Great fishing conditions have arrived! Weeks full of warm temperatures and sunny weather have made our fishery come alive. Bait is everywhere and fish are eagerly chasing it down. Anglers have a full host of options now that our seasonal species have arrived to compliment the traditional targets of redfish and trout. Time to get out on the water!
Fishing for redfish is very productive. Blue crab fished on the bottom is very effective. Remove the shell and legs of a blue crab and cut the body in half. Put a size 3/0 circle hook through the hole where the flipper fin used to be and make sure the hook point is exposed. No need to keep the rod in your hands, instead put it in a rod holder. Once that rod starts to bend, don’t pick it up until the drag starts screaming!
We’ve found consistent trout action on artificials as an alternative to the traditional popping corks. Small plastic artificials that mimic small baitfish have been getting crushed. The Z-man 3 ¾” streakz in smoky shad is an excellent choice. Paired with an 1/8oz. jighead, these lures worked best moved slowly through the water column. Trout will usually hit when you lift them up in a jigging motion.
The flounder bite has been picking up as well. We’ve been catching lots of flounder with mud minnows under a popping cork. Of course, the more traditional method of fishing finger mullet along the bottom around structures is still a prime technique. Move the bait slowly and when you think you have a bite wait a few seconds (if you can) before setting the hook.
My favorite summer time fish is the ladyfish. Ladyfish are becoming increasingly present with the warmer water. These lively fish will smack bait under a popping cork and make your drag zing. Their hard runs and acrobatic jumps make these fish so entertaining. You’ll often catch them in the same spots you target trout.
See you on the water!