Fishing got a lot easier this week. The water temperature hit the upper 60-degree range and Brody started finding fish again.
Seemingly overnight, baitfish became abundant in the creeks. With the warmer water, the metabolism of redfish and trout has kicked into high gear. After a long and lean winter, they are feasting on baitfish.
Pretty much every fish that I caught and released was just like me, fat and happy. Literally filled to the gills with food.
Getting them to strike a lure was simply a matter of putting it in front of them. My lure of choice was a Z-Man StreakZ 3.75 on a 3/16-ounce Finesse Jig. It does a great job of imitating baitfish. Especially when fished with an aggressive snap and pause retrieve cadence.
Having Brody back on the boat has made my life much easier. Once he finds the fish, it is my job to figure out how to catch them.
Since the redfish and trout are eating baitfish like I eat Orlando’s Brick Oven Pizza, there is not much to figure out. For the past few days, Brody has instructed me to fish near docks with oysters and a depth transition from 2 to 10 feet. Look for docks that have a lot
of baitfish around them. There is a good chance that redfish will be shallow, and trout will be at the bottom of the depth transition.
I have been seeing some small menhaden in the harbor. Brody tells me that this means the bull reds and big bluefish are back at the jetties.
On our next fishing trip, Brody says he will find us some big fish there.
Warm weather. Hungry fish. Yes, fishing just got a lot easier!