When a Night-Fishing Mission Goes Awry

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Nothing works up a redfish’s appetite quite like a full moon, so when Jack Motley and his kayak-fishing buddy Greg Ammon heard about the November 2016 super moon—the brightest in nearly 60 years—they planned a night-fishing mission.

They put in near the foot of Three Mile Bridge at the mouth of Pensacola Bay on the Florida panhandle, planning to take advantage of the unusually bright moon and the ripping tidal currents it created. And it worked like magic.

“That bite was just on fire,” Motley recalls. “Redfish after redfish. Thirty-five inches. Thirty-seven inches. Forty inches.”

Hobie angler Morgan Promnitz poses with a bridge-caught bull red. Photo: Jeffrey Fortuna

Underneath the Three Mile is one of the best spots for big redfish on the Gulf Coast, and when the bridge lights switch on, so does the bite. The tide works like a conveyor…

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