Beautiful weather all week just might be an indication of spring. It’s still a bit early to think we’re out of this current weather pattern, but even one skip in the cold front rotation has to be taken as a good sign.
While the rest of the country couldn’t even imagine getting some fishing in over this past weekend we were fortunate enough to get a break in the weather.
With water temperatures still holding around 60 degrees, fishing still much remains a hit or miss affair. Inshore, redfish have been a reliable target on this recent full moon phase. Afternoon high tides have proven to be best, as the water has had plenty of time to warm throughout the morning hours. Mullet schools that seem nonexistent on the lower water have been coming together on the higher tides. Drifting through the schools of mullet while fan casting scented soft-plastic jigs has been producing quality sized redfish as well as the occasional big trout.
For more consistent trout action, target spoil islands throughout the northern part of our region. Free-lining select shrimp on the hard part of the incoming tide typically on the north side of the islands has been producing steady action for trout ranging in size from 16 to 20 inches with plenty of larger fish mixed in.
Offshore we’ve seen a big influx of mangrove snapper on during this recent full moon. Targeting ledges and artificial reefs in 30 to 50 feet water will put you in the right spot. Sending down a chum basket full of frozen shrimp will draw in a variety of fish when the current is moving. Fish with a live shrimp and a lightweight, on the same sized rod you would use for redfish.
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