As temps drop, fish will be moving out of the marshes and into deeper water - but the winds make offshore fishing difficult.
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
The biggest problem we are going to have are these relentless winds. Long runs are gonna be tough with 20+ mph winds forecasted for most of the week. Luckily, the majority of the forecasted wind direction is northerly. Until the wind speeds subside, it’s probably best to stay close to land. Fishing in back bay or in the rivers should give you plenty of protection from rough seas. The bridges and reefs will likely hold fish, too.
We are hoping these winds will push fish out of the marsh into deeper holes, ditches and canals in search of food before the water temps get very cold. We will be watching the winds and tides to see how far we can push the boats into the marsh. A falling tide and a northwest wind will absolutely drain the water out of our area. Please keep an eye on your surroundings.
On these colder days, early departures are not too important. These fish are just like us; they prefer the warmer parts of the day to get out and do stuff. Moving water and bait are the main things you should look for. Usually, if you find a good current line with minnows or shrimp nearby your reds and trout should be there, also.
Fish high and low in the water column, and slow down your presentation. Live shrimp bait is very helpful this time of year, so if you can get ahold of some, USE IT!
As always, have fun and be safe.
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