Trout and redfish are the name of the game in St. Joseph Sound. The water temperature has increased warming the waters lately, also combined with some good moving tides. The fish have been biting well. Trout are chasing sardines if you are lucky to find them. Live shrimp have been getting annihilated as well, not only by trout but also by the thousands of pinfish, porgies, sheepshead, small seabass and puffer fish. If you are in an area where the little species are burning through your shrimp supply, switch over to shrimp mimicking artificial’s. Some of the bigger fish we have caught this week have been on the artificial baits. Light brown, root beer jerkworms are also getting struck by the trout. If you’re catching a lot of undersize trout, be sure to use a quick release tool so that you do not remove the protective slime that covers them. Juvenile trout are very susceptible to sickness especially when the temperatures drop rapidly. Releasing them safely without using a towel or net can improve their chances of survival for the future. Throngs of undersize redfish are occupying several mangrove shorelines. The pearl docs have been holding sometimes up to 15 fish. Occasionally there will be a bigger slot size fish in the mix but most are between 16 and 18 inches. Providing a lot of action for all anglers of any skill level. I like to use cut pieces of shrimp with a split shot near the hook to wait to beat down underneath or adjacent to the dock pilings. These areas are where you will also catch a bonus sheepshead, And once in a while a hungry snook. 

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Former baseball umpire, now fishing guide. Graduate of the University of Arizona.
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