flats fishing IRL

The past week is one of those anomalies that can only be chalked up to the phrase “That’s Fishing.” The weather was downright horrible for much of the first portion of the week with strong north winds and even some rain passing through on Thursday. The bite, however, was really good which was a complete opposite from the not so good weather conditions. By Friday the weather got much better, but the fishing did slow a little bit. By Monday the weather was absolutely beautiful, but the fishing was horrible during the morning. We got a nice trout on our very first cast and I thought to myself, “Awesome! Today’s going to be a good day.”

I sure jumped the gun on that one. We didn’t catch another fish for two hours! Sometimes I just don’t understand why the bite is inversely proportional to the weather. It just makes no sense to me.

Here’s what I’ve been rigging up with the past few trips. Live shrimp on a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce jig head. That’s really all you need when targeting speckled trout, sheepshead, redfish, whiting, or snook in the shoreline mangrove trees. These fish are generally very user friendly as long as they don’t know you’re there. Once they figure it out, the bite becomes much harder to obtain. Look for areas with glass minnows or mullet to hold fish.

The flats are showing an incredible amount of promise this spring. Actual sea grass — not just caulerpa algae — is popping up in the shallows of this body of water. This should excite every backwater angler who likes to target big trout, redfish, and snook. The grass holds bait and provides a place for these predators to ambush their prey. Captain Justin and I each have a few days to try to get you out to chase these fish over the next few weeks. Please give us a call at 321-505-8217 or book on our website reservations page at Fineline Fishing Charters. Let’s go catch your next memory!