Windy conditions and muddy water have had affected our local fishing. To the north, around the mouth of the Withlacoochee, the stained waters have made their way south to the Spoil Banks, and to the south around Chassahowitzka, the water looks like coffee with extra cream.
Although these areas are murky, there is still a bite for those who are familiar with the waters. But for anglers who are not, navigation could be a issue.
The waters in-between are clear with a good bite on sea trout and redfish.
For the stained and clear water the tackle is the same: a large D.O.A. oval popping cork with a 1/8th oz. red jig head and soft plastic tail.
Some days trout will bite the dark colors like bourbon, new penny and watermelon red flake, then the next it could be white or glow. On my charters I like to mix up the colors to see what ones are working for the day.
Target hard patch bottom with rock grass. It will appear yellow ahead of the vessels drift. Some hard patches will produce more trout than others.
There are two ways to mark them, one is with a GPS, or the old school way with a bleach jug on a line and a piece of lead. I like to use the jug method because it’s easier to make a wide berth around the target area without spooking the fish. A visual aid is much better then a small screen.
Sometime this also helps fellow anglers see the spot and will help them avoid running over the fish. I have always felt that fellow anglers who fall into a drift over the same spot are more than welcome if we fall into the same cadence.
The redfish bite is very good on the incoming tide. Look on the outside keys with a good school of jumping mullet. The incoming high tide this weekend will be late afternoon.