When a trout starts peeling drag off your reel, you know it’s going to be a nice one. After a good fight, Liam boated a healthy four pounder! Once the popping corks stopped dropping, we moved onto the flats and caught plenty of reds in the 6-8lb class. Happy fish following days of wind and rain!
Finally a day with light winds! Great fishing on the flats where it was easy to see large schools of reds milling about the shell rakes. The reds happily ate both cut mullet and mud minnows throughout the morning. Caught seven over slot redfish including Hayden’s 12 pound bruiser!
With sunny skies, we started the charter with mud minnows and popping corks. Caught some nice legal trout and slot redfish. Then moved over to the docks to try get a big red in the boat. Right away, a rod snapped over as a red smoked cut mullet. Brought him to the boat and had a nice 27″ fish to finish the day!
Wind, wind, wind….docks, docks, docks. It would be fair to think that being blown into creeks to fish docks would have its drawbacks. However, it has provided one of the best Springs we have ever fished! Huge redfish are crushing cut mullet and our drags are locked all the way down so we just have a chance to turn these beasts. Multiple 13 pounders caught this week already. Bring on more blustery weather!
Spring has arrived! With days full of sun and temperatures holding in the 70’s, our fishery is rapidly changing with many new signs of life. Trout and flounder are entering the mix and anglers now have several species to target instead of just spooky redfish. Bait is filling our waters and the fish are hungry!
Redfish are no longer focused simply on preservation but are becoming predators again. Anglers should consider using artificial plastic lures that mimic bait fish. One good choice would be “jerk shad” lures that have become very popular and are available in a wide variety of colors. I’ve been finding that silver hues have been working best although I’ll occasionally throw a darker color when water clarity is poor.
Having woken from their winter slumber, the trout are active again. Fishermen should focus on grassy banks and oyster beds when targeting these fish. It’s time to break out the popping corks again. Try fishing a 3” D.O.A. plastic shrimp lure suspended two feet underneath a popping cork. The D.O.A. shrimp come in several weights but I prefer their 1/4oz. model. The Glow/Gold color is a great choice.
Often considered our tastiest fish, flounder are a frequent target. We’ve been catching them mostly when fishing with mud minnows on the bottom or mud minnows under popping corks. You’ll need to focus on structures when targeting flounder. Old pilings and docks are good places to prospect. Remember that flounder will hug the bottom in hopes of ambushing their prey, so you’ll need to keep that bait down on or close to the bottom.
See you on the water!
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