The early bird may catch the worm, but in the winter, fishing later in the day may result in a nice redfish catch.
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
Our favorite thing to do is find the deeper sections of bayous, ditches, and rivers. Some days the trout will be holding on the bottom, and other days they’ll be suspended - be prepared to cover the water column.
Slow-sinking lures work very well. We will be spending most of our time focusing on redfish. The colder the weather, the later in the day we will try to fish. Yes, you can catch fish in the chilly, early mornings, but the midday bite is usually much better.
As long as the bait shops have bait, we will get live shrimp. With the fish slowing down and not feeding as aggressively, the live bait helps.
The sheepshead should still be coming in for the winter. With chilly days and wind, these tasty critters are a safe bet. Barnacle-covered structures along the shore are where you want to check; bridges, old piers and reefs are the best.
The main thing is to watch the weather. Try to get out between the fronts. Dress warmly and let people know where you’re heading and what time you plan to return.
As always, have fun and be safe.
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