Ahoy, fellow anglers! Captain Adam Morley here, bringing you the lowdown on the fishing frenzy happening in Flagler County and beyond. As our coastal waters transition from winter’s chill to spring’s warmth, the fish are stirring up some serious excitement.

First up on the radar are the bluefish, schooling up around Matanzas Inlet with a voracious appetite. Whether you’re drifting natural or artificial baits, these spirited fighters in the 10-15 lb range are eager to put your angling skills to the test. Matanzas Inlet is buzzing with action, so don’t miss out on the chance to hook into some blue beauties.

But wait, there’s more! Along the flats and edges of the main Intracoastal Waterway, the redfish are on the prowl, especially during lower tides. Picture yourself casting into the shallows, feeling the tug of a hefty redfish on your line—now that’s what I call a reel adventure!

Now, let’s cast our gaze further along the coast, where pompano are making a splash along the shores of Volusia and Flagler County beaches. These silver torpedoes are known for their spirited runs and delectable taste, making them a prized catch for anglers of all levels. So grab your surf rods and sand spikes, because the pompano run is on, and you won’t want to miss out on the action!

And let’s not forget about our trusty trout. While we may not be breaking any size records at the moment, the plentiful trout population ensures there’s never a dull moment on the water. So whether you’re targeting trout, bluefish, redfish, or pompano, there’s plenty of action to go around in Flagler County and the surrounding waters.

Now, let’s talk tides. With the recent passing of the New Moon, anglers can expect some favorable tidal movements in the days ahead. Pay close attention to those tidal charts, as they hold the key to unlocking prime fishing opportunities along our coastal waters.

So there you have it, folks. As we navigate through this transition period, keep your eyes peeled for those bluefish schools, redfish hideouts, and pompano hotspots along the beaches. And don’t forget to factor in those lunar tides for a successful day out on the water. Until next time, tight lines and smooth sailing!

Chris from Skinny Water mentioned the artificial lure redfish fishing has been excellent this past week having great success using a variety of lures, including soft plastics, and suspending baits.

The redfish have been biting aggressively, especially during the early morning and late afternoon hours. We have been targeting shallow flats, grass beds, and oyster bars to find feeding schools of redfish. Soft plastics like SWL paddle tails and curly tail grubs have also been producing good results. We have been rigging these baits weedless and working them slowly along the bottom to entice bites from redfish lurking in the grass and oyster beds. SWL suspending baits have been another staple in the arsenal of targeting redfish. These lures are effective at mimicking injured baitfish, and redfish have been unable to resist their realistic swimming action.

Overall, the artificial lure redfish fishing has been red hot in our area. With the warmer temperatures, the bite is only expected to improve.

The speckled trout have been biting like crazy lately in our area. Using a combination of topwater plugs and soft plastic jigs, we have been able to reel in impressive catches of these beautiful and elusive fish. We have had good luck using a white SWL topwater plug to mimic the action of a wounded baitfish, which seemed to attract the attention of the hungry speckled trout lurking just below the surface. We also have had success with SWL soft plastic paddle tails, casting it out and reeling it in slowly to entice the trout into striking.

Overall, the speckled trout seem to be responding well to the artificial lures. The key seems to be varying the retrieval speed and using a variety of colors to find what works best on any given day. If you’re looking to hook into some feisty speckled trout, be sure to stock up on a variety of SWL artificial lures and hit the water early in the morning or late in the evening when the fish are most active. Flounder have also been biting in our area on artificial lures. lures can be highly effective for targeting flounder.

Flounder are ambush predators that often lie in wait on the bottom for passing prey, making them particularly susceptible to artificial lures that mimic small fish or crustaceans. Soft plastic creature baits and curly tail grubs are a popular choice for targeting flounder in our area. These lures can be worked slowly along the bottom, bounced off structure, or retrieved through the water column to entice strikes from hungry flounder. When selecting an artificial lure for flounder fishing, it’s important to consider the size, color, and action of the lure to match the local forage and water conditions. Natural colors like silver, white, and brown can be effective in clear water, while brighter colors like chartreuse or pink may be more visible in murky or stained water. In addition to selecting the right lure, it’s important to vary your retrieval speed and presentation to find what triggers strikes from flounder on any given day. Experiment with different techniques, speeds, and depths until you find what works best in your local fishing spot.

Overall, artificial lures can be a fun and effective way to target flounder, providing anglers with a versatile and exciting challenge. With a little patience and persistence, you’re sure to have a successful day on the water targeting these prized game fish. So grab your favorite lures and hit the water for some exciting redfish action!