It’s been an unseasonably warm winter. The water temperatures are in the 60’s they really should be in the 50’s. A lot of our pelagic species have remained here rather than heading south to Miami. About once a week someone catches a Pompano. Speaking of Pompano we have some exciting new jigs for 2017 that have been a year in the making to get them right. They range in size from ¼ ounce to ½ ounce in colors of pink, orange and yellow.
A lot of our trout have remained on the St. George Island side of the bay and not up the rivers where they normally are this time of year. Trout are on the oyster bars and still on the flats. On the oyster bars use your Z-Man trout tricks. We have a new paddles tail Z-Man which acts as a swim bait. You can bounce it off the bottom or you can fish it mid water like a swim bait. Suspension baits are also my go to bait around oyster bars like the Rapala Coastal X-Rap with single hooks. Make sure you work your baits slower this time of year in the cooler waters.
There have been reports of very nice schools of redfish in the state park to the east of the Island.
This is the time of year for sheepshead around structure, around the bridges, rocks and sunken “treasures”.
I’m thinking we are going to have an early spring so now is the time to clean your equipment, stock up and get ready to RUMBLE.
We’ll Hook You Up!
Captain Larry Troy