Patrick Meek


About Me

I'm an avid surf fisherman on the Florida Panhandle that loves fishing from the beach for Pompano, Redfish, Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Whiting, and Sharks.

 I fish nearly everyday half the year when I'm not working on a deepwater oil rig. I have learned how to judge and read the surf and where to fish depending on the surf conditions. You don't have to own an outboard to catch big quality fish, you can do it by just standing on the sand if you know what to look for. 

For more pics and videos of all my catches using Bullbuster, you can follow me on my Instagram account @pompano_hunter.

My Recent Articles

Fishing Report:
Full Moon Fishing

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2019-Jul-30

The surf fishing bite has been hit or miss off the beach this summer, but with the full moon in effect we were able to put a few nice fish on the hill. My wife and I hit the beach late one afternoon as the full moon approached and we were able to land a few Pompano from ...

Fishing Report:
Breaking In My New Van Staal

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2019-Jul-03

The Dog Days of Summer have arrived and with the surf temperature as warm as it is, it's not uncommon to still catch a few Pompano or Redfish with all the bait that is swimming around plus there are plenty of sharks cruising the back side of the bar. I just recently purc...
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Fishing Report:
Full Moon Fishing

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2019-Jul-30

The surf fishing bite has been hit or miss off the beach this summer, but with the full moon in effect we were able to put a few nice fish on the hill. My wife and I hit the beach late one afternoon as the full moon approached and we were able to land a few Pompano from ...

Fishing Report:
Breaking In My New Van Staal

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2019-Jul-03

The Dog Days of Summer have arrived and with the surf temperature as warm as it is, it's not uncommon to still catch a few Pompano or Redfish with all the bait that is swimming around plus there are plenty of sharks cruising the back side of the bar. I just recently purc...

Bullbuster In Action:
Fresh Bait Is The Best Bait

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2019-Jun-04

Summer is approaching, the surf temperature is warm, and the Pompano bite has slacked off from the beach, but that doesn't mean it's time to retire your surf rods until fall because the surf is loaded with fresh bait. When the surf is as warm as it is now, I won’t bring a full ar...

Bullbuster In Action:
Making The Best When The Targeted Species Isn't There

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2019-May-07

Catching Pompano off the beach is one of my favorite things to do. Every spring I wait for the water to warm up to 70 degrees because I know the surf will start loading up with one of the tastiest fish the Gulf of Mexico has to offer. After returning home from work, my wife and I hit t...

Bullbuster In Action:
Fishing Isn't Always About Catching

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2019-Apr-15

Fishing isn't always about catching, sometimes more joy can be taken just by helping others less fortunate succeed.  I've never claimed to be an expert surf fisherman, but I have been very blessed to have had some amazing mentors who have passed some of their knowledge on to ...

Bullbuster In Action:
Spring Time Surf Action In The NWFL Panhandle

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2019-Apr-12

Every spring when the water starts to warm up, many surf fishermen from Panama City Beach to Pensacola, FL pull their rods out of storage, service their gear, add fresh line, and hit the beach again searching the surf for the elusive silver nugget.... POMPANO!!! After re...

Fishing Report:
Late Winter Bull's & Slot's Off The Beach

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2019-Mar-12

This winter we've been able to take advantage of the hard pulling Redfish and Black Drum off the beach while at the same time able to pick up a slot or two for some fresh seafood for the grill.  We were able to get out to the beach after I got home from work and was ...

How To:
3 Key Elements To Successfully Land Big Drum In The Surf

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2019-Feb-16

How To Successfully Land Big Drum From The Surf / Beach. When trying to land big Drum from the surf, whether it's Redfish or Black Drum, a lot of things can go wrong. I've been on the receiving end of heartache more than once and there's nothing more painful than watching a nice trophy...

Bullbuster In Action:
The Redfish & Black Drum Are Heating Things Up

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2019-Feb-11

The water temp's have been cool, but the Redfish and Black Drum bite have heated up off the beach over the past month in the Northern Panhandle. We struck out to the beach on a cold Wednesday with a north wind blowing on our backs and set 5 surf rods out to catch so...

