What a week! While the rest of the country is just about frozen over, we have had one of the warmest weeks in months and the fish were enjoying it! This week with the climbing temps it seemed as if the fish were coming out of hibernation, with large quantity days in upwards of 50 or more and species from redfish and trout to even snook and tarpon, this week was definitely one for the books!
The pattern has been very similar to winter. Look for deeper areas with shallow flats close by. With the lack of sea grass, most fish are clinging to any structure they can. This can be challenging fishing at times, but with great risk comes great reward! The top baits for skipping the bushes is something weedless. A 3/0 twist lock hook rigged with soft plastics in white, brown, or silver are my favorites; basically, anything that looks natural. Skip casting under the bushes with a slow retrieve is very productive!
Spring is right around the corner and the fishing is getting better by the day. I encourage to get out and enjoy our little slice of paradise and appreciate the things around us that most aren’t even able to enjoy at the moment.