Fishing is picking up in the backcountry waters. Red fish are gathering in schools along the outside points and shorelines. Live bait is producing the best action; green backs are my favorite bait of choice with pin fish second. I like to rig up with 25 pound fluorocarbon leaders and 1/0 to 2/0 circle hooks. Last of the incoming and first of the outgoing tide seem to be the best action. Most of the reds are ranging from 18 to 25 inches with a few over slots mixed in.
Snook action is great on a good moving tide, using live green backs rigged the same way as for reds. Target rocks, potholes and troughs with a good current flow. Cast up current and let the bait swim naturally in the current. Snook sizes are typically 20 to 34 inches.
Trout action is picking up in shallow three to five foot water on grass flats. Live green backs under a float are always a sure bet. Also top water plugs, Mirrolure 17mr, and soft plastics will always get the trout’s attention. Incoming-to-high tide has been good for trout fishing. Trout sizes have been 15 to 22 inches.
Scallops are still doing very well in four to six feet of water northwest of Bayport Light. Target the scallops on the low tide, making it easy for all in your group.
Pictured: Melissa with her 32 inch red fish caught on Saturday’s family outing hosted by Captains Josh and Jonathan Fritz