Well it's mid March and it still feels like January on the water. This has been a bad year for weather, but the fish are biting. It has been a normal Winter fishery with trout, sheephead, ladyfish and some scattered pompano. Live shrimp on a 1/4oz jighead have been my go to bait when water temps are 65 or colder. It's easy fishing just cast and reel slow dragging the shrimp off the bottom. When waters are 65-70 I've been doing better with Berkley Gulps and tube jigs tipped with shrimp. The trout I'm catching are mostly keepers in the 16-19in range with some little guys mixed in. The big ladyfish are still here in full force which are great action on light tackle. I am catching a good amount of snook at night under the dock lights along with some big trout over 20in and some nice snapper. The snook are doing well and are eating up flys and Zoom Flukes. They are in the 23-26in range and we have been 13-17 fish a night in three hours.
The weather is forecast to start warming this weekend so look for water temps to be on the rise. If it gets over 70 and stays there from here on out we should be able to put away the jigs and shrimp. Live pilchards will start showing up and with them will be kingfish, bonita and sharks off the beaches and snook redfish and bigger trout in the backwaters. Tarpon should start showing up mid April and be here for the Summer and early Fall. When it warms up and the bait shows up the fish are gonna go crazy. Make sure you reserve your spot to get in on the action. Tight lines