Sam Stanois of Toronto had a fairly productive day of fishing Feb. 26 off the beach in Indian Shores. Using a 10-pound line with a No. 6 hook, he reeled in this black drum. Later in the day he hooked a 36-inch redfish estimated at about 30 pounds. It took him about an hour to land the redfish.
This week’s full moon tides will be the biggest factor in hopefully spurring on a good bite both inshore and offshore.
Most days last week had a real good look to them, temperatures were warm, and winds were moderate for the most part. But the one thing that was missing for much of the day was significant tidal movement.
When you look at a daily tide chart and it’s showing a high tide of 1.5 feet at 10 a.m. and a low tide of 1.0 feet at 2 p.m., that’s not going to translate into good fishing for redfish and trout no matter how pretty a day it is. In fact when the tide is moving that slow the only thing that might help you out is the wind. Wind will push water in when it’s blowing out of the south and will pull water out when it’s out of the north.
Looking back two weeks when we had the good new moon tides we also had some pretty good fishing and with some big tides on tap for the first part of the week, hopefully history will repeat itself. Afternoon high tides should produce good catches of redfish as they make their way with the tide from the outer edges of the flats up to the mangrove shorelines and the small oyster mounds that collect on
the points. On a high tide move from point to point casting soft plastic jigs or live shrimp under a cork.
With inshore water temperatures hanging around
65 degrees, speckled trout should be ready to spawn or at least be in a pre-spawn situation on this full moon. Afternoon high outgoing tides have been the better tides for targeting the big fish.
Targeting spoil island drop-offs with either a free-lined select shrimp, pilchards or a soft-plastic jig bounced along the bottom should let you know pretty quickly if there’s a school of trout on the Island. Once a school is located a limit of fish can come in pretty short order. Release the big females so that they can make more trout and keep only the smaller males.
Spanish mackerel, kingfish and cobia will be making their way along our beaches starting any day now. With an easterly wind flow in place, look for this weekend to present some good opportunities for targeting these seasonal visitors. Those willing to slow troll live shad, ladyfish or mullet around near-shore bird activity should get bit.