Don’t be fooled by the current warming trend in the weather. The water is still cold. My temperature gauge over the weekend registered 61 to 64 degrees depending on location. The bite has been slow and a little extra time at each stop has been necessary to convince the fish to feed. Live, or fresh-cut shrimp have been my best bait for sheepshead, trout, small redfish, and an occasional snook. Windy conditions the later part of last week kept us hiding in the protected waters of residential canals where these fish were lingering near dock structure. As the winds subsided the last couple of days we were able to venture out into the open parts of the bay where we used frozen squid to entice black sea bass holding on natural limestone outcroppings. Today is your last chance at connecting with a gag grouper for dinner until June, as the season closes at midnight.