In the face of less-than-ideal weather conditions this past week, local anglers have shown resilience and reaped rewards in specific fish species. Here’s a breakdown of the latest reports:
Redfish: Despite the challenges, redfish have been spotted in the flats and tidal creeks. Anglers braving the conditions found success using live finger mullet and cut mullet on the bottom.
Sheepshead: Nasty weather has turned on the sheepshead bite, prompting local shops to stock up on fiddler crabs and sand fleas. To locate these elusive fish, focus your efforts around rocks, docks, and bridges.
Trout: The cooler weather has sparked increased trout activity. Anglers reported decent catches using live shrimp or soft plastics under a popping cork along grass lines with moving water.
Snook: Surprisingly, snook seem to thrive in ugly weather conditions. Look for them in deep, moving water around jetties and bridges. Classic white bucktail jigs have proven effective in enticing these elusive fish.
As we anticipate a drop in water temperatures to the low to mid-60s, with a further decline expected due to an upcoming cold front, Capt. Matt from Old City Guide Service suggests a slow bite in the first couple of days post-front. However, optimism prevails, with the fish predicted to fire up on the third day.
Anglers, gear up, stay informed, and seize the opportunities when the weather permits. Your next great catch might just be around the corner!