If you’ve had a chance to get out and bend a rod over the past few weeks then you already know fishing has been great out on the waters. Getting out of the wind can be a bit tricky, but what’s getting ready to happen is the water temperature is about to drop. Right now we are mid to low 70’s and once it drops and stays below 70 degree the snook will search out warmer water. They will start making their way up into the creeks and on up into the rivers and use them as wintering grounds. Where they were last weekend may not be the case this weekend. But if you’re out there on a regular basis like we are you can kind of predict the direction of their movement. If you miss a week of fishing you can look in the direction they were moving and start your search there. So get on out and shake the cob webs off that fishing gear that’s been sitting for the last two weeks and enjoy this mild weather while we have it. The fish are still in the grass flats and around the mangroves islands. Just try to remember the tides are really screwy right now from all the wind we had over the last few weeks. So just because the tide chart says its high tide, remember that it just a prediction. Wind and weather have huge impact on what really happens out there. You need to make sure that Grady has room to get over that bar. Our waters change on a daily basis and if you’ve just splashed the boat after the summer break, just remember to take it a little slower till you have had a chance to look things over a bit. Almost every day we see folks stranded up on sand bars and tearing up the grass up on the flats and back bays. These lower tides coupled with a 15 mph easterly wind (if you plan on heading off into the back country) make that tide even lower. What I try to do if I’m in skinny water is find a sand hole to jump up on plane. I never try to get up on plane while I’m over the grass. It will take years for the grass to recover from the scar. Think of it like this, the neighborhood bad kids just pulled up into your yard and left a huge burnout in your nice manicured lawn.
Try for some flounder around creek mouths and around the passes, finding funnels and creek mouths with a fair amount of water moving (moving is the key). Flounder love to lie in those eddies behind the bars and gobble up unfortunate bait fish being flushed in and out with the tide. Rig a ¼ - ¾ oz jig head with a mud minnow, shrimp, white bait or use your favorite soft plastic and bounce it slowly along the sharp drops or behind the drop if the water is moving across it. In my experience it feels like you may have hooked an oyster or something other than a fish. It’ll feel like dead weight until it realizes that something’s not quite right, and of course that’s about the time you see it and see that it’s barely hooked. Keep a landing net at the ready, and be quick to plane him right into the net and don’t try to lift one into the boat, they have soft mouths and a mean headshake. Trust me, I’ve seen plenty of lost doormats just as you get them to the boat.
If you want some fun fast action try outside the passes. You’ll find plenty of fish under the birds and could be a number of predatory fish like kings and Spanish mackerel, bonito and you may still see a tarpon if you are lucky. But they are on the move and if you wait you might just miss them.
Folks that’s gonna do it for me this week. So put out the gone fishin’ sign, stock up on tackle, load up that livewell and head on out to your favorite fishing hole, or better yet get out and find some new ones and catch’em up. Just remember to leave a few to make replacements for tomorrow.
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Tight lines &
y’all stay safe!!
Capt Jesse McDowall