Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Live Bait May Be Best

Fishing Report


The final stretch of Winter is here and fishing patterns are holding true to the season. Snook are on dock lights at night and deeper during the day. Ladyfish and Pompano on the sandy mid depths and Trout on the grassy flats. Bluefish have been strong this year and seem to show up anywhere they might get a meal.

If you fly fish and are looking for Snook, then a couple hours before daylight or evening fishing is your best bet. Although this is true generally and for most of the year, it is especially true in the latter part of winter. With less bait in the water and colder temperatures to deal with the Snook will expend only the energy necessary to get a quick meal. Dock lights concentrate bait that will, in turn, concentrate Snook.

Sunny days and cool water is a good combination to attract fish to the flats. One to two feet of water, especially if its clear water, is likely to hold Snook, Trout and (further north) Reds. Much depends on the quality of the water and condition of the bottom, but a bright sunny day should move bait, fish and fishermen to the shallows. Slow and natural is the best presentation.

Swimming live bait is good near structure like bridges. It's important to get it down and in front of their faces as it's cool down there and the fish will not expend a lot of energy roaming around looking for food.

As this winter has been very dry and both runoff and dumping from the Big "O" have been virtually non-existent, we have considerable water clarity and high salinity levels. This is great news for all involved but it also effects presentation with flies and and other artificial lures. Technique and accuracy become far more important in this water. If you're lack in both, live bait is generally the best solution.

Capt. Duber Winters
Green Water Charters

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