Winter time, tons of ACTION and VARIETY
For the last month or so, we’ve been into our “winter” pattern of fishing. The water temperatures have been hovering between the mid 60s and 70s, as cold fronts move in and out of the region. We are primarily using shrimp for bait right now, and rigging half a shrimp on a jighead will catch just about everything that swims in the backwaters. In colder days I’ve been concentrating on fishing deeper water, little holes and channel edges with plenty of moving water. Using just enough weight to get the bait to the bottom is key is these areas. On warmer days, we will fish shallower, focusing on getting the baits close to the mangrove shorelines.
We have been getting around ten or more different species of fish on every trip the last few weeks using these tactics, the most common catches being mangrove snapper, sheepshead, redfish, black drum, and jack crevalle. The new year is off to a great start and I’m excited for another year of catching!
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