SNOOKS REDS AND TROUT - Capt Greg Doherty www.awakendrag.com
The spring feed is in full force and now is the time to be on the water! Snook, redfish, and trout are thick and eating nearly everything in sight. The right tides and moon phases help, but fish can be caught all day. The water is at that perfect temp where fish are happy and aren't too picky about time of day to eat. We have been using mostly live whitebait, as the feel of a big redfish, or snook inhaling a bait on the end of your line is just so exhilarating! Don't get me wrong though, a slow pick up on a dead chunk works just as well to catch the fish.
The whitebait is starting to creep onto the flats this week, and before long it should get easier to obtain. Redfish are packed pretty tight in schools, as well as littered in potholes. The overslots seem to have been tightly packed and the slot fish seem to be a little scattered throughout the potholes. Often we have been getting these redfish on such a feed that we are hooking as many fish as lines we have in the water, which makes for quite the dance around the boat as everyone wrestles a 30+" redfish.
The snook are getting really thick as well. We are getting easily 20 a trip of the smaller males, and a few slot fish each trip as well. The ticket has as well been whitebait around 4", but they are picking up cut chucks just the same. Look for these fish near the mangroves, in spotted bottom, and near oyster bars. Odds are if you find one or two, there are probably 20 or more near by.
Again whitebait is doing the trick free lined on a 1/0 circle hook. I don't expect these trout to continue to hold as thick much longer in super shallow water, as they will head to a bit cooler water temps, but catch them while you can!
Be respectful, smart, and courteous out there as the bay is packed with anglers right now. Please no gas engines around others fishing, and ask permission if you are moving in close. There are plenty of fish to catch for everyone right now, so tight lines all!