We’ve seen a good run up to the coming week in spite of that extremely bright full moon. The fish have been feeding all night, leaving them sleepy in the morning, but if you wait until the afternoon, the bite has been good from about 3-4pm on. Windy and stormy weather last week made it difficult for the bait boats to get out so it has been challenging to provide live baits at the shop.
Despite a lack of live bait, the fish around here are still hungry and looking for a meal. Fortunately there are plenty of good live-bait alternatives available. For example, Anglers willing to be adventurous and try something new have not been disappointed with our recommendation of NATIVE SALT BAITS. The new salt sand fleas are working great on drum and sheepshead, and there are pompano in the river, so the clams are also working well, too. Good choices for artificials are paddle tails and of course artificial shrimp. Fish bites have also been popular.
From Grant south to Wabasso, anglers working the west shore and spoil islands have found trout to be plentiful, and that is expected to continue. You can’t go wrong with live shrimp when targeting these fish. North of the marina, many anglers have been having fun battling hard-fighting jacks and ladyfish. If you’re looking to hunt tarpon, travel up the creeks a little bit and you should find the fish!
Have a great week!