting tarpon spot for land based anglers and a lot of tarpon are hooked and landed in this area. Capt. Brant tells us how they catch them there and gives us some idea of why. We also discuss proper gear, pier etiquette and preferred baits.


Destin Report: Tarpon Talk
#58
07/08/2021

On today's episode we talk to Capt. Lionel James with Lion's Tale Adventures out of Destin, FL. He tells us about the recent successes he has had in the Destin area this tarpon season. Capt. Lionel tells us about the rod & reel setup he prefers for tarpon and how he sets up a leader to improve his clients chances of landing a fish. The tarpon migration is in full swing in the Panhandle, time to get out there!


Port St Joe/Apalachicola Report: Wet Weather & Hungry Fish
#57
07/06/2021

On today's episode we talk to Capt. Jordan Todd with Saltwater Obsessions out of Port St Joe, FL. From Tarpon and big Jacks on the beaches to Speckled Trout in the Bay, this is one of the best times to fish in Port St Joe & Apalachicola. The only catch is you might have to out run a storm or two but if you are willing to get out, the fish have been very cooperative.


Panama City Beach Report: Bull Reds on the Bridges
#56
06/23/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Justin Leake of Panama City Inshore & host of Chasin' the Sun on the Discovery channel. He tells us about the techniques he uses to catch bull reds at the local bridges. The 2 main bridges in PCB are both very good areas to catch a mixed bag of species but are most known for monster bull redfish. They are a great landmark to fish deeper water inshore and find some mid-day shade during the summer months, while still giving yourself an opportunity to catch fish.


Destin Report: Firing On All Cylinders
#55
06/23/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Lionel James of Lion's Tale Adventures out of Destin, FL. We talk about catching Red Snapper & swimming with Tarpon. Most of late last week was a washout but Capt. Lionel was able to get a trip or two in and put a few fish in the boat. Late June is one of the best times of the year to fish the Destin area. Whether inshore, offshore or from the beaches, there are really good numbers of fish to be caught.


Port St Joe/Apalach Report: Boating in Bad Weather
#54
06/21/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Jordan Todd of Saltwater Obsessions out of Port St Joe, FL. He tells us about a recent experience he had with clients on board running through some severe weather. He shares some tips and things to be aware of when navigating through rough water and rough weather. Summer is here and with it come the afternoon thunder storms & a lot of lightning. If you ever get caught by surprise, some of the info he shares might be the very thing that gets you home safely.


Destin Report: Fishing Live Bottom
#53
06/17/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Lionel James of Lion's Tale Adventures out of Destin, FL. He tells us about a recent trip he took with one of our listeners and they had a great day dropping baits over live bottom. Capt. Lionel also shares a trick he used to babysit the out of season triggerfish, so they could get down to the Snapper. We also talk about the Tarpon fishing in the local area as well as the redfish bite. This is the time to get out in Destin, the bite is on fire!


Panama City Beach Report with Capt. Justin Leake of Panama City Inshore
#52
06/15/2021

On today's show we talk with Capt. Juston Leake of Panama City Inshore out of Panama City beach, FL. We have an awesome conversation about sight fishing sharks and how Justin does it. We also get a quick update on the tarpon migration and redfish bite. Justin also has a very cool idea for tagging inshore species to help gather data for the FWC and he needs your input. Reach out to us via email at: ripplefishingreport@gmail.com or at Ripple Fishing Report on Facebook or InstaGram and share your ideas!


Pensacola Report: Tarpon from the Pier
#51
06/14/2021

In today's episode we talk with Brant Peacher of AnglerUp with Brant out of Pensacola, FL. Capt. Brant tells us about a pier in his part of the world that has quite the reputation for tarpon this time of year. He tells us how they catch them and shares a few local secrets that will help you land a tarpon off the pier as well. It is a fantastic situation when people visiting can take advantage of the tarpon migration without hiring a guide or investing in boats and all of the things that come with them. So, if...


Destin Report: Tarpon Have Come to Town
#50
06/10/2021

In today's episode we talk with Capt. Lionel James of Lion's Tale Adventures out of Destin, FL. Lionel tells us about a recent trip that involved a quick limit of Red Snapper & Tarpon! So, now that the Tarpon have arrived, I figured it would be a good time to pick Capt. Lionel's brain and see how he targets them around Destin. He hooks up with a lot of Tarpon every year & gives us a great perspective on how to find and position yourself to give you the best chance of a hookup. Great info as always from Capt. Lionel!<...


Pensacola Report: Capt. Brant's Top 5 Artificial Baits
#49
06/08/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt Brant Peacher of AnglerUp with Brant out of Pensacola, FL. Brant gives us an incredible amount of information on his top 5 artificial baits that he uses. Down to the colors and weights and we even get into specific instances where these baits are exceptionally productive. This is a highly informative episode especially for those just starting out in the saltwater game. Brant also tells us about recent success catching Red Snapper inshore in the Pensacola area.


Port St Joe/Apalach Report: Red Snapper, Pompano, Tarpon & Tripletail
#48
06/08/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Jordan Todd of Saltwater Obsessions out of Port St Joe FL. He tells us about a recent trip where they targeted Pompano on the beach at first light & Red Snapper in the afternoon. We also hear about catching King Mackerel on top water plugs & we get an update on the progress of the tarpon migration. June is one of the best months to fish in the Panhandle and the conversation Jordan and I had today highlights how truly diverse the June fishery can be when the weather cooperates. 


Panama City Beach Report: It's Tarpon Time (Almost)
#47
06/04/2021

On today's episode we talk with Capt. Justin Leake out of Panama City Beach, FL about the upcoming Tarpon migration. It's a little early, so we figured this would be a good time to talk about the baits that consistently hook tarpon in PCB & how to present them to the big schools that should be showing up along the beaches in the next several weeks. As we have been saying all week, early June is one of the best times to get on the water in the Panhandle. With Red Snapper season opening up this weekend and Tarpon showing...