Redfish, Redfish and more Redfish! Don't get me wrong we are tagging some nice amounts of snook, and quite a few big trout, but the redfish are stealing the show. Schools have been holding throughout the bayside flats, and by following a few tips you can get them to go nuts.
I am sure I have said it before, but move slowly on the trolling motor and keep a keen eye - this is absolutely one of the most important things. If you are trying to fish these fish with gas engines, try the alternative- the "walk-Kota" or as I call it when I walk my boat, the "Greg-Kota".
An engine and/or heavy deck noise will keep the reds just out of range up until they flip the switch, not to mention is illegal in no combustion engine zones. When the reds decide to eat it isn't as critical as it seems they lose all inhibitions and just focus on eating like mad. We have had multiple fish hook ups at the same time using Penn Spinfisher V 3500 reels on Med Hurricane Redbone rods, with a freelined whitebait on a 1/0 circle hook.
It probably goes without saying but on higher tides they are pressing in tighter near mangroves and oyster bars, and on lower tides they are out in the mildly deeper waters of the flats with a couple ft of water to help cover their backs. The trout and snook are also mixed in with and around these fish. I expect the trout to hold through April, but it is getting closer and closer to them thinning out on the shallow parts of the flats. We will still see some, but probably not the sizeable numbers we have been getting lately.
For those snook lovers, the snook chew is pretty intense as well. We have had some easy 30 snook days lately, and doubles and triples are not uncommon. We have hooked some flat out monsters that have got the best of us, but got some real nice ones as well. Live whitebait freelined has been the ticket hear as well. I chum them a bit, and tell my clients to look for fireworks...and then cast at fireworks!