Winter Fishing report
Reds, reds and more reds. Big reds, screaming drags and heavy coolers back at the dock. Yep winter fishing is here and my clients are having some of the best Red fishing of the year. Water temperatures will very from the upper 50’s to around 65 degrees. No reason to get out at first light this time of year as some of our best fishing is going on late morning into the afternoon. During cold fronts we are concentrating on deeper waters. On warmer days the reds are moving into the adjacent flats that have grass and some mixture of sand. 70% weeds 30% sand is a good mixture that I seek. Remember the reds and big trout will move toward warmth, sand will warm up a lot faster then weeds but the reds will use the weeds near by to hide if they get spooked.
We are starting to find large schools of black drum in the deeper waters near slow inclines going into the shallow. Most are in sand and mud bottoms rooting for crabs and other food. A dead piece of shrimp on a quarter ounce jig head worked slowly off the bottom will do the trick.
With a few consecutive days of warmer weather we are seeing the trout get active. No huge but within the 15-19 inch range. Plastic paddle tails, live shrimp and even an imitation shrimp under a popping cork is working. Have two poles ready, one with a cork and one with just a plastic to see which one will work best for you.
I do have some openings in January and my February will book up fast. So if you are looking to get on some fish call and book soon!
Capt. Dave Edwards
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