Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CHILL OUT

Jake with a nice Spotted Seatrout
After a string of mild winters we finally got a good dose of some unseasonably cold weather this year. Although it was short-lived (near 80 today), it did get cold enough to drop our water temps significantly. While it has certainly tempered the ridiculous snook bite, it has allowed our more tolerant wintertime species such as the sheepshead and trout to flourish. The predominant bait typically used this time of year is shrimp which is very effective and will catch anything that swims. This time of year though, I also like to use artificial lures that allow us to cover more water and often even outproduces live bait. Soft plastics such as those from DOA or Z-Mann on a 1/8th oz jig head or rigged weedless with a weighted worm hook are my favorites. For colors, root beer, black/gold and new penny seem to work best.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

GOLD RUSH!!

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. It was nice to get away for a few days. With winter bearing down on most of the country we are still loving it here in Tampa Bay wearing short sleeves. Fortunately, the fishing has been as good as the weather...spectacular! We have been in a pattern that has kept the water temps hovering in the low 70s and the fishing has been truly outstanding. Many different species