Mid winter fishing has been exactly that lately...winter fishing. It really has been a matter of dodging rain, cold fronts, and wind to get on the fish; not to mention I got to take a little vacation. The trout bite is still pretty solid. Average fish are from 13"-19", with a few bigger 20+" mixed in. We have been using a mix of jigs and mostly live shrimp free lined on a 1/0 circle hook. Remember to let the trout eat it as the bite tends to be a little slower, and don't set those circle hooks on the soft mouths of the trout.
The water is definitely starting to warm a little, as temps creep towards the 65 range fish and I expect it will get even better with our forecasted beautiful week this week. Very soon the fish will get more comfortable and consistent. Redfish have been holding throughout the bay side flats, but they are incredibly spooky...and I mean incredibly. Clear water, rapid weather changes, and low tides all attribute in my opinion, not to mention fishing pressure. We have been getting them to eat on shrimp, cut bait, and jigs. I like a Mission Fishin 1/8 oz weighted weedless worm hook on a DOA shad or a paddle tail on a 1/8 or 1/4 oz jig head.
I've had clients land a 33" 14lb redfish caught on cut bait using a Penn Spinfisher V 3500, Med Hurricane Redbone rod, with 15lb Power Pro, 20lb flouro leader, and a 1/0 circle hook. Bait is still not thick on the flats, but I as well as everyone I am sure, can't wait for it to return! Lately the reds we have kept, which has been few because most have been overslot, are eating crabs and shrimp. If you find a blue crab or two- half them and chunk them out there, I haven't been fortunate to be using blue crabs, but I firmly believe they will work!