What makes shrimp jump? The answer makes fishermen up and down the Gulf very, very happy...
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
My last trip, we had one angler casting live croakers, one angler throwing a double hook artificial set up with two white baits, and another angler casting a Boat Monkey popping cork with an artificial shrimp. ALL were getting hit every cast!!!
When our anglers get their fill on trout, we have been able to target the large bull reds, either in the same schools of shrimp or in deeper passes. My favorite bait is a 5 to 6-inch live white trout. I use a #9 wire leader in case the sharks show up. A big 8/0 circle hook helps keep the smaller fish off the hook. If the tide is moving quickly, I prefer a one-ounce barrel weight. If there is no current, keep the weight off and free-line them.
The heat is getting to be an issue, so bring plenty of water and sports drinks. Be sure to eat a snack now and then, too. This spring, fishing is some of the best we’ll see all year. Please be respectful of other anglers. If someone looks like they need assistance, please offer it.
As always, have fun and be safe.
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