The fish are in their usual cold weather patterns and to get a decent day on the water you may have to deal with the ever changing weather systems: cold, hot, windy, etc….it’s any body’s guess but when you do catch a nice day, fishing has been pretty good! The water is crystal clear and with a little sun has made for some great sight fishing up on the flats for reds and the bigger trout! However, you may have to put in some extra time to locate some decent fish. The colder water temperature this year has made finding quality trout and reds a little tricky at times.
The speckeled trout are still holding to the deeper holes in the bay and warmer water up in the creeks. Like I always stress, a slow presentation will be key in order to get the bite. A client on a recent trout trip caught two of the biggist fish of the day when he simply stopped retrieving the lure and it was just laying on the bottom! The reds are schooled up and have been hit or miss, you just have to put in the time searching the banks. There have been some good reports from both West and East bay but remember you will have to be in stealth mode if you even hope to get those fish to eat. Sheepshead are also a great fish to target this time of the year. Shrimp or fiddler crabs make great baits. Working docks, bridges, and the jetties should provide some steady action.
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Captain Daniel Snapp
Grassy Flats Charters
“Sight Fishing the Emerald Coast”