Fishing Report:
Bringing In The New Year With Red & Black Drum

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2019-Jan-19

While some were still recovering from the aftermath of New Year's Eve, we were on the beach New Year's Day in search of some fresh seafood to take home for dinner. The surf fishing conditions had been unfavorable due to over a week’s worth of rain we had received throughout ...

Fishing Report:
A Grand Slam Evening On Pensacola Beach

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2018-Dec-19

It's not everyday you get a Grandslam from the sand, but as the new moon approached us, a lot of different species were caught just after sunset off Pensacola Beach.I've never had much success fishing 24-36 hours prior to a new moon, but if I've learned anything, it's that you can't catch fish ...

Fishing Report:
Cold Snap Delivers Patriotic Species - Bull Red's, Whiting, And Blue's With A Black Drum Thrown In The Mix

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2018-Nov-19

Our first cold snap of the season finally showed up in the Florida Panhandle and we hit the beach to take advantage of the cooler weather. The water surf temp has cooled off to 74-75 degrees and our first freeze warning encouraged my wife and I hit the sand in search of some Pompano. We ha...

Fishing Report:
Early Fall Surf Fishing Brings Redfish, Blacktip's, And A Happy Tourist!!!

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2018-Oct-22

The fall surf fishing season hasn't changed too much since summer...IT'S STILL HOT!!! A lot has been going on with the weather (Hurricane Michael), kids, house projects, and just dealing with the have and have not's of life, that I did not get to get out to the beach as much as usual in the...

Bullbuster In Action:
Beaching Big Blacktip's On Light Tackle

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2018-Sep-24

Working a 14 day on 14 day off schedule gives me the opportunity to fish the beach more often than the "Average Joe."  With that being said, I'm usually fishing with my wife most everyday the weather allows me. One thing about fishing the beach in the northwestern p...

How To:
How To Catch Bay Scallops

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2018-Aug-28

It's like an underwater Easter Egg hunt!!! Hunting for bay scallops is something for the whole family to enjoy. It's literally like an underwater Easter Egg hunt. All you have to do is swim out and find them anywhere from 3' to 6' deep of water.  The first thing yo...

Bullbuster In Action:
Getting Tight With Summertime Blacktips On Long Surf Rods!!!

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2018-Aug-27

There's no better sound of a screaming drag on spinning gear!Anyone who knows me knows that I really love catching Pompano from the surf  to bring home for a nice meal. Although I've been able to bring 1 or 2 home each outing in this warmer water, I have been focusing a lot more on catching sha...

How To:
How To Use A Hand Gaff As A Dehooker

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2018-Aug-23

No more dealing with stubborn hooks!  So many times I've had fishermen ask me, "How do you do that?" when taking my fish off the hook. My good friend and Bullbuster Ambassador Joey Polk with Team True Blue taught me years ago a much easier way to unhook your catch without havi...

Fishing Report:
Summertime Surf Fishing Off The Beach - Pompano & Sharks

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2018-Jul-30

Pensacola Summer Surf Fishing (Summer 2018)In the past two weeks, the surf temperature has been approaching 87 degrees off Pensacola Beach. For the most part, a lot of surf fishermen have stored their rods and reels until the fall season. June Grass has been a problem with some and a lot of sur...

Fishing Report:
Surf Casting For Pompano, Redfish, And Sharks!

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2018-Jul-02

Surf Fishing Amazing Catches! The Pompano bite has died down some, but there are still a few to be found now that our water surf temp has reached 84 degrees. My wife and I went out several times while I was home from work and each time we would leave the beach with 2 or ...

Fishing Report:
Pompano Inferno On The Panhandle

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2018-Jun-04

Florida Panhandle Pompano Fishing There's nothing like hanging out on the beach working on your tan, enjoying a cold beer and just relaxing after a long hard day at work, but bring a surf rod along because this spring the Pompano bite has been on FIRE!!! ...

Fishing Report:
Florida Panhandle Pompano Explosion!

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by: Patrick Meek

Posted On : 2018-May-15

The Things You Can Do In The Florida Panhandle!! The water in the Florida NW panhandle surf has been 70-71 degrees making it prime picking for the tastiest fish (IMHO) the GoM has to offer....POMPANO! My wife and I have been hitting the beach most everyda...

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