After a very cold weekend the water in the Gulf has hit the upper fifties. The drop in water temps opens new opportunities for small boat and shore bound anglers. The cold water will push our trout, redfish, black drum and others up the spring fed rivers. Citrus County and the Big Bend has many areas to fish from the bank. Ozello Trail and the Ft. Island Trail host some good bank fishing opportunities.
At this past Sundays Christies 5th Annual Heckerling Fishing Event, the anglers on board caught redfish, trout, black drum and sheepshead all within sight of a public fishing pier on the Crystal River. Free lined live shrimp was the best bait.
On the shallow rocks the sheepshead bite should be going in full swing. This weeks full moon and cold water will start their spawning activity’s. Live shrimp on a knocker rig or ¼ 0z. jig head will get the job done. Incoming high tide will be late afternoon this week.