Spring is in the air and the fish are getting very active. With the Gulf waters heating up, we will soon see the migration of Spanish mackerel and cobia showing up. Bait pods are here already and the game fish are ready to eat.
Redfish are roaming the outside points, islands and creek mouths. Target them on an incoming tide or during the first part of an outgoing tide. Live bait is my go-to for steady action. Live green backs and pin fish rigged with a 2/0 circle hook and a 25-pound leader are all you need. Look for the mullet schools and the Reds will be close by.
Trout action is good in one-to-four-foot depths along grass flats and limestone bottom. Top water plugs and MirrOlure 17mr are great search baits. Fishing shallow water of two-feet or less, a seedless soft plastic is hard to beat. I like to fish moving water for trout on the incoming or outgoing tide.
Snook are showing themselves and chewing good on live bait. March 1st is the season opener for snook season. Remember: it’s one fish per person 28 to 33 inches in length. Incoming tide has produced the best action.
Keep your eye out for cobia and mackerels. We should start seeing them very soon.