It has been a great week for reef and structure fishing, but you might have to snoop around a bit to find the fish.
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
We are still using the live shrimp two feet under the Boat Monkey popping corks. However, when you find the trout, it’s a great time to switch over to the soft plastics and save your live bait. Of the plastic lures, we are fans of Matrix, Vudu, and the oldie but goodie, the H&H sparkle beetle.
Your extra live shrimp will come in handy for the big sheepshead and smaller puppy drum we are still seeing. The near-shore reefs and bridges have been the go-to spots for these tasty critters. These fish are holding close to the structures. Get those baits right against the structures.
The redfish bite has also been very good this past week. The very low water seems to have pushed a lot of fish out of the deeper, harder-to-reach sections of the marsh. Like the trout, it has been stick and move. If we are not seeing tailing or feeding fish, we keep quietly moving. If there are not minnows, shrimp, or crabs along banks, keep on moving.
The fish we are catching have been schooled up, so keep extra rods ready. Sometimes you only get a few minutes before the school scatters. You must be ready for break-offs, tangles or any other issues. Make 'em count!
As always, have fun and be safe.
